Everyone loves to pamper their skin, and in the colder months a moisturiser can be especially useful help prevent dry, flaking skin caused by cold winds and heating. Unfortunately the many commercial brands of moisturiser seem to come with so many added chemicals. Moisturisers often have harmful chemicals such as parabens added in order to preserve the life of a product. When you’re being so careful to have a clean, natural Paleo diet – the last thing you want to do is let these chemicals soak into your skin.
You can use coconut oil on your skin, but if you’re after something a little different, you might like to try making a homemade moisturiser.
The following recipe uses natural ingredients only and is designed to be kind and gentle to the skin, while also nourishing it through all of the seasons. Once set, this moisturiser is harder and firmer than traditional moisturises and can be used as a balm for the lips, elbows and any other areas of the skin with dry patches.
Natural skin moisturiser
- 28g (1oz) of Shea Butter
- 21g (0.75oz) of cosmetic grade beeswax
- 20 mls of vitamin e oil, wheat germ oil or almond oil
- Essential oils:
- For greasy skin ad 10 – 20 drops of tea tree or lavender essential oil
- For dry skin add 10 – 20 drops of lavender or geranium oil
- For sensitive/combination skin add 15 – 20 drops of camomile essential oil
- Storage jar
The more oil added, the stronger it will smell so add the oils gradually first and build up to the desired strength.
NB: Be careful when making this as the beeswax can get very hot; take care not to get it on your skin.
Add the Shea butter to a saucepan and melt it on low on an oven ring or melt in the microwave. Once it has melted, give it a stir and then add the beeswax. Melt the beeswax either on an oven ring or in the microwave. Mix the Shea butter and beeswax together and then add your oil. Stir in your chosen carrier oil and then add the essential oils.
Once it has all blended together, add the mix to a small glass jar. Be careful not to touch the sides of the jar as it will be extremely hot. Leave it in its place to cool down. It is probably best left until the next morning.
Once ready the mixture can be used like a salve to soften skin and moisturise.
NB: Pregnant women should take medical advice before using essential oils.