Treating Skin Conditions Naturally – Part 1

Most of us at some point get dry skin, especially here in dry Colorado.  It’s what you choose to use to treat your dry skin that has the most impact on the overall health of your skin.  Many commercially produced lotions are petroleum based, meaning they are made from oil.  This may be a product of the Earth but it is not suitable for absorption into the skin, the chemical composition is very different from the oils naturally produced by the body.  These petroleum based products just sit on top of the skin, creating a temporary barrier to the external environment that washes away in every shower.  They do not nourish or support healing of the skin in any way, because they are not absorbed into or able to be utilized by the cells of the skin.

Overall skin health is directly associated with your overall health.  Because the skin works to protect the body from invaders it must be moisturized and healthy to be successful at its job.  Dry skin is vulnerable to invasion.

Over this summer I developed a way to make a wonderful and all natural lotion at home.  This lotion is made from beeswax, emulsifying wax (beeswax & borax – allows oils to mix with water), any cold pressed vegetable oil, small amount of vitamin E or coconut oil (natural preservatives that help prevent oxidation), and filtered water.  What I mean by cold pressed vegetable oils are not those used for frying or preparing foods, but those that are extracted from nuts, seeds, and pits using minimal heat and pressure.  Many of these have chemical compositions that are so similar to the natural oils produced by the skin that they are readily absorbed and utilized by the skin cells, thus promoting skin regeneration and health.  These ingredients can be purchased online at any site that supplies essential oils, carrier oils, and bases.  Natural foods markets may also carry them.

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What you need to make 8 ounces of lotion: 1 Tbsp both Beeswax and Emulsifying Wax, 3 ounces cold pressed vegetable oil, 3 ounces filtered water, 1 Tbsp Vitamin E, Honey, or Coconut Oil, Pyrex or glass mixing bowl, wire whisk or hand mixer/blender, and an 8 ounce jar or bottle for storage.  You can purchase empty plastic bottles with flip open caps online.

Preparation Process:
1. Using a small ceramic coated saucepan (or pyrex measuring cup/bowl in a pan of water) melt the Beeswax and Emulsifying wax together completely. Stirring occasionally with wire whisk to ensure complete mixing of the molecules. Heat on low and DO NOT allow to boil, this breaks down the molecular structures and damages the healing properties of the wax.

2. Pour melted waxes into glass or Pyrex bowl and allow to cool slightly, look for the formation of white specks when cooled, this means the emulsifying wax did not dissolve completely.  Simply reheat in the saucepan and mix more while melting.

3. As the wax cools mix in the cold pressed vegetable oil and Vitamin E or Coconut Oil while vigorously whisking or using hand mixer/blender on low. A thick white mass should form that is fluffy and smooth.

4. Then begin slowly mixing in the filtered water, constantly stirring with wire whisk or hand mixer/blender.  This will thin the lotion to a consistency that can be squeezed out of a bottle or poured into the hand for application.  If it doesn’t seem mixed well or begins to separate simply mix more and on a higher speed.  Mixing is the most important part of this process and may seem tedious but the end product will be smooth and silky if done right.  If you want a thinner lotion just mix in a little more water.  If you want a thicker lotion, mix in less water. No water at all makes a wonderfully nourishing and moisturizing balm.

5. When you have the mixture complete pour into jar or bottle and store in cool dark place.  Use anytime as needed.  Your skin will thank you.

This product is very good for those who are allergic to Lanolin or petroleum based products. It’s also perfect for adding essential oils to. It doesn’t ruin the benefits of the oils with petroleum or other artificial emollients.

Some recommendations:

  • Hazelnut oil is a natural sunscreen and emollient.
  • Sesame oil is warming and good for any skin type.
  • Coconut oil is cooling and provides many healing benefits.
  • Sweet Almond oil is good for any application and is often less expensive.
  • Sunflower oil is light and nourishing for any skin type and leaves behind soft and lustrous skin.
  • Jojoba oil has natural anti-oxidant properties.
  • Grapeseed oil is heavy and is very good for very dry, cracking skin, especially on the feet and hands.

Don’t have time to make your own? Don’t worry Mother Gaia makes it for you here.