Whenever I think of winter, I think of a cosy warm fireplace, hot chocolate and a nice movie. As beautiful as winter is, it does have some downsides ranging from the common cold to dehydration. My personal issue with winter is skin dehydration, between the warmth indoors and the freezing low humidity cold outside, my skin becomes extra dry and flaky. Most lotions do not work, the fact that they have harsh chemicals does not help either.
In my quest to find a solution I came across this beeswax lotion recipe which is all natural and fairly simple to make, you might want to try it out, for all the health benefits it will have on your skin. The reason this is perfect for winter is, it is more of a cream than a lotion so it hydrates and nourishes the skin to the core.
- 1 cup olive oil
- 1/2 a cup coconut oil
- 1/2 a cup beeswax (pastilles melt easier but you can also use solid beeswax, in this case you will need about 56 grams)
- 1/2 a teaspoon of vitamin E oil (optional)
- 20 drops essential oil (optional)
You will also need
- A 500 ml jar
- A saucepan
- A stove
Mix the olive oil, coconut oil and beeswax into the jar, place the jar in the saucepan and fill the saucepan with water, until it reaches 3/4 of the jar, just take caution though that the water does not splash into the jar. Place the saucepan on the stove on a low to medium heat, stir the jar contents occasionally until all the contents within the jar melt and have the same consistency. Once this has happened let the jar cool down at room temperature or if you are in a hurry to use your cream you can put the jar in the fridge. Stir with a fork,every 15 minutes or so, while it’s cooling down stir so that the contents do not separate. At this point (when the jar has completely cooled down to room temperature) you can add the essential oil and vitamin E oil and give the lotion one last good mix.
There are so many uses of this cream.
If you are not big on greasy skin, you can use it as a face mask, apply on the skin and leave for 10-20 minute and wipe it off. It will give your skin just the right amount of hydration without leaving your skin too oily
Baby skin should not be exposed to creams with added chemicals, this would be excellent for their sensitive skin.
Long hot soaks in the tub and extended showers dehydrate the skin, after a bath or shower, applying a cream like this will keep the moisture on the skin.
This is just a main idea for a cream/lotion. You can however be creative and use oils that you would prefer to enhance the fragrance of the lotion. You could use almond oil, apricot, lavender oil or Grape seed oil. With your own personal touch this can be an excellent gift for family, friends and colleagues. You can even turn it into a profitable hobby and make some money for that trip to the beach in the summer. But most important the use of natural, chemical free ingredients is the best gift you can give to your skin and your health.
I hope you find this recipe as useful as I have. Let me know what you think of the overall product and what other ideas you might have. Remember to keep warm and healthy and enjoy the winter.
The Homemade Skincare Recipe