So I have a confession. I’m deathly afraid of using body lotions. Almost as much as the sun touching my bare skin (almost, but not quite).
Do you realize that the skin is the biggest organ in your body? And what you put on your body is immediately absorbed into your internal system? The further I research, the more I find that parabens, sulfates, and other harsh chemicals are in nearly everything. EVERYTHING. And anything absorbed into the skin is 10 times the concentration of an oral dose. These harsh chemicals can lead to cancer, disrupt hormonal balance, mess with the reproductive systems, etc. So as my life is all about balance, I’ve come up with a formula that works for me. And hey, it may not work for you, but this works for me.
In terms of skin care for my face and products for hair, I try to avoid all the harsh chemicals as much as I can, but I can’t fully stop using products that contain them. I tried for about a year and a half, but those all natural, organic, chemical free products just didn’t give me the results that I needed for my face. I suffer from sun spots, discoloration, and large pores. So I tried A LOT of different products, but it just didn’t give me the glowing results that I yearned for. So I went back to the skin care products with all the harsh chemicals. But I made myself a commitment I would stick to all natural products when hydrating my body. And that’s called #balance. After all, my face is only about 1/6 of my skin, right? (see my logic here?)
Being very basic, I first tried coconut oil to hydrate my body right after I got out of the shower. However, this did not work for me. And I tried for about 2 months. Using coconut oil left my skin really dry and flaky. I feel like it just didn’t absorb into my skin at all. And I’ve tried using it right when I come out of the shower, while my skin was still damp. It still didn’t do it for me. So I stick to using coconut oil when I shave and sporadically to condition my hair.
Then my massage therapist recommended almond oil, but I notice I get tiny little bumps on my arms after using it for about a week. I gave it a break and then tried it again and noticed the tiny bumps again, only on my arms.
I’ve also tried 100% Shea Butter. This is slightly thick and can be difficult to spread on your skin. So I mix it with olive oil, rub it in between my palms to warm it up a bit and that completely does the trick. It leaves my skin completely soft and supple without all the toxic ingredients. Just note that it takes a while to fully absorb into the skin. So if you’re trying to fit into your skinny jeans right after, it’s probably not a great idea as it’ll get all over your skinnies. I typically use this combo right after the shower and before bed. For the days I need my natural oils to absorb quickly, I use a little bit of plain olive oil or Honest Company’s body oil. (all linked below)
I realize the below products doesn’t leave me smelling heavenly like the stuff from Bath and Body Works, but it’s a bit of a wellness tip that works for me. And I often times use essential oils around my neck and wrist for fragrance. I do have an obsession with perfumes, so it’s not to say that I don’t use them. I just don’t use them every day (again, all about balance). I can certainly do another post on essentials oils and their benefits.
I know there are a lot of other oils out there, so wondering if any of you had success with other oils for the body? Do share.