Sorry, I know I haven’t posted for a while. I decided to take a bit of time after grandma passed to remember her…plus I’ve had this awful cough for 5 weeks now so I haven’t been feeling the greatest. We’re not positive what this is but it’s definitely some kind of chest infection. I was put on antibiotics and given some kind of cough syrup and I think it’s slowly starting to go away. Everyone else in the house is coughing though, too. I can hear all three girls coughing at night and even Matthew is not feeling well now. Children under 6 really aren’t supposed to have cough medicine so I got them some Stodal honey cough syrup. It’s a homeopathic medicine with honey that’s really popular in the east. It seems to help their coughs so I am happy with it. I’ve also had my diffuser on constantly with Thieves oil to help!
Anyway, I guess I’ll start with what I wanted to talk about today. In the past I’ve talked about how awesome coconut oil is, and I’m sure this will not be the last time! I’ll be sharing a quick lotion recipe that is good for really dry skin and some lotions I love. First I’ll just share how I came about deciding to use it.
I’m sure that many of you suffer with eczema brought on by our harsh Saskatchewan winters. The dry air and cold winds just suck all the moisture out of our skin. All three of our girls have had it pretty bad on their faces; it doesn’t help that they’ve also had runny noses because of the cold, too. They always lick their lips and the skin around their lips, which also contributes to it. (I’ll add a picture sometime if it happens again, but we’ve been managing it pretty well so it hasn’t been bad in a while.) I mostly suffer with super dry hands in the winter time. If I don’t put lotion on many times a day, they will actually crack and bleed. It’s been like that as long as I can remember.
Anyway, they were all complaining that their faces hurt; and it really looked sore. They had red blotches all around their mouths and up their cheeks and their hands were just dried out as well. I could’ve went to the doctor and gotten a medicated lotion, but I wanted to try something a little simpler first so I found a recipe that only uses 3-4 ingredients. Here is the recipe that I use.
The Best Lotion For Dry Skin
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup shea butter
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
- 10 drops tea tree oil
Just whip it all together and you’re good to go! The longer you whip it, the fluffier it will get. Not everyone likes the smell of those two mixed together, but it really works. You can leave out the shea butter if you don’t have any. Coconut oil itself will work great!
I’ve never had a problem with dry skin on my face (in fact I have an oily T-zone so I’ve always been scared to put lotions on my face) but I put this on my face every morning after I shower and every night before bed and my skin feels amazing! I love how soft and healthy it makes my skin feel. Lavender and tea tree oil are both antibacterial so it’s just a great combination. I like to put this on my feet at night, too and I even put it on my tattoo to brighten it up.
I know I’ve said this before, but I love the Barefoot Venus lotions. I use these for my hands every single day. They have many great scents and they use natural ingredients, which I love! My favorite one is this macadamia oil body cream which is scented with pink grapefruit, bergamot and peppermint oils. I also really like the Hunny Mango body cream because the smell reminds me of Hawaii.
At night time I like to use the instant hand repair butters. You can get them in any scent that the creams come in. Right now I have the Vanilla Shake, but I’m not a huge vanilla fan and I prefer the citrus scents. I like these at night because they are heavier and don’t soak in as quickly so they work all night and in the morning my hands are nice and soft.
The only place in town I’ve found these at is Pharmasave. They always have some testers there so you can try or smell them to which one you like. I like the Lilly Pilly and Gingerly scents as well but haven’t tried them yet as one bottle lasts quite a while. I have tried the Gingerly hand soap, though, and quite enjoyed it. I also love their mustard bath because it smells amazing and makes you feel really relaxed.
That’s all for now! I hope you enjoy the dry skin lotion, I know we have. I keep a jar upstairs for bedtime and one in the diaper bag for travel. The girls ask for it every single night because they know it works. They want me to put it on every singly “owie” they get because they think it fixes everything. I also hope you enjoy the lotion suggestions. I’ve had incredibly dry hands since I was a child (ask my mom!) and this stuff has definitely worked the best.
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