A question from one of our Healthy Moms from HealthyStepsforMoms was what lotion should she use for her dry skin during the winter.
I have an simple idea that has helped me a lot, but it wasn’t my idea – I got it from my friend who has the most beautiful skin.
This is the story. I was at a gathering and I asked my friend who has such soft, clear skin what kind of lotion she uses. I knew she made a lot of her own lotions and beauty creams, and I wanted her recipes.
She took me aside, and seemed a little embarrassed and said quietly, “Christina,I don’t use soap anymore.”
“What do you mean?” I replied a bit puzzled.
“I don’t use soap in the shower anymore.”
“Ok, that is great…. All I want to know what kind of lotion you use to keep your skin moisturized. Mine gets dry in the winter – what is your lotion recipe, I know you have a good one.”
“I don’t use lotion – I don’t need lotion – because I don’t use soap in the shower anymore.”
“What?” Now I was really confused. “What do you mean?”
So she explain to me the secrets of fat, which I’ll share with you!
Every cell in our body has a membrane that is made of special fat cells. These fat cells are very important in lots of ways.
Now, the reason why soap cleans is because it breaks down fat. Think of your dishes and how the liquid soap breaks down that fat on the plate.
When you are taking a shower and scrubbing up – you are breaking down your fat molecules on the out layer of your skin, leading to dryness.
That is the opposite of what you want, right!
What I did before I knew the Secret of Fat was to try another soap or another type of skin or hand lotion.
We are going to go about this differently! And you’ll find it works great, saves you time and money.
You’ll save time because you are not going to have to “loob up” after your shower or at bedtime and you’ll save $$ because you will not have to spend $ on different body lotions and hand lotions anymore.
We are going to do what my friend shared with me – remember she doesn’t use soap anymore! Instead of cleaning with soap – we are going to clean with fat.
I’m not suggesting we grab the fat from our hamburgers – I’m talking about using some of the basic ingredients you find in your lotions – fatty oils such as coconut or olive or grape seed oil or avocado.
You’ll be surprised how easy it is!!
- Get wet
- Oil up
- Rinse off
- Dry off
- Get on with your day
Your recipe will be determined by you – how oily or how much scrubby exfoliation you want and what aroma you want.
If you think I’m kinda crazy and you are not ready for this yet – try it just for your hands first. Keep this mix by the sink, and use this to wash your hands with instead of soap. See how your hands feel after a week. Then you might be open to trying it in the shower 🙂
Points to make:
- This is great for a daily hop in the shower to get ready for the day.
- If I’m in the garden and muddy – soap is nice. (I love black liquid soap.)
- Use a spoon to take some of the scrub out. That way it doesn’t get all watery.
- Take care of your hair first! You don’t want to put your oily hands in your hair.
- Adding a good quality Omega vitamins is also helpful in keeping your skin moisturized. (This is my all time favorite Omega)
- This is for generally dry skin. If you are dealing with more than that, remember skin health is directly related to gut health.
- This is not meant for your face as the face has such delicate and different skin then our bodies.
Here is the basic recipe to make a small batch.
You can double and triple as needed. Also you should play and adjust to amounts to find texture that feels good for you.
2 tablespoons of fat (mix or use 1, coconut, avocado, safflower, grape seed)
1-3 tablespoons of salt (epsom, Himalayan, sea)
1-2 drops of Essential Oils
Lavender, geranium to support skin
Eucalyptus to support respiratory system
Thieves to use with hand scrub – protects and supports immune system.
I hope these Healthy Tips help you on your wellness journey too!
If you use a tip, I’d love to hear how it supported you. If you have any questions – please ask away!