Many of us are becoming more aware of what we put into our body, but how about what we put on our body? The average woman uses around 13 different beauty products a day. This includes lotions, makeup, hair care products, and fragrances. Each of these products contain at least 20 different ingredients in them. The point is, that we are exposing ourselves to a ton of additional toxins each day; these toxins have a negative affect on our hormones and our cell health.
Today I am going to focus on making a simple change with your beauty products. Let’s start with your body lotion. We know that the the skin is the largest organ in our bodies. Think about when you rub sunscreen or lotion onto your skin how it dissolves into your pores. Every time we put lotion on, the ingredients (most of which are not regulated for safety) enter into our blood stream.
I have started to use coconut oil as lotion instead of conventional lotions. Yes, I do mean the coconut oil that you cook with too. I like to put my coconut oil (aka my new lotion) into a cute mason jar or airtight glass jar. Coconut oil works great for dry skin, psoriasis and eczema. It is gentle on the skin and contains zero toxins. It is also a great option for babies!
If the texture of coconut oil is not your thing, here is a recipe that you can whip up:
- 1 cup of hardened coconut oil
- 1 Tablespoon vitamin E
- 1-2 Tablespoon Aloe Vera Gel (optional)
- You can also add your favorite essential oil
Mix ingredients together in a stand-mixer for 7 minutes or until it becomes a whipped texture. Then place in an air-tight jar.
Go ahead, try it! Nourish your body with some delicious coconut oil lotion.