Chapped Skin Body Butter

September 14, 2018

With the weather turning cool and winter fast approaching, dry chapped skin is right around the corner. Winters here in the mid-west can be brutal compared to the ones I prefer in the south. We actually get the dreaded snow, whipping wind, and freezing rain! I pray every year it wont snow, but somehow those prayers fall upon deaf ears! Ha!

Since my DD has mild eczema I foresee her skin getting worse this winter. We have finally got her skin calmed after switching to a plant derived laundry detergent and started bathing her in a gentle cleanser (Baby Dove). While I am not affiliated with them in product endorsements, I have to share that they are one of the brands on the National Eczema Associations list of products that are safe to use. I was using an organic baby wash, but just because it's a clean product does not mean it's a great choice for babies with eczema.

In case you did not know- eczema is a skin condition characterized by itchiness and inflammation of the skin. Also known as dermatitis, eczema is more prevalent in babies and young kids. According to my pediatrician it is more common with those who are fair skinned. Eczema usually appears on the face, knees and inside of the elbows but can show up anywhere on the body.

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This body butter is very efficient in helping to heal eczema because it's so rich in vitamins A, E and F which aids the healing of dry, inflamed, or damaged skin. The anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties of shea butter also help in treating eczema breakouts.

Really it's not to much science involved but I do like to put on my lab coat once in a while to feel important and powerful! Really it's just a crusty old kitchen apron but one needs to really know that.

Here is what you will need:

  • 3 tbsp unrefined shea butter 
  • 2 tbsp cocoa butter 
  • ¼ cup coconut oil 
  • 1 tsp jojoba oil 
  • 2 vitamin E capsules
  • 1 tsp aloe vera gel 

1. You will need to create a double-boiler system to melt and incorporate all the ingredients together. 
(Tip: To make a double boiler, simply place a large sauce pan with water on your stove. Now place a smaller sauce pan or glass bowl over the top of the heated water.) 

2. Add the first four ingredients to pan. Slowly melt them together, stirring often.

3. Once melted remove from heat stir in your aloe vera gel. Then snip of the edges of 2 vitamin E capsules and squeeze the oil into the melted lotion mixture. Stir vigorously with a whisk until all ingredients are well combined.

4. Now place your lotion mixture in the refrigerator for about 15-20 minutes so that it can partially solidify. 

5. Now remove from refrigerator and whip it using a hand mixer for about 2-3 minutes until you get a creamy consistency.

6. Transfer to your containers.

7. Store your body butter in a cool, dry and dark place. This lotion will stay good for 2 years unless you use it all up before then!

What is your favorite go to treatment for your little ones skin?

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  3. so excited to try this! i've been looking for an all natural "whipped" lotion after I had my first massage. thanks for sharing! new follower :)



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