What causes dry skin?
- Hot showers
- Dry air of winter
- Sun and sunburn
- Salt water swims in the summer
- Mass produced skin care – chemicals and synthetic ingredients
These are some of the factors that that can really batter our skin causing it to dry, crack, peel and become vulnerable to bacteria and viruses. Our skin is our largest organ and it’s covered in a gazillion bacteria and a natural oil layer that helps protect our bodies. When our skin drys out the protective oil layer has gone and an imbalance in our skin bacteria occurs, creating further problems such as atopic dermatitis and eczema.
Getting Rid of Toxic Skincare
I used to slather my skin with a lot of toxic skincare. I was a sucker for all those products touting their amazing ability to soften, brighten, exfoliate, tighten, lift off and rid my skin of what I thought needed to go. A few years down the track, after becoming a mum and working out what was good for a new baby’s skin I realised I wanted the most gentle and non invasive products there were to find. I started reading labels and checking out stats and research on what these so called “natural” ingredients were all about. Too my shock, I’d been duped and came to the realisation that mass produced products are anything from natural and much more like a chemical cocktail! However the series of events that turned me from using “natural” shampoos and cleansers was when my daughter at the age of 8 developed an itch all over her body that would not subside. I also had the same itches but had managed to ignore mine until I realised that mine was just as bad. Those days are long gone since I discovered the amazing benefits of coconut oil and many other “raw” ingredients that I make my body care products from. This Coconut Oil and Honey Body Wash contains so many of my favourite ingredients, smells amazing and feels totally decadent on your skin.
Coconut Oil and Honey Body Wash Ingredients
Coconut oil – Hopefully you love coconut oil as much as I do! If you’re reading this then I’m figuring you do! I can’t rave about this oil enough and I’m always learning something really cool about it.
Cool Fact – Coconut oil’s MCFAs (medium chain fatty acids) are so similar to our skin’s sebum (natural oil layer) that it acts the same way on the skin. Part of our sebum is food for all those bugs that live on our skin and is then turned into MCFAs on the skin forming an antibacterial shield. Coconut oil behaves the same way. When we use it on our skin the lauric acid feeds the bacteria which activates the antibacterial and antiviral properties.
Besides that it is also one of the most moisturising oils. A recent study showed coconut oil had a greater ability than mineral oil in treating atopic dermatitis in children.
Honey – Antibacterial, Antiviral and Anti-fungal. Honey in it’s raw and organic state is teeming with health benefits both for inside our body and for our skin. It’s also a humectant which means it attracts moisture and retains it. From healing wounds to skin softening, raw honey is an ingredient that you need to have in your DIY skin care products.
Castile Soap – Probably the most gentlest cleanser on the market, Castile soap is full of skin loving oils such as hemp, coconut, olive and jojoba. I use Dr Bronner’s baby mild as it has no scent and then I can customise which essential oils I use.
Sweet Almond Oil – Sweet Almond oil is one of the safest and gentlest oils available. Perfect for babies and pregnant belly’s, almond oil penetrates deep into the skin, removes dirt and grime and is hypoallergenic.
Coconut Oil and Honey Body Wash
- Place all ingredients in a jar or bowl and mix gently.
- Pour into a glass bottle with a dispenser pump for easy access.
Do you make your own body wash? Ever thought about using honey on your skin? Will you? Let me know – stay in touch use the social buttons below or leave me a comment.