We’ve been contending with eczema pretty much ever since my son was born. It comes and goes but we have to cream my son up daily. Of course, we tried a few products: aveeno baby, aveeno eczema, plain old vaseline… our pediatrician even wrote up a prescription for a cortisone cream when we had our 4 month appointment.
Though these products did work, I wasn’t entirely satisfied. For starters, when my son started putting his hands in his mouth, I was reluctant to use anything that was…chemical (for lack of a better word) on him. As for the cortisone cream, though it worked wonders, I have only used it a few times sparingly because it thins the skin (not something you want with a baby whose nails seem to grow even as you trim them…).
And so, the search for a good DIY cream began. I first found this recipe for a simple beeswax lotion and immediately fell in love with it. Encouraged by the simplicity and effectiveness, I began researching other combinations of ingredients. This is what I came up with for my latest batch.
DIY Soothing Skin Salve
What’s the deal with these ingredients?
- Olive oil: used for its anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties, plus it doesn’t clog pores.
- Coconut oil: is an awesome moisturizer and, much like olive oil, it doesn’t clog pores. But the best part? The smell!
- Almond oil: it’s a great sun protector, acts as a moisturizer and reduces skin irritation.
- Cocoa butter: another great moisturizer…that smells great!
- Honey: used for it’s natural ability at absorbing and retaining moisture and anti-microbial properties.
- Beeswax: it is protectant, acting as a barrier (to drool, for instance) while still allowing the skin to breathe and has natural anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiviral benefits.
- Vitamin E oil: it helps the healing process if applied topically because it speeds up cell regeneration. It is also offers protection from the sun.
What you need to do
1. Measure out your ingredients:
- - 3/4 cup olive oil
- - 1/4 cup almond oil
- - 1/2 cup coconut oil
- - 1/4 (or about 0.5 oz) cocoa butter
- - 2 oz beeswax (pellets melt faster, but I bought a 1lb block from a local beekeeper)
- - 2 tablespoon honey
- - 5 capsules (or about 1/8 tsp) vitamin E oil.
2. Stick everything but the vitamin E in a large sterile canning jar and stick that in a pot filled with water that reaches up to at least 1/3 of the level of the canning jar.
3. Bring up to medium heat and stir occasionally until completely melted.
4. Remove from heat and stir in the vitamin E
5. Let cool at room temperature or in the fridge stirring every quarter hour. Or be lazy like me and pour it into some small tins that you’re certain won’t break if you drop them (not that I’d ever drop a glass jar or anything…)
6. Apply on dry skin and keep this recipe to yourself, letting everyone else keep buying their overpriced moisturizers ;).