Winter time for me is always a battle with dry skin. Dry, itchy, winter skin. Yuck.
In years past, I’ve been known to resort to just smearing some petroleum jelly on my hands to try to give them some lasting moisture but that’s such a greasy option. The other option of hand and body lotions feels good going on, but they just don’t seem to last and they don’t seem to give me any long-term relief for my dry skin.
Maybe because the first ingredient in almost any hand or body lotion is water. And what does water do?
I will note here that there’s a water based mixture that I have been quite happy with, and that’s my Glycerin Moisturizing Spray. The addition of the glycerin gives it some staying power for dry skin. But this year I began to wonder if I could create a new moisturizer – a moisturizer made with oil. Whenever I use a hand scrub made with oil, I love how soft and moisturized my hands feel. Any scrub like this needs rinsing though, and I wanted to make a mixture that I could just rub into my skin with no rinsing off needed.
So I knew I wanted to make a moisturizer with an oil base. I settled on using the following ingredients:
Olive Oil – For the main ingredient I used the ordinary olive oil I have in my cupboard.
Coconut Oil – Coconut oil is solid at room temperature so I knew it would not only give the mixture some more substance but because it’s an oil, it would also be moisturizing. Coconut oil can also be found in most grocery stores now too.
Beeswax – Beeswax is also hard at room temperature and gives the mixture some substance.
Vitamin E Oil – I also decided to add some Vitamin E Oil to the mixture. The benefits of Vitamin E oil for skin are many, including helping to prevent water loss from skin and helping your skin retain its natural moisture. It’s also known to be good for fingernails and cuticles. You can find Vitamin E oil at Target stores in the vitamin area. But it’s not that cheap (at the time of this writing, a 2.5 oz bottle cost $8.79 ) so I’ve made this an optional ingredient.
(I’ve also included Amazon links to each of the ingredients in the recipe below)
The above ingredients are combined in a small glass container, and then melted in a hot water bath in a saucepan on the stove. Once everything is melted together, you pour it into another small jar for storage. It cools to a gel-like consistency.
Does It Work?
This is a fairly new experiment for me, but so far – so good! It’s leaving my skin VERY soft and it really does seem to keep my skin moist much longer.
It is, of course, a more oily mixture than a traditional hand lotion (which is why I’m liking it!) so your skin has a little oily sheen for a brief time after you apply it. That’s OK to me. I like that my skin looks moist rather than all dry and flaky. There’s also been no problem with it transferring to clothing.
I’ve used this mixture on all parts of my body – hands, arms, legs, tummy, and even sparingly on my face.
Here’s how to do it:
Olive Oil Moisturizing Jelly
- 1/3 cup Olive Oil
- 2 tablespoons Coconut Oil
- 2 tablespoons Beeswax
- 1/2 teaspoon Vitamin E Oil (optional)
Note: If you are not using beeswax pellets, begin by grating some beeswax. You can use a grater, or just carefully scrape some off the block of beeswax with a knife, and then measure out your 2 tablespoons of shavings.
Combine the olive oil, the coconut oil, the beeswax, and the vitamin E oil (if using) in a glass jar. I used a pint sized canning jar. Put a couple inches of water in a small saucepan, and then set the jar of ingredients in the water.
Place your pan on the stove and begin to heat. As the water heats up, the contents in your jar will begin to melt. You can jiggle the jar around a bit to swirl the coconut oil and beeswax as they are melting. Heat until everything is completed melted.
Pour the melted ingredients into a small jar or tin for storage.
This recipe makes about 3 fluid ounces of melted liquid and will take about an hour to cool into its finished gel-like consistency.
To Use: It doesn’t take much of this moisturizer to moisten your skin. A little bit can do the job. I just dip the tips of a couple of my fingers in the jar and then spread that bit around on my skin – and then I repeat as needed.
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