Just a quickie for you today.
I’m terrible – I mean AWFUL – at moisturizing my body. I take good care of my face but I can never be bothered to put on body lotion…especially not in the summer when it’s steamy outside.
I’ve also been doing more research on the products I’ve been putting on my skin lately, since what’s put on the skin is absorbed into our bodies and bloodstream. I’ve switched over to natural mineral sunscreen (love my Coola!) and started using an oil-based skin care regimen (I use olive oil and castor oil to wash, and avocado, tamanu and grapeseed oils to moisturize) and have been shocked by how well my skin has reacted. The last on my list was body moisturizer.
I shopped around some natural food stores, and hit up our newest local eco store, Terra20, to see what was out there. The thought of spending $15+ on a natural body lotion didn’t sit well with me, so I hit google for other options. There, I stumbled upon lots of rave reviews of coconut oil and other body oils, so I decided that after my next shower I’d slather myself in coconut oil – I mean I keep the stuff around anyway, might as well use it! The plus is that I smelled delightful; the con is that I could have competed in a luge competition…sans sled.
One day, I ran out of shaving lotion and, in a pinch, decided to use an avocado oil I’d bought for salad dressings. My legs had never felt softer! The next time I showered, I decided to moisturize my whole body in the shower with the avocado oil and give a quick rinse before getting out. The result is seriously amazing – my skin is SO soft and well-moisturized! You can use any oil you want, but I’m loving my $8.99 President’s Choice Black Label Avocado Oil – and it’s got one ingredient: extra virgin avocado oil. In case you’re curious, avocado oil has the following benefits for the skin (from this website):
- Strong UV absorption properties
- Regenerates connective skin tissue and inhibits bacteria growth
- Nourishes and repairs dehydrated, scarred or mature skin
- Stimulates collagen metabolism to retard visible signs of aging
- Accelerates the healing process to wounds and skin burns
- High levels of fatty acids to keep skin moisturized