I am a creature of habit and one thing I do not skip is applying a daily moisturizer. For as long as I can remember I have applied lotion all over my body post-shower EVERY single time no matter what.
I have a thing with dry skin, it’s itchy, doesn’t look great and I’m convinced it ages you faster.
While I’m consistent with the application and pride myself for being on top of this self-care ritual, I can’t say I was always careful with checking what ingredients were in my lotion.
Lotion doesn’t just sit on top of our skin, we absorb it through our skin rather quickly. If you’re like I was, you really didn’t give too much thought as to what you were slathering all over your skin.
The truth is we were/are literally applying a toxic substance to our largest organ, letting it become absorbed into our bodies without even thinking about it! In most of the brand name lotions we use there are dozens of ingredients that have been found to be toxic or potentially hazardous.
While it’s a good general rule to stay away from non-gmo ingredients and look for all natural products, it’s extremely important to read the ingredient list of what you are using daily on your body or around your home.
But don’t panic, I’ve broken it down to a simple list of what to look out for when shopping for your lotions and beauty products.
I’ve also included a super simple DIY lotion recipe that is affordable and versatile so you can tailor it to meet your needs and maybe make a couple batches to give as gifts to friends and family.
Top Toxic Ingredients To Avoid
- Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA)
- DMDM Hydantoin
- Fragrance or Parfum
- Retinyl Palmitate
- Polyethylene glycol
MSF Coconut Oil Lotion
1/3 c Shea butter
1/3 c coconut oil
1 tsp vitamin E (for additional skin benefits)
8-10 drops essential oil (I used lavender for calming properties)
Warm Shea butter to soften (1-2 min in microwave), mix with room temperature coconut oil with a hand mixer until smooth. Add vitamin E oil and drops of essential oil. Pour into desired container and place in refrigerator to solidify.
Happy hump day friends! I hope you’re having a great week 🙂 I am off to watch some Ellen I recorded and catch up on e-mails. I’m hoping to get some more recipes tested the next few weeks before we get ready for our trip to Greece in June.
Is there anything you are craving or want me to make? Are you traveling this summer? Would love to hear your plans!