Easy Winter Skincare Recipe

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If you get dry itchy winter skin like I do, then you will enjoy this simple recipe.  I call it my Wonderstick because it has many uses including moisturizer, natural deodorant, diaper rash stick, and friction stick.  It is made with just 4 ingredients: beeswax, coconut oil, non-nano zinc oxide and butter.  I like to use half shea butter and half mango butter, but you can choose your favorite.  

Butters

Butters are created from natural ingredients such as beans, nuts and seeds. These natural butters are all very moisturizing.  They may also have other properties such as anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. They may also contain vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids.  After you take a bath or a shower when your pores are open from the heat, apply butter and it will absorb better.

Avocado Butter

Avocado butter contains the antioxidants vitamins A, E and D, a natural sunscreen that protects your skin and hair from the damaging effects of the ultraviolet radiation of the sun, and lecithin and unsaturated fatty acids.   It is also able to hydrate dry, mature skin, and hair and is helpful to nails and cuticles. Use it on the face, body, lips, and the hair.  Avocado butter can reduce the appearance of age spots, also known as liver spots.

Babassu Butter

Babassu is a palm tree native to Brazil. It will melt in your hands and easily penetrate the skin.  This butter contains lots of vitamin E which supports and helps create new collagen and elastin. It helps the skin’s elasticity and lessen fine lines and wrinkles.  It also contains fatty acids which help keep skin from sagging and helps skin retain moisture and look younger.

Cocoa Butter

Cocoa butter is an excellent facial moisturizer and prevents dryness and peeling.  It heals chapped lips. It is an emollient. This means it protects lips by adding a protective moisturizing layer to them. 

Cocoa butter helps skin elasticity, skin tone, and collagen retention and production.  It is gentle and good at soothing burns, rashes, infections, and things like eczema or dermatitis.  It is also beneficial to use cocoa butter as a pre-shave lotion to prevent nicks from occurring and to have softer skin.

Kokum Butter

Kokum butter is high in essential fatty acids, poly unsaturated fats, has a high steric content, and vitamin E.  This butter has anti-inflammatory properties and is a great ingredient for sensitive skin.  It is non-comedogenic, absorbs into the skin quickly, and is not greasy and lightweight. Kokum butter can help regenerate skin cells and prevents the degeneration of cells and adds elasticity and flexibility to skin. It fights signs of aging and acne.  It is great for dry, cracked, rough and calloused skin.

Mango Butter

Mango butter contains natural antioxidants, vitamins A and E, and essential fatty acids. It is a great choice because it moisturizes dry or rough skin, itchy skin, cracking skin, skin rashes, small skin wounds, and peeling.   It works on fine lines and wrinkles, blemishes, and stretch marks. Use it in a shaving cream for a smooth shave.   It treats sunburn, insect bites, poison ivy, poison oak, eczema and dermatitis.

Shea Butter

Shea butter has a high concentration of vitamin, antioxidants and fatty acids including linoleic, oleic, stearic, and palmitic acids. Its antifungal and anti-bacterial properties can help fight skin infections and the bacteria on the skin. It is anti- inflammatory which helps for things like wind-blown skin and eczema.  It is good for all skin types.  Antioxidants help shea butter to protect your skin from free radicals which lead to premature aging.  It may help acne, fine lines and wrinkles.  It may help prevent hair breakage and dandruff.  Shea butter may also help sunburn, eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, wounds, and insect bites.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is the substance that oozes out when the coconut nut is pressed. It involves gathering and crushing the fruit’s meat and pouring it into a piece of wickerwork covered in gauze.  Water is then added to the pulp then kneaded. Oil rises to the surface.

Coconut oil contains close to 50% lauric acid, myristic acid, caprylic and capric acids, palmitic acid, oleic acid, linoleic acid, steric acid vitamin A, and Vitamin E.

Coconut oil is well absorbed by the skin, anti-bacterial, antifungal, and antimicrobial. It helps with cell turnover and the skin’s appearance and protects skin against oxidation. It is a good makeup remover and lip balm. 

Coconut oil is good for normal or dry skin. It may block pores and cause blackheads.

Zinc Oxide

Zinc Oxide is a chemical compound used to help skin damage. You can use zinc oxide in creams, make-up, moisturizers, deodorant, sunscreen, or diaper rash cream.

It acts as a protective barrier, seals in moisture, is antibacterial, supports wound healing, burns, scars, and irritated skin.  This ingredient is helpful as it is anti-aging, treats acne, rosacea, psoriasis, eczema and diaper rash. It helps prevent sunburn and helps to shrink pores.

Zinc oxide may cause an allergic reaction.  If you are using zinc powder, make sure you are using non-nano zinc oxide.

Recipe

Ingredients:

¼ cup coconut oil

¼ cup butter (I use half mango, half shea)

¼ cup beeswax

1 tablespoon non-nano zinc oxide

essential oils

Directions: Melt all ingredients except for the essential oils in a double boiler.  Add essential oils and pour into twist up containers.  You can purchase empty containers or re-use old deodorant containers.

If you enjoyed this recipe, then please consider reading my book Carrie’s Herbal Infused Skincare Cookbook, or following me on Substack.

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