Today we need to talk about dry skin - fun subject right? The grey, cold, yuck winter weather doesn't seem to be ending and we have been battling Macie's dry skin and possible eczema for a long time now. I am at my end with it. I know it comes as no shock that I am not one to jump on the medical bandwagon of lotions and creams and steroids and all of her allergy panels came back normal (yay!) so we are back at square one.
As nice as it is to know that she isn't allergic to the world, it's hard to know the next step so I decided it was time to bring in the big guns of lotions. After doing some research and looking at a lot of different options and discussing it with my research guru (Miranda), I decided to try a salve that I found on Camp Wander. I am going to tell you, there have been updates to the posts a few times with a few variations on this salve and some different ratios, but I went with the original - original is always the best right?
Everything in here is pretty straight forward but I had a hard time getting my hands on the beeswax pastilles. I had no idea it was such a popular item in Charlotte, everyone was out of it. I ended up finding some on Amazon and it was delivered right to my door. I love that. I decided to half the recipe for the salve since this was going to be my tester batch. After getting my beeswax delivered to my door, it was time to get to work.
1/4 C Olive Oil
1/4 C Coconut Oil
1 Tbsp Beeswax Pastilles
10 drops Lavender essential oil
5 drops Lemon essential oil
5 drops Melaleuca/tea tree oil
Melt the coconut, olive oil and beeswax in a warm bath, stirring every few minutes until melted. Add the essential oils. Stir, then pour into glass jars of your choice (I would go with small jars) and let cool. Put a paper towel over the jars while cooling and wait to cover with lids until completely cooled.
After my little concoction was all nice and cool, I decided to try some out on my overly dry hands and it really did seem to help. Allen used it on his hands and we put it on Macie after bath and it seemed to soak right in. My hands seem so much softer and Macie's skin seems (fingers crossed) to not be so dry and cracked. I'll keep you posted on our skin issues as exciting as it all is. If this turns out to be a great miracle salve and Macie's skin completely clears up I'll shout it from the rooftops!
What do you use for dry skin?? Any suggestions?