Now I am going to speak as a Science Teacher for just a moment. The skin or integumentary system, is the largest organ in our body, so we must take good care of it to prevent infection and disease. Your skin the first line of defense for your body. Think about when you get a cut or scrape. You have layers of skin that prevents those germs from entering your body. Your skin cells go into action to create new skin as part of the healing process. Your skin also protects your internal organs, bones, muscles, etc. If you take good care of your skin, your skin will take good care of you. Okay, I am taking my teacher hat off....
Shea Butter Body Moisturizer
8-10 ounces Shea butter, I get mine at the beauty supply store, I get the chunky shea butter because it is easier to break apart.
Large bowl to mix ingredients in
All of these natural oils have numerous benefits. One thing that they all have in common is that they are excellent skin moisturizers. Almost all of them can be beneficial for those who struggle with dry skin, psoriasis, dermatitis and eczema. I could do a blog post about each one! But I am going to mention the important points that I found during my research.
9. Apricot oil is very gentle and light on the skin. Therefore, it works great as a moisturizer, skin softener, and as a massage oil. Apricot oil contains Vitamin B17, which helps prevent cancer. Like most of the other natural oils, apricot oil is an anti-inflammatory, so it can aid in reducing pain caused by arthritis. Apricot oil also dehydrates your skin and contains gamma linoleic acid, which helps to firm and tone your skin. It also contains vitamins A and E which slow down the aging process.
10. Shea butter has numerous benefits. It is a moisturizer and it provides protection from the sun and wind. Shea butter can help with eczema, skin rashes, peeling skin, and stretch marks. It also helps to heal wounds and even your skin tone.
The oils are a small investment up front; however, they will last you a long time. I purchased all of mine last summer and, with the exception of the coconut oil that I use on my hair daily, the almond oil is the only one that will need to be replaced soon (and I still probably have at least 8 ounces left in the bottle now).