Have you decided to grow your claws long to accommodate all the itching ‘n scratching from winter itch and maybe even eczema? Welp, stop sharpening your claws because I have good news for you.
Throw away that toxic Vaseline and forget about sinking your hard earned cash into countless drug store lotions that disappoint. I am a self-proclaimed expert in the tragic field skin-itchology.
Winter itch plagued me for years. I relied on Vaseline as my only hope, but after learning about harm to our bodies caused by mineral oil found in petroleum jelly, popular lotions and other beauty products, it was an easy decision to throw that stuff in the trash.
Be sure to read my post on Mineral Oil: A Toxic Evil Lurking in Your Beauty Products to get informed. Do NOT put that stuff on yourself, and definitely don’t put it on your kids.
BEST NATURAL LOTIONS
The best lotions technically aren’t lotions at all — they are not blends or concoctions with a long list of ingredients on a label. Here’s why and how I use Fractionated Coconut Oil and 100% Shea Butter on myself and my family:
1. Fractionated Coconut Oil: Unlike virgin coconut oil that solidifies and then melts based on temperature, fractionated coconut oil a “fraction of the whole” where long chain triglycerides have been removed. This eliminates the issue of oxidation and provides for an indefinite shelf life with many uses in health and beauty that are safe.
Fractionated Coconut Oil Benefits
- light on the skin and non-greasy
- will not clog your pores
- effective hydration for skin
- will not cause skin irritation
- does not stain easily
- hailed for antioxidant and disinfecting qualities
- able to be ingested
- can be used as a carrier oil when mixed with other products
- low cost – a lot of bang for you buck
I use fractionated coconut oil on my face because of its lightweight quality that helps ward off breakouts and even minimized the growth of woman-whiskers on my chin (see video below). It’s also proved to be a healing regimen when dealing with eczema. Last year I had eczema that covered my entire upper back. It was itchy, uncomfortable and sometimes painful. Daily applications of Fractionated Coconut Oil (FCO) healed my back and keep eczema from returning. It’s highly recommended that you use FCO daily, especially during winter months, to prevent eczema from hounding you.
FCO can be used all over your body by itself, just same same as 100% Pure Shea Butter can, but when dealing with winter itch, combining these two “lotions” can prove to be even more powerful.
2. 100% Pure Shea Butter: Forget about beauty products that contain Shea butter as an ingredient far down on the label. Instead, choose 100% pure Shea butter. This lotion was my saving grace when I made the move away from mineral oil/petroleum-based beauty products. Although it looks like a block or slab, it melts easily in your hand and smooths onto the body nicely.
Don’t be alarmed by the packaging of some online Shea butter suppliers (brick & mortar stores charge more), as many of them ship the butter in a plastic bag or flimsy container. Be prepared to transfer the butter into a new container (maybe an old, empty beauty container) if you happen to experience this. It’s a minor inconvenience for getting a fantastic product that will do right by your skin.
Shea Butter Uses & Treatments
- contains Vitamin F for skin moisturizing & chapped, dry lips
- treats eczema and burns
- aids dark spots, stretch marks and scars
- helps restore skin elasticity
- deep hair conditioner
- natural sunscreen
- Vitamins A & E for skin balance & normalization
- provides collagen for anti-aging benefits
- pain reliever for swelling and arthritis
- massage aid for muscles and stiffness
- diaper rash treatment
- Shea Butter Full Profile
Greedy Baby has extremely dry skin. She gets ashy fast and has scratched her legs in her sleep to the point of rawness and bleeding on many occasions, causing her to have scabs (and scarring) on her legs later on. Daily applications of Shea butter prevent this from happening. Because her skin is so dry, it’s best that I apply it 2X day — morning and evening. As for the rest of my family, 1X day is good enough.
My family complained about Shea butter in the beginning because they were used to the texture of lotion, but Shea’s hydrating benefits proved itself to them quickly and whining has ceased.
Use Shea butter daily BEFORE symptoms of dryness start. Apply after getting out of the shower when skin is at maximum hydration.
FOR EXTREME CASES OF WINTER ITCH & ECZEMA
- Step 1: Generously apply fractionated coconut oil to affected areas daily.
- Step 2: Apply a layer of Shea butter over top of the FCO.
- Step 3: Repeat before bed, if necessary.
mineral oil exposed ~ how to get rid of chin hairs
If you have suggestions for any other 100% natural products that work well on the skin, please share it in the comments.