This is what I do instead of wearing lotion. Right after I get out of the shower, while I’m still sopping wet, I rub oils all over my body, (except for my face) and THEN I towel off. My skin gets really moisturized because my pores are open and my skin is wet. But my pores don’t get clogged, because I towel off the excess. I still use my Whipped Shea on my elbows, knees and heels, (even my hair) but usually at night before bed. I don’t have a lot of time in the morning, so this method speeds things up. I also like that it’s more cost effective than buying retail body oils.
1/8 cup Organic unrefined coconut oil
1/8 cup jojoba oil
1/8 cup grape seed oil or apricot kernel oil
5 drops essential oil (peppermint, anise, or lemongrass are great to use first thing in the morning!)
Glass bottle or jar with a airtight top or stopper
Pour all 3 oils into container, and shake. After showering, pour a little in your hand and rub into damp skin, then dry off and go! Just be sure to wipe off all the excess oil, (you don’t want to stain your clothes!)
You can use any base oils you want, except for Baby Oil (mineral oil) or anything with petrolatum in it because they will clog your pores and can cause rashes. Below are the benefits of using the oils listed…
Organic unrefined coconut oil - derived from the fruit of the coconut palm. Rich in antioxidants and can provide fantastic benefits on making your skin younger. Softens skin and it forms a barrier against infection, softens and moisturizes, and prevents wrinkling, sagging and age spots. It even naturally protects from UV rays. My favorite reason for using it? It smells like coconut! LOL
Jojoba Oil – technically a wax, it is chemically very similar to the human body’s own natural oils, which is why it penetrates the skin so well and leaves hardly any residue. It does not turn rancid or need any refrigeration.
Grape seed Oil – Grape seed oil has the same poly-phenols (which are antioxidants) as green tea, black tea, berries and red wine. Poly-phenols can help slow the process of aging, as well as having anti inflammatory and anti oxidant properties, which makes it great for helping clear up acne. Using this oil will help prevent pores clogging and breakouts, it is good for oily skin as well. I personally use it at night around my eyes to fight wrinkles.