Skincare DIY: Lotion Bars

This winter has been particularly tough across most of the country with extreme cold temperatures and lots of snow and freezing rain. The extreme weather can wreak havoc on skin. It is important to treat and protect dry skin on your body with serious moisture. With all of the powerhouse products out there it is easy to overlook that sometimes the perfect product is right in your pantry. Why buy when you can DIY?

lotions-bars

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Lotion bars are super moisturizers in a solid form (they usually look like soap bars)  which are fantastic for treating skin that has been beaten up and dried out by the elements.

Lotion bars are a DIY favorite for those looking to use natural ingredients, and who want to know exactly what they are putting on their body. Without any chemicals, lotion bars are a great alternative for those with sensitive skin or who suffer from serious skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis that can be aggravated by chemicals.

Lotion bars stay solid as long as they are kept at room temperature or lower. To use as a moisturizer, simply take the lotion bar in your hand, and warm it up.  The heat from your hands will melt a small part of the bar and you can rub the lotion onto your body.

The lotion can feel a bit greasy (which is heaven for dry skin) so it is best to begin with a small amount. Once the lotion absorbs you can determine if you need to apply more. Some people prefer to use lotion bars at night so the product has all night to penetrate the layers of the skin, but if you have extremely dry skin you can use lotion bars during the day as well. Just make sure you allow the lotion to fully absorb before you put on clothes.

Some common ingredients you will find in lotion bars:

Shea butter, Mango butter, Cocoa butter

All of these are known for being high in saturated fatty acids, which act as emollients to add moisture to skin and soothe it when it’s dry. They also contain antioxidants which help fight off free radical damage.

Beeswax

Is a natural and non-toxic “thickening agent,” which means that it helps thicken products and make them easier to use and more spreadable on the skin. Beeswax can also help form a protective barrier that helps protect it from environmental assaults, while also holding in moisture and reducing dryness.

Coconut oil  

Known for increasing hydration and reducing water loss in seriously dry skin.

Avocado oil

It is high in vitamin E, which can improve the condition of the skin, and it can be used to moisturize, soothe irritated skin, and keep skin smooth.

Argan oil

High in vitamin E, essential fatty acids and antioxidants, and experts believe it can help with many skin conditions

Making lotion bars at home is more involved then certain DIY skin care items, but just as easy once you have the right tools and ingredients. When first starting out, you can use simple muffin tins that you already have in your pantry for molds.

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Here are 3 recipes we like, all with great tips!

http://thecoconutmama.com/2012/11/coconut-oil-lotion-bar/

 http://wellnessmama.com/15193/lotion-bar-sticks/

http://www.soapqueen.com/bath-and-body-tutorials/argan-sandwood-lotion-bar/

If you and your skin are tired of this cold weather, you are not alone.  Stay warm inside this weekend and get productive making DIY moisturizing, all natural lotion bars.  Let us know what you think about the recipes and don’t forget to share your favorite Skincare DIY recipe on our Facebook page!

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