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How to Combat Dry Skin

Words: Danielle Williams
Photo Credit: Valeria Smirnova

During springtime, my hands take a beating. The cold, dry air and occasional Santa Ana winds in Southern California both contribute to my skin’s inability to retain moisture. Over the years, I have tried numerous hand lotions and creams to prevent any cracks and add hydration. My latest find — a thick ginger and lime hand lotion — came last year after I was experiencing the most extreme dry hands I have ever encountered.

Since I was going through the lotion so quickly, I decided to whip up a homemade whipped body butter to save on costs. This recipe is even more luxurious than the store-bought option, and I like the ability to switch up the essential oils depending on my mood. Whether you suffer from dry skin like me or you’re looking for a new recipe to try, this one is perfect with only a few ingredients needed.

You Will Need:

-½ cup shea butter

-¼ cup coconut oil

-¼ cup grapeseed oil

-Glass measuring cup: large

-10–20 drops ginger & lime essential oils (optional)

-Handheld mixer

-Containers

To Make:

Add the shea butter, coconut oil, and grapeseed oil to a large glass measuring cup, and melt in the microwave in 20-second increments. Once everything is liquid, let the mixture partially set up before moving to the next step. To speed up the process, you can place the mixture in the freezer. Be sure to set an alarm so you don’t forget about it! Once it is partially set, opaque, and holds indentation, it is ready for the next step. 

Add the essential oils, if desired. Whip the mixture with a handheld mixer until fluffy and stiff peaks form. Scoop the whipped body butter into your containers of choice, and package as desired. To combat problematic dry skin, apply body butter to those areas, making sure to rub it in thoroughly. If the butter starts to melt at room temperature, simply re-whip it and store it in the fridge until ready to use.

Notes:

-This whipped body butter does leave my skin feeling a little greasy, so I prefer to lather it on before bed for smooth, supple skin in the morning.

-Although I use this primarily on my hands, you can apply it to any skin areas that are rough and dry.

Danielle Williams is the assistant senior managing editor for Stampington & Company. She lives in Orange County, California, with her husband, daughter, and opinionated cat.

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