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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Healthy Lotion


I told you two days ago that I was rounding up these lotion bottles and throwing them out.  I knew they had chemicals in them, but I was desperate.  As I described here, my skin was plagued by dermatitis.  Happy to be free from that, I no longer need these.  Click here to read how I finally found relief.

Toxins
What's wrong with typical lotion?  Ingredients like parabens, propylene glycol, synthetic fragrances, mineral oil (a petroleum product), and more.  These toxins don't sit on top of your skin, they soak into the body.  And I have recently learned that those toxins remain stored away in our fat cells.  I would have assumed that the liver was filtering these things out, and they were being eliminated within a few days.  Wrong.  And these stored toxins increase cancer likelihood.  Speaking of that, did you know the chances of getting cancer have risen to one in three?  I don't say this to spread fear.  You can be proactive and change your diet, and get rid of chemically-laden personal care products.  And if you or someone you know is dealing with cancer, please check out Terry Tillaart on YouTube.


Oil
I tried to use natural oil instead of lotion, like coconut oil, olive oil, and jojoba oil.  However, your skin needs water; oil alone doesn't moisturize enough.  I found that my skin would actually get drier using only oil.  I really think it was blocking water from getting into the skin.  I will use it occasionally, but prolonged use seems to be the problem.  Sometimes, when I'm working in the kitchen I will put olive oil on my hands.  That way, it stays on through all the hand-rinsing I'm doing, when cooking, and if it gets on my food, it's edible.  If you are going to use oil, it does work best right after you've washed your hands, putting the oil on while your hands are still damp--it locks in that water on your skin.  DO NOT let water get into a bottle of oil, though, it will mold.

Water
Lotion's main ingredient is water.  It is an emulsion of water and oil, with a few added bonus ingredients.  One bonus ingredient that is good to look for is glycerin.  Glycerin is a humectant, which means it will pull moisture from the air into your skin.  That's water, and that's what you skin wants.  Another great way to keep your skin moist is to drink plenty of water.  Drink half your body weight in ounces.  If you weigh 140 pounds, drink 70 ounces of water per day.

Lotion
When I started to finally see some relief, this summer, from dermatitis, I stopped using regular lotion.  But I still had dry skin.  I was so hooked on lotion, I was putting it on every single time I washed my hands.  I needed something to take its place.  I saw this lotion recommended online.  It looks like a good list of ingredients, and it is very thick and moisturizing, but it is very, very fragrant.  On the side of the bottle it states that it contains no parabens, no phthalates, no paraffin, no formaldehyde, no propylene glycol, no mineral oil, no synthetic fragrance, no animal testing, no PABA, no synthetic color, no DEA, and no animal ingredients.   It seems like a great lotion for legs after shaving, but it was not the best for my hand, in its irritated state (at the point before it was totally healed).






Lanolin
I then bought this.  Pure lanolin. I've used lanolin off and on over the years.  I tried to see if it would heal the dermatitis, years ago, but it didn't work.  Lanolin is thick and sticky, but it certainly moisturizes dry skin.  And it doesn't wash off with one washing, so it protects better than lotion.  A little lanolin goes a long way.  I started using this after most hand-washings, instead of traditional lotion.  Now that my hand is totally healed up I find I'm only applying it about once every other day.  Lanolin is an animal product.  If you don't like using animal products, don't buy it.  I've also heard some people are allergic to lanolin.  In contrast to the Shea Moisture lotion, above, lanolin does not have a fragrant aroma.  In my experience everything natural has a bit of an off scent.  We are so conditioned to fragrances in our products.  I bought pure shea butter once, and was surprised that it didn't smell nicely.  I don't mind the smell of lanolin, and no one has ever complained in my presence.  If it bothers you, put a drop of essential oil on your hands, with it.



So, there you have a couple alternatives to chemically-laden hand lotion.  Do you have any other natural suggestions?  We'd love to hear from you.

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