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Hi there! I am blogging more lately, because I finally have the time to do it, ever since I started to quarantine and “stay home” to make the world a safer place. It’s the least I can do, while this world-wide pandemic is happening. For those of you who have been reading my blog, I suffer from a rare skin disorder that has no cure. Many doctors think it is PLEVA (I will be getting a skin biopsy soon from my Dermatologist). I’ve had this skin disorder for 21 years. I finally decided to take it upon my own hands to make my own body cream to help with the symptoms of this condition.
Those who have PLEVA suffer from extremely dry scaly random patches, inflammation, and red pustules (I know…it doesn’t sound pretty, but it’s the truth) that thankfully DO NOT itch. Now some people’s PLEVA condition is itchy but some don’t have itchiness, like me. The only time my rash will itch is when a new flare up is happening, after it flares up, during the healing phase, the itchiness will go away rather immediately. This is such a blessing! My heart goes out to those with skin conditions with no cure that have extreme itchiness. That would drive anyone mad!!
Anyway, I noticed that the body care products I have been using have been irritating to my skin. I’ve managed to find brands that irritate me less, but I’ve never found anything out there that just does the job right.
Yesterday I made my own whipped body butter and I am amazed at how it turned out!!!
Here is my lab set up. I first cleaned my table that I was working on and wiped every container and item down with a cotton ball drenched in 91% rubbing alcohol. I let the items air dry. Then I went to work. This blogpost isn’t where I give directions on how to make your DIY Whipped Body Butter. I just wanted to share with you my experience on how making my own for the first time went and my journey of trying to find a cure or treatment for my skin disorder. I’ll show you some photos of my process along the way if you’re interested. The ingredients I used were:
- Unrefined Shea Butter
- Mango Butter
- Jojoba Oil
- Avocado Oil
- Coconut Oil
- Vitamin E Oil
- Bergamot Essential Oil
- Grapefruit Essential Oil
- Wild Orange Essential Oil
Here’s what I found out! My skin loves the butters and oils, but DID NOT like the essential oils. I should have known that anything citrus would irritate my sensitive skin. The only problem area I have on my body is my upper thighs. Over the years, my skin has healed everywhere else. So the healthy areas of my body loved this body cream, however my upper thighs didn’t. But that’s okay! Life is about learning, failing, getting back up, and trying again. I absolutely LOVE the smell of Bergamot, Grapefruit, and Wild Orange but I’ll have to use that more as an air refresher instead.
I’ve been doing more research and it seems as though the oils that are good for sensitive skin and for skin conditions are those that are found in the Bible, such as Frankincense, Sacred Sandalwood, Myrrh, and Rose of Sharon. Other oils that are known to have skin benefits are Lavender, Chamomile, and Sea Buckhorn. The Aloe plant also has many healing properties, however this isn’t an oil, but more like a gel substance. I think I’m onto something though. So for next time, I plan to use some of these oils one by one and will be introducing it to my skin slowly, that way I can keep track of what is working and what is not.
The healthy areas of my skin is loving this body butter though. I lathered this body butter on my arms, chest, and lower legs after I showered last night and my husband noticed the difference in the morning. My skin (the healthy part at least) feels like butter!!! There are so many preservatives and chemicals in today’s commercial skin care products. I’m sure it’s not good for our skin. Our skin is the biggest organ of our bodies! We should take care of it just like how we take care of our other ones with nutrition and exercise.
I feel like one of those mad quirky scientists in their lab, lol. I had so much fun making this and I think I have found a new hobby and maybe a new business venture…hmm, I don’t know. I think for now, I just want to explore and have fun.
Here is the end result:
I will write another post in one month to share with you my results, as I will be religiously using this every day (on the healthy parts of my skin). As for my problem skin…I’m still on the search.
Peace and Love,