Last week, I promised the start of a 10-day soft skin challenge. For this challenge, I’ve issued a few rules for myself and the others in my family that I’ve roped into the challenge with me.
- Take a photo of your problem spot(s) and treat no more than twice a day, for 10 days.
- No extra treatments allowed, which means… No acid peels, pedicures, manicures, shaving or rasping. No strong scrubbing with washcloths, loofas, brushes, or poofs
- A daily wash with soap and water is approved. (I highly recommend getting rid of the daily grime! 😉 )
I do have to admit that I’ve already gotten a head start on this challenge because I wanted to show you how much the skin can change with just a few days of application. My
guinea pig volunteer was kind enough to let me take pictures of his dry, scaly arms. Note that there is also years worth of sun damage that has already occurred. Our 10-day challenge to going to try to get rid of the scaly look, so let’s give this a go!
Application Notes: This is not going to be a creamy and easy-to-apply lotion or cream. This is a stiff, ointment-like butter that will need a combination of body heat and friction to be applied.
I recommend about 2 inches worth of this butter if you have it in a tube, or about the size of a small cherry if you are scooping it out of a jar. Place the blob of butter between your hands and allow it to warm up with your body heat for about 20 seconds, which is about how long it takes you to sing the “A-B-Cs” or Happy Birthday. Your body heat will help make this more
fluid pliable. Rub your hands together to create some friction and make the butter even more fluid, I mean, pliable for application. Now apply to all those rough spots like arms, elbows, knees, knuckles, or heels that feel like there are so many layers of skin that haven’t sloughed off, that you may have 1/4 to 1/2 an inch of skin!
After applying to your skin in those spots with 181 million layers, I like to put socks or finger-less gloves on to prevent my feet and hands from loosing this precious substance. If applying before bed and you find that you are not comfortable with socks, there are fabulous toe-less socks that you can get because most of the time our heels have the most desperate need of TLC. Let your toes wiggle and treat your heels at the same time!
If you feel like you have 181 million layers of skin that are rough, cracked and reptilian in nature, this will be the product for you. If you feel like you only have 81 million layers of skin, come join me on November 6th for another 10-day challenge with a different set of ingredients. Want a certain ingredient in the next challenge? Let me know and I’ll be happy to add your die-for ingredient to the recipe!
Ready for the recipe? I’m excited to share it with you!
Collect needed items:
Shea Butter, High Melt Point
Golden Jojoba Oil
Vitamin E Acetate
Liquid Glycerin, Vegetable Derived
Liquid Germall Plus
Bourbon Geranium Essential Oil, or Lavender 40/42 Extra Essential Oil, or Helichrysum Essential Oil (Choose one)
Microwave safe container for weighing ingredients
Containers for the finished products
Recipe: (Makes 16 oz)
|Recipe in Grams
196 grams Lanolin
98 grams Shea Butter, High Melt Point
53.5 grams Golden Jojoba Oil
6.8 grams Vitamin E Acetate
87.8 grams Liquid Glycerin
8.2 grams Conditioning Emulsifier
2.3 grams Liquid Germall Plus
1.1 grams Essential Oil or Extract of your choice
|Recipe in Ounces
6.91 ounces Lanolin
3.46 ounces Shea Butter, High Melt Point
1.89 ounces Golden Jojoba Oil
0.24 ounces Vitamin E Acetate
3.10 ounces Liquid Glycerin
0.29 ounces Conditioning Emulsifier
0.08 ounces Liquid Germall Plus
0.04 ounces Essential Oil or Extract of your choice
|Recipe in Percentages
21.6% Shea Butter, High Melt Point
11.8% Golden Jojoba Oil
1.5% Vitamin E Acetate
19.35% Liquid Glycerin, Vegetable Derived
1.8% Conditioning Emulsifier
0.5% Liquid Germall Plus
0.25% Essential Oil or Extract of your choice
Weigh all ingredients except the essential oils, Vitamin E Acetate and the Liquid Germall Plus into the microwave safe container. Microwave using short bursts of time. Stir after each burst to help melt the Lanolin without making the temperatures too hot.
It took my batch about 3 minutes in the microwave with stirring every 45 seconds or so. The glycerin will become hot quickly and since it settles to the bottom of your container, the bottom will not be a place to hold until all ingredients have been mixed together thoroughly. Allow the mixture to cool below 120°F. Add the essential oils , Vitamin E Acetate and Liquid Germall Plus and stir until the mixture has cooled sufficiently to pour into your desired containers. Pour into the containers. Cap, label and enjoy!
If your Lanolin is very stiff and hard to get out of the container feel free to microwave it for about 30 to 45 seconds to warm the Lanolin enough to scoop it easily.
I would recommend that you put this butter into a jar. It is really hard to get out of bottles!