What we put on the outside of the body is just as important as what we put inside. If we are going to change the way we eat to feel better, the same goes for what we put on our skin. Skin is our largest organ; it absorbs the creams, oils and make-up we use. What we put on our skin ends up in our bloodstream, and can end up wreaking havoc with our hormones. We are lucky that, these days, there is a huge selection of natural face and body products available that contain no harmful chemicals. It is important to be aware of what you are putting onto your skin, to read the labels and to ask questions if you are unsure.
I love making home-made creams, scrubs and oils so I know exactly what is in them, and it’s so much more enjoyable using something you have made yourself! It is really fun to do with a friend or with the kids. It also allows you to try out what works best with your skin. I recommend researching which oils and herbs best suit your skin type, and adding them to this recipe. Jojoba or almond oil are also great options.
Rose & Aloe Body oil
1⁄2 cup (125ml) coconut oil
1⁄4 cup (30g/1.1oz) finely chopped aloe vera flesh (skin removed)
10 drops rose essential oil
Soften coconut oil so that it is not quite liquid, but easy to mash with a fork. Add aloe vera and rose oil. Massage into your skin. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.