Love the Skin That You’re In…Maybe

Have you ever looked at your skin and thought, hmmm…my skin is flawless, glowing and is blemish free (I can totally see you touching the side of your face out of habit :-D)!

While there are some of us that are lucky enough to have that, some of us deal with red, flaky, dry skin, particularly if you have a thyroid disease.

Raise your hand if you’ve noticed dry scaly patches on your skin, or dry, brittle hair (insert raised hand emoji). I don’t know about you, but it has been a point of contention for me. I’ve often been embarrassed during a handshake because I felt like my hands were of crocodile like texture. Forget about wearing black…my scalp was worse than a snow capped mountain. It didn’t take me long to decide that I needed to do something about it.

I visited a dermatolgist and she said oh this is simple, it’s eczema (in my scalp though, really?! Grrrrrhhh). She wrote a prescription for a steroid cream, but I couldn’t use it long term as my skin could thin in the applied area. Wait what?!

I politely took the prescription and filled it. I have been wrong about medicine before. The cream did in fact, work, but I was so freaked out about my skin thinning that I decided to look at different options. I decided to try a few oils and butters:

Shea butter
Mango butter
Cocoa butter
Rose oil
Coconut oil
Vitamin E oil
Jojoba
Tea tree oil (mixed with coconut oil…bad things happened when I only used tea tree oil alone)
I also use an apple cider vinegar rinse for my scalp. It’s my favorite part of washing my hair. I use a sulfate free shampoo and conditioner. I would then lightly oil my scalp while my hair was still wet. My hair smells heavenly afterwards, especially when I use rose oil. I will either straighten it, wear braids, or I will twist it.

Once I got used to using these oils, my curiosity kicked in. Soon I started making body butters, balms and my version of Lush’s Buffy Bar (That’s how much I was going through them. I LOVE Lush’s products…more on that later).

Take a peek at my Pinterest board for some inspiration on making body butters. In the meantime, listen to this week’s episode:

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Enjoy!

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