Easy DIY Soothing Psoriasis Lotion
Finding the perfect moisturizing lotion for my psoriasis can be a daunting task. I was avoiding anything with a scent and googling ingredients far more often than I care to admit.
Baby lotions were always a safe bet but who wants to smell like an infant in their mid 30's? With a little research (and a high-speed blender), I now smell like a grown-up.
Making an easy DIY lotion for Psoriasis
The following recipe is really simple and most of the ingredients can be found in stores or online. You can even use some of the ingredients in another DIY recipe so they won't go to waste. Just whip it up and enjoy it!
- 1/2 cup shea butter
- 1/4 tsp dead sea salt
- 1/4 cup aloe vera juice
- 10 drops of lavender essential oil (or another essential oil of your preference)
- 8oz glass amber jar
Directions for making your psoriasis lotion
- Add aloe vera, shea butter, and sea salt to a blender. Blend until everything is mixed well. The mixture should look white and smooth in texture.
- Pour contents of the blender into an amber glass (Amber will protect lotion from natural surroundings and sun. The glass shown is clear only because that's what I had on hand).
- Add the essential oil. Adding it while it's in the blender risks having the scent stick to the blender. Mix with something you can toss like a plastic spoon or a chopstick.
- Voila! You're done! You now have an everyday lotion. Seal and store in a cool, dry place.
Why are these ingredients good for psoriasis?
Shea Butter is rich in vitamins. Vitamins A, E, D, and F can be found in shea butter. Vitamin A helps create healthy, new skin cells, which is helpful when you're shedding old skin. Vitamin E protects the skin from UV damage and assists in reducing inflammation.
Vitamin D (the sunshine vitamin) is used to treat a great many things from depression to arthritis. Vitamin F helps to moisturize, soothe, and hydrate cracked dry psoriasis skin.
Dead sea salt is rich in minerals. Dead sea salt contains sulfur, iodine, magnesium, sodium, calcium, bromine, and potassium. Some of these minerals are rich in anti-inflammatory agents which help reduce inflammation and itching, soothe skin, and boost skin hydration.
Aloe Vera is soothing. Aloe vera is known for it's cooling and soothing properties. It can also be used as a lubricating agent on your skin to keep it hydrated.
Lavender essential oil is calming. Lavender oil is commonly used for it's calming and healing properties. It is the go-to scent for relaxation and stress relief.
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