Emergency Lotion for Dry Skin
I am now back home and quite happy to see friends, pets, and familiar sights. I have also experienced an extreme change in relative humidity, and my skin is protesting. I have just seen a difference of 83% in relative humidity. Yikes! I climb in the shower and I don’t want to get out! Come join me in the kitchen for hydration relief!
I used Lanolin in this recipe due to the excellent barrier it creates. This barrier allows skin to stay hydrated and protected. I kept the percentage low so the finished lotion wouldn’t feel sticky or tacky. While I enjoy products with a higher percentage of lanolin, I find many people find the odor or texture of lanolin to be off-putting. I wanted to keep it low so I would have a more universal lotion.
I also used Hydrovance in this formulation for its moisturizing properties. I could use Sodium Lactate, but I personally prefer the feel of Hydrovance. It feels smoother, silkier, and lighter to me. I used a slightly higher percentage than what I normally do. I wanted some super moisturizing power!
I also used Argan Oil in this formulation. Do you remember Andee’s ingredient spotlight that she did with Argan Oil? I thought it was really informative and inspiring. I also like how light this oil is. It is just what I am looking for.
This lotion start out feeling like whipping cream, but as you rub it in, it starts to take on the feeling of a wonderful massage body butter. It was really great at moisturizing my skin. I even tried it on my feet, which are so dry in this climate you can visibly see the dryness. My feet are starting to look more normal!
I really like how it helped hydrate but also protect my skin. I used a lot of Stearic Acid in this formulation, so the finished lotion does feel a little waxy. If that is unappealing to you, try reducing the Stearic Acid to 2 to 3% and use the rest as water for a more fluid product.
6% Argan Oil
5% Emulsifying Wax
5% Stearic Acid
Recipe in Grams
4 grams Lanolin
Recipe in Ounces
0.03 oz Lanolin
Weigh everything into a microwave safe container except for the Optiphen. Heat gently until everything has melted. Stir well. Add the Optiphen. Stir well. Pour into jars. Seal, label and enjoy!