If you are tired of spending a lot of money on moisturizers, you can save money by making your own lotions at home. A simple moisturizer can be made using petroleum jelly and baby lotion, two inexpensive ingredients. Petroleum jelly is a skin protectant that will help moisturize your skin as well as seal in the moisture. Baby lotion serves a similar purpose and can also lend some scent to your homemade lotion. Make a batch of moisturizer with petroleum jelly and baby lotion, and apply it every day to reap its benefits.
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Combine one part of white petroleum jelly with two parts of baby lotion and two parts of vitamin E cream in a large bowl. Use an electric mixer to thoroughly mix the three ingredients. Scrape the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula to ensure even incorporation. Transfer the homemade lotion into an airtight container and store in a cool, dry place.
Petroleum jelly, baby lotion and vitamin E cream are inexpensive ingredients that can be found at most retail, grocery and drug stores. Use white petroleum jelly for the best results. According to "Reader's Digest," petroleum jelly can help soothe chapped hands, but it will also apply a layer of protectant to your skin to help prevent further chapping. Baby lotion is a safe moisturizing ingredient that is gentle enough for an infant's skin but is also effective at healing dry skin. One of the main ingredients in baby lotion is glycerin, which is responsible for its moisturizing power. Vitamin E cream is another moisturizer that may also help heal dry skin.
Gently rub your homemade lotion onto any patches of dry skin once or twice each day. Daily use of your moisturizer will allow the petroleum jelly and baby lotion to be as effective as they can be in soothing and healing your dry skin. For dry hands or feet, apply a layer of your lotion, and then slip on a pair of socks or mittens to seal in the moisture. You can also use this combination as your daily moisturizer on most parts of your body to help protect it from environmental and weather damage. Avoid use around the eyes and nostrils because the ingredients can be irritating to these areas.
Certain brands of baby lotion use fragrance to achieve a pleasant scent, but if you have sensitive skin, these may irritate your skin. If you do have sensitive skin, use an unscented baby lotion. If you miss the scent, use a few drops of coconut or almond oil when you blend your ingredients together. If you have a skin condition, such as eczema or psoriasis, speak with your doctor before using your handmade skin moisturizer.
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