Kim Harms

Life Reconstructed

Homemade Whipped Skin Cream for Extra-Sensitive Skin

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My 8-year-old son spends his summers polka-dotted. No joke. His olive skin easily tans, but patches on his arms, legs, neck and sometimes even his face get scaly, itchy and flaky, leaving him spotted.

We’ve treated this with a variety of eczema prescriptions and over-the-counter solutions since he was an iddy-biddy guy. At a recent dermatologist visit, I was told he has Tinea Versicolor. So we’ve started some more medications and treatments (results are still pending.)

I’ve been making this body cream for Lewis for a couple years, and it’s been great. Primarily because he doesn’t cry out in pain when I put it on his skin. (That’s a big deal.)

But I’ve been reading up and have gotten mixed results as to whether or not coconut oil is a good idea. It has anti-fungal properties but is highly comedogenic, which I think is a big word to say that it blocks your pores. So I decided give a recipe without coconut oil a try.

After doing a little online research, I came up with the following little concoction. (It may get tweaked for my second batch, or maybe I’ll decide to go back to my original recipe with coconut oil.)

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Homemade Whipped Sensitive Skin Body Cream

1 Cup Shea Butter (I order this in bulk on amazon.)

5 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1/8 Teaspoon Tea Tree Oil

Step-by-Step

1. Put the Shea butter in a double boiler for a few minutes just to get it a little mushy.

2. Take it off the heat and mash it a bit with a fork.

3. Dump into a mixing bowl along with the EVOO and Tea Tree Oil, and blend for 5 minutes. (I used my KitchenAid.)

4. Take the bowl of the stand and put it in the fridge for 5 minutes.

5. Put it back on the stand and mix 5 more minutes.

6. Now it should look like a fluffy, buttery frosting. Put it in a container with an airtight lid.

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Author: Kim Harms

I am a contributor at CT Women (previously known as Today's Christian Woman where I was a regular contributor as well). I blog monthly at inspireafire.com and have freelanced for a variety of publications including Chicken Soup for the Soul, Guideposts, Thriving Family and Creation Illustrated. Cancer made an unwelcome visit in my breast in January 2016, and I am now working on a book about breast reconstruction after having gone through the insane process myself. My incredible husband of 18 years, Corey, is my biggest writing cheerleader and together we are having a ball raising our three growing boys; Carter 15, Owen 14 and Lewis 10.

2 thoughts on “Homemade Whipped Skin Cream for Extra-Sensitive Skin

  1. I’ve been making my own homemade “lotions” for almost 2 years, primarily because the main ingredient in most lotions is alcohol and it dries your skin. You may also try a mix of shea butter and cocoa butter. I use both of those plus coconut oil but if you are trying to get away from the coconut obviously you can leave that out. I hope you find something that works well for you!

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