A while back, I came across a recipe for a homemade lotion. In my experience, I’ve seen, heard about, made and used hundreds of homemade beauty recipes- everything from foot scrub to eye makeup remover to fruit facials. Most of them do have some benefits, and they are fun and often easy to do. But when I made this lotion- mostly out of basic curiosity- I was genuinely stunned at the result.
Some of you may have heard of this recipe, or possibly even made it. It only has three ingredients: baby lotion, Vitamin E cream and petroleum jelly. It has popped up on Pinterest, Facebook and all kinds of beauty sites. My curiosity was piqued when a friend of mine told me that her grandma had made and used this- on her face– all of her life! That’s quite a recommendation. First, grandma’s know what they’re talkin’ about. Second, anything that can be used on the face over time and shows benefits to that skin, is something to be checked out.
Before we get into the details of the recipe, I’ll share the basics of my research, and why this lotion works. Though there are only three ingredients, each of them has very specific and positive benefits to the skin.
- Petroleum Jelly: This ointment, often called by its trademark, Vaseline, is basically made up of fat. It is an emollient, which means it fills in gaps between skin cells to replace lipids. This makes it super-hydrating and long-lasting. It’s also very, very protective. It forms a water-resistant barrier on the skin that protects skin from the elements, and holds moisture in. Petroleum jelly’s even been shown to help skin wounds heal faster and better and with less scarring. I know nearly ten people personally who wear petroleum jelly straight on their faces. Tyra Banks swears by it. Most people use it for cracking heels or areas of super dry skin. While I don’t love the greasy feel that petroleum jelly can have, I do know that it is one of the best skin protectants on earth, and that it is truly a great hydrator too.
- Vitamin E cream: This is a lotion, typically with a thicker cream consistency. Vitamin E is a strong antioxidant, which means it helps prevent premature aging. Not only does it block damage from the outside, it actually boosts collagen production (collagen is the tissue that helps skin stay full, strong and supple.) Vitamin E is known for its healing properties and is an amazing moisturizer. It works wonders on scars, burns, even brown spots. Some people puncture Vitamin E oil capsules and use the oil straight. The only problem with this is that Vit E oil is very thick and sticky- not ideal to try to pull over your skin. Vitamin E cream is the creamier alternative.
- Baby lotion: In this recipe, the baby lotion’s biggest job is to act as the base or foundation of the whole thing. Plus, it’s a vehicle to help the ingredients bind together, stay on skin and not be too greasy. Of course, it’s also soft and silky and adds its lovely smell to the lotion as well.
The first time I made this recipe, I was doubtful it would be anywhere near as wonderful as I’d heard. But let me say this: Even after using virtually every moisturizing cream, lotion, butter and serum out there- including ‘drugstore brands,’ high-end cosmetic lines and exclusive professional products- this is without a doubt, the most hydrating, healing and protective lotion I’ve used. My friend with cracking, painfully dry heels has experienced a complete change. The cracks have started healing, and they are no longer painful. My relative who was experiencing some patches of eczema- skin that was very red, dry, inflamed and itchy- has had those areas completely healed and back to healthy. I’ve been using it on my children, who have polynesian skin that gets very dry and itchy- especially in the dry air we live in. When they’ve got this lotion on their skin, it doesn’t itch, it doesn’t get dry or reddened and it looks healthy and fresh.
So, with all that mind, here’s the recipe:
- 16 oz. baby lotion (in the pink bottle, or they make it with lavender scent too)
- 8 oz. vaseline
- 8 oz. vitamin E cream (found in some drugstores, pharmacies, health food stores or online)
With an electric mixer or beaters, mix all ingredients together until they form an icing-like consistency. Then, just put it into containers. (I cleaned out my vaseline jar and baby lotion bottle and reused those, plus- i used a couple of those airport-safe sized clear bottles they sell at the grocery store for a dollar.)
*If you’re worried it’s going to feel or be greasy on the skin, let me say this: When you first apply this lotion, there is a bit of a smooth, slick feel, but after a few minutes that feel absorbs and you don’t feel it.
So, if you or anyone you know has dry skin, or if you just want to try an awesome ‘new’ product… or even if you’d just like to save a few bucks… this is genuinely a great find. It will hydrate and protect your skin, while keeping refreshed and youthful. Whether you use it on your heels, your cuticles or all over, this is a homemade product that certainly has science- and grandmas- on its side.