DIY, Health & Wellness

Winter Cheeks Balm

One of the worst things about winter is the dry skin that comes with it. Fair features and light, sensitive skin is a strong genetic inheritance in my family. Luckily, my son inherited my good looks. Unluckily, Winter has taken its toll on his cheeks and face making them dry and chapped.

I tried so many lotions and oils from the store to help his rosy, chapped cheeks. So far this season, none of them had really fixed the problem. Not a week ago we walked around a park to view the Christmas light display that had been set up this year. My poor little boy started to really feel how raw his precious cheeks had gotten and rubbed them in an attempt to make them feel better. Unfortunately, he wasn’t aware that this would only make it worse and tears came easily to his eyes as he tried to remedy his raw skin. It was apparent to me that the lotions and oils I’d purchased weren’t working, so I determined to seek out the best natural remedy that could sooth my son’s skin.

I came across this DIY balm recipe that has worked wonders for my son! As a Utah Mom, I always want my son to be the happiest and healthiest that he can be. After so much research and trying out a plethora of skin moisturizers and remedies, I found a simple one that I could make myself that didn’t have any synthetic fragrances or ingredients that so obviously irritated my son’s skin.

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1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons beeswax
20 drops lavender essential oil

How to Make It
Mix the first three ingredients together in a small mason jar, then lower the jar into a warm saucepan that’s partially filled with water.
On low heat, melt the beeswax, coconut oil, and olive oil together, stirring every few minutes.
After the wax is completely melted, remove from the heat and add lavender.
Mix everything together and cool until hardened.
Rub the balm over reddened cheeks to sooth and protect them!

After this worked so well on my son’s chapped skin, we decided to use it for my husband as well! The Winter’s cold and dry air along with my husband’s poor circulation causes chapped and dry knuckles that eventually crack and bleed. Up till now, he was under a strict regimen every night of intense lotion therapy that resulted in sticky hands throughout the night and only some relief the next morning.

Ever since we started making this balm the skin in our family has gotten so much better! We went again to see the holiday light display the other night and were able to thoroughly enjoy it this time. Jim and I slowly wandered the park as our son giggled and sprinted between all the light displays. My 2-year-old’s cheeks are, once again, soft and kissable as they should be. Just a small part of the magical moment our family was able to have this holiday.

Share your winter survival remedies with me in the comments!

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