Many of the hormonal imbalances you can experience in menopause are caused or exacerbated by years of exposure to chemical ingredients in our personal care products. The best way to avoid these chemicals is to look for them on the label.
Because your skin is so absorbent, use only the products with the purest ingredients – no synthetic fragrances or phthalates, parabens – anything with the prefix Ethyl, Methyl, Butyl or Propyl, dyes and colors, petrolatum, or nano particles.
The simplest moisturizer to use is coconut oil. I use it a few times a week, applying it right after I shower and before I have dried off, so it never feels greasy!
It’s pretty solid at room temp in the winter, so I have a grapefruit spoon I keep in the shower to scoop it out with, and then it melts easily on my warm skin. Don’t let water get into it or it will spoil! And if you don’t like the coconut smell – which doesn’t last long, you can get cold pressed but refined coconut oil.
You can also make this DIY body butter. I have been experimenting with this mix of coconut oil, shea butter, almond oil, and essential oils. The trick is to warm it up in a double boiler on low heat so the shea and coconut fats melt and combine easily.
DIY Body Butter aka Mbodied Butter
1/2 cup coconut oil – extra virgin
1/2 cup raw shea butter
2 T Almond oil
36 drops grapefruit oil
56 drops geranium oil
1.Heat gently in a double boiler, or in a stainless steel bowl in a pan of hot water.
2. Use glass to store it in, the grapefruit oil will eat away the plastic, and you want to avoid those chemicals!
The essential oils in this blend are super good for:
- tightening the skin
- increasing circulation
- balancing hormones and menopausal symptoms
- getting rid of cellulite and depression…aren’t those two connected somehow? 🙂