Anne-Marie Faiola owns Bramble Berry , a company specializing in raw materials to manufacture soap and toiletries, and has been making soaps, lotions and all manner of bath and body products since she was 16 years old. She lives in Bellingham, Washington with her husband and son, and when she's not blogging here or for Soap Queen or filming free soapmaking videos for Soap Queen TV, she loves to read, scuba dive and hike.
Even though I’m only 18 weeks along, my belly is stretched tight and it’s itchy and peeling. It’s really not all that attractive. Given that I make yummy products for a living, I took this on as a personal challenge! Stay tuned for the recipe.
There are many oils and butters that can help
treat dry skin and prevent stretch marks during pregnancy.
Here are the oils I used.
Cocoa butter: Long used for centuries for stretch marks, cocoa butter has proven to be no better than a placebo for actually preventing stretch marks (The Claim: Cocoa Butter Can Remove Stretch Marks - The New York Times). So, why did I put it into my formula? Cocoa butter has a compound called CMP (cocoa mass polyphenol), a substance that helps with dermatitis.
Vitamin E: Vitamin E beat out cocoa butter for stretch mark relief, according to The New York Times' article. Vitamin E is a an anxioxidant that helps defend skin from free-radicals. Free-radicals attack the skin structure leading to aging, wrinkles and generally unhealthy skin.
Jojoba oil infused with calendula petals: Jojoba oil is a liquid wax. Out of all the oils (or in this case, liquid waxes!), it is closest to the human skin in its make up. Calendula is incredibly nourishing to skin, especially irritated skin. Click here for infusion directions.
Hemp seed oil, unrefined: Hemp seed oil is fantastic to use in skin care products because of its lipid profile; it has over 80 percent essential fatty acids. Additionally, hemp seed oil has been found to help with eczema.
Shea butter: If there was only one butter I could be stranded on a desert island with, this would be it. High in unsaponifiables, this butter is extremely emollient, making it a key ingredient in many body butters and lotions.
Here are the essential oils I used.
Carrot seed: Carrot seed essential oil is well known for its help with aging skin and to protect skin against wrinkles. Carrot seed has a very earthy smell.
Frankincense: Used by some of the large cosmetic companies in their anti-aging skincare, frankincense is known to be soothing and skin-loving.
Helicrhrysum: This essential oil has almost a magical lore about it for healing bruises and soothing dry skin.
German chamomile: One of my favorite essential oils for skin care, German chamomile helps calm itchy, irritated skin because of its high azulene content. German chamomile smells herbal-y and not sweet at all.
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