If you have sensitive skin or allergies and are prone to rashes or inflammation, you’re probably used to experimenting with anti-itch creams. Some store bought creams are effective, but they can irritate people with sensitive skin. So what do you do if the solution to your problem is also causing new ones?
One of the best ways to nourish the skin is to use natural ingredients. Not only do ingredients like shea butter, beeswax, and calendula oil relieve itchiness, but they also offer protection, hydration, and beneficial nutrients. Ideally, you want the skin to absorb the ingredients quickly and efficiently. Without any preservatives or harmful ingredients, the anti-itch cream in this article can address the issue and soothe the skin. The standout ingredients are detailed below.
Beeswax can help reduce itching and inflammation, especially when used in combination with other ingredients like coconut or almond oil. It works to moisturize the skin and reduce the severity of eczema and psoriasis flare-ups. Both eczema and psoriasis are conditions that cause dry, itchy, or inflamed skin. Beeswax works to combat this irritation by forming a protective barrier on the skin, helping to seal moisture into the skin. It’s also a humectant, meaning it attracts and binds water. Both of these qualities help the skin remain hydrated, which can help soothe flare-ups from either eczema or psoriasis.
The great thing about shea butter is that you get the benefits of several ingredients all in one. Shea butter is especially helpful for dry, reactive skin, according to dermatologists. That’s why you typically see shea butter in lotions for people with dry skin. Shea butter, on its own, contains fatty acids that work to lubricate the skin and create a protective barrier that locks moisture in. You can use shea butter for any irritation, from sunburns and chapped lips to bug bites and more. Because shea butter has anti-inflammatory properties, it also helps ease swelling and redness in the skin.
Extracted from marigold flowers, calendula oil is often paired with alternative or complementary treatments. Calendula oil exhibits anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and antibacterial properties, making it useful for soothing eczema, relieving diaper rash, and accelerating wound healing. Historically, calendula oil has been used as an antiseptic. Although there isn’t a lot of research to support it, anecdotal reports claim that calendula oil is effective at treating eczema. Calendula oil may also relieve itchiness associated with psoriasis. It works to promote skin hydration and firmness, helping to improve the overall appearance of the skin.
Homemade Anti-Itch Cream
- 1 cup calendula oil
- 1/4 cup beeswax pellets
- 1/4 cup shea butter
- 1 teaspoon arrowroot powder
- 2-3 teaspoons bentonite clay
- 10 drops peppermint essential oil
- 10 drops tea tree oil
- Add the calendula oil, beeswax pellets, and shea butter to the top of a double boiler. Stir to combine until fully melted.
- Once these ingredients are melted, remove from heat and allow to cool for a few minutes. You don’t want the mixture to set, but you don’t want it to be piping hot, either.
- Transfer the melted mixture into a heat-safe glass bowl and stir in the arrowroot powder and bentonite clay. Make sure to use a wooden utensil while mixing.
- Add the peppermint essential oil and tea tree oil and mix well before pouring into jars. Once fully cooled, screw on the lids and store the jars in a cool, dry place.
- Use when ready, but make sure to do a small patch test prior to slathering it on your whole body.