IVF dehydration is a common side effect from fertility drugs and it will come as no surprise that one of the first signs of dehydration is dry, damaged skin. As your body goes through various stages of IVF dehydration and your body cells start to lose more fluid, your skin will become noticeably dried out.
You can easily test your skin to see if it is dehydrated by pinching a small area of skin on the back of your hand. If it pings back rapidly, your body is sufficiently hydrated. If it doesn’t, it’s a sign of moderate dehydration. Keeping on top of your water levels will keep IVF dehydration at bay but your skin will need a little extra love, too. If you’re unsure about how much water you should be drinking each day, your IVF clinic will be able to give advice but you may find this Livestrong article helpful.
To combat IVF dehydration, cocoa butter is full of antioxidants and, mixed with coconut oil, it is an absolute must for your skin. It also has a delicious chocolate scent which feels luxuriously decadent when you apply it to your skin. By adding a few drops of orange essential oil, you’ll create a gorgeous chocolate citrus scent. Here’s how to make your very own chocolate orange body butter.
You will need:
- One cup organic coconut oil
- One cup organic cocoa butter
- A few drops of orange essential oil
Measure out one cup of coconut oil and one cup of cocoa butter. Depending on how you store your coconut oil, it might be of a hard consistency or it may be a little softer if stored in a relatively warm environment, such as the kitchen. The cocoa butter is more solid, so you’ll need to chop the butter with a blunt knife until you get enough to fill a cup. Put the coconut oil and cocoa butter into a saucepan on a medium heat. Melt the contents slowly until both ingredients have turned to a liquid. This usually takes about five minutes. Once the liquid has formed, place the liquid in a mixing bowl and put in the fridge until it has solidified. This can take a few hours depending on the temperature of your fridge.
Once the liquid has solidified, add your orange essential oil. You’ll then need to mix or whisk the liquid until the consistency is similar to whipped cream. This can take about ten minutes. Once you’re happy with the consistency, transfer to a jar and store at room temperature. When you’re ready to treat yourself, hop in the shower and cleanse your body and once you have dried your warm skin, start applying the soft and creamy butter to your skin, paying attention to the dry areas. Gently massage in the butter and relax as you feel it soaking into your skin. Moisturise daily and this will help to combat dehydrated and dry skin during your IVF treatment.