Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Protect Your Skin From The Weather...Naturally!

The skin on your face, throat and hands is very sensitive and can be damaged when constantly exposed to the wind, the sun, pollution and extreme temperature changes.

These environmental factors make the skin dry, prone to cracks and broken capillaries., Fortunately, you can make protective cosmetic creams to help shield your skin; the creams help to maintain the acid mantle, which is the acidic, protective coating that guards the skin against irritation and bacterial growth, If you skin type is normal, protect it from the elements with an OIL BASED CREAM (see recipes below). However, if you have dry skin, protect it against further wind and sun damage with a hydration, WATER BASED Emulsion. (recipe below)

Oil-Based Cream
2 tbsp sweet almond oil
2 tbsp jojoba
1 1/2 tsp beeswax
10 drops of either German-Chamomile, Calendula, or carrot seed oil (choose one)

Heat the sweet almond oil, jojoba and beeswax in a double boiler. Just until the beeswax is melted. Mix well. Add the final essential oil then pour the mixture into a 2 oz cosmetic jar. the cream can be stored for up to 1 yr in a cool dry place.

Water Based Cream
1 tbsp grape-seed oil
1 tbsp jojoba oil
1 tsp beeswax
2 tsp rose water
1/4 tsp borax
heat the oils and beeswax in a double boiler just until the beeswax is meter. In a separate saucepan or pot, heat the rose water then stir in the borax until it is dissolved, When the oil mixture and water mixture are the same temperature, whisk the water mixture into the oil, Store the cream in a 2 oz jar for up to 1 month in a cool place. or refrigerate.

You can adapt lotions for your skin type using the following recipes which are made for 2 oz creams

10 drops vitamin A oil
10 drops vitamin E oil
5 drops orange essential oil

10 drops Calendula oil
15 drops Aloe Vera concentrate
2 drops coriander-seed essential oil

10 drops German-Chamomile Oil or 10 drops Vitamin E Oil or 10 drops Blue-Cypress Essential oil
(choose one)

Tip of The Trade: To make home-made natural cosmetics last longer, add jojoba oil, which is a liquid wax and therefore does not go rancid!

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