Severe climates can wreck havoc on your skin, sensitive skin and even oily skin can chap and flake under such exposure. Both problem skin and sensitive skin can benefit from light moisturizing, combined with nourishing and soothing substances. To ensure your day cream is gentle, safe and contains all the natural nourishing ingredients, make your own.
Tip: To help tighten your pores and freshen your complexion soak a cloth in cold water and place on your face before applying a day cream.
Day Cream Recipe:
For sensitive skin
1 tsp. cocoa butter
1 tsp. lanolin
3 tbsp. babassu-kernel or hazelnut oil
4 tbsp. German-chamomile hydrosol
1/4 tsp. borax powder
10 drops lavender or calendula essential oil
For acne-prone skin
Day cream will remain usable for about 3 months under normal conditions, but you can extend its shelf life by following these simple tips:
After cleansing in the morning, use a small applicator to remove a dollop of the day cream and gently smooth it onto your face, neck and upper chest with your fingers. Rub it into your skin with gentle motions, and then wipe off any excess with a tissue.
Natural ingredients for consistency: Lanolin, which is especially skin-friendly, helps to make day cream spreadable. Beeswax and cocoa butter also add to its consistency.
Babassu-kernel oil for softness: Pressed from South American babassu-palm trees, moisturizing, non-greasy babassu-kernel oil can soften both sensitive and oily skins.
German-chamomile hydrosol for redness: German-chamomile hydrosol is a watery by-product of the essential oil that helps to soothe and heal the skin. It also protects sensitive skin from redness and irritation. You can find this ingredient in health-food stores.
Geranium hydrosol for clear skin: Aromatic geranium hydrosol, distilled from the rose-geranium plant, helps regulate sebaceous-gland activity. Regular use will help to reduce infection and inflammation. Geranium hydrosol is available at natural-food and herbal stores.
Hydrosol - The condensed water that
is left behind when plants are steam distilled to make essential
oil. A little like waters made from roses and lavenders and
other herbs, except more pure and a little more concentrated.
You can make your own waters, just by steeping an herb in warm
water and straining. Or, you can purchase hydrosols. See below.
What is a hydrosol?
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