Home Remedy: Moisturizers

NORMAL skin

This type is largely free from blemishes and has adequate moisture. Clean it with a mild, pH neutral soap or cleansing lotion, apply a moistening floral water such as rose or orange flower water, and finish with a thin application of a not too rich cream or gel.

• For a tried and tested skin cream, beat 1 egg white until stiff and add 1 teaspoon (5 ml) honey and 3 drops of almond oil. Beat well to produce a thick, smooth cream that will keep in the refrigerator for 3 4 days.

• Alternatively, melt 1/4 cup (50g) beeswax in a pan over hot water and add 1/2 cup (100 ml) wheat germ oil and 3 tablespoons (45 ml) elderflower water. Stir the ingredients, put the cream into a small porcelain container and store in the refrigerator.

SENSITIVE skin

This type may be affected by the sun, detergents and some makeup products. Apply:

• Almond or jojoba oil as a moisturizer.

• Orange peel facial scrubs.

OILY skin

This type characterized by large pores, an oily sheen, pimples and blackheads. Despite overactive oil glands, it still needs moisture. A consistent regimen includes pi I neutral cleansing with a soap or lotion, a clarifying, alcohol free facial toner, an oil, a light cream or a gel with soothing properties, and a weekly exfoliating scrub and follow up facial mask.

• Make a soothing mask by pouring 1/2 cup (125 ml) boiling, distilled water over 4 teaspoons (20 g) fresh calendula flowers. Cover, cool and strain through a fine sieve, thoroughly wringing out the flowers. Stir in 4 teaspoons (20 ml) almond oil and blend with rhassoul or kaolin to form a paste. Store in a porcelain jar in the refrigerator for 1 2 weeks.

COMBINATION skin

If you have enlarged pores, an oily sheen and perhaps blemishes on the forehead, nose and chin, but the rest of your skin is often dry, you have combination skin. In addition to using a mild, pl1 neutral cleanser, you should:

• Use an exfoliating scrub made from natural ingredients once a week.

• Apply a moisturizing cream on dry skin in the cheek area and a cream for oily skin on the forehead, nose and chin, preferably in combination with astringent herbal waters such as witch hazel or sage water.

DRY skin

This type is characterized by small pores, wrinkles, scaly areas and a feeling of tightness. Gently cleanse skin with moisturizing lotions or plant oils. Use floral water such as orange flower water and rich facial creams, gels or oils. ‘try an exfoliating scrub once or twice a month.

• Mix if, cup (110 g) cocoa butter, 11/2 tablespoons (22 g) grated beeswax, 2 teaspoons (to ml) distilled water, 3 tablespoons (45 ml) sesame oil, 2 tablespoons (30 ml) coconut oil and 3 teaspoons (15 ml) olive oil. Combine beeswax and water and melt over low heat, and add cocoa butter and blend. Gradually add the oils. Pour into a glass jar. The mix will thicken as it cools. Store up to 1 month in a cool, dark, dry place.

• Alternatively, stir together 4 teaspoons (20 g) each lanolin and petroleum jelly, and 2 drops each rose and lavender oils. Stir until smooth. Refrigerate in a porcelain container for up to 2 months.


MATURE skin

• Rose gel may help to plump up mature skin. Warm 2/3 cup (150 ml) distilled water and mix in 1 teaspoon (5 ml) powdered gelatin. Stir in 1 teaspoon (5 ml) rose oil, 4 drops lavender oil, and 3 teaspoons (IS ml) of glycerin. Cool and store in a porcelain jar.

• For preserve skin’s clast icity: Melt 2 teaspoons (10 g) grated beeswax in a pan over warm water. Add 1/4 cup (SO ml) almond oil, 1 teaspoon (5 ml) jojoba oil, 1 tablespoon (15 g) aloe vera and S drops rosewood oil to the wax.

FACIAL oils for night use

Facial oils, when applied sparingly to clean skin, soak in almost completely. All oils arc made by combining ingredients in a small, dark bottle and shaking vigorously. When stored in the refrigerator, homemade oils last for about 2 weeks.

• For normal skin: Blend about 3/4 cup (5O ml) each jojoba and almond oils with 1 2 drops each rose, geranium, lavender, chamomile and jasmine oils.

• For mature skin: Pour1/4 cup (SO ml) almond oil, 1 teaspoon (5 ml) wheat germ oil and 1 2 drops each jasmine, lavender and chamomile oils into a dark bottle. Shake well.

• For dry skin: Mix 1/3 cup (75 ml) olive oil with 2 teaspoons (10 ml) avocado oil and 5 drops of lemon oil.

• For oily skin: Stir 1/4 cup (50 g) powdered aloe into 3 tablespoons (40 ml) distilled water and add 2 teaspoons (10 ml) orange-flower water. Set aside. Mix 1 teaspoon (5 ml) honey and 1/2 cup (100 ml) apricot kernel oil in a pan over warm water. Combine all the ingredients.

• For sensitive skin: Mix 1/3 cup (75 ml) almond oil and 5 drops neroli oil.

NECKLINE and throat

Skin on the neck and throat is thinner and more sensitive than other parts of the body, so daily care is required. Try these natural cosmetics, however, they will take time to have an effect.

• Combat loose skin and aging with an oil wrap. Mix 1 tablespoon (15 ml) almond oil, 1 tablespoon (15 ml) honey, and spread the mixture on a cloth. Apply weekly to your throat for 1 hour.

• For neck wrinkles, use parsley milk. Heat 2 cups (500 ml) whole milk and add a bunch of chopped parsley. Let steep for a few minutes then strain the milk and let it cool to lukewarm. Moisten a soft, clean cloth with the parsley milk, place it on your throat and let it work for 15 minutes.

• To help tighten skin, make a lemon cure by beating an egg white until stiff; stir in the juice of a lemon. Apply and wait 30 minutes. Rinse with warm water and apply moisturizing cream.

• Prepare a balm for nightly skin regeneration: Mix 2 tablespoons (30 ml) apricot kernel oil, 15 drops jojoba oil, 3 drops neroli oil and] drop each almond, rose and lavender oils with 2 teaspoons (10 ml) glycerin. Pour into a dark, sealable container. Gently rub in a few drops before bedtime.

• Purée about 1/2 cup (100 g) raspberries and mix with 2 teaspoons (10 ml) each almond meal and honey, plus an egg yolk. Apply to your neckline as a mask and rinse after 30 minutes with warm water.

• Throat exercises help to keep skin firm. Reach over your head to grasp your left ear with your right hand. Carefully turn your head to the left, hold the tension for a few seconds; relax. Do the same with the other side.

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