Make Your Own Skin Care Creams

Today's commercial products are often expensive, having vast amounts of money spent on advertising, packageing and distribution. Make your own skin care creams the natural way.

During the 19th Century, cosmetics became an organized industry in America. In 1846 Mr. Theron T. Pond offered his "Pond Extact" to the public and other manufactures soon followed. The innovative use of preservatives and mass production created an easy choice.

Today's commercial products are often expensive, having vast amounts of money spent on advertising, packaging, distribution and testing (which can involve cruelty to animals). Allergies have increased along with the use of chemical preservatives, synthetic perfumes and artificial colorings. As a result a demand has risen for natural ingredients since research has demonstrated the remarkable therapeutic properties of herbs.

By making your own skin creams and lotions, you can be sure of the content. You select each ingredient and have control over its freshness and purity. Some preparations take no longer than boiling a kettle of water, others require heating and blending, but are no more complicated or time-consuming than preparing a simple sauce.

All skin crams are based on a combination of melted waxes, oils, and scented waters, which must all be at a similar temperature. The waxes are melted together over a low heat, the oils are warmed and beaten into the waxes then heated waters are dribbled slowly into the blended wax and oil, and the mixture is stirred until cool. It is like making mayonnaise, only easier, a 10-minute operation.

The proportions of the ingredients govern a cream consistency and are easy to adjust. To make a cream firmer, add more beeswax, to make it softer, add more oil. Adding more water will make it fluffier but it also makes the ingredients more prone to separation. Adding a few drops of essential oils will add fragrance and other beneficial properties. Always label and date products immediately, keeping a record of each recipe and its success or failure. All creams and lotions should be refrigerated, unless you choose to use a natural preservative like grapeseed extract.

There are three main categories of skin creams, they include:

Cleansing Creams:

These are more efficient than soap and water at removing heavy dirt and makeup. Massage into skin and either wipe off with cotton balls or rinse of with warm water, then pats face dry.

Toners:

Most people that take care of their skin leave out this very important step, toners are needed for tightening the pores and refreshing the skin, toners are not just for oily skin, they make a toner for every skin type.

Moisturizing Cream:

There is also a misconception about moisturizing creams, people think they are for dry skin only. Not true, every skin type needs some sort of moisture added every day. Just because you have oily skin does not mean that it is over moisturized, it just means it produces more oil in the skin than dry or normal. Trying an oil-free moisturizer is the trick.

Knowing Your Skin Type:

To find your skin type clean your face thoroughly, then rinse well and pat dry. Allow it to rest for two hours and then press a tissue onto our face. If the tissue comes away full of grease, you have oily skin, if there is grease on only parts of the tissue, you have combination skin, and finally if the tissue comes away with no oil wash your face with soap and water. If your skin feels supple and smooth afterwards, it's normal, if it feels taut, it's dry.

Now that you know the categories of skin creams and what type of skin you have let's get to the fun part, making your own skin creams and lotions. You will be the envy of everyone in your town when they see how beautiful your skin can be for half of what they are paying at there expensive department stores.

Equipment for Making Your Own Skin Creams:

This list is meant to be a guide only, avoid using aluminum, copper, and non-stick pans as they can affect the ingredients beneficial properties.

* Heatproof glassware or enamel double boiler.

* Wire Whisk

* Measuring Spoons and Cups

* Wooden Spoons

* Clean dark glass bottles and jars with airtight lids

* Labels and Pens

Three Steps to Making Your Own Skin Cream:

1. Melt the waxes and gently heat the oils, slowly pour the oils into the waxes beating constantly.



2 Warm your scented waters to the same temperature as the waxes and oils and add this gradually to the wax and oil mixture, beating all the time. Leave to cool.

3. When cool and creamy, beat in any essential oils that you would like to add. Spoon into prepared jars and label.

Now that you have a general idea on how to create your skin creams and lotions, below you will find recipes on skin creams and lotions for oily, dry, and normal skin. Remember when making your skin creams and lotions to record any failures so that you won't make the same mistake twice. Good luck and enjoy.

Skin Creams and Lotions for Oily Skin

Lemon Cleansing Cream:

Lemon has a reputation for clearing greasy skin and smoothing wrinkles, as well as having a mildly antiseptic quality.

* 1 tbs. beeswax

* 1 ½ tbs. petroleum jelly

* 3 tbs. mineral oil

* 1 tsp. witch hazel

* l tbs. fresh lemon juice, strained

* 1/8 tsp. borax

* 6 drops essential of lemon

1. Melt the beeswax and petroleum jelly together over a low heat. Warm the mineral oil, then gradually add it to the wax mixture, beating for 3-5 minutes.

2. Add the witch hazel to the lemon juice. Warm gently then stir in the borax until dissolved. Slowly add this to the wax mixture, beating steadily until it is creamy and cool.

3. Once cool; stir in the lemon oil. Spoon into clean jars and label.

Sage Astringent:

Sage is wonderful for oily skins, this astringent will help remove oil from skin without drying it out.

* 4 tbs. dried sage

* 6 tbs. vodka

* ¼ tsp. borax

* 3 tbs. witch hazel

* 10 drops glycerin

1. Macerate the sage in the alcohol for 2 weeks and then strain.

2. Dissolve the borax in the witch hazel. Stir into the alcohol. Mix in the glycerin and pour into a bottle with a tight fitting lid. Shake before each use.

Skin Creams and Lotions for Dry to Normal Skin

Glycerin and Rosewater Cleanser:

* 4 tbs. lanolin

* 2 oz almond oil

* 1 tbs. glycerin

* 1/8 tsp. borax

* 3 tbs. rosewater

* 1 tsp. zinc oxide ointment

* 6 drops essential oil of rose

1. Melt the lanolin and gently heat the almond oil and glycerin together. Slowly pour the oil and glycerin mixture into the lanolin, beating constantly.

2. Dissolve the borax in the warmed rosewater and add gradually to the lanolin and oil mixture, beating all the time. Leave to cool.

3. When cool and creamy, beat in the zinc oxide and rose oil. Spoon into prepared jars and label.

Rosewater Toner:

The soothing properties of rose make this a good tonic for dry, sensitive and mature skins.

* ¾ cup rosewater

* 6 drops glycerin

* 2/3 cup witch hazel

Blend all the ingredients in a bottle and shake well before use. Use daily after Rosewater Glycerin Cleansing Cream.

Light Rose Moisturizer:

A pleasant light cream, for daytime use.

* 1 tsp. beeswax

* 1 tsp. lanolin

* 1 tbs. almond oil

* ½ tsp. wheat germ oil

* ¼ tsp. borax

* 3 tbs. rosewater, warmed

* 6 drops essential oil of rose or rose geranium

1. Melt the beeswax and lanolin together, stirring constantly.

2. Warm the oils gently and gradually beat them into the waxes. Dissolve the borax in the rosewater and slowly add to the oil and wax mixture, beating constantly until cool. Stir in the rose oil as the mixture begins to thicken.

3. Spoon into jars and label.

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