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Enjoy making your own homemade Day Cream

Skin protection throughout the year changes. In the summer a daily aloe-vera moisturizer  may be enough; in the winter however an increased oil content in your day cream will offer added protection against cold, windy, rainy weather.

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.

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Day Cream Recipe:

For sensitive skin

1 tsp. bees wax
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

1 tsp. bees wax
1 tsp. cocoa butter
1 tsp. aloe-vera gel
2 tbsp. babassu-kernel or hazelnut oil
5 tbsp. geranium hydrosol
1/4  tsp. borax powder
10 drops yarrow or myrtle essential oil

  1. Melt the beeswax, cocoa butter and lanolin (if using) in a double boiler.
  2. As soon as the mixture has melted, stir in the babassu-kernel or hazelnut oil, and then lower the heat slightly.
  3. Heat the hydrosol and aloe-vera gel (if using) in a separate pan. Add the borax powder; stir until completely dissolved.
  4. Remove both pans from the heat.
  5. Using a hand mixer or whisk, mix the hot hydrosol into the hot waxy mixture in very small quantities. Continue stirring until the cream has cooled.
  6. Add the essential oil and mix well.
  7. Store the day cream in a small jar, away from light and heat.

Shelf Life

Day cream will remain usable for about 3 months under normal conditions, but you can extend its shelf life by following these simple tips:

  • Keep your day cream in the refrigerator whenever you're not using it; doing this will double its shelf life.
  • Store the cream in several small jars, instead of one large jar. Once you open a jar, use it within 4 weeks.
  • Freeze any unused cream for future use.

Application:

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.

Ingredient Benefits:

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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