Along with the rest of nature, our skin changes as the seasons turn. With winter comes low humidity, which strips skin of its natural moisture, leaving it dry and more susceptible to damage. To protect your skin from the cold, turn to natural moisturizers with healing natural ingredients.
Makes 1 1/8 cups
Here’s a skin cream that even children can use.
• 1 ounce vitamin E oil
• 4 ounces sweet almond oil
• 1 ounce beeswax
• 1 ounce jojoba oil
• 1 ounce coconut oil
• 1 teaspoon oil of calendula
• 1/8 teaspoon oil of chamomile
• 1/8 teaspoon oil of rose geranium
1. Combine the vitamin E and sweet almond oils in a nonreactive saucepan. Heat over low heat (do not boil). Gradually add the beeswax, stirring constantly. Add the jojoba oil, a little at a time, and stir until well blended. Slowly stir in the coconut oil.
2. Remove the saucepan from the heat. Add the calendula, chamomile, and rose geranium oils, stirring the mixture until it is smooth.
3. When the mixture has cooled, pour it into colored glass jars and seal them tightly. Keep refrigerated.
Light Homemade Moisturizer
Use this light hydrating moisturizer any time your skin needs refreshment or is feeling tight and dry. The glycerin acts as a skin-softening humectant, drawing moisture from the air to the skin. No refrigeration is required, but for maximum freshness and potency, use this homemade moisturizer within six months.
Homemade Moisturizer Recipe
1. Add ingredients to a storage container and shake vigorously to blend.
2. To use: Store in a glass bottle or spritzer. Apply to face and throat daily with a cotton pad or by spraying the skin lightly and allowing it to dry. Shake before each use.
Homemade Lip Balm Recipe
1. Put water in the bottom of a double boiler and put it on the stove-top over medium heat. Once it reaches a boil, reduce heat to simmer.
2. Combine oil with beeswax in the top of the double boiler and melt, stirring frequently. Never melt beeswax directly over a flame as it could catch fire.
3. Once melted, allow mixture to cool to 120 degrees, then pour into lip balm tubes, small pots or slider tins. Makes 12 tubes, each holding about 1/8 ounce.