Skin care

Natural Skin Care Recipes

Interested in natural skin care recipes?  The market is full of products that promise to make your skin healthier, more beautiful, and even younger.  However, the effective ingredients in the best of these products are the same ones you can use at home, and most cosmetics contain other ingredients that can be irritating or unhealthy.  Plus, making your own natural skin care recipes can be a lot less expensive, and it allows you to control the result.

The majority of these natural skin care recipes can be made from food grade ingredients, some of which you may already have in your own home.  If you don’t have the ingredients on hand already, they can easily be purchased online, or at your local health food store.  One component that’s in almost every recipe is beeswax.  This rich, natural wax is a byproduct of the production of honey, and it’s great for making hand lotions, lip balms, moisturizers, creams and more.

Beeswax may seem expensive, but that’s because of the effort it takes to produce it.  This substance is made by worker bees for the young to live in, and for honey storage.  Bees have to fly an estimated hundred and fifty thousand miles just to produce a single pound of wax, and must eat six pounds of honey.  Every hundred pounds of honey harvested by a beekeeper will be accompanied by only a pound or two of beeswax.  That’s why real, pure beeswax can be costly.  Fortunately, you don’t need a lot of it for most natural skin care recipes.  Don’t be tempted to use paraffin or other cheap waxes – they won’t perform the same function.

Many natural skin care recipes start with beeswax and some type of natural oil.  These are melted together using a double boiler.  This technique is important, as the wax and oil can scorch if direct heat is applied.  Be sure to use low heat, and allow the ingredients to mingle slowly and evenly for the best results.  Recipes that may harden should be poured into their final container while still warm, and you should clean the double boiler right away for best results.  You may also need a food processor or blender to combine ingredients.  Here are a few natural recipes that may be helpful if you’re starting to make your own skin care products.

Beeswax Hand Cream

This simple hand cream uses almond oil and beeswax to remoisturize dry skin and rejuvenate it.  Be sure not to overheat the mixture.  Essential oils can be purchased at many whole and health foods stores, and have many different properties.  Study them to find the one that works best for you.  One popular choice for natural skin care recipes is lavender oil.

  • 1 C. sweet almond oil
  • 2 Oz. beeswax
  • 10 drops preferred essential oil
  • 1 C. water

Begin by heating the wax and oil in your double boiler until melted and completely combined.  Then, heat your water in another container.  While both should be warm, they should be cool enough to touch without discomfort.

Place your warm water in a blender, and cover it.  A small opening should be left in the covering, so that you can include the wax/oil mixture.  Run the blender on high, and pour this mixture into it in a thin stream.  Once you’ve added most of the oil and wax, you’ll see the cream begin to thicken.

Now, add your essential oil, then continue to add your beeswax/oil mixture until your hand cream has reached the thickness you prefer.  Turn the blender off and spoon into tins or jars.

Simple Lotion

This easy 2 cup recipe will keep outside of the refrigerator.  Like many other natural skin care recipes, be sure not to over blend it.

  • 1/3 C. coconut oil
  • 3/4 C. almond oil
  • 1/2 to 3/4 Oz. beeswax
  • 1 C. aloe gel
  • 1 t. vitamin E oil
  • 1 t. lanolin
  • 1 1/2 t. essential oil of your choice

Start by combining your coconut oil and beeswax in a double boiler, heating until evenly combined and warm throughout.  Then, place the vitamin E oil, lanolin, and aloe vera in a food processor or blender.  Stir your almond oil into the wax and coconut oil mixture once it’s off the stove.

Now, begin running the blender on medium or low.  Pour the melted oil and wax mixture into it, maintaining a thin stream, and covering the blender if needed.  Once the oils blend, you’ll find that your lotion turns white, and your blender may have trouble.  Stop the blender as soon as a consistency similar to mayonnaise is reached.  Add your essential oils, then pulse the blender to combine them.  Remove the lotion quickly, and place it in jars while it’s still warm.  It will thicken quickly and may become hard to manage.

Antiseptic Ointment

You can use this ointment instead of a commercial antiseptic balm.  Try it and see the results!  This natural skin care recipe makes enough salve to fill four one ounce jars or tins.

  • 3 Oz. sweet almond oil
  • 2 Oz. beeswax
  • 1 Oz jojoba oil
  • 20 drops essential oils of myrrh, tea tree, and wheat germ

Heat your jojoba and almond oils in the double boiler, then add beeswax.  For a thinner consistency, add less wax.  For a sturdier ointment, use more.  Trial and error will tell you what you prefer, and you can allow this base to cool if you aren’t sure.  Once it’s reached room temperature, you’ll easily be able to see what your ointment will be like.  Overly thick ointment can be thinned by reheating with a bit more oil, and thin ointment can be thickened by heating with more wax.

Once you’ve reached the right consistency, reheat the mixture, and allow it to begin cooling again.  Add the essential oils to the mixture – don’t neglect these, since they give it the desired antibiotic properties.  Make sure that the ointment is still warm, so that it pours easily, and transfer it to a tin or jar of your choice.

These are just a few of the natural skin care recipes you can make at home.  There are lots more available online and in books, or you can talk to other people who enjoy this great craft.  You can even come up with your own – just pay attention to the ingredients you use, avoid toxic substances, and don’t be afraid to experiment.

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