Developed by request, this new blend is a win win! Thank you once again to another customer who has tired of settling for what is out there and seeks to create that perfect blend of skin food for the face.
The base oils used are sunflower oil, grapeseed oil, apricot oil and rosehip seed oil. These are a good alternative for those with nut allergies.
High in essential fatty acids, sunflower seed oil is a good choice for those with dry, sensitive, mature skin.
Grapeseed oil is a very light oil with virtually no odor and known to be nonallergenic.
Apricot kernel oil contains a good source of antioxidants Vitamins A and E, and linoleic acid and oleic acid, which are essential fatty acids.
Rosehip seed oil can often be seen in products advertised for maintaining a youthful appearance. High in Vitamin A, Vitamin E, and essential fatty acids, this precious oil is very effective for healing and rejuvenating dry or damaged skin. It is a very gentle hydrator which means it quickly penetrates skin.
Mango butter is a bit new to me but the results are wonderful. Traditionally used in the tropical regions to soften and soothe dry skin. Besides being rich in fatty acids and antioxidants, mango butter is non-comedogenic, which means you don't have to worry about it clogging pores. Ideal for any skin type, even those who have to deal with skin conditions can benefit.
Aloe vera gel is included in all of my cream recipes. It is soothing, astringent, cooling and refreshing.
This is my first cream to use plant extracts. A plant extract is a substance or an active with desirable properties that is removed from the tissue of a plant.
Cucumbers are often used as a home remedy because they are naturally cooling and astringent. Using fresh cucumber slices to sooth tired eyes is well known. High in ascorbic acid which is vitamin C, cucumbers can help sooth skin irritations and reduce swelling and inflammation.
Green tea is another home remedy often used for soothing skin issues or tired eyes. Reusing a wet tea bag or the tea itself has brought relief for many a sunburn or irritated eyes during allergy season or lack of sleep. Green tea possesses antioxidants which by dealing with free radicals can help fight the effects of aging and improve the appearance of the skin.
Moisturize as needed onto clean skin, ideally while the skin is still moist after cleansing. Use gentle, circular motions with your fingertips, paying special attention to the delicate area around the eyes. If you wear foundation wait a few minutes for the moisturizer to soak in or you could dab any "shine" with a soft cotton square. Due to various skin types, you may need only a tiny bit at a time, or perhaps only the cheeks and around the eyes, or you may just need a moisturizer as a night cream. Keep in mind that this cream has a higher oil:water ratio than you may be used to; very effective for dry skin.
Complaints people often have with moisturizers is that they seem to leave behind an oily residue. Of course a reason could be the quality of the oils used in the lotion, but it could also be because:
1. You are using too much at a time
2. You are applying the moisturizer to old, dead skin cells and it is not penetrating the upper layer of your skin. Exfoliating regularly with gentle scrubs or exfoliating cloths can help with this issue
To minimize the risk of contamination make sure you have clean fingers before dipping into the cream or use the little wooden spatula (included).
Beauty tip: Don't forget to moisturize your neck!
Available in a 1/2 oz., 1 oz. or 2 oz. jar, you choose at checkout.
NOTE ON PRESERVATION:
Items are made in small batches as they are needed. The concept behind this shop is for the consumer seeking all natural products with the understanding that the items are not intended to sit around and only natural preservatives are used.
Natural preservatives are antimicrobial grapefruit seed extract, antioxidant Vit. E and the concentration of essential oils. What this means is that while these natural preservatives deter the growth of bacteria and molds, they are not broad spectrum and offer a limited shelf life. Being the risk of contamination and loss of potency over time is present in any perishable product, please try to use the item within 3 to 4 months. Products which contain water such as the creams and lotions are the most at risk for contamination. The salves, containing no water, are very stable as is and are fine for months. Keep any of the products in a cool location, out of exposure to heat and sunlight, and be sure to have clean hands before using. Refrigeration will extend the shelf life of perishable items.
Natural, environmentally friendly and affordable home remedies and personal body care for the family. Homemade, handmade, organic when possible, all with a touch of the love and wisdom from past generations. Knowledge of what is in your products is the start to taking back control as a consumer.