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There are many herbal home made moisturizer recipes on the internet. The basic combination is lanolin and some sort of wax. These are heated together to form a cream in one pot. A second pot is used to heat water and borax. Then the two liquids are mixed together and various herbal fluid extracts or essential oils can be added. Refrigerated, these are good for a long time, preferably sealed in a dark bottle. Small amounts of it can be decanted into a beautiful moisturizer jar as you need them, they will remain fresh for a week or so this way. The upside is that the cost is minimal.

Lets look at a simple home moisturizer most women can use. Take AVOCADO oil and use it as your moisturizer. To a liter of avocado oil, add the following;

a. 30 drops chamomile fluid extract

b. 30 drops of peppermint fluid extract

Mix well and refrigerate and take out small portions to decant to your moisturizer jar.

What does this do? Avocado oil is high in vitamin E, and Omega 3 fatty acids. It contains a ridiculously high level of Omega 6 fatty acids. Internally, it is rated as anti inflammatory and a very low glycemic index. But we are discussing its topical, external use. Omega fatty acids have been shown to treat a number of inflammatory skin conditions, including psoriasis. When I was at UBC our research team was investigating that very clinical trial. If you want effective redness control, nutrition for the skin, and therapeutic dosages of Omega fatty acids to prevent skin damage, this is your huckleberry.

Chamomile contains an alcohol called alpha bisabolol which is anti inflammatory and soothing to the soft tissues. There was only one cosmetics company making a moisturizer with this in it, that was Arden’s mat moisturizer, sold in a distinct blue bottle. They discontinued this for what reason I have no idea, but you are going to have to buy some fluid extract of chamomile and make your own in the avocado oil.

Peppermint contains circulatory stimulants and traces of nutrients and is an epithelial cell repair molecule. The oil has been shown to increase cell division in gastric ulcers, and increase the speed of wound repairs. They did this work using tritiated thymidine uptake studies and the data is sound. It is of note that licorice root, in the same study, had comparable wound repair action. However, peppermint oil is soluble in the skin, as is alpah bisabolol from chamomile. This means they enter the epidermis and speed cell recovery.

This is your basic skin care program that I suggest for all women. I also suggest that you take a couple drops of both plant oils and put them on the inside of your fore arm to test for sensitivities. Wait 24 hours. Chances are that you will show no reaction. But we always test plant oils out on the skin to screen for sensitivities.

In future blog posts I will discuss anti aging strategies for skin care.

Until then, remain rational and scientific about skin care, and luxurious and sensual with your makeup!


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