Moisturising and hydrating

One of the best moisturisers to wear is an SPF 15+ sunscreen – every day, summer and winter, this will generally provide your skin with enough moisture to see it through the day. At night use a good moisturising cream and once or twice a week use a moisturising mask to keep your skin in healthy condition.

You may find that occasionally your skin will become a little dry, perhaps from too much sun or from being in a heated or air conditioned room too long. When this happens, use a moisturising cream applied to slightly damp skin as moisturisers work by keeping existing moisture in your skin.

Moisture Lotions

It is best to make small quantities of the following recipes and keep in the fridge as many of them will not keep for very long.

  • Dry Skin Lotion: Combine in a small jar with the lid on 2 tablespoons of jojoba oil and 7-10 drops of your favourite essential oil. Shake well until mixed, apply a few drops to your fingertips and massage evenly onto your face and neck using a circular motion.
  • Oily Skin Lotion: Place 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel and 7-10 drops of your favourite essential oil, whisk with a fork until blended and apply evenly to your face and neck.
  • Citrus Milk: slice up half an orange and half a grapefruit or lemon, and simmer very gently in a cupful of milk. Strain, bottle and refrigerate. This is a very light toning moisturiser which when applied regularly makes the skin silky and bright.
  • Rich Honey Lotion : add 1 teaspoon of clear, warmed and melted honey to 100 ml milk. Stir briskly until the honey has dissolved and then add 1 egg yolk, whisking until well-blended. Bottle and refrigerate.
  • Peaches and Cream Lotion: peel and mash one very ripe peach. Strain through a sieve to get all the juice out. Mix with an equalquantity of pure cream, then mix the peach-and-cream mixture with an equal volume of cooled elderflower infusion. This is a lovely soothing lotion for hot weather – keep it in the fridge.

Moisturising Creams

  • Rich Moisturising Cream: this is very rich and heavy, this cream is best for dry skin. Some people can be allergic to lanolin so do a patch test first. As a substitute you could use macadamia oil or almond oil. Take 1 tablespoon anhydrous lanolin (wool fat). Put it in a jar in a bath of hot water and stir until it melts. Then add 1 tablespoon macadamia oil (or almond), stirring constantly. When the lanolin and oil have melted together, remove from heat and stir in 5 drops of your preferred essential oil to cover the sheep smell of the lanolin. Squeeze in the contents of one vitamin E capsule and stir thoroughly until cool. Keep in an opaque or dark glass jar and in a cool place.

  • Cold Cream: pour 84 ml olive oil and 28 g beeswax into a jar and stand in a pan of hot water on the stove. Warm gently (do not boil!) until the wax is just melted. Warm 30 ml rosewater. Stir the oil and wax together and while stirring, add the rosewater gradually. Remove the jar from hot water and stir vigorously until cool. To make a cream which is effective in fighting wrinkles and scars, add the contents of one or two vitamin E capsules (prick the capsule and squeeze the contents out).
  • Hand Cream: beat together in a blender 1 egg yolk and 2 teaspoons of lemon juice. Slowly add 1/4 cup almond, carrot or other vegetable oil, while still beating. Beat in 6 drops tincture of benzoin, to preserve, and 6 drops lavender, rose or lemon oil, to perfume. Keep this refrigerated and it will last a long time. It will soften hands, feet, elbows and legs.

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