The Importance of Moisturizer

The Importance of Moisturizer

The Importance of Moisturizer

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Your skin is the largest and some would say the most important organ of your body.

Moisturizers are important for protecting your skin from the elements and from external contaminants. When your skin is exposed to wind, sun, dirt and other environmental factors it can lose essential vitamins, and fatty acids that help support the structure of your cells. Moisturizers lock in moisture and help to maintain your skin’s elasticity and keep it feeling soft and supple.

By applying moisturizers rich in essential fatty acids, antioxidants and essential vitamins you can repair and rebuild your skin’s cell health from deep within it’s layers.

You can of course buy moisturizers from a store, but why not consider making your own using all natural highly nourishing ingredients, that are also low cost.

Using natural nutrients and essential oil rich ingredients

Many natural ingredients including essential oils like Frankincense and Calophyllum have been proven to stimulate collagen production and activate the skins repair process. Fruit acids and glycolic acid in sugars also stimulate the skins cellular renewal process and slough off dead skin cells to reveal a younger softer complexion.

Carrot seed oil is a very rich oil high in vitamins A and C, both concentrated antioxidants that protect against free radical damage that causes premature aging (and wrinkles etc). Another super antioxidant ingredient popular in moisturizers is Vitamin E which can be found in many base and essential oils.

Base oils and essential fatty acids

Base oils high in essential fatty acids (or EFA’s) help to deliver vitamins and nutrients deeper into your skins epidermis. They also help to hold in moisture and plump out dehydrated cells. Many base oils commonly used in moisturizers are naturally rich in essential fatty acids, examples are Macadamia oil, Avocado or Olive oil. Others have extremely high concentrations of EFA’s like Rosehip oil.

You can make many simple natural homemade facial moisturizer recipes using distilled water, a base oil, beeswax, essential oils, and an emulsifier like beeswax. You can also add humectants like glycerine or honey that attract moisture to the skin.

There are literally hundreds of ingredients rich in natural active vitamins and fatty acids – especially “good oils” that can be combined into a natural homemade facial moisturizer to support all your skins needs.

Try making a simple moisturizer like the one below:

What to use:

1/2 cup of your oil serum blend (using base oils that suit you skin type)

2 tablespoons beeswax (cosmetic grade)

1 cup of warm water (can add aloe juice into the water or carrot juice for added nourishment made up to the cup full)

Mix and set:

Warm your oil blend (excluding essential oils in a double boiler) with beeswax until just melted. Stir together well.

Slowly whip in warm water/water juice mix.

Remove from heat while still stirring until the moisturizer partially “sets”. Add essential oils and stir in gently.

Yes – that’s how easy it can be. You can also add cocoa butter or shea butter for a rich luxurious moisturizing lotion.

How to apply a moisturizer

Washing your face to remove dirt and debris is the first step. Cleansing your skin also helps to remove excess oil so that the benefits of your moisturizer can be readily absorbed.

Once you have washed your face, apply your best moisturizer for oily skin to damp skin that has been patted dry but is still moist. Apply moisturizer in an upward motion.

Apply best moisturizer for oily skin twice a day for optimum benefit.

Theresa Lee

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