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In natural skin care, the water is lukewarm, warm to the skin
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Winter skin is dry and problematic. Many struggles desperately to keep the skin healthy and moisturized even in winter. Proper skin care methods are the key to winter skin care. However, in this article, I will focus on one very important factor that causes dry skin. Do you use unnecessarily hot water for skin care? It may be the cause for dry hands and dry skin problems generally.

We use hot water way too much

Hot water is easy to get from the tap. Today, hot water is available in almost every home. In wintertime, when the air gets colder, it makes sense to turn the faucet even hotter. Especially when washing your hands, you notice it. The cool water feels nasty. We may also have feeling that cool water does not clean hands so thoroughly. How water temperature affects the skin. I will go into that in this article.

How does hot water affect the skin?

Hot water is harmful to the skin in many ways. The skin is not naturally adapted to hot water. What we call a warm shower can be too hot for the skin. Hot water dries the skin immediately. Even if you do not use any soap or other detergent at all, your skin may still dry out.

Hot water damages the keratin, which is in epidermis, the outer layer of the skin. Keratin takes care of the softness and hydration of the skin. If keratin layer is gone, the skin becomes rough and dry.

Regular hot showers can make pre-existing skin conditions worse. If you have atopic skin or other skin condition, your skin may get symptoms as a result of hot showers. Signs of atopic skin include itching and redness. Therefore, dermatologists recommend only lukewarm water to atopic skin.

What is the right water temperature for your skin?

Whether the water feels too cold or too hot is very individual. Some prefer it cooler and some hotter. The fact is, however, that the sebum on the skin, the natural protective layer, begins to melt in the heat. Therefore, the optimum shower water temperature is said to be 37 degrees Celsius. At 37 degrees, the sebum, made up of fats, does not yet begin to melt. So, the optimal temperature for the skin does not depend on the person but on the melting point of sebum fats.

The natural skin’s protective layer can also be destroyed with detergents. If you take a shower every day, consider the actual need of shower gel on daily use. Also, think about whether you need a shower every day.

The skin needs gentle care in winter

After the shower, moist skin needs gentle care. Pat the skin dry with a towel. It is good to apply moisturizing products to damp skin. At this point they are well absorbed and lock moisture in the skin for a long period of time. After a lukewarm shower, the skin pores are opened and are easily receiving everything. However, avoid heavily scented products as well as other strong cosmetic chemicals.

Lukewarm water is also important when washing hands

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When washing your hands, use only lukewarm water and mild detergents.
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Many of us do suffer dry hands. Now, when we have to wash our hands more often, it is especially important that we only use lukewarm water. The water at about 37 degrees Celsius is as warm as the skin and does not feel cold or hot. Hot water combined with an effective hand soap dries our hands. Also choose a soap as gentle as possible.

Make sure you use lukewarm water when washing dishes and cleaning your home. Of course, it would be best to get protective gloves. Also, avoid strong general-purpose detergents and other household chemicals when cleaning and washing dishes. You can also clean ecologically with vinegar.

Use hand cream regularly on your hands. It is best to apply the hand cream to damp hands after washing. Let the hand cream have time to be absorbed. If you want to give intensive treatment to dry hands, apply a rich hand cream or oil to your hands in the evening. Wear cotton gloves when sleeping and in the morning, you have soft hands.

How have you managed to keep your hands in good shape?

There are many ways to make facial and body creams. This time I tried lecithin as the only emulsifier in the cream. If you haven’t tried skin moisturizing and softening lecithin yet then now is the time. As an emulsifier for homemade cosmetics, lecithin is not very commonly used. I think it should be because lecithin really does soothe the skin. It effectively moisturizes and softens dry skin. Lecithin cream a real dream-come-true winter cream. So, let’s make a simple, moisturizing cream from lecithin.

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Liquid or granular lecithin?

Lecithin has not been used much in home cosmetics. Now is the time to introduce lecithin. It is perfect for emulsifying rich creams for winter use. Lecithin allows you to prepare your creams without double-boiler water heating. Lecithin does not like heating. Its sensitive skin care ingredients are destroyed if you use too high temperature too long in preparing process. The soy lecithin I am using is GMO free.

Preparing of lecithin

Granular lecithin dissolves best in oil.  Lecithin dissolves also in water but it is easier to prepare an emulsion cream based on lecithin dissolved in oil. Dissolving process takes less time if granular lecithin is pre-grinded in mortar.

Dissolving lecithin in oil

Only a certain amount of lecithin can be dissolved in the oil. My rough estimate is 1 dl of oil can dissolve ½ tablespoon of lecithin. Exact amount depends on the oil you use. Straining is highly recommended after the dissolving process.

For straining, I recommend a strainer as dense as possible. Cotton gauze is also good. However, the oil will ruin the gauze so you cannot use it again. That’s why I prefer the strainer myself.

The strained oil containing lecithin is already a finished cosmetic product. You can use it, for example, on wet hair ends to protect them from drying out.

Choose the right oil for the lecithin cream

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You can use almost any desired oil in your cream. I myself have used rice bran oil in creams containing lecithin. Various herbal oils, also called macerated oils, are also good. You can replace the oil partially or completely with herbal oil. Always dissolve lecithin in the total amount of oil. Choose the oil you prefer. There are some oils which I haven’t tried at all with lecithin like coconut oil. However, I do not particularly prefer coconut oil for skin care.

Here are some suggestions for suitable oils

What is the water phase?

Since we are now making a lotion, we also need some liquid for the lotion. Again, you can use your imagination and choose almost any water-based liquid suitable for creams.

Lecithin, like other emulsifiers, does not withstand salts and other minerals very well. For example, a seaweed poultice is very rich in minerals. Lecithin cream makes the seaweed poultice too thin. The ointment will probably thicken slightly in time but needs a pump bottle anyway.

Suitable liquids for lecithin cream

Ingredients for lecithin cream

After you have selected the ingredients you want for your cream, you can start measuring them.

This cream does not necessarily need to be heated in a water boiler. However, if you want to minimize bacterial growth, you can heat the cream base in a double boiler for 30 minutes at 80 degrees Celsius. This will destroy most of the bacteria.

Use these ingredients

• Place 1 dl of oil (your choice) to a bowl

• Mix ½ tablespoon of lecithin in granules to the oil. Use an electric hand blender whisk.

• Mix the liquid so that the lecithin is completely dissolved. This may take some time. Let the mixture rest overnight.

Strain the liquid in order to get rid of all dissolved particles of lecithin

Add 1 dl of water and mix using blender

• The mixture becomes a mayonnaise-like, a very beautiful shiny cream.

• The cream will be preserved in a fridge at least 2-3- weeks. Lecithin cream does not like preservatives. For some reason, the structure of the cream is destroyed after adding drops of Geogard 221 -preservative.

How to use lecithin cream

Lecithin cream is a pretty greasy cream. However, thanks to lecithin, the oil is deeply absorbed into the skin, moisturizing and softening it. Therefore, it is advisable to take the time and carefully rub the lecithin cream into the skin. Just leaving the cream and applying it lightly will give you a very oily skin feel for a long time.

I do not recommend lecithin cream under makeup. If you apply the cream to the skin in the morning and immediately apply makeup, the cream will not be absorbed. If you apply lecithin cream in evening, you will have a very soft and moisturized skin in the morning that does not need much new moisture.

I’m really happy with moisturizing and skin softening lecithin cream.

Lecithin is a suitable emulsifier for oil-rich emulsions. There is a fifty/fifty oil and water in this recipe. You cannot prepare light emulsions when using lecithin. These heavier creams are perfect for winter and outdoor activities.

This cream leaves a greasy surface on the skin for a while. When the cream is completely absorbed, the skin feels soft and moisturized. Although I have added several times a day lecithin cream on my face my skin has not blocked up. No single acne has come on my skin while using this cream. The skin is calmed, moisturized and soft. My cream is made from a very simple and skin-friendly combination of rice bran oil + lecithin + water.

I use this cream as a night cream for the face and even for the whole body after a shower. Lecithin cream is also an excellent outdoor cream. A friend of mine, who is a passionate outdoor person and cyclist, often orders a can of lecithin cream from me.

Lecithin cream is not very stable

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Lecithin creme

You can quite easily make lecithin, oil and water lotion without any chemicals. However, lecithin cream is not completely stable. The oil easily separates from the ointment but can be mixed in a couple of spins until smooth. By adding a thickener such as xanthan gum, the emulsion would be more stable. However, I wanted this cream to be a very simple product.

The good thing about home cosmetics is that you can compromise the composition of the cream without any problems. Home cosmetics creams and other products do not have to appeal to public or large customer base. If the cream requires mixing before use then what is the problem?  This simple, effective and beautiful cream is worth that little effort.

What is your favourite outdoor cream?

Many people are looking for more options for moisturizing the skin. In winter the skin is extremely dry. It feels like no moisture is enough. There is a natural super moisturizer of which I have written before:  kelp. Kelp, aka seaweed is one of the best ingredients for skin care. It contains a great variety of important minerals for skin. Kelp also contains other ingredients that are hardly found in terrestrial plants. One such ingredient is glutamic acid. How can you make products containing natural glutamic acid at your home? I’ll tell you about it.

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Glutamic acid is a very important ingredient in cosmetics

Glutamic acid is an amino acid, or a constituent of proteins. Glutamic acid used in cosmetics is a synthetic, industrial product. Even synthetic glutamic acid is not toxic. Most glutamic acid is used to flavour foods.

At one time in Japan glutamic acid was made from kombu kelp by bacteria. Almost all Japanese foods are flavoured with monosodium glutamate, which is related to glutamic acid.

Glutamic acid has become very popular

Glutamic acid has become very popular in cosmetics because of its skin consistence. Glutamic acid acts as a very effective moisturizer or humectant on the skin. Glutamic acid also helps to stabilize the pH of the skin.

Many cosmetic products use glutamic acid. Its INCI names are:

Glutamic acid acts like hyaluronic acid to moisturize the skin. Polyglutamic acid has been found to be even more potent moisturizer than hyaluronic acid. Glutamic acid is a humectant, it absorbs moisture from the skin and the outside air.

Where Can I Find Glutamic Acid?

We, homemade cosmetics makers do not have to purchase synthetic chemicals. Chemicals are concentrates and require professional scales as well as other measuring equipment for dosing. When making natural cosmetics, it is better to forget about synthetic chemicals and think where to find natural ingredients.

You can find glutamic acid in kelp

Especially, the kombu kelp is particularly rich in glutamic acid. In Japan, kombu kelp is used to make kelp broth, the Dashi. Dashi is added to Japanese soups to give a taste of umami. Glutamic acid is a non-toxic edible substance.

You can find kombu kelp in ethnic and Japanese grocery stores. It is a dried seaweed, which is a fairly well preserving product.

It is also worth of getting familiar with the kombu kelp use in kitchen. You can use kombu in salads and soups. It is really healthy and delicious. Do not leave any part of the kombu unused.

Kombu is rich in nutrients

At least the following vitamins and trace elements have been found in kombu seaweed. One 20 cm piece of Kombu contains roughly

How can you use kombu kelp in cosmetics?

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In order to add glutamic acid to your products, you have to make a kombu broth. Kombu is very mineral-rich. It last well when boiled. So, boil about an hour on minimum heat, just let it boil gently. I used 1.5 litres of water for one kombu kelp.

Kombu infusion shelf life

Natural super moisturizer, Kombu infusion is very easy to make and use. You can keep the infusion for just about a week in the refrigerator. Then it’s time to make a new broth. If you want to use a preservative, the broth will be preserved about 3 months. As a frozen product, the kombu broth is convenient to use and most secure. You can freeze the kombu broth like ice cubes and defrost when needed.

The benefits of glutamic acid on the skin

The kombu infusion can be used in cosmetics in many ways.

Benefits of glutamic acid for hair

Glutamic acid also works in hair care. In addition to glutamic acid, Natural super moisturizer, Kombu infusion, contains many other ingredients that benefit your hair

Warning!

Some people are sensitive to some amines and especially glutamate. For example, glutamates are present in flavour enhancers such as seasoned salt. In cases of hypersensitivity, kelp should also be avoided. Some tolerate kelp externally when applied to the skin but not in food. However, first test the seaweed for your skin.

Try the kombu on your own cosmetic products

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Natural super moisturizer, Kombu gives you many other active ingredients in addition to glutamic acid. That is why I strongly recommend you to try a kombu. Especially on dry, mid-winter skin, kombu kelp brings a new glow.

Let us know how glutamic acid works on your skin! Please add your comments in the comment box below!

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Many of us struggle with skin dryness. Dry room air, frost and cold, dry wind dry the skin. Dry skin is lifeless and looks aged. Dry skin is also very vulnerable to skin conditions such as eczema. It is a good idea to moisturize your skin regularly, but how to keep the moisture in your skin? Are you familiar with Prickly Pear Seed Oil? Now I’d like to tell you about the wonderful properties of Prickly Pear Seed Oil. It’s like a tailor-made product for dry skin.

What is Prickly Pear Seed Oil?

The Prickly Pear cactus (Opuntia ficus-indica) belongs to the opuntia family. This Prickly Pear cactus, like other cactus, grow in areas where winters are mild and summers are hot and dry. The best Prickly Pear Seed Oil comes from opuntia, which grows in Morocco. There is also a production of cactus oil in India but the quality of the oil is not that good.

Opuntias have also been planted to Italy, Portugal and other parts of southern Europe.

The Opuntia contains delicious fruits, which are also available all around the world. Opuntia has been used as a herbal medicine in Mexico. It is a very healthy plant and full of curative plant chemicals. The flesh of the fruit is full of small seeds, which are cold-pressed to fine, valuable oil. Seeds contain only 5% oil. One litre of oil requires 1000 kilograms of Prickly Pears . Therefore, the oil is very expensive. Prickly Pear Seed Oil is used only as a raw material in cosmetics precisely because of its high cost. The oil is not toxic.

Prickly Pear Seed Oil is a mild and gentle oil

The oil pressed from cactus seeds is almost odourless and colourless oil. It feels very rich and heavy on the skin, but absorbs quickly, leaving an incredibly moisturized skin feel. Prickly Pear Seed Oil does not contain large amounts of antioxidants and other plant chemicals. That is why it is one of the gentlest oils. The idea behind Prickly Pear Seed Oil lies in its fatty acid composition.

Prickly Pear Seed Oil is suitable for all skin types

Prickly Pear Seed Oil is suitable for everyone as it is a mild oil. It specifically protects the skin. Prickly Pear Seed Oil does not block pores or irritate sensitive skin. It is therefore one of the most versatile oils.

What makes Prickly Pear Seed Oil so special?

Prickly Pear Seed Oil has a very good fatty acid profile. Its fatty acids suit perfectly the skin and support the skin’s own fatty acid profile. Here is an example of the fatty acid profile of Prickly Pear Seed Oil.

The fatty acid profile of Prickly Pear Seed Oil can vary greatly depending on the variety and location where it grows. However, it is always high in linoleic acid and palmitic acid. The oleic acid content is very low. This is good, since excessive amount of oleic acid easily clogs the pores.

Palmitic acid

Prickly Pear Seed Oil is rich in palmitic acid, which is a protective fatty acid. It also contains some rare palmitoleic acid. Palmitoleic acid is very similar to sapienic acid, which is found in the skin’s own sebum. Sapienic acid is a one of a kind fatty acid that is found only on human skin (Homo sapiens).

Palmitoleic acid

Palmitoleic acid is also relatively high in macadamia oil. However, macadamia oil is very rich in oleic acid, so do not apply it regularly to easily clogged skin. Macadamia oil is significantly cheaper than luxurious Prickly Pear Seed Oil. That is why I prefer macadamia oil for hair products and outdoor creams I use rarely.

Prickly Pear Seed Oil is exceptionally high in vitamin E. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that prevents signs of aging.

Where Can I Use Prickly Pear Seed Oil?

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Prickly Pear Seed Oil has many uses. They are all related to its skin protective effect and its wonderful fatty acid composition. Because Prickly Pear Seed Oil is a very expensive oil, it is advisable to use it only on the face and in the treatment of nails and cuticles.

Prepare a protective facial cream with Prickly Pear Seed Oil

Because of its fatty acid composition, Prickly Pear Seed Oil is suitable for protecting the skin from dryness. So, use this oil in a protective facial cream. You can replace some of the base oil with a protective Prickly Pear Seed Oil. This will give you a really good ointment for windy weather.

Night cream from Prickly Pear Seed Oil

Prickly Pear Seed Oil also protects your skin from drying indoors. Dry room air is often the reason that skin dries in the winter. You can add Prickly Pear Seed Oil to your night cream. Wet the skin thoroughly before applying the cream and lock in the skin with a cream containing Prickly Pear Seed Oil.

Use Prickly Pear Seed Oil for hair care

Because Prickly Pear Seed Oil is rich in protective fatty acids, it is very often used in hair care. The palmitoleic acid in Prickly Pear Seed Oil treats dry hair and make them shiny. It works on the surface of the hair just like the hair’s own natural sebum.

Mix 1 teaspoon of Prickly Pear Seed Oil in a hair mask or rub a few drops on the scalp after washing. Prickly Pear Seed Oil is much better hair oil than usually recommended olive oil or coconut oil.

Other uses

Prickly Pear Seed Oil is one of the most expensive oils in the world

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Prickly Pear Seed Oil would certainly be even more popular if it would be more affordable. It is therefore one of the most expensive available vegetable oils. However, I wanted to introduce this oil as it is very sufficient. All you need is a few drops of oil on your face to protect your skin. Prickly Pear Seed Oil has such a unique fatty acid composition that it’s really hard to replace. Especially in winter, when the skin dries, you should remember the Prickly Pear Seed Oil.

Tell us about your experience with Prickly Pear Seed Oil!

There are really many chemicals in skin care products, sometimes we may think that there are too many. However, many of these chemicals are quite common and harmless ingredients. You can find skin care raw materials also in your kitchen or garden. You just need to know where to look. Glycolic acid is such an ingredient. Glycolic acid sounds like a very chemical compound by name. In reality, regular cane sugar is rich of it. How can you utilize glycolic acid on your skin? Keep on reading to learn more.

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Sugar cane is a miracle stuff in skin care

Ordinary home sugar is made from sugar cane. It is cultivated in over 100 countries as one of the most important crops. Unprocessed sugar cane is very high in minerals but also in a fruit acid called glycolic acid. Glycolic acid is an amino acid, a component of proteins.

Synthetic glycolic acid is produced in factories and involve the use of chemical process. Glycolic acid in mass production cosmetics is never a pure natural product. Formaldehyde, which is a carcinogen, is usually also involved in the manufacturing process. That is why glycolic acid of cane sugar is natural, non-toxic healthy choice we can use in skin care.

The glycolic acid content of the cane sugar is very moderate. That’s another reason why cane sugar is good for regular skin care at home.

Honey also contains glycolic acid. It can be used in cosmetics instead of cane sugar. Honey also contains many other skin care ingredients.

How glycolic acid affects the skin

Glycolic acid has an incredible number of skin-care effects. It is one of the most versatile skin care products.

Products containing glycolic acid are easy to make by ourselves

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It is a good idea to make natural and skin-friendly glycolic acid products by ourselves. Ordinary sugar contains just the right amount of glycolic acid for diy-products. If you want really effective glycolic acid treatment for a particular problem, you might want to have an appointment with a beautician.

You can make many products from sugar. If you use sugar for facial scrubs, you should dissolve it in the liquid. You can also use run honey, syrup or molasses, which are liquid enough.

I’ve told sugar’s other skin treating features here.

You can find recipes for sugar here. You can try the therapeutic effect of glycolic acid on your skin right away since most of the ingredients you can find in your kitchen closet.

At its simplest, you can enjoy glycolic acid treatment in the form of a honey mask. You can try honey for your whole body in the form of sauna honey. It really rejuvenates, moisturizes and brightens your skin. But please make sure you have prepared the sauna first, just to avoid any mess.

Have you tried glycolic acid treatments? Please tell us about your experiences in the comments section!

Olive oil suits well to the body peeling purpose. It is an antioxidant and skin nourishing oil. Olive oil suits best for skin care and body products of ageing skin. Olive oil is not recommended for acne-prone skin. It clogs the pores easily and stimulates acne.

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Although olive oil is not the best oil for facial care, it can be used to make a skin scrub for body. Buy only extra Virgin quality olive oil. It still has all the antioxidants left. I personally prefer Greek and Spanish organic olive oils. You can find them in big supermarkets. There are usually several options to choose from.

Vegetable Butters

To this skin scrub I have added also mango butter and shea butter. They are very popular now and many may have them already.

Shea Butter

Mild and full-bodied shea butter is a great addition to this body scrub. Shea butter is originally an African beauty product. Traditionally, shea butter is also used in cooking in Africa. Its natural colour is ivory but very often it is also sold bleached. I personally like the untreated quality but some people may find its odour unpleasant. I myself don’t smell anything unpleasant. You can order shea butter from several online shops. Here is a tip:  You can order it fairly because you can use shea butter as it is for dry skin, cracked heels, hardened elbows and more.

Mango Butter

Mango butter is a popular, hard fat in home cosmetics. It smells lovely and is very caring. Mango butter is made from fat derived from mango seeds. It suits best for body care and wash-away products. The fatty acid composition of mango butter is not suitable for facial products. Mango butter may block some people’s pores.

Sugar

As an exfoliating ingredient I am using a very fine sugar. Sugar is a very common exfoliating agent. It does not harm the skin but is still a very effective ingredient. Sugar also moisturizes the skin. Choose very finely ground sugar, but not powdered sugar as it will not peel. Fine ground sugar removes dead tissue more efficiently from the skin, but is even more gentle than coarser sugar quality.

Ginger

 I used ginger as an active ingredient. Ginger has tremendous positive qualities. It activates the skin’s blood circulation and improves metabolism. Ginger makes this product a good cellulite cream. Be sure to use only dried, ground ginger, which is sold as a spice. Fresh ginger is too moist for this recipe. There is no room for moisture in peeling products based on sugar. Otherwise the sugar will begin to melt and the peeling cream will be spoilt.

For mango-ginger skin scrub you will need

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Olive oil can also be used to make herbal ointments, which are healing products. Olive oil is a very preserving oil. It does not rancidify as easy as sunflower oil. In herbal ointments, long shelf life is an advantage. We will take a closer look at herbal ointments in the summertime. There will be plenty of herbs both in nature and in the garden.

This scrub is so simple and effective that you really should try it.

How did you like it, please share your experiences in the comments section!

Many people suffer from dry skin in the beginning of winter. Big changes of the temperatures of heated, indoor air and cold outside air stress the skin. Indoor air is particularly dry when the heating system is running at full capacity. The skin surface dries and becomes lifeless.

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There are really many products available for treating dry skin

However, you can make a moisturizer yourself from simple ingredients. In this post I will tell you which are the most moisturizing ingredients in home cosmetics.

Why does my skin dry?

In order to avoid dry skin, you should think first what is the reason why your skin is dry. In fact, dryness of the skin can be caused by many different things. Of course, the treatment must be chosen based on the real reason.  The most common causes of drought are

Here are the main reasons that cause the skin to dry out. As you can see, you can influence many things yourself. The cold season is really challenging for the skin. Even if you can moisturize the indoor air in your home, you cannot do it at work. Therefore, it is advisable to take care of your skin carefully throughout the heavy and dark winter season.

A natural way to prevent skin dryness is vigorous exercise and sweating

Before you start trying any cosmetic product on dry skin you should try the effect of exercise. Exercise improves blood circulation in the skin and provides the skin with more nutrients and also moisture. According to research, the most moisturizing chemical in skin care is urea. It is added to many dry skin care creams. However, you do not need to add urea to your skin cream.

It is enough that you allow regular sweat to flow on your skin

Sweat always contains small amounts of urea. Therefore, sweating is one of the most moisturizing skin care methods. I highly recommend!

There are many natural products for moisturizing dry skin

I’ve told you in the past several cosmetic ingredients that moisturize the skin. Now I wanted to collect them together in this post to make it easier for you to find all skin super moisturizers in one place.

Glycerol and hyaluronic acid are the most commonly used moisturizers in cosmetics

Glycerol and hyaluronic acid absorb moisture from their surroundings. If there is not enough moisture available, they absorb moisture from the skin. When used incorrectly, hyaluronic acid, in particular, can have a drying effect on the skin.

Glycerol is a safer alternative to moisturize the skin. It is especially suitable for persons who do not tolerate plant extracts in cosmetics. Glycerol can also dry the skin if not used with plenty of fluid.

All sugars are moisturizing

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I’ve told sugars here. Sugars have a very effective moisturizing effect. For dry skin, sugars are the best moisturizer. Sugars increase the activity of bacteria on the skin and absorb moisture. There are many good sugars available for the skin

Starches protect the skin from drying out

Many starches help protect the skin from excessive drying. Starches form a layer on the skin that protects the skin from drying out. They also absorb moisture.

Starces

 Starches act as thickeners in creams. They can only be added to the creams in small amounts. In large quantities, the starchy cream is uncomfortable on the skin.

Seaweeds contain particularly moisturizing polysaccharides

All seaweeds moisturize the skin. Seaweed is rich in skin-moisturizing polysaccharides. Of course, there are differences in polysaccharides from different seaweeds. Some algae are clearly more moisturizing than others. I have written more about marine algae here.

Our skin tolerates particularly well seaweeds

Therefore, they can also be used on thin, dry and sensitive skin. Apart from moisturizing ingredients, seaweed contains an incredible amount of skin-loving minerals. At best, seaweeds are in the facial waters. You can also replace the cream with seaweed extract in your water phase.

Seaweed suitable for the skin


Use these incredibly effective seaweeds.

Moisturizing herbs

Herbal moisturizers are rare. Personally, I know only two really good moisturizing plants.

You can use these plants as a poultice in facial waters and creams.

Hope you find some help when moisturizing your skin

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There are really many moisturizing ingredients available. I deliberately omitted all oils that are considered moisturizing. Oils as such do not moisturize dry skin. Oils and vegetable butter can be used to lock in the moisture to the skin. The skin needs moisture meaning water. Therefore, it is worth drinking plenty of water. Also, moisturizing products should always be added to already moist skin. This gives the best moisturizing effect.

How do you moisturize your skin during the winter season? Please add your comment to the message box!

You can easily make many kinds of cosmetics from very fine milled colloidal oatmeal (Avena sativa). When making homemade cosmetics, you shouldn’t pay attention to formalities. Many cosmetic products made by big manufacturers could be much simpler. Maybe consumers want to buy products that contain many ingredients and naturally manufacturers want to make difference to their competitors by adding unnecessary components to their products.

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Colloidal oatmeal

Now, because we only make products for ourselves and people around us, we can focus on the raw material itself.

To begin with, you can make simpler oat products by adding few drops of oat oil to your favourite ointment.

You can also add some soothing extract of oat’s sprout to your creams. Many cosmetic series contain the extract of oat sprout among other ingredients. The cosmetics industry has also noticed its soothing effect on the skin. This extract is sold by many Online Stores and by A. Vogel.

As a facial skin cleanser, colloidal oatmeal products are unbeatable

Oats alone is already a beauty product. The oats just need to be very finely milled in order to treat the skin well. Oatmeal mentioned for baking contains grains of oats that scratch the skin. Do not use nutritional oats for cosmetics. Colloidal, very finely milled oats is a different thing. It is also suitable for the most sensitive ones like babies. You cannot make colloidal oats yourself. I’ve tried to do it. Preferably get it from the store.

Colloidal oats, or oat silk, can be found at least from online stores. Those stores are my source as well. It’s not very expensive.

You can use colloidal oatmeal as such for face cleansing.

Next, I’ll give you instructions on how to use colloidal oats for face cleansing. The instructions for cleaning your face with oats is very simple.

Ingredients for one portion of face cleaner

 How to do the cleansing of your face with oatmeal paste

 I rarely add any oil or ointment to my face after washing oats off. You may have a slight feeling of tightening of your skin. Oats leave a protective film on the skin. The film contain oat carbohydrates called beta-glucans. You can read more about beta-glucans in my blog post.

Colloidal oatmeal easily makes simple cleansing milk. Colloidal oats are also useful when traveling. As a powdery and very lightweight product, it is easy to pack. In addition, colloidal oatmeal do replace many products:

Oats also help with scalp and hair care

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Colloidal oat

Oats contain a substance called avenanthramide. It has been found to be effective in reducing itching of the skin and scalp. The following recipe is a modification of the fermented rice water used in Asia for hair and skin care.

I like oat water and rice water for hair and skin care as they contain good features of grains but not any disturbing and messy ingredients. Have you ever washed your hair using rye flour? It’s an incredibly messy job. The bathroom needs cleaning after using rye flour.

Fermented oat water

You will need the following ingredients and accessories

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How to use fermented oat water?

Oat water is especially suitable for hair care

Use oat water as a hair rinse after washing. Pour oatmeal into washed hair and leave for a few minutes. You can also extend the action time by up to 30 minutes by covering your hair with a towel. Longer treatment is better for scalp problems and itching. Finally, rinse your hair with regular water as usual.

You can also wash your hair with oats.  Pour the fermented oat water into moist hair and rub the scalp thoroughly using your fingertips for 3 minutes. Rinse with regular water.

Fermented oat water is also good for body and face skin

Use oat water as a facial and body wash after washing and showering. It is suitably acidic and cares for the skin’s own bacterial balance.

Oat water soothes the skin

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 It suits well for eczema type skin and acne skin to soothe inflammation.

I really hope you get inspired to try colloidal oatmeal and fermented oats. I myself found the superior effect on my skin. Oats nowadays is often praised using too many superlatives. However, praising comes for a good reason. Oats is one of the best ingredients for organic skin care.

Thank you so much for your interest in my cosmetic oat recipes!

If you have some great tips on how to use oats in homemade cosmetics, please let me know!

The very first skin care product line, which I have ever bought, was based on the seaweeds and sea minerals. I have already blissfully forgotten the name of the product but it left really good memories. That was my first experience of seaweed in skincare.

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My first experience of seaweed in skincare

At that time my skin was a skin of a young girl, under 20 with impurities. After starting use of the series, the superficial roughness and impurities disappeared from my skin. My skin became easy to care and beautiful. I was whacked. Is this how cosmetics work?  Why doesn’t everyone use this series and enjoy beautiful skin like mine?

I am afraid this smells little bit like advertisement. However, the experience I told is true. After that, I started to pay attention to seaweed and sea minerals in a whole new way. They seemed to fit my skin perfectly.

How to use seaweed in skincare

Now I want to open up also the world of seaweed and tell how you can use them in skincare. You can of course buy ready-made seaweed products like this. There are plenty of series available in natural cosmetic quality. However, I try to inspire you to try seaweed in DIY-cosmetics.

The use of seaweed in DIY-cosmetics is inspiring because you can influence so many things yourself. You can make different products for different purposes and use seaweed in all of them. Try to add seaweed to this sunflower cream. You can also add other marine ingredients to your products such as minerals, salt and the wonderful Dead Sea mud.

But the most challenging part is getting to know the countless varieties of seaweed and finding new features and uses in them. That’s why I am planning to write a comprehensive opus about seaweed. It is truly wonderful and versatile ingredient.

What kind of seaweed there are?

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First, let’s get started on what kind of seaweed there are and what is available in stores and online. I will list all the minerals, vitamins and proteins seaweed contains.

By way of exception, I would also like to mention here the use of seaweed as a food. This is not a food blog and I am not about to create one. However, seaweeds are comparable to dietary supplements. If you really want to improve skin, nail and hair nutrition, you should definitely prepare seaweed dishes from time to time. Seaweed does not need to be used much. You can, for example, use it like spice in dishes.

Why seaweed is so superior?

Seaweed is rich in important minerals. Their mineral content is significantly higher than many land plants. Seaweed contains valuable proteins and vitamin B-12, which are very valuable for vegans. Many people currently have iodine deficiency. Using seaweed can effectively improve iodine intake. Seaweed in skincare is so superior.

There are huge quantities of seaweed

A whole new world awaits you under the sea surface. Seaweeds are underwater vegetables and herbs. They are in the sea just as the dry land has different herbs and other plants. Some of the well-known seaweeds are generally on the market because they have been used as food in Asia.

Seaweeds used in cosmetics include, for example, seaweeds from the Laminaria group. The seaweed of the Laminaria group is large and leather-like seaweed. They are used to moisture in the skin, as well as to make the skin glow and beautiful. Seaweed can also help to improve the skin’s blood circulation and eliminate cellulite.

Find out what seaweed exist and what you can use for everything

I’ve listed below the best-known seaweeds. You can use all these seaweed in skincare. It is easier to use seaweed which are commonly available. Of course, all commonly known seaweed can be ordered online. If you do not find them in local online stores you will get them from abroad.

Edible seaweed

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I added some tips how to use seaweed in cooking. When used as food, seaweed is incredibly rich in minerals and vitamins. Edible seaweed can also be used for skin- and haircare.

Nori

Everyone knows the Nori seaweed

Nori is used as food, more specifically in sushi and rice balls. Nori is perhaps the most common commercially exploited seaweed in the world. You can find nor seaweed easily.

Wakame

Wakame is well known because of miso-soups in Japanese restaurants. It has a mild taste and it is easy to use. Wakame is extremely high in iodine. Even so much that its use should be restricted. You can add dried wakame for example, to bread or soups.

In skincare, Wakame is one of the best. Unlike many other seaweeds, it is easy to obtain. Wakame is also very easy to use. You can just grind it into masks or make it a herbal infusion.

Wakame seaweed

Kombu

Kombu seaweed is a very strong seaweed. It is used by the Japanese in cooking to facilitate digestion. Kombu seaweed gives Japanese vegetarian food a great umami flavor. Kombu seaweed is not eaten as such but is made into a tasty broth by soaking seaweed in water. Kombu should not be cooked, as it will become bitter and slimy.

Cosmetics manufacturers like Lush is using kombu. Lush appreciates the cleansing and soothing properties of the kombu. For home cosmetics, I recommend a Kombu bath.

Dulse (Palmaria palmata)

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Dulse seaweed is dark reddish, like dried beets. Use dulce in chopped salad dressings or as a popcorn spice. Dulse sprinkled on top of eggs is also delicious. Dulse has been a snack food for fishermen in the English and Irish seas. It is rich in minerals and can be eaten without cooking. Fishermen use dulse especially in egg dishes but also in meat dishes. Dulse can also be used to make delicious chocolate.

Nutritional values ​​/ 100g

• Additionally, dulse seaweed contains vitamins A and C, riboflavin, niacin, calcium, zinc, selenium and iodine

Dulse helps soothe the skin and treat skin inflammations such as eczema and acne.

Arame

Arame is very dark, almost black seaweed. Despite its color, Arame is perhaps the most mildly tasting seaweed. Dried it looks like loose black tea leaf. Use soaked, boiled Arame as a salad. Season with, for example, thyme strips, vinegar and a drop of sesame oil.

Arame is recommended for skin detox masks. Arame effectively removes impurities from the skin. It also moisturizes and brightens the skin.

The arame is sold dried as usually all seaweed. It is a good idea to rinse it before use and then soak it in cold water.

Seaweed suitable for the skin

Ascophyllum nodosum

Ascophyllum nodosum, also known as Norwegian Kelp is a very long-lived brown seaweed that is found in the North Atlantic. The Norwegian Kelp can live up to 400 years. Norwegian Kelp is used in skincare products and supplements. Norwegian Kelp helps improve skin color. It makes the skin ball and beautiful. Also in sun products, Norwegian Kelp is used to smooth out the color of the tan. Especially if your skin is sunburned or reddened otherwise it is a great help.

Norwegian Kelp is a highly nutritious seaweed. Its specialty is that it contains 70 different growth hormones. The growth hormone of Norwegian Kelp in agriculture helps the plants repair their own damages. Therefore, Norwegian Kelp is a very popular addition in fertilizers.

Thanks to its high amino acid content, seaweed is an effective anti-aging product. Seaweed amino acids help the skin to bulge and smooth out fine lines.

Rainbow seaweed, Iridaea Cordata

The surface of the rainbow seaweed shines wet in different colors of the rainbow. That gives the name. Rainbow seaweed contains high amounts of proteins, iodine, zinc, iron, vitamins A, E, and C, as well as vitamin B1, sodium, calcium and magnesium.

Rainbow seaweed is the best seaweed for seaweed baths. Its minerals and vitamins nourish the skin as they are able to dissolve in bath water. Rainbow seaweed is very effective moisturizer for the skin.

You can also add powdered rainbow seaweed to facial masks, moisturizers and serums. In facial masks, the dosage is pretty much free. For products to be left on the skin, I recommend a dosage of up to 5%.

The bladder wrack or Fucus Evanescens

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Bladder wrack growing on the beach, underwater cliffs is a popular skincare product. The bladder wrack lives in tidal areas, so it is part of the time on completely dry land before being submerged again. The bladder wrack is huge in size. It is a very common seaweed. Bladder wrack has been used extensively in herbal medicine. It was once the only hope for tuberculosis in some areas.

The bladder wrack is an edible seaweed. It is commonly used to thicken soups.

Bladder wrack is high in iodine, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, iron, potassium, lysine, antioxidants, vitamins such as A, C, E, and K. It also contains substances such as algin, mannitol, mucus and fucoidan. Due to the huge variety of different active ingredients, bladder wrack has become everyone’s favorite.

The bladder wrack is super moisturizing to the skin. It treats irritated skin and balances skin color. Flucoidan is one of the most effective ingredients in the fight against redness of the skin. The bladder wrack contains this compound.

The bladder wrack also removes toxins from the skin. You can combine bladder wrack with various clays or peat for an effective detox mask.

Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, bladder wrack can be used for sunburns and for the treatment of insect stings.

Irish Moss aka Chondrus Crispus

Irish Moss is a seaweed that everyone has eaten unknowingly. It is the source of the food additive E 407, or carrageenan. Carrageenan is used in foods starting from whipped cream and other liquid products. It is a thickener that has no nutritional value. It passes through the body without being absorbed. Carrageenan is generally well tolerated. It can also be used as a thickener in cosmetic products.

Because carrageenan is herbal, it also works as a cosmetic thickener for vegans.

Here was a pretty quick cross-section of seaweeds that you can use in DIY- cosmetics and also add to natural cosmetics products. Seaweed in skincare is easy to use.

Seaweed has been very dear to me for years. That’s why I wanted to tell you about them. Seaweed in skincare are superior.

Thank you for being involved and reading about the wonderful features of seaweed. I really hope you try them out in some form.

Have you already tried seaweed? Which seaweed did you choose and how did it go?

Please, tell me about your experiences!

The moisturizing night cream for the winter skin is easily completed by half-products. This recipe works like a face mask. However, you may want to spread it only a thin layer on your skin. Then it acts like a night cream. You can use as neutral facial cream as you want for this night cream. As neutral as possible means, in this case, a very mild perfumed, without sun protection and with minimal other active substances. This gives you a powerful, moisturizing and gentle Treatment overnight. In the morning, the skin feels really moisturized and reformed.

I’m an oil freak. I think oils are a very essential part of cosmetics. You should carefully focus on choosing the right oil. There is own oil for every situation and every skin. This recipe has sunflower oil which is suitable for most skin types, a fact I already mentioned in my blog. Rice bran oil is very good for dry skin and aging skin as well. Where to get it – online stores are the best source.

The facial creams I make usually myself. I am so used prepare my own home cosmetics that buying a regular cream from the store would make me feel uncomfortable. However, I do buy more complex natural cosmetic products from reliable manufacturers and suppliers. But the day cream and basic cream are very simple in structure. I am minimalist in many respects. I want simple and only necessary ingredients containing products. We can always tune-up a simple, basic cream as we are now doing for this super-moisturizing cream.

Mix ratio for super moisturizing night cream

 

This cream mixture can be well prepared for a week’s need and stored in a refrigerator. I would say it would last at room temperature at least a week.

Glycerite with fresh cucumbers

 

I am really excited about these glycerites. I have personally tried many versions, including probiotic glycerites. They will refresh quickly tired skin.  Especially in the winter there is a real need to get skin moisturized, when the surface layer of the skin begins to suffer dryness.

Everyone knows the very traditional cucumber mask; Thin cucumber slices are applied to the skin for half an hour. Very good and effective mask for the face. The cucumber is perceived as gentle and soothing in facial treatments. Now, however, we will tune up a little bit of our cucumber to even more moisturizing and it will become a glycerite.

Glycerites are usually made by herbs extraction. These glycerites are used for creams and salves. Highly effective glycerites can be made quickly out of fresh plats containing lots of water. There should be plenty of water in plants as glycerol should be diluted at least half of the volume. 10 ml of glycerol and 10 ml or more fluid is the right ratio. There is 98% water in cucumber, so it can be defined as liquid.

You can inspire yourself by creating fresher glycerites from juicy vegetables, fruits and berries. Naturally, when dealing with fruit and berries alpha-hydroxy acids should be remembered. They can be too powerful for the skin.  I myself do prefer only low- or no acid plants Like

You do not necessarily need gelatin at all of these ingredients unless you add liquid to them. You can also make mixtures of different fruits and vegetables.

The only real challenge is how to keep moisturizing glycerite mask on the face. The paper disposable mask helps a lot. You can just irrigate the mask in the mixture and spread it on your face. If you don’t have a paper mask you should make the mass thicker. There are many options what to add. Here are three of them.

I prefer gelatin because it contains collagen. Collagen is a skin building material and very good in the masks. Vegans for sure know that gelatin is made out of pig skin. Last two options are suitable for vegans. The gelatin can be prepared from the plates or powder according to the instructions in the package. I myself have added a bit more gelatin than what is mentioned in the instructions.

Option 1 Gelatin powder

You need

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Option 2 Agar-agar powder

Agar-agar is seaweed and suitable for vegans. It is also used in marmalade so the product is very safe.

Follow previous instructions but replace gelatin with ¼-½ teaspoonful of agar-agar powder.  Agar-agar can be either powder or flakes. They are gelatinous in different ways. Check the packaging for the correct dosage if necessary.

Option 3 Glucomannan powder

Glucomannan is the same plant from which lovely Japanese Konyak mushrooms are produced. The powder is usually used for weight control because it swells in the stomach, causing a feeling of fullness. The Glucomanane is sold in the shops selling sports nutrients as well as in the health food stores. The packaging sizes are at least hundreds of grams, but the product is inexpensive.  The Japanese use the Glucomannan mainly Intestinal well-being. It works like a prebiotic helping the growth of intestinal flora. It also has other health effects. The substance is therefore very safe to use.

Please add the Glucomannan carefully because It swells slowly in the liquid, so pay attention. These quantities are very small in such a small portion. Teaspoon is far too big as a measure.

 

These instructions are very simple and current. Worth of trying! Do you have your own tips for restoring winter dry skin?

Sunflower salve is easy to make. This salve contain no water, are full-bodied and easy to prepare. When winter is coming the skin needs protection from colder wind and inside air dried by the central heating.  This simple guideline gets you started easily.

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Sunflower oil

Ingredients are simply and easy to get.  However, you have to pay special attention to the quality.  The oil must be absolutely fresh and extra virgin -quality which means it is cold pressed.  Organic oil is always better than oil manufactured in mass production factory. Sunflower oil suits to almost all skin types. Sunflower palm absorbs quickly into the skin.  It protects and moisturizes perfectly the skin.  You can use this cream to protect your children’s skin as well although I do not recommend it to infants under one year age.

Beeswax

Beeswax works in a cream as an emulsifier.  Keeping the quantity of beeswax small makes the cream easily absorbing.  When making creams you have to find a balance.  What is the suitable amount of beeswax in order to create balanced cream which is not too liquid but is still easily absorbing?  It is easy to try, just use a part of beeswax mentioned in recipe. When the cream is ready but not yet bottled, put small amount, just few drops, of cream into the fridge. After cooling, in case the result is not satisfactory, add some more beeswax to the cream and heat it up again to get wax melted. You can repeat this process several times until the cream is ready.

Where can I get beeswax?

You may get beeswax from some shops – I have ordered it from online shops.  Beeswax will last many years so you can order it a bit bigger quantity at once. Beeswax is for sale as grains and sheets, both are as good and have no influence to the result.  Just select the natural yellow, unprocessed beeswax.

In case the beeswax is not suitable

One can be allergic or oversensitive to beeswax, there are always some remains of pollens. Vegans do not use beeswax and it is not suitable to infants, only after one-year age it is safe to test its suitability. You can use carnauba wax, shea butter or cocoa butter instead of beeswax. Features of these waxes differ from beeswax. Cocoa butter is available in grocery store. It is foodstuff-quality so you can use the rest for cooking.  You can find Carnauba wax and shea butter in online shops selling materials for diy-cosmetics.

To make sunflower salve you need:

How to do

Now the cream is ready for cans. Pour the cream in small glass 30 – 50 ml cans, cool the down and close.  Attach stickers with contents and preparation dates.

You can store creams in a fridge – I keep all oils and creams prepared by me in my fridge.

A tip: If you want more creamy cream, you can use a kitchen device to make foam. After foaming, you have to use spoon to fill glass cans, cream is no more liquid.  Foamed cream is easier to spread onto your skin.  Foamed cream will not last as long as pure cream. Remember to keep it always in the fridge.

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