Friday, September 11, 2009

Homemade cosmetics. Part 5. Facial moisturizers (daily for dry and normal skin only).

11 September 2009

Hi there! It's me Svetlana. Today the section will be about facial moisturizers.

On a daily basis our skin is subjected to harsh environmental and weather conditions which promote dryness and lead to earlier signs of agins. If you have oily skin, you may be lucky because your skin is naturally more protected and is not as succeptable to aging factors as dry skin. Moisturizing dry skin (replenishing its water content and softening the old skin flakes so they can "shed") is an important element of daily skin care routine to prevent aging process.

Cleansing removes dirt, grime, and dead skin cells, but cleansers also have a harmful effect on the skin by drying it out. Moisturizers not only increase the skin's water content, but they also protect the skin and encourage an orderly desquamation (shedding) process that makes the skin appear more smooth.

Olive oil is very good for skin and can be considered the best natural facial moisturizer. Moisturizing should not be done for oily skin.Oily skin does not need a moisturizer. Dry skin almost always needs a moisturizer, unless you just applied a very rich facial mask which already gave your face enough oil. Combination skin needs a moisturizer only on dry areas; avoid applying it to the T-zone. Normal skin may not need moisturizing during hot months of summer, when skink produces its own oil in abundance, but may require it in dry and cold winter months. Every day assess the condition of your skin and make a decision based on what you see.

Extra Virgin olive oil is the best natural facial moisturizer since it contains NO chemical residues. Olive oil can moisturize faces as the person sleeps and should be used at night as the last step of the daily routine. Olive oil has very little scent which is not over powering. There are no harsh chemicals found in pure olive oil so it is safe for most skin types. A bottle of olive oil can be pricy depending on what type you buy but a bottle of olive oil can last a good long time. A small bottle of olive oil can last a year or more. And NO, it won't clog your pores.

It is very easy to put olive oil on your face at night. After cleansing, gently exfoliating, and applying a pH balancer for your skin type, gently pat your face and neck dry. After your face is completely dry put on a thin layer of olive oil with a cotton ball, since a thin layer is all you will need. Make sure you get the area just under the eye but be careful not to get it in your eyes. If there is any oil left that didn't absorb into your skin, just wipe off after 10 minutes with a clean cotton cloth to get rid of the shine. This would be the last step of the daily routine, and after this you can go to bed.

If you like you can add a tiny amount of your favorite scented essential oils to some olive oil. Lavender is what I like to mix in my bottle of olive oil. Lavender helps me to sleep. You essentially can add any scent you like. Add just 1-2 drops in a small amount of olive oil you are about to use and mix well.

If you think your skin may be sensitive to olive oil just put a drop of olive oil on your skin as you sleep to see if you have a reaction to the olive oil. If you do have a reaction be sure not to use the olive oil.

In my next post I will cover specific skin problems and ways to deal with them cheap and easy. There is no need for expensive commercial concoctions or a visit to a cosmetologist, unless your skin problem is really severe. In that case I would strongly recommend you do not mess up with it, and seek a dermatologist consultation instead. But if you have a mild case of acne, clogged pores, age spots, etc. there is a natural, organic way of dealing with them, and we will talk about it later. Keep reading! Give me your feedback. What would you like to talk about?

Svetlana

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