Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Using natural home made moisturizers in winter

Research has shown that human skin can be broadly classified into three categories viz., normal skin, dry skin and oily skin and there are more combinations between these three categories that are of little relevance to this article. So, I am safely putting them out of this article's purview right now. Every year winter comes and goes but as it comes it causes a plethora of problems to the dry skin category of humans.

It is the duty of the sebaceous glands to throw out the oils and moisture out of the skin at regular intervals throughout the year. In winter, as the oils and water are excreted out through the skin pores, the oil and moisture are both dried up causing wear and tear to the skin. What should essentially be done to protect the skin is that only the oils should be flushed out and the water retained. If this happens, the skin is healthy. This activity is not in our hands. The only alternative is to supplement the skin with the required moisture by using moisturizers.

The most vulnerable parts of the body are the lips, the nose, the ears and the neck. Always keep these well covered by woolens and not expose yourself to the chill weather. This has to be supported by use of natural moisturizers to keep the skin supple. There are two natural moisturizers that we can comfortably make at home and use them without any side effects.

1. Bees Wax and Aloe Vera moisturizer: Bees Wax sold in the market is in the form of a cake. Buy a suitable quantity of bees wax something like 250 grams( this is in the form of a cake).Cut it to small pieces using a knife. Many households in the dry regions grow aloe vera and I believe it is also sold in the market. Buy o procure three big leaves of Aloe Vera approximately weighing 100 grams. Cut the edges and peel off the green layer all round the leaf. What is left is pulp of the Aloe Vera. Now boil about 300 ml of water in a vessel and first put the cut cake of bees wax in the vessel and stir continuously for few minutes. The Bees Wax will dissolve in the water completely. Now add the Aloe Vera pulp to the bees wax vessel and leave it on the flame for a minute. Transfer the contents into a suitable container with a lid and allow it to cool. After cooling you can close the lid. The solution in a gel form is the Bees Wax Aloe Vera moisturizer and should be applied to all the exposed areas of the skin to keep it healthy and supple.

2. Coconut oil and Water gel: This is a much easy to make moisturizer than the Bees Wax Aloe Vera moisturizer. Take about 100 milliliters of coconut oil in a container with lid and add 100 milliliter water. Now close the lid airtight and shake the container vigorously. After a few minutes of shaking the solution becomes gel like. Use the gel magnanimously to all the exposed parts and keep your skin healthy and supple throughout the winter.

In cold countries like United States of America, Canada, Europe and Russia the weather is cold for almost the entire year. So they can do well to make their own bees wax aloe Vera moisturizer and/or coconut oil water gel in large quantities, store it and use it for economizing the product.

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