Take care of your body and your face with this all-natural homemade skin cream.
All-natural beauty often starts in the kitchen and what you put on your body is as important as what you put in it so I’ve invited some friends to share their favorite healthy homemade beauty products with you over the next couple weeks to show you just how easy it is to make your own personal care products from scratch. Please welcome Winnie from Healthy Green Kitchen today with her recipe for homemade skin cream.
I’ve been making some of my own body care products for many years, but I didn’t try my hand at skin cream until recently. I guess I just figure it would be too difficult to make. Now that I know making your own skin cream is actually quite easy, I wish I hadn’t waiting so long!
Your skin is your body’s largest organ and readily absorbs what you put on it. For this reason, I believe it’s really important to use skin care products that contain only all-natural ingredients whenever possible. Given the amount of potentially toxic chemicals that are allowed to be present in commercial skin care items, it’s really nice to know there’s no funky stuff in here.
I cannot say enough good things about how this orange-scented skin cream recipe functions: it is incredibly hydrating and feels positively luxurious to smooth onto your skin. A little goes a long way, especially on the face.
Orange flower water (or rosewater) can be found at Middle Eastern shops or at natural foods stores, and I purchased the essential oil and the additional ingredients needed to make this cream at my natural foods store, too (look for the NOW brand). You can also buy the items online. I like to store homemade recipes like this in glass jars, but you could also use plastic containers designed for DIY skin care products, if you like (look for ones that are free of BPA- a chemical that’s been linked to hormonal disruption).
Be sure to cool the warmed oil mixture to room temperature or your cream may not emulsify properly when you blend it. If that does happen, just separate the water and oil mixtures and start over.
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Winnie Abramson is a food writer, recipe developer, and photographer with a doctorate in naturopathic medicine. Her first book, One Simple Change, will be published by Chronicle Books in December, 2013. She lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with her family and blogs at Healthy Green Kitchen.
Don’t miss the other homemade beauty recipes in the series:
Part 2: Chocolate Oatmeal Face Mask
Part 3: Lavender Lotion Bars