The following facial cream is a base cream for daily preferential use, since it is possible to use it continuously due to the great versatility of the ingredients that make up its composition. This “base” is made with shea butter, which as a base for a cream provides multiple properties and benefits when treating dry, delicate, and dermatitis-affected skin.
This cream-base could also be prepared, for example, with a cocoa or mango butter. Personally, I prefer to use shea butter because my skin is rather dry and shea butter is very nutritious, as well as grateful, because it is a butter that I reserve for months without getting rancid.
Shea butter, which we buy completely unrefined because it preserves its properties better, is an excellent cell regenerator. It is very rich in vitamins A and E, which help balance, hydrate and calm the skin, and vitamin F that helps revitalize it. It also provides us with an extra dose of collagen that will help us fight the typical signs of aging such as wrinkles and blemishes on our skin. Its texture at first is like wax, but when it comes into contact with body heat it turns into oil, thus being a very simple and pleasant product to apply anywhere on the body and that will hydrate us in an ecological and totally natural way. Regarding its appearance, it has a yellowish white color if it is unrefined, since it contains a lot of vitamin A. The refined one therefore loses part of its properties.
The second basic component of this cream is rosehip oil. This oil is anti-blemish and skin regenerator, helping to eliminate scars and marks. For this reason, it is also used in the treatment of burns, diaper rashes in babies, ulcerations and stretch marks of pregnancy. And, it is undoubtedly a preventive of fine lines and premature aging.
Shea butter is very easy to combine with other oils and ingredients. It is enough to heat it a little in the water bath (in the summer it is not even necessary because the shea butter, from a certain temperature, amalgamates perfectly with the oil) and add the oil that we prefer to have in 10 minutes a wonderful cream to use daily.
In fact, normally, we take about 30 grams of shea butter that (in winter) we heat minimally in a water bath so that it does not lose its properties and to which we add rosehip oil, about 15 ml maximum. Finally, we add an essential treatment oil (about 10 drops are enough, because as you know essential oils are very powerful).
We have used this base cream a lot with the essential oils of rosemary and thyme (5 drops each) during the phases of atopic crisis, with eczema, etc. However, with these essential oils it is only advisable to use it just temporarily, since these antiseptic and antibacterial essential oils with strong biocidal properties are too strong to use them continuously. And, as with a conventional antibiotic, our immune system gets used to it and when the antibiotic is necessary in the face of a real infectious crisis, it no longer has the same effect.
Therefore, in our daily facial routine, we will use this base cream with a regulating essential oil that we can alternate after a few months of continuous use. In our case, we will use sebum-regulating essential oils, which otherwise work well with all skin types. They will be the AE of: sandalwood, frankincense, ylang ylang, geranium and, above all, damascene rose, which is a great hormonal and skin’s lipid layer regulator.
Our recommendation is that if you have atopic dermatitis and you develop eczema; you use it daily as a basic cream combined with sandalwood essential oil, for example. Sandalwood oil, like ginger or neem oil, has selective antibiotic properties. That is, this oil urges our immune system to repel viruses and bacteria, but to respect the good microbial flora that our intestines and skin need. That is why this cream can be a very good option as a maintenance cream. As we know, in the event of an outbreak or crisis, we have stronger options to control it. Well, with the basic cream and the thyme and rosemary EO, or adding a few drops of colloidal silver to the basic cream, or even neem oil.
If your skin is normal, jasmine, neroli, or lavender EO are great regenerators and facial brighteners.
If your skin is oily, but you do not suffer from acne, you may want to try the rose facial cream recipe that is very moisturizing and does not leave the skin at all oily.
If you suffer from acne, perhaps a clay purifying face mask could be more helpful. I recommend that you use antiseptic and purifying essential oils such as tea tree, rosemary and sage.
In this case, to hydrate and purify your skin, it may be more interesting to use an oleogel in your daily routine.
OLEOGELS are applied with the fingertips, massaging gently. It is convenient that you pack them in a glass dropper bottle because as they do not carry preservatives they have a maximum expiration of one month protected from excessive heat.
To prepare a bottle of about 30 ml, you will need:
2 (Tbsp) tablespoons of pure aloe vera gel (better if natural, or at least organic)
1 (tsp) teaspoon of a hydrosol of your choice (lavender, sage, tea tree, witch hazel, Egyptian geranium), or simply rosemary infused in water.
1 (tsp) teaspoon of jojoba oil (it is the best regulator of oily skin)
5 drops of one of the following essential oils: sage, rosemary, tea tree, cedar, or even palmarosa.
Remember that Tbsp equals 15grs; and tsp equals 5 grams of content (Tbsp = 15grs; tsp = 5 grams). These terms are often substituted for tablespoon or teaspoon.
Well, we hope you liked this post, which is a complement to the post on how to take care of our skin inside and out and the creams and preparations that we can use in our daily facial routine.
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