Cold cream is used to dissolve and remove makeup and for softening the skin.
A 2nd century physician from Greece, Galen, is accredited to developing the first known cold cream.
Making your own lavish blend at home will provide an inexpensive, natural beauty treatment that doesn’t contain alcohol, dyes, fragrances or other harsh chemicals that aren’t good for the skin.
There are a few versions of Galen’s basic recipe, but it is mostly stated as a combination of pure beeswax for softening the skin, extra virgin olive oil and pure rosewater. The oil cleanses and nourishes and the rosewater gently tones and purifies, and is safe for sensitive skin types.
Some state borax as an original additive, although this substance, which is also used as a household cleaning agent, is not recommended for skin use. Also, though some methods suggest making your own rosewater by steeping store bought roses in water, this should only be done if the roses are truly organically grown and free from any toxins.
Other natural items can be added for specific treatments.
Various carrier emollients can be used if olive oil, which is perfect for dry skin, seems too thick. Try almond, apricot, sesame, chamomile, coconut or lavender oils, which all help to moisturize and calm the skin. Making Nice in the Midwest suggests putting in tomato toner, which can be used on oilier skin to gently remove excess dirt and oil.
Also, eucalyptus or tea tree oils can be stirred in to help calm irritated or blemished skin. Crushed herbs, like rosemary, are also beneficial. For a revitalizing cream, try adding 1 fresh blended cucumber or a few drops of grapefruit seed oil.
Organic Buenos Aires has 7 additional recipes for making your own cold cream. All natural additives like honey, vitamin E, yogurt, pure fruit extracts, aloe Vera gel, fresh ginger, organic cocoa butter and green tea all have restorative properties.
Depending on what formula is used cold creams are generally not to be applied to the eye area, however many homesteading recipes use ingredients that are soothing and non-irritating to the eyes.
After allowing to completely cool, cold creams are best stored refrigerated in airtight, glass jars. A few drops of lemon juice can help to preserve the mixture. Depending on the ingredients used, they can last a few days or more. After storing, if the consistency turns to liquid or it develops a strange odor then it should be tossed out.
Cold cream has multiple uses, too. For instance, it can be used as a moisturizer for dry patches sometimes found on feet, hands and elbows. It can also be used for shaving (both men and women).
Around for centuries, homemade cold creams are a way to give the skin a simple but refreshing boost.
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