Thursday, February 12, 2009
The sun is one of the factors for pre mature aging, for nasty looking skin...yeah, I said it! All that tanning might look good now, but imagine what your skin is going to look like down the road! You know, sometimes I think that the arabic women have a lot to teach us! The covering of the face and head has a practical reason too - they protect their skin from the sun, they use floral waters and they take care of themselves. They do!
Yesterday I spent all day making this cream and I was way too exhausted to write about it even today!
I packaged it in a jar and in a bottle - just for convenience. Some people dont like getting their fingers in a pool of cream....lol
Some of the natural UV ray protectors are Green Tea, Cucumber, Zinc Oxide and Rose Floral Water. To aid these ingredients I added Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Sesame Seed Oil, Safflower Oil, Coconut Oil, Orange Blossom Floral Water, Colloidal Oatmeal and Milk.
There is NO bad natural ingredient. All these work together to keep the skin moist, so it doesnt get THAT damaged from the suns rays. That way you can avoid a bad sunburn. It can help with a relief of a mild sunburn, but dont expect a miracle! The oatmeal and shea butter can sooth, and the cucumber peel and green tea extract can cool it off and aid it with vitamins and anti oxidants.
Zinc Oxide is also here and I havent been stingy with the ingredients - its a mineral that the body requires for the synthesis of collagen, which is a requirement for the healing of skin wounds. Zinc is also a component in the proper functioning of enzymes that are required by the body to repair skin wounds. Another benefit of zinc for proper skin care is that it is a natural insect repellent and a natural sunscreen (zinc oxide effectively blocks the sun’s ultraviolet rays).
Shea butter is extremely therapeutic, helping to heal cracked, aged and damaged skin. Shea butter penetrates the skin and leaves it feeling soft and smooth. It has vitamin A, E and is highly compatible with skin. Shea butter has antimicrobial and moisturizing properties and provide protection from the UV rays of the sun while repairing cellular degeneration.Using Shea Butter is a great way to prevent your skin from sagging by using this natural oil to keep it moisturized. Shea Butter can help prevent the formation of free radicals as well as keep the skin's connective tissues supple and strong. It can also help bring back a youthful appearance by dissolving dead cells on the skin's surfaces
Coconut Oil is widely used in Indonesia for its moisturizing properties and keeping the skin look young.
Scheherazade was the first person to give the sesame superhuman powers when she held her Arabian caliph spellbound for one thousand and one nights with her tales of intrigue and adventure. Because sesame pods readily burst open at the slightest touch when they are ripe, Scheherazade provided Ali Baba with the magic words, "Open Sesame" to instantly open the cave, a robber's den, in her exciting story about "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves." Sesame oil rubbed on the skin may soothe a minor burn or sunburn as well as help in the healing process.
Orange Blossom water helps inhibit sebum production in oily skins, making this an especially useful skin care product for teenagers who often have an excess of skin oils. Great for use on all skin types, especially for oily and mature skin types as a balancing and toning facial mist. Its regenerative properties promote the production of collagen and discourage dry, wrinkled skin while stimulating the replacement of old cells and balancing the skin's natural acid. It also stimulates the circulation of lymphatic fluid to reduce puffiness, and relieve swelling in the facial area.
Rose Water is a gently cleansing and toning product for all skin types. Maintains the pH balance, stimulates regeneration processes, has a calming effect in acne and sunburns. As a result the skin texture becomes even and elastic.
Safflower Oil serves as a botanical alternative to mineral oil and other synthetic ester emollients. It is high in Linoleic acid, which is beneficial for the treatment of dry skin
Colloidal Oatmeal Colloidal oatmeal works great to help relieve dry, skin patches (Eczema), psoriasis, acne, bug bites, sunburns, and other minor skin irritations. It also helps relieve chicken pox, poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac, and other itching and scratching rashes.
An excellent exfoliant, milk contains natural alpha hydroxy acids, which help to gently slough off dead skin cells. In addition, milk helps to reduce redness and soothe irritated skin.
It is best to combine green tea with zinc oxide-based sunscreens because zinc oxide is chemically inert and should not react with green tea (which some chemical sunscreens might do, especially in sunlight).
Recent research has shown that topical application of green tea extract can protect you from the damaging effects of the sun and prevent, or even reverse the skin damage that can lead to aging, wrinkles, spots and skin cancer.Green tea extract can be added to sunscreen to expand protection before sun exposure. It has also been shown to be beneficial when applied after sun exposure. So even if you have already suffered sunburn green tea extract can help to reverse the damage.
Cucumber is rich in vitamins, minerals and enzymes essential for strong cell growth and repair. In addition, cucumber peel offers a natural source for a fresh, powerful antioxidant.Cucumber Peel extract can be used to keep the facial skin soft while providing a natural sunscreen. It also acts as a skin toner and can be used in astringent. Revitalize stressed and tired skin, leaving calm, cool and radiant.
So, moisturize, moisturize and moisturize....did I say that enough? :-)