I am going to do something a little different today; I have been sharing a lot of oils with you and it hit me that I should talk a bit about carrier creams. So that's what today's post will be.
Got your coffee? I've got mine...wait, I better get a fresh cup! Ok I am back and ready to go!
How To Use Carrier Creams
Carrier products often come in the form of creams, which make useful bases or can be used by themselves, especially for massage. Carrier oils also come in cream form, making them ideal as a moisturizing lubricant for people with very dry skin. The herbs used to make the creams act as repairing agents and are used to treat skin complaints such as eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis.
Carrier creams are used in commercial beauty products because they are easily absorbed by the skin and work quickly to tone, moisturize and stimulate healthy skin-cell production. With such beneficial effects, it's not surprising that the herbs they are made from are often also used as pills for internal consumption to improve the skin.
Active Ingredients Of Carrier Creams
Some of the most common ingredients found in creams are:
Allantoin~A cell proliferator, this simulates cell production and maintains calcium-phosphorus balance
Echinacosides~Found in Echinacea, these encourage white blood cell and antibody production.
Ephedrine~This stimulant helps to combat various skin problems.
Linolenic Acid~Rejuvenates and regenerates skin.
Oleic Acid~This helps to keep skin toned, supple and healthy.
Palmitic Acid~A cell proliferator, this promotes cell renewal.
Uses Of Carrier Creams
Problem-Skin Mix~Creams are particularly good for people with skin problems, so try using the folling blends for conditions such as acne, dermatities or eczema. In a small bowl combine:
4 tbsp Comfrey cream or Echinacea cream
10 drops Bergamot
10 drops Lavender
Mix the oils in and use immediately to massage or simply rub into skin.
Beauty Treatment~This mixture is appropriate for any complexion. It can penetrate your skin easily, and it helps to keep it toned and healthy.
Warm 3 tbsp of Cocoa Butter in a bowl then add:
5 drops Chamomile
5 drops Geranium
5 drops Lavender
Mix gently as the cream cools down to keep it from separating from the oils. Use for facial massage.
Whew! Made it through another day's post. Thank you so much for spending a portion of your busy day with me!