More than anything else, it is the moisture content which governs the skin’s softness, and elasticity and keeps it looking young. Cold, windy weather, low humidity, air-conditioning, and excessive exposure to the sun – all these factors can dry up the skin. Ageing also takes its toll on the skin and as one gets on in years moisture is lost at a faster rate than it can be replaced. This will be evident in the form of those tiny lines under the eyes and mouth. The problem hits you harder in drier climates.
How then do we combat this dryness? How could we prevent this loss of moisture from our skin? The solution lies in using moisturizers which keep our skin well lubricated and oiled – minus all those greasy films some cold creams live behind. Moisturizers are absorbed by the skin and erase out lines and dry crinkling of the face within weeks. Putting on a light, moisturizer will make make-up easier to apply and will reduce the risk of dragging the skin.
Many sophisticated – and expensive – creams are not necessarily more effective than the simple ones using natural ingredients like oil or jojoba oil. Lanolin, with its exceptionally good water-absorbing qualities, avocado oil which has good skin penetration properties are good moisturizers.
Before moving on to the latest in the moisturizing mart, let us take a look at some simple and ready-to-make stuff that can make your face beautiful – smooth and glowing.
*Some beauty therapists recommend using elder flowers soaked for a day in water, with wax and borax added on to the solution, as a good moisturizer.
*Mixture of mineral, cod-liver and castor oils, with lecithin and glycerin, carrot oil, vitamins B2 and E added on, make up a moisturizer for dry, scaly skin.
* Tea decoction and cucumber juice in equal quantities is also a good homemade moisturizer.
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