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And as the largest organ of our bodies (measuring some 2 km on average, and shedding every month) it’s important that we take good care of our skin. This collection of nearly 20,000 sensory cells is our first line of defense between our internal organs and the world. The importance of skin wasn’t lost on our ancestors. In fact, Egyptians were using eggs, olive oil and milk to treat dry skin as early as the forth millennia BCE.

The lives of our ancestors were, in many ways, much more rugged. Meaning that their skin took a lot more abuse than many of us ever experience, so the prevalence of skin care products is not overly surprising. So much was the case that by 200 AD the recipe for cold cream was part of the physician Galen’s writings, in part as a medicinal treatment since not all makeup of that era was safe to use.

It was 1910 in the United States and America that the first commercially-available skin softener came to the market. From that point forward various skin care products appeared on supermarket shelves and popular media spots like I Love Lucy. However, commercial products often contain ingredients that holistically-minded consumers don’t like. Holistic philosophy dictates that what you use, both inside and out, affects your body, mind and spirit. To be naturally beautiful and healthy, therefore, requires a natural product!

For those of you wanting to make natural skin care preparations begin with good ingredients. Specifically some of the most commonly used bases include:

Olive oil Safflower oil Avacado oil or paste
Beeswx Aloe
Cocoa butter Coconut oil

I would also personally add sesame oil, which is great for itchy skin, and buttermilk for its soothing qualities.

To that base any number of items can be added to condition the skin, including honey (which ranks among the world’s oldest and most popular beauty treatments). Honey’s basic nature helps retain moisture in the skin, making it perfect to keeping your skin soft and smooth.

Honey’s natural antioxidant and anti-microbial properties and ability to absorb and retain moisture have been recognised and used extensively in skin care treatments as they help to protect the skin from the damage of the sun’s rays and rejuvenate depleted skin. It was good enough for Cleopatra, it’s good enough for you!


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