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Although all the ingredients in these beauty recipes are natural, remember that it is still possible to be allergic to anything applied to the skin. DO NOT USE ANYTHING NUT BASED ON YOUR SKIN IF YOU HAVE A NUT ALLERGY. To test other ingredients make up a very small amount of the recipe you intend to use. Wash and gently dry a small patch of skin inside your elbow. Apply a little of the mix to the skin and leave for 48 hours. If you experience any redness or swelling DO NOT USE THE BEAUTY RECIPE AT ALL.

We strongly recommend that you do your own research before using any of the ingredients in these recipes since some ingredients should be avoided by certain groups of people. Mountain Rose Herbs' website has a wealth of information on herbs, their uses and possible side effects. Many essential oils and herbs should always be avoided by pregnant/nursing ladies. Always check with a qualified health advisor if in doubt.

Consider the expression "as wrinkled as a prune" and then think of a lovely ripe plum. The only difference between a prune and a plum is moisture.

Moisture in the skin is what keeps it firm and supple. The moisture (or water) which is naturally present in the skin prevents premature ageing and keeps wrinkles at bay. The skin produces its own natural oils in an attempt to retain moisture. These oils keep the skin surface in good condition which helps to prevent too much water being lost. Unfortunately, extreme weather, chemicals, pollution and just everyday life can all dry out and damage the skin's protective layer. The skin can then become unsightly and uncomfortable and, worst of all, dry skin forms wrinkles very easily.

It is extremely difficult to return moisture to the skin because skin is a protective layer which, when healthy, prevents liquids from seeping in and out of the body. The use of moisturisers however can help to protect the skin from moisture loss and happily, enables small amounts of moisture to be absorbed into the top layers of the skin.

One of the earliest moisturisers known is Galen's cold cream (used mostly for cleansing) and lanoline, the naturally occurring oil in sheep's wool. Lanoline used to be very widely used but nowadays it is less popular because some people tend to be allergic to it. Another traditional moisturising ingredient was spermaceti, an oil derived from the sperm whale. For obvious reasons a product based on whale slaughter is no longer popular or even available.

Modern moisturisers tend to be based on a non-allergic lanoline derivative and a variety of natural oils such as avocado, jojoba, wheat germ, apricot kernel and safflower. Some moisturisers have other ingredients added, including vitamins, notably A and E. Vitamin A has shown some success in the treatment of acne and for general skin improvement, whereas vitamin E can help to improve the skin's ability to absorb some substances. It is also good for skin repair, especially where scarring is a problem. Extracts from citrus fruits and grapes, apricots and apples can help to promote a healthy skin. The enzymes in fruit sugars have a healing effect and speed up skin renewal. Herbs like comfrey, calendula, chamomile and aloe vera are often included in moisturising products because of their healing and cooling properties.

Some moisturising products distinguish between daytime and night time use. This is only because the products designated for night time are usually much heavier and stickier than would be acceptable for daytime use. The most important thing to remember when choosing a moisturiser is that it must feel right for you and obviously that after a few applications you can see and feel some good results.

Moisturising is the third and final stage of skin care: cleanse, tone and moisturise. After toning, apply your chosen moisturiser to a slightly damp skin. Massage it in with gentle, upward movements and always include your neck area.

As yet there are no real miracle products about and certainly nothing which can restore youth to ageing skin. However, armed with cotton wool pads, a mirror and a modest range of cleanser, toner and moisturiser, it is within everyone's grasp to attain the best possible condition for their complexion. The routine of cleanse, tone and moisturise twice a day is a very good habit to get into. It sets you up against the day's stress and pollution and helps you to wind down for a relaxed nights sleep.

Elderflower Moisturising Lotion


1 teaspoon cocoa butter
5 teaspoons almond oil
1 teaspoon lanoline
2 teaspoons elderflower infusion


- Melt the cocoa butter, almond oil and lanoline together in a basin over a pan of hot water on a low heat.
- Remove from heat and beat in the elderflower infusion.
- Keep beating until cool.
- Use within 2 days and store in fridge.

Rosewater and Glycerine Moisturiser


3 tablespoons glycerine
3 tablespoons rosewater


- Pour both ingredients into a clean bottle.
- Replace cap.
- Shake ingredients.
- The bottle will need to be shaken each time before using.