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Cold Cream

Cold Cream

Cold cream is useful for keeping your skin moisturized all time, especially during winter. Here are a few good recipes for making cold cream at home.
Saptakee Sengupta
With the arrival of winter, skin problems gain prominence. Your skin becomes dry and moisture deprived. It stretches, and then faint lines or cracks develop over the lips and cheeks. If proper care is not taken, these cracks may further become red. Application of cold cream avoids aggravation of skin problems during this season. A plethora of creams are seen flooding the market, and you may be confused as to what to pick for your skin. Making a cold cream at home with pure natural ingredients is a very effective remedy for skin problems occurring during winter.

The credit for discovering cold cream goes to Galen, a Greek doctor who developed the formulation of cold cream in the second century. He prepared an emulsion of water and beeswax along with rose petals. These were the key ingredients of the cream formulated by him. This skin cream was popularly known as Galen's cream. It not only moisturizes the skin, but is also used to remove makeup and temporary tattoo marks. The cream is rubbed on tattoo marks and then removed with a cotton ball. The uses are also associated with preparation of facial paints for kids.

Recipe #1

  • Distilled water, ΒΌ cup
  • Olive oil, 3 tsps
  • Grated beeswax, 2 tsps
  • Avocado oil, 2 tsps
  • Almond oil, 2 tsps
  • Glycerin, 1 tsp
  • Borax, 1/8th tsp
  • Mix the oils and beeswax in a large bowl. Place it inside a microwave for 30 seconds to melt the wax.
  • Once the wax has melted, mix the ingredients uniformly to form a smooth paste.
  • Mix water, borax and glycerin in a separate glass bowl.
  • Microwave the mixture for 45 seconds. The borax should completely dissolve in boiling water.
  • Now combine this mixture with oil/wax paste.
  • Whip the mixture thoroughly and then beat to get a frothy mixture.
  • Transfer the contents to an air tight container. The cream will settle once it has cooled.
Recipe #2

  • Jojoba, 1 ounce
  • Distilled water, 2 ounces
  • Grape seed oil, 2 ounces
  • Grated beeswax 2 tsps
  • Borax, 1 tsp
  • Vegetable glycerin, 1 tsp
  • Mint oil, 10 drops
  • Grapefruit seed extract, 40 drops
  • Combine beeswax with grape seed oil and jojoba in a jar and then place in a double broiler for heating. Let the wax melt.
  • Combine borax with distilled water and glycerin. Heat the water to boiling and stir the mixture. Let the ingredients dissolve.
  • Mix borax/glycerin with beeswax/oil mixture. Whisk inside an electric mixture till it forms a cream-like paste.
  • Store the facial cream in a glass jar and discard after 6 months.
Recipe #3

  • Beeswax pellets, 1 ounce
  • Distilled water, 4 tsps
  • Borax, 1 tsp
  • Essential oils, 2 to 3 drops
  • Mineral oils, 6 tsps
  • Combine mineral oils and beeswax in a double broiler.
  • Heat it gently and the stir the mixture till it melts.
  • Add borax to distilled water and boil. The borax will be absorbed in distilled water.
  • Drizzle the borax solution slowly into the beeswax mixture. Beat vigorously till it blends well.
  • Add the essential oils for a sweet aroma, and then beat once again.
  • Cool the face cream and then transfer it to a glass jar. Cap tightly.
The aforementioned recipes are easy to prepare at home. The same technique can be followed to prepare a natural face moisturizer. The bounties of the herbal products will not only retain the natural moisturizer of your skin, but will also hydrate your skin. Apart from these, reputed brands like Olay, L'Oreal, Clinique, etc., manufacture premium quality cold creams. Make it a point to massage your face regularly with cold cream so that it stays soft and supple during the winter season.