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Skin Care Tip: Glycerin based moisturizer

submitted by charlotte, The Hague, Holland

Tip description / details:
This is a cheap, effective and easy to make facial moisturizer. It is simply prepared with water and glycerin. I have very sensitive dry/combination skin and a lot of moisturizers make my skin feel like it's on fire. Furthermore, they seem to lose their moisturizing protection within an hour or two. This simple glycerin and water mix is very pleasant and makes my skin feel dewy and moisturized all day. I stole the idea from a patent so don't try to sell it or anything! The inventor claims that this moisturizer acts as a barrier to slow down the evaporation of water and has the additional benefit of drawing atmospheric moisture into the skin over the course of the day. Other moisturizers contain glycerin or similar liquids but it's the concentration that makes this unique and effective. (50% glycerin is optimal). You can add other ingredients to the glycerin like a few drops of skin-friendly essential oil before adding an equal amount of water. According to the patent other active ingredients like antioxidants and vitamins may be added. The moisturizer will provide prolonged delivery of those ingredients for a period of 4 to 18 hours. The inventor specifically mentions vitamin A and E, which is interesting because this formulation is oil-free. My essential oils dissolve in the glycerin but I haven't tried to mix in anything else yet.

Glycerin, water, glass atomizer bottle. Optional ingredients: a few drops of essential oil and possibly other active ingredients but I can't vouch for them.

How to prepare:
Fill half the atomizer bottle with glycerin. Mix in a few drop of essential oil or other ingredients if you like. Stir or shake to dissolve. Top up with water, close and shake.

How to use:
Squirt 3 or 4 times on to the palm of your hand and apply thinly to your face and neck. Using too much makes your face feel sticky.

Results (observed by submitter):
Very effective. Good base for make up. Extremely friendly on my skin. Great moisturizing for mild weather and days spent indoors. If you're outdoors when it's windy or cold, you might need some additional grease, as I do.

Costs involved:
very low


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