Winter is around the corner. Using a cold cream can help avoid dry or flaky skin but commercial cold creams are laden with chemicals. Here’s a natural DIY cold cream recipe that works.
Original cold cream recipe used beeswax, olive oil and rosewater, where ingredients were whipped to form an emulsion. The cold cream was typically used to remove make-up and moisturize and cleanse the skin, leaving behind supple and soft skin.
There are different versions of the recipe to suit one’s skin type and this is one is more suitable for acne-prone skin. I have modified the recipe to make it more suitable for acne-prone individuals, since it is a common problem. We will be adding more variants for other skin types soon. The original recipe is more suitable for dry and or mature skin, while this is suitable for oily or acne-prone skin.
Jojoba Oil – 20 ml
Rose Water – 20 ml
Beeswax – ½ Tsp.
Tea Tree Essential Oil – 5 Drops
Soy Lecithin – 1 ml
Add the wax in a double boiler, or prepare a makeshift one to melt the wax. You can also use your microwave or melt directly in low flame.
When the wax is melted, add the jojoba oil start your electric blender.
Slowly pour in the rose water while you are whipping and add the essential oil.
Continue whipping till you get a thick, creamy mixture.
Set aside and transfer to a sterilized jar when it cools down.
Tips to Tweak the Recipe
You can choose different essential oils for different fragrance or benefits, I also use Lavender Essential Oil or Chamomile, since they help soothe you skin and bring down breakouts. However, Tea Tree Essential Oil is best, if you are combatting stubborn acne.
Instead of Rose Water, you can also use tea extract. I use Rose Water because it tones your skin and ideal for soothing acne-prone skin. It also brings down scars, though Green Tea Extract can be used as an alternative with similar benefits.
I have used Jojoba Oil because it is light and suitable for most skin types. You can use any other carrier oil of your choice. Olive Oil is suggested, though since it is mildly comedogenic I suggest you opt for other oils if you are acne-prone.
Soy Lecithin helps with emulsification and is good for your skin, though you can skip it if you are allergic to Soy.
Why Use Cold Cream?
Typically used during winter months at night, cold cream is intended to restore moisture and nourish your skin, which tends to become dry and often parched during winter. Some also use it to remove makeup and also, replenish lost moisture and nutrients. Basically, it is an emollient that is used to moisturize dry skin and restore balance.
Why These Ingredients?
As mentioned earlier, acne is a common problem. What many forget is that while acne is common with oily skin, it does not mean acne-prone individuals don’t have dry skin during winters or other times. Most commercially available creams aren’t intended for acne-prone skin and often trigger acne breakouts or worsening of acne.
Using ingredients that wouldn’t trigger an acne-breakout or worsen existing acne issues was an important criterion, having dealt with acne issues. Come winter, skin needs additional care, a reason cold cream is used instead of regular moisturizers.
This is not a recipe that is easy if you are starting off with DIY recipes for skincare and beauty, though I would say you could give it a try. Don’t have time for DIY recipes? Try our skincare range and choose products for your requirements. We have a range of beauty and skincare products to suite every need.