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DRY SKIN DESCRIPTION
Dry skin is common. It can occur to anyone at any age and having may causes. Using a moisturizer often helps repair dry skin. A balance of oil and moisture is crucial for healthy, attractive skin. Oil is secreted by the sebaceous glands and lubricates the surface of the skin. Moisture is the water present inside the skin cells, and comes to the cells through the bloodstream. It is the water in the skin cells that keeps them plumped-up, healthy, and youthful-looking. Using a moisturizer often helps alleviate and repair dry skin. Oil and moisture work together; there must be enough moisture in the skin cells, but there must also be enough oil to act as a shield, preventing excessive evaporation of moisture from the skin's top layers.
DRY SKIN FREQUENT SIGNS & SYMPTOMS
Dry skin may be called xerosis. There are actually two types of dry skin: simple dry skin and complex dry skin.
Dry skin tends to be dull-looking, even scaly and flaky, and readily develops wrinkles and fine lines. Itchy skin may also be a symptom of dry skin. It usually feels "tight" and uncomfortable after washing unless some type of moisturizer or skin cream is applied.
- Simple dry skin results from a lack of natural oils. The reasons for this lack of oil vary. This condition most often affects women under the age of 35 years.
- Complex dry skin lacks both oil and moisture, and is characterized by fine lines, brown spots, discolorations, enlarged pores, and sagging skin. It is usually associated with aging. Many older people suffer from dry skin, particularly on their lower legs, elbos, and forearms. The skin feels rough and scaly.
The signs and symtposm of dry skin are:
Chapping and cracking are signs of extremely dry, dehydrated skin. Extremely dry skin can be a warning sign of a skin problem called dermatitis. Dermatitis is skin inflammation. It can cause an itchy rash or patches of dry irritated skin. People who have had atopic dermatitis as children often have very dry skin as adults. The earlier dermatitis is diagnosed and treated, the better. Without treatment, dermatitis often gets worse. When dry skin cracks, germs can get in through the skin. Once inside, germs can cause an infection. Red, sore spots on the skin may be an early sign of an infection.
- Rough, scaly, or flaking skin.
- Gray, ashy skin in people with dark skin.
- Cracks in the skin, which may bleed if severe.
- Chapped or cracked lips.
DRY SKIN CAUSES
CAUSES & CONTRIBUTING FACTORS
Anyone can get dry skin. Skin becomes dry when too much water or oil is lost. Some people are more prone to have dry skin than others. Many people have skin that is dry in some areas and oily in others. In the classic case of "combination skin," the skin on the forehead, nose, and chin tends to be oily, while the skin on the rest of the face is dry. Some causes of dry skin include:
Climate & Season: People living in a dry climate, such as a desert, are more likely to experience dry skin. Dry skin is most common on areas of the body that are exposed to the elements, such as the face and hands, but it can be a whole-body problem as well, especially in the winter.
Age: As we become older, our skin becomes thinner and drier. As we reach our 40's, many people need to use a good moisturizer every day. Fair-skinned people seem to be more likely than others to have dry skin, especially as they age; most people's skin tends to become thinner and drier as they get older.
Genetics: It is probably primarily a genetic condition and related family members may be prone to having dry skin probles. Family health problems, such as hypothyroidism, may contribute to dry skin problems. However, it may be caused (or aggravated) by a poor diet and by environmental factors such as exposure to sun, wind, cold, chemicals, or cosmetics, or excessive bathing with harsh soaps.
Health Issues: Dry skin can be a sign of an underactive thyroid. See Hypothyroidism for more information.
Medications: Certain drugs, including diuretics, antispasmodics, and antihistamines, can contribute to dry skin.
Job Professions: Nurses, janitorial, laundry and housecleaners, hair stylists, gardeners and landscapers, and people in other occupations that often have their skin in water, possibly harsh soaps, cleansers and chemicals, dirt and grime throughout the day often experience a higher incidence of dry, raw, and cracked skin.
Nutritional Deficiencies: Especially deficiencies of Vitamin A and the B-Vitamins, can also contribute to dry skin.
Swimming: Some swimming pools have high levels of chlorine (and other related chemicals), resulting in dry skin problems.
Skin Diseases: People who had atopic dermatitis (also known as eczema) as a child tend to have dry skin as adults. Psoriasis also causes very dry skin.
DRY SKIN DIAGNOSIS
A dermatologist will carefully examine your skin to determine whether your dry skin is a sign or a skin disease or a symptom of an underlying disorder. You will be asked questions about family and personal health history and to determine when the problem began. A proper diagnosis will help to determine the best treatment. Tests may be needed if your dry skin may be due to a health problem.
DRY SKIN CONVENTIONAL MEDICAL TREATMENT
SKIN - A NATURAL ENVIROMENTAL BARRIER
The skin has many ways of protecting itself from harsh environmental conditions that lead to chapping and drying. Its acidic pH helps protect it from numerous pathogenic substances. In addition, the sebaceous glands produce a fatty lubricant, called sebum, which is the skin's natural moisturizer. Furthermore, the top layer of skin, known as the epidermis, forms fibrous proteins that create a thick, protective coat. On the hands, this coating is even thicker, to protect the skin from constant use and friction. Still, circumstances of daily life, such as frequently coming in contact with water - as well as exposure to cleansers, soaps, detergents, and other chemicals, dry heat and cold weather - can result in dry, chapped skin on the hands and body.
The condition may worsen existing skin ailments, such as dermatitis. Many natural healing methods can both prevent and healing dryness and chapping. Also, eating oil-rich foods, avoiding potential allergens, using moisturizing salves and wearing gloves can help provide relief.
MOISTURIZER: Applying a moisturizer frequently throughout the day can help. It can make the skin softer, smoother, and less likely to crack. Body moisturizers come in a few forms, such as ointments, creams, lotions, and oils. Your health care provider can tell you which is recommended for you. For very dry skin, a moisturizer that contains urea or lactic acid may be helpful. These ingredients help the skin hold water. You can find these ingredients in both prescription moisturizers and those that you can buy without a prescription. A drawback is that these ingredients can sting if you have eczema or cracked skin.
MEDICINE: When skin is extremely dry, your health care provider may prescribe a medicine that you can apply to your skin. This may be a corticosteroid (cortisone-like) or an immune modulator (tacrolimus, pimecrolimus). These medicines tend to be quite good at relieving the itch, redness, and swelling. You also may need to use a moisturizer several times a day.
LIFESTYLE CHANGES: If your dry skin is caused by something that you are doing, such as immersing your hands in water all day, you may need to stop doing this for a few days. When you start up again, you may need to wear gloves or apply a special moisturizer throughout the day.
EXPECTED OUTCOME: Using a moisturizer frequently throughout the day helps many people. If this does not help, you should see a dermatologist.
HOLISTIC LIFESTYLE RECOMMENDATIONS
Do not smoke, and avoid secondhand smoke. Smoking has a harmful effect on the skin for several reasons. First, nicotine constricts the blood vessels, including the tiny capillaries that serve the skin. This deprives the skin of the oxygen and nutrients it needs for good health. Second, smoking involves the frequent repetition of certain facial postures, which eventually become etched in the skin in the form of wrinkles. The characteristic "smoker's face" has wrinkles radiating in a circle outward from the mouth. Smoking also can make the skin dry and leathery.
Do not use harsh soaps, cold cream, or cleansing creams on your skin. Use a gentle cleanser. Soaps can strip oils from the skin. Stop using deodorant bars, antibacterial soaps, perfumed soaps, and skin care products containing alcohol, like hand sanitizers. Look for either a mild, fragrance-free soap or a soap substitute that moisturizes. Cleansing creams are made from hydrogenated oils, which can cause free radical damage to your skin, resulting in dryness and wrinkles. Instead, use pure Olive Herbal Oil, Avocado Herbal Oil, or Sweet Almond Herbal Oil to cleanse the skin. Pat the oil on, then wash it off with warm water and a soft cloth.
Twice weekly, use a loofah sponge for the face and warm water to boost circulation and remove dead skin cells. Avoid using the loofah around your eyes, however.
If you have very dry skin, cleanse your face just once a day, at night. In the morning, rinse your face with cool water.
Always moisturize your skin after cleansing, and at other times throughout the day, if necessary, to keep it from drying out. Use a liquid moisturizer or facial oil that contains nutrients and other natural ingredients. Do not use solid, waxy moisturizing creams.
Use a humidifier (or even a pan of water placed near a radiator) to humidify your environment, especially in winter. This helps to reduce the amount of moisture lost from the skin through evaporation.
Cover up outdoors in winter. In the cold, wear a scarf and gloves to help prevent chapped lips and hands.
Once a week, use a facial mask to clarify the skin and remove dull, dry surface skin cells. (This can be done immediately after the facial sauna described under HERBS below.) Blend together well 1 teaspoon Green Clay Powder (available in health food stores) and 1 teaspoon raw Honey. Apply the mixture to your face, avoiding the eye area. Leave it on for 15 minutes, then rinse well with lukewarm water. While your skin is still slightly damp, apply a natural skin oil or liquid moisturizer.
For cracked, dry skin on the fingers, use Calendula cream or oil with Comfrey, Vitamin E oil, and Aloe Vera. Apply the mixture to hands at bedtime, then wear plastic gloves overnight. Pure Vitamin E Oil can be found in health food stores.
- Soaking your hands daily in Apricot-Kernal Oil or Sweet Almond Oil makes the hands soft and supple. Warm up 1 cup of the oil and soak your hands in it for 10 minutes. Then massage in the oil well.
Wear gloves while washing the dishes and doing housework to protect hands from harsh cleansers and detergents. For those with sensitive skin, cool temperatures and wind can dry and chap the hands, so wear gloves outside in the fall, winter and spring. Avoid using very hot water, and moisturize the hands frequently. For overnight moisturizing, apply moisturizer liberally over dry skin and wrap area with soft cotton flannel, cotton gloves, or cotton knit socks to allow the moisturizer to be absorbed into the skin overnight. Remove wrapping, gloves and socks in the morning.
Do not use hot water. Hot water dries the skin by removing your natural skin oils more quickly. Hot water severely dries out the skin on your hands and your body and causes itching. Warm water is best for bathing. If your hands are chapped, always wash them in lukewarm or cool water. Instead of regular soap, try using a mild pH-balanced soap, such as Calendula and Oatmeal. These products are readily available at health food stores or online and in body-care shops.
Limit time in the bathtub or shower. A 5 to 10 minute bath or shower adds moisture to the skin. Spending more time in the water often leaves your skin less hydrated than before you started. Do not bathe more often than once a day.
Moisturize following bath and showers. To lock in moisture from a bath or shower, apply a moisturizer while the skin is still damp.
Soften skin before shaving. It is best to shave right after bathing, when the hairs are soft. To lessen the irritating effects of shaving your face or legs, use a shaving cream or gel. Leave the product on your skin about 3 minutes before starting to shave. Shave in the direction that the hair grows. Change razore blades after 5 to 7 shaves. A dull blade can irritate dry skin.
To care for combination skin, simply treat the dry areas as dry skin and the oily areas as oily skin. See Oily Skin for more information.
Allergies are often the culprit. Chronic dermatitis, severe itching, chapping, or blisters can be the result of allergies or extreme sensitivities. Eliminate the potential sources of allergens that might be present in lotions and soaps. These include coloring agents, synthetic oils, mineral oils, lanolin and fragrances.
Cocoa Butter is a good skin cream and is not expensive. It also helps reduce skin wrinkling. Keep it in the refrigerator after opening.
Balanced skin depends on the production of natural moisturizing factors that help the skin attract and retain moisture. A group of acids known as Alpha-Hydroxy Acids, applied topically, help to stimulate production of these naturally occurring substances. Alpha-hydroxy acids also encourage the formation of new skin cells. These acids occur naturally in apples, milk, sugar cane, citrus fruits, tomatoes, grapes, and blackberries. Of the alpha-hydroxy acids, Lactic Acid appears to be the best for improving moisturization, while Glycolic Acid is more effective at sloughing off dead skin cells and promoting cell renewal.
Humidifiers moisten the air. When the moisture in the room is too low, natural moisture is removed from skin (hands and entire body). You can avoid chapped, irritated skin by using an air humidifier.
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR PREGNANT WOMEN
PREGNANCY & SELF-TANNER SAFETY: There are no studies that show self-tanner to have any type of harmful affects on pregnant women or a developing fetus. The one caution is that skin might react different than normal to these creams due the changes the skin experiences during pregnancy. Applying a small amount of cream to a hidden area is highly advised to determine the skin reaction. However, it is wise to check with your midwife or health care provider before using any chemical substance during pregnancy, internally or externally. It is always better to refrain from using these products until after your baby is born, just to be on the safe side.
PREGNANCY & OVER-THE-COUNTER (OTC) ACNE MEDICATION SAFETY: You should always double-check any questions you may have with your midwife or health care provider who is, after all, your primary care provider during pregnancy. And keep in mind, many midwives and health care providers tend to follow the "better safe than sorry" rule and very often are conservative when giving advice. Most cosmetics ingredients are probably safe for pregnant women, but to be on the safe side, it's wise to avoid those that penetrate the skin and have not been studied for use in pregnant women.
SUBSTANCES PREGNANT WOMEN SHOULD AVOID
Avoid oral antibiotics often prescribed for acne. If you have a severe inflammation, ask your midwife or health care provider about oral erythromycin, which is considered the safest for use during pregnancy. Usually, this medication is reserved for those who have very painful and inflamed lesions.
Avoid daily use of benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. If you need to dry out a pimple now and then, dab on benzoyl peroxide, just don't slather it all over your face every day. As for salicylic acid, no studies have been done. In both cases, it's safe to use in a cleanser, which is rinsed off the skin.
Avoid products that contain vitamin A and it's derivatives (retinals, including Retin-A, and retinoids). A vitamin-A derivative in Accutane, which is taken by mouth, has been shown to cause birth defects.
Avoid alpha-hydroxy acids in creams you leave on your face.
Avoid depilatories (cream hair removers) because the chemicals seep into the pores and loosen hair follicles. Shave while you are pregnant.
Avoid self-tanners. They are probably safe, but require leaving the chemicals that dye skin cells on your skin for several hours. It is better safe than sorry.
Avoid hair dyes that cover your entire head as the dyes usually saturate the scalp and could be absorbed into your system. Theoretically, these are safer towards the end of your third trimester, but there are cautions against hair dye because there are even safety questions about hair dye for non-pregnant women.
PRODUCTS OK FOR PREGNANT WOMEN
Nail polish remover that is used on the nails and immediately washed off is OK. Ditto for nail polish that is only wet for a short amount of time and is usually not applied more than once a week. Neither polish nor remover are absorbed by the nail plate.
Sunblocks are more than just OK, they are required! Look for sunblocks that contain transparent zinc oxide, micronized zinc oxide or titanium dioxide -- the products that contain these ingredients contain fewer chemicals. Protecting your facial skin from the sun is essential during pregnancy to prevent a condition called melasma, which is known as the mask of pregnancy. The brown patchy skin that can crop up on your outer cheeks and outer forehead is caused by a combination of your hormones and sun exposure.
Highlights or hair painting are OK if the dyes do not touch your scalp.
Moisturizers and skin-soothing oils and creams are great to treat dry skin and avoid uncomfortable itching where your skin is stretching. There is no proof they prevent stretch marks, but some women swear by them!
SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT STRETCH MARKS
Contrary to popular belief, stretch marks cannot be prevented. Your best defense is healthy skin, and good genetics behind you. These marks will fade and turn silvery after the birth.
Here are some suggestions:
- Eat the proper diet to help your skin be healthy.
- Drink plenty of fluids (Skin that is well nourished stretches better).
- If you have itching, use a cream to moisturize the area, some people prefer a Vitamin E oil.
- Take Homeopathic Calc Fluor 6X 3 times daily for a week starting in early pregnancy, continue alternate weeks for the rest.
STRETCH-MARK OIL RECIPE
- Dark glass 50 ml bottle.
- 50 ml of Wheat Germ oil, or mixture of Wheat Germ and Almond oil.
- Essential oils of Lavender and Neroli.
Fill the bottle with wheat germ oil, or the mixture of wheat germ and almond oils for a thinner solution. Add 15 drops of the essential oil of lavender and 10 drops of the essential oil of neroli. Massage daily after bathing.
If you have no major skin problems, cleanse with a mild cleanser and use a light moisturizer at night; apply a moisturizer with a sunblock in the morning.
If you have a skin condition, whether it's acne, rosacea or eczema, inform your dermatologist you are pregnant when discussing treatments and check your dermatologist's prescriptions with your midwife or prenatal health care provider.
Used topically, Aloe Vera has excellent soothing, healing, and moisturizing properties. It also helps to slough off dead skin cells. Aloe Vera skin gel can keep your skin looking clean, clear, smooth, toned, hydrated and glowing with health. It can also reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and sun damage. Apply aloe vera gel topically on affected areas as directed on the product label.
Calendula and Comfrey have skin-softening properties. They can be sued in a facial sauna or to make herbal or floral waters (see below). Comfrey also reduces redness and soothes irritated skin. Allantoin, an ingredient in many skin care products, is derived from comfrey. Note: Comfrey is recommended for external use only.
Calendula Oil for chapped hands. Calendula is a type of marigold that's very easy to grow and has skin-healing properties. Pick a handful of the barely opened flowers on a dry day and put them in a blender. Add enough olive oil to cover the flowers and purée. Store in a glass jar away from direct heat, and shake daily for several weeks. You can add more blossoms and olive oil over the weeks. When the oil has taken on a deep orange color, strain it a few times. Apply to chapped skin as needed.
Cocoa Butter is used in confections and in the manufacture of tobacco, soap, and cosmetics. By itself, it is used to improve skin elasticity and to reduce wrinkles. It is useful for sunburns, softening skin, scar tissue, soothe diaper rash, and avoiding stretch marks during pregnancy. Cocoa butter is used to improve skin elasticity and to reduce wrinkles. In its natural state, cocoa butter is solid at room temperature, and may vary in color and appearance. Food grade cocoa butter can be used in your favorite recipes as well as for skin care treatments.
Cocoa Butter is one of the most stable, highly concentrated natural fats known, and melts at body temperature so that it is readily absorbed into the skin. Since Cocoa Butter absorbs so quickly, it immediately relieves dry and irritated skin. There are many different uses for Cocoa Butter, below are some of the ways in which Cocoa Butter may be used:
- Add a spoonful to your bath water for a luxurious and healing experience. Especially helpful for those with dry or itchy skin, or sore muscles. Try adding Lavender or Chamomile essential oil as well, or an herbal infusion made from soothing herbs.
- In massage, Cocoa Butter is beneficial for overexerted muscles or for dry skin.
- In soaps, Cocoa Butter has a conditioning effect that adds a good lather. Try incorporating Cocoa Butter into your handmade soap recipes.
SKIN MOISURIZING BUTTER PRODUCTS
Mountain Rose Herbs: Cocoa, Illipe, Kokum, Mango, & Shea Butters
Cocoa Butter: An aromatic solid butter pressed from the roasted seeds of the Cacao tree (Theobroma cacao) and further processed to yield a warm color and delightful odor. Will soften at body temperature and adds a rich, creamy, and thick consistency to lotions, soaps, creams, and toiletry items to help reduce cutaneous dryness and for the improvement of skin elasticity. A soothing ingredient commonly found in most cosmetic preparations and now fair trade certified.
Illipe Butter: Expeller pressed and rendered from whole Illipe nuts (Shorea stenoptera) this exotic butter adds regenerative and moisturizing properties to your handmade creations. Illipe butter is renowned for its incredible moisturizing properties and its ability to restore elasticity to the skin. It is quite comparable to cocoa butter in its constituents, and is beneficial for the treatment of numerous skin and hair disorders.
Kokum Butter: A highly prized and under-rated butter from the Garcinia tree. This naturally white and incredibly smooth butter has enormously high compositions of beneficial materials to help regenerate tired and worn skin cells and further supports elasticity and general flexibility of the skin wall. A great ingredient to add to healing lotions, creams, and body butters. It can be directly applied to the skin in its solid state, but it may require a mild amount of heating to improve applicability. Highly recommended to those that are crafting cosmetics with the intent of producing a skin healing end product.
Mango Butter: Expeller pressed and rendered from the seed kernel of the Mango tree, this highly prized butter is an exceptional quality base ingredient for body care products and soap making recipes. Mango Butter has beneficial moisturizing properties for lotions and acts as a mild lubricant for the skin, and is very similar in color and texture as cocoa butter making it an exotic and fun alternative for toiletry products. Great source of essential fatty acids.
Shea Butter:This raw unrefined butter is derived from the vegetable fat of the Karite Tree. The first choice in natural skin care and fine body care products, our certified organic shea butter forms a breathable, water-resistant film and is the leading natural product for moisturizing. A wonderful base for cosmetic recipes or used as a stand alone application, this comes highly recommended for those concerned about naturally healthy skin. Our shea butter is hand harvested, certified organic, expeller pressed, and is imported directly from the processor.
Olive Oil moisturizer for supple skin. The fatty compounds in olive oil soothe chapped hands, promote the regeneration of skin cells and help to seal in the skin's natural moisture. Each night before you go to sleep, coat your hands with a thick layer of olive oil. Put on a pair of light, cotton gloves. In the morning, rinse your hands.
Spray an herbal or floral water mist on your skin throughout the day to replenish lost moisture. Almost all skin types, but particularly dry skin, benefit from Lavender. You can purchase Lavender Water already made, or you can make your own by adding a few drops of Lavender Essential Oil to 4 ounces of distilled water, or by making an infusion of fresh Lavender leaves and flowers.
A weekly facial sauna using the herbs Chamomile, Lavender, and Peppermint is good for dry skin. Using a glass or enameled pot, simmer a total of 2 to 4 tablespoons of dried or fresh herbs in 2 quarts of water. When the pot is steaming, place it on top of a trivet or thick potholder on a table, and sit with your face at a comfortable distance over the steam for 15 minutes, splash your face with cold water and allow your skin to air dry or pat it dry with a towel. Then either apply a good natural moisturizer or facial oil, or apply a clay mask. After the sauna, you can allow the herbal water to cool and save it for use as a toning lotion to be dabbed on your face with a cotton ball after cleansing.
Colloidal Silver lotion is effective for minor skin irritations, rashes hives, insect bites, sores, burns, inflammation, skin swelling and dry, itchy, cracked skin. Useful for fighting infections.
An unscented Emu Oil soap bar is moisturizing, condition, non-irritating, and accompanied with all the benefits of emu oil. A lightly scented, organic, Emu Oil soap bar is moisturizing, conditioning, non-irritating, and accompanied with all the benefits of emu oil. Pure Emu Oil is a natural skin softener and protector. Pure Emu Oil supports skin hydration and elasticity and improves skin surface blood flow & healing.
Hyaluronic Acid in Hydraplenish contains the patented BioCell Collagen II complex for healthy connective tissue and synovial fluid plus Opti MSM to support healthy hair.
NutriBiotic Skin Ointment with Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) and Lysine can be used topically for such things as scrapes, scratches and cuts. It can also be used on the lips and in the mouth on cold sores and canker sores.
Flaxseed is one of nature's richest sources of Protein, Fiber & Essential Fatty Acids.
Pascalite Bentonite Clay in a balm ointemtn can be used for minor skin irritations, cuts scrapes, bug bites, itchy rashes, dry and cracked skin. Rub into or dab on skin as desired or several times daily.
An ointment made with a blend of Bee Propolis & Tea Tree Oil is especially helpful in assisting tissue repair after burns. It can be applied directly to the skin to help the healing process.
Pure Lanolin can be used like petroleum jelly on chapped skin as a moisturizer. If is useful as a heavy duty moisturizer for rough, troubled and chapped patches of skin.
Shea Butter is derived from the seeds of the Karite Nut of the Mangifolia Tree in Africa. A powerful emollient, Pure Shea Butter can be used alone as a skin moisturizer or as a lip balm.
HOMEMADE RECIPES FOR DRY SKIN
FACIAL MASK FOR DRY SKIN
6 ounces Plain YogurtDirections: Mix all the ingredients until you obtain a smooth texture. Apply and massage into skin. Keep the mask on for twenty minutes.
1/4 finely crushed Almonds
2 teaspoon Beeswax or Honey
2 teaspoon Wheat Germ Oil
- Crushed Almonds has exfoliating power, eliminating dead skin.
- Honey aids in adhering mask to skin.
- Wheat Germ Oil contains Vitamin E and fights free radicals.
HOMEMADE LIP BALM
To make lip balm, gently heat 1/2 cup of Almond Oil or Grapeseed Oil in a double boiler. Add 2 tablespoons of grated Beeswax. Melt the beeswax and then add 1/2 teaspoon of Alkanet root to color the mixture red. When the beeswax is entirely melted, strain the oil into a measuring cup and remove the alkanet root. Add ten drops of a natural Flavoring Oil and 3 drops of Vitamin E Oil.
DRY, FLAKY LIPS REMEDY
Apply your favorite lip balm and rub lips together. Using a dry toothbrush, brush lips gently in circular motions until the flakes have dislodged. Wipe lips clean and rub in more lip balm. Repeat daily and skip the lipstick until your pout returns to normal.
CHAPPED SKIN REMEDY
Moisten dry, chapped hands with a Sandalwood, Chamomile or Rose essential oil that has been mixed with a hydrating base oil such as Hazelnut Oil, Avocado Oil or Evening Primrose Oil.
DRY HANDS REMEDY
To soothe dry hands, make a honey paste to use overnight. Stir together one tablespoon each of ground Almonds, ground Oatmeal (use a spice mill or coffee grinder), Zinc Oxide paste and Honey, as well as one egg yolk. Rub the mixture over your hands, and recruit someone to help you into a pair of cotton gloves. Leave the gloves on overnight. In the morning, rinse your hands with cool water -- and feel the softness.
HOMEMADE HAND CREAM
It is always important to keep your hands moisturized. For a natural hand moisturizer, combine Wheat Germ Oil with a favorite Essential Oil. Keep an energizing blend handy during the day and a calming blend nearby at bedtime.
SOFTENING CRACKED HEELS & HANDS
Cracked heels are uncomfortable, not very pretty and during the summer months they put a serious crimp in your shoe wardrobe. During the winter you can hide them, but cold weather and indoor heat sap moisture away nonetheless. Your best bet is to exfoliate daily while you are in the shower - pumice stones or foot files (they are like nail files, only bigger) are great for softening calluses. Then carefully pat them dry and immediately apply a rich moisturizing cream. An intense moisturizer can easily targets problem areas such as your heels, soles, knees, elbows and hands. Before bed, slather on a lot and slip on a pair of knitted socks for intense healing while you sleep.
TREATING ROUGH, DRY FEET
Use a rich emollient cream (Aloe Vera is especially softening) on your feet every night, massaging the cream in well. Try a Foot Care Massage Cream with a touch of Peppermint Oil or a hint of Menthol for a soothing fresh feeling. You would also do well to start the day with a dab of the same cream.
ALL-PURPOSE HERBAL HEALING SALVE
To make an all-purpose healing salve for dry, irritated or inflamed skin, mix in a pot:
4 tablespoons Calendula Oil
4 tablespoons Comfrey Oil
4 tablespoons Arnica Oil
4 tablespoons Vitamin E Oil
Gently warm the oils on the stove or in a microwave oven. Melt 1/3 ounce of Beeswax in a double boiler. Mix the herbal oil and beeswax together, pour into glass jars and cool.
Calendula comes in various forms and is an ingredient in many products. As a topical treatment, Calendula cream should be applied 2 or 3 times daily to the affected area. As an oral mouthwash, pour boiling water over 1 to 2 teaspoons of Calendula flower. Rinse with this liquid several times daily. For other formulations, read and follow product label directions.
CALENDULA HERBAL OIL
Calendula Herbal Oil is made by infusing a carrier oil with dried calendula blossoms. It can be home-made or purchased from commercial sources (see Calendula Oil Products for product resources.
INFUSED CALENDULA OIL RECIPE
1/2 Cup Calendula Flowers (Dried & Powdered)
1 Cup Olive Oil
Infuse Calendula flowers into the olive oil and soak for 14 days. Strain well and refrigerate. (Be sure to buy Calendula and not the American Marigold, Tagetes.)
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DIET &. NUTRITION RECOMMENDATIONS
Eat a balanced diet that includes vegetables, fruits, grains, seeds, and nuts. Eat quality protein from vegetable sources. Increase your intake of raw foods.
Eat foods high in Sulfur, which helps to keep the skin smooth and youthful. Good sources include Garlic, Onions, Eggs, and Asparagus. Sulfur is also present in the amino acid L-Cysteine, which can be purchased in supplemental pill form.
Consume plenty of yellow and orange vegetables. These are high in Beta-Carotene, a precursor of Vitamin A.
Drink at least 2 quarts of quality water every day to keep the skin well hydrated. If your skin is chapped or cracked, increase your consumption of water and Essential Fatty Acids. Keep any chapped areas well lubricated and protected from the elements.
Avoid fried foods, animal fats, and heat-processed vegetable oils such as those sold in supermarkets. Use cold-pressed oils only. Beware of any oils that have been subjected to heat, whether in processing or cooking. Heating oils leads to the production of free radicals, which may have a destructive effect on the skin. Do take supplemental Essential Fatty Acids. This may be the best supplement available for dry skin, but be patient; it may take a month or more to see results.
Essential Fatty Acids in a Oil-Rich Diet may be helpful for chronic dryness of the skin. Chronic dryness can indicate a lack of oils in the entire body. Ironically, it is possible to eat a very high-fat diet and still not provider your body with the type of essential fatty acids it needs. Flaxseed Oil, Black Currant Oil, Borage Oil, Avocado Oil, Olive Oil and Evening Primrose Oil help to provide an abundance of beneficial fatty acids. Fresh, raw and unprocessed seeds and nuts are also rich in fatty acids. Take 1 tablespoon of oil or nuts daily; you may see an improvement in your skin in as little as 4 to 6 weeks.
Do not drink soft drinks or eat sugar, chocolate, potato chips or other junk foods.
Avoid alcohol and caffeine. These substances have a diuretic effect, causing the body - including the skin cells - to lose fluids and essential minerals.
Look for skin care products that contain humectants. Humectants are substances that attract water to the skin to hold in moisture. Natural humectants include Vegetable Glycerine, Vitamin E, and Panthenol, a form of Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B-5).
Take 5 mg daily the skin protecting vitamin Biotin in supplement form. Biotin is also contained in such foods as liver, soy flour, mushrooms, egg yolk, nuts, sardines, and almonds.
Take 1 tablespoon of Flaxseed Oil daily.
Take 30 to 60 mg Zinc 1 to 2 times daily.
Take 25,000 to 50,000 IU of Beta-Carotene every day.
Unless otherwise specified, the dosages recommended in this section are for adults. For a child between the ages of 12 and 17 years, reduce the dose to 3/4 the recommended amount. For a child between 6 and 12, use 1/2 the recommended dose, and for a child under the age of 6, use 1/4 the recommended amount.
NUTRIENTS Supplement Suggested Dosage Comments Very Important Evening Primrose Oil Up to 500 mg daily. Contains Linoleic Acid, an Essential Fatty Acid needed by the skin. Vitamin A 25,000 IU daily for 3 months, then reduce to 15,000 daily. If you are pregnant, do not exceed 10,000 IU daily. Helps prevent dry skin. Strengthens and protects the skin tissue. Beta Carotene
15,000 IU daily. Helps prevent dry skin and aids in healing of tissue. Potent antioxidant and precursor of Vitamin A. Strengthens and protects the skin tissue. ACES Plus Zinc As directed on label. Contains antioxidant blend that protects the skin by neutralizing free radicals. Vitamin B-Complex As directed on label. B Vitamins are needed for healthy skin. Anti-stress and anti-aging vitamins. Vitamin B-12 1,000 to 2,000 mcg daily. B Vitamins are needed for healthy skin. Use lozenge or sublingual form. Important Kelp 1,000 to 1,500 mg daily. Supplies needed minerals for good skin tone. Vitamin E Start with 200 to 400 IU and increase slowly up to 800 IU daily. A potent antioxidant. Protects against free radicals. Used topically, it can minimize wrinkling. Use d-alpha-tocopherol form. Zinc 50 mg daily. Do not exceed a total of 100 mg daily from all supplements. Protein metabolism depends on Zinc. The skin is composed primarily of protein. Necessary for proper functioning of the oil-producing glands of the skin. Use Zinc Gluconate lozenges or OptiZinc for best absorption. Helpful Ageless Beauty As directed on label. Protects the skin from free radical damage. Aloe Vera As directed on label. Has excellent soothing, healing, and moisturizing properties. Helps to slough off dead skin cells. Apply Aloe Vera gel topically on affected areas. Collagen Apply topically as directed on label. Good for very dry skin. A nourishing cream that can restore a healthy tone to damaged skin. Elastin Apply topically as directed on label. Helps prevent and smooth wrinkles. Glucosamine Sulfate
As directed on label. Important for healthy skin and connective tissue. GH-3 Cream Apply topically as directed on label. Excellent for the prevention of wrinkles. Also good for any discoloration of the skin. Herpanacine As directed on label. Contains antioxidants, amino acids, and herbs that promote skin health. L-Cysteine 500 mg daily, on an empty stomach. Take with water or juice. Do not take with milk. Take with 50 mg Vitamin B-6 and Vitamin C for better absorption. Needed for flexibility of the skin. Contains sulfur, needed for healthy skin. Lecithin Granules: 1 tablespoon 3 times daily, before meals.
Capsules: 1,200 mg 3 times daily, before meals.
Needed for better absorption of the essential fatty acids (EFA's). Pycnogenol
As directed on label. A free radical scavenger that also strengthens collagen. Selenium 200 mcg daily. Encourage tissue elasticity and is a powerful antioxidant. Protects against ultraviolet-induced damage. Superoxide Dismutase
As directed on label. A free radical destroyer. Also good for brown age spots. Retin-A (Tretinoin) As prescribed by health care provider. Removes fine wrinkles. Also excellent for age spots, precancerous lesions, and sun damaged skin. Available by prescription only. Takes about 6 months to show results. Vitamin C
3,000 to 5,000 mg daily, in divided doses. Necessary for collagen production. Strengthens the capillaries that feed the skin.
NOTIFY YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER
If you or a family member are or have symptoms of dry skin and feel you need to have medical assistance to alleviate the problem.
If you or a family member experiences severe chapping, cracking and/or bleeding of broken skin.
If you or a family member experience symptoms of infection from broken skin.
You have any unexpected or unusual symptoms. Some people may have sensitivity, allergies, or other health conditions which would prevent them from using certain medications, herbs, or other treatments. Some medications used may produce side effects.
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MOUNTAIN ROSE HERBS PRODUCTS
Mountain Rose Herbs: Ultra-Hydrating Lotion, Acure Organics, Natural Body & Skin Care Products
The skin is the largest organ of the human body. It is also an organ of elimination tied to the healthy functioning of the liver. We absorb many chemicals, from pollution to lotions and soaps that we use daily, which must travel through the blood to be processed or excreted as waste. Our skin cells reproduce about once every 30 days and are affected by these environmental exposures and eliminatory processes. This can sometimes cause common skin problems. This blend is formulated with herbs traditionally used to help with normal purifying of the blood and healthy liver functioning. Available in 1 oz. or 4 oz. sizes.
Mountain Rose Herbs: Ultra-Hydrating Lotion, Acure Organics, Natural Body & Skin Care Products
Made with organic cocoa butter; this fragrance free lotion leaves your skin feeling smooth and satisfied. Vegan, paraben, sulfate, cruelty and gluten free. Contains: organic curoxidant blend (organic acai berry, organic blackberry, organic rosehips, organic pomegranate, organic calendula, organic chamomile, organic rooibos), organic mango ceylon, organic aloe vera juice, organic cocoa butter, organic safflower oil, organic coconut oil, glyceryl stearate SE, vegetable glycerin, organic sunflower oil, infusion of organic calendula flower in organic olive oil, organic argan oil, ubiquinone (CoQ10), fermented sugar, vitamin E, white horehound, Echinacea, lactobacillus, olive leaf extract, organic chlorella, organic evening primrose oil, potassium sorbate.
Mountain Rose Herbs: Restorative Skin Oil, Natural Body & Skin Care Products
Previously known as Secret Skin Oil this is currently the much revered formula for those dry-spell moments that our skin periodically endures. It is what the 40-plus age group here have been using when we run into problems with dry and other lizardy or leathery skin. As Oregon gardeners, herbalists and hikers we all have some needy skin areas which this superb skin oil fixes right up! Contains: Organic Calendula oil, organic Rosehip seed oil, Vitamin E, and a blend of pure essential oils including Neroli and Helichrysum. Two ounce bottle with treatment pump.
Mountain Rose Herbs: Sea Buckthorn Oil, Natural Body & Skin Care Products
A useful, highly prized oil typically used to treat damaged skin. Sea Buckthorn oil (Hippophae rhamnoides) can be applied directly to the skin or included within skin care preparations that are designed to relieve occasional symptoms of problematic skin conditions. This oil contains essential fatty acids, carotenes, tocopherols, and phytosterols. It is a concentrated oil, and we suggest to use sparingly. The sea buckthorn oil offered by Mountain Rose Herbs was processed by the cold press method of the entire berry with seeds. This particular oil will solidify if exposed to low temperatures, and it is best left at room temperature. Some mild staining of skin may occur; this is temporary and washes off easily. Use caution, spread evenly and dilute.
Mountain Rose Herbs: Pomegranate Seed Oil, Natural Body & Skin Care Products
A luxurious and deeply penetrating oil from the cold pressed organic seeds of pomegranate fruit. This highly prized oil, which is naturally high in flavonoids and punicic acid, is remarkable for the skin and has numerous dietary benefits as well. Deeply nourishing to the outer epidermal layer, pomegranate seed oil provides powerful anti-oxidant benefits for numerous skin ailments, and gently challenges free radicals that damage and age the skin. A great ally to have in your cosmetic creations or as a stand-alone product to help nourish and develop healthy skin cell regeneration.
Mountain Rose Herbs: Powerful Skin Compound, Body & Skin Care Products
Powerful Skin Compound is one of the most popular and best selling salves. It is specifically formulated for rashes and other skin maladies. This also makes a wonderful botanical treatment for our animal companions. Choose from 2 sizes.
Mountain Rose Herbs: Skin Cream, Body & Skin Care Products, 2 oz. Jar
Rich and nourishing, Facial Creams are designed specifically for the face, though you may find them delightfully addictive once applied to the body! An opulent treat for the skin, these creams absorb quickly without leaving a filmy or greasy residue. The best part is that they have an unbelievably silken texture and a smooth consistency which leaves the outer epidermis feeling positively exhilarated. These creams are crafted by hand and are completely free of chemicals and preservatives. Choose from a 2 oz. jar of Cucumber, Lavender, Lemon Balm (formerly Melissa), Rose, Sandalwood Patchouli (formerly Sandalwood), or Unscented.
HerbsPro: Intensive Healing Skin Cream, Unscented, Gold Bond, 1 fl. oz. (98405)
HerbsPro: Dry & Cracked Skin Balm, 100% Natural, Earths Care, 2.5 oz.
Deep penetrating moisturizer with Shea Butter, Arnica & Cajeput Oil. Allergy tested.
HerbsPro: Comfort Creme Dry Skin, Bathtime Kids, 4 oz.
HerbsPro: Ponds Dry Skin Cream, 6.5 oz.
Rich hydrating facial moisturizer. Massage gently over face and neck.
HerbsPro: Eucerin Professional Repair Extremely Dry Skin Lotion, 6.8 oz.
Dermatologist recommended. Gluco-Glycerol enhanced formula. Unique concentrated formula with clinically proven moisturizers. Alleviates extremely dry skin. Fragrance free. Lightweight. Dermatological skincare.
HerbsPro: Comfort Creme Dry Skin, Bathtime Kids, 8 oz.
For Moisturizing and Regeneration of Severely Dry and Irritating Skin. Soothing Cream. Massage into skin on face and body as often as desired.
HerbsPro: Cetaphil Dailyadvance Ultra Hydrating Lotion For Dry Sensitive Skin, 8 oz.
For Dry Sensitive Skin. Every Age. Every Stage. Every Day. Clinically Proven to Hydrate and Protect Dry for 24 Hours. Use daily for optimal hydration. Apply liberally as often as needed.
HerbsPro: Borage Dry Skin Therapy Adult Formula, Shikai, 8 oz.
Clinically proven to restore healthy skin at the cellular level. Fast relief for dry and itchy skin. Non greasy, non irritating formula promotes healing at the cellular level. Apply on the body several times a day as needed. Results are often seen immediately. For long-term improvement, use regularly for at least 2 weeks.
HerbsPro: Olay Quench Body Lotion Extra Dry Skin, 8.4 oz.
24 hour moisture from Olay. The result of over 50 years of Olay skin science, Olay body lotions go beyond moisturization to improve skins barrier over time. With continued use, skin becomes noticeably soft, smooth and more resistant to skin dryness. After 1 use: saturating moisture that lasts all day. After 1 week: skin feels noticeably soft and smooth, even under everyday drying conditions. After 1 bottle: skin is able to preserve its moisture for a long time. Use with Olay Ultra Moisture body wash to fight dryness starting in the shower. Locks in moisture for 24 hours.
HerbsPro: Dry Skin Body Lotion, Natralia, 8.45 oz.
Natralia Dry Skin Lotion contains natural ingredients that provide effective relief from dry skin. Natralia Dry Skin Lotion is an intensive moisturising lotion designed to deeply nourish and hydrate the skin and protect it against further moisture loss. Ideal as an every day moisturiser, Natralia Dry Skin Lotion hydrates skin for up to 24 hours. Formulated with the latest innovations in natural emollients to be suitable for dry, sensitive, rough, itchy or flaking skin as well as skin prone to Eczema, Psoriasis and Dermatitis. 100% naturally derived ingredients, to moisturize up to 24 hours from a single application, It increases skin hydration by 50% in 14 days. Non greasy and quick absorbing.
HerbsPro: Unscented Very Emollient Body Lotion, Alba Botanicals, 12 fl. oz. (13445)
HerbsPro: Curel Ultra Healing Moisture Lotion For Extra Dry Skin, 13 oz.
Advanced Ceramide Therapy. Helps heal and protect extra dry skin for instant relief that lasts 24 hours.
HerbsPro: Keri Original Daily Dry Skin Therapy Lotion, 15 oz.
Keri Original combines 5 carefully selected moisturizers that deeply hydrate to promote smooth and healthy looking skin. It provides continuous moisturization so your skin looks and feels its best all day.
HerbsPro: Unscented Borage Therapy Dry Skin Lotion, Original, Shikai, 16 fl. oz. (94936)
HerbsPro: Dry Skin Lotion, Sunmark, 16 oz.
Moisturizing skin therapy lotion for normal to dry skin. Maintains moisture. Smooth this product on hands and body every day. Particularly effective when used after showering or bathing. For exteral use only.
HerbsPro: Unscented Moisturizing Lotion, Mill Creek Botanicals, 16 oz. (80996)
HerbsPro: Eucerin Smoothing Repair Dry Skin Lotion, 16.9 oz.
Smoothing and repairs dry skin with a complete moisture complex, for lastin hydration. Fragrance free. New advanced formula. Smooth over dry, rough skin every day, or as directed by a health care provider. For best results, apply immediately after bathing.
HerbsPro: Unscented Very Emollient Body Lotion, Alba Botanicals, 1 Gallon (13444)
Kalyx: Dry & Cracked Skin Balm, Earths Care, 2.5 oz: HF
Cajeput Oil, renowned for its beneficial properties, is distilled from the leaves of the Cajeput tree which grows wild in the forests of Southeast Asia and Australia. The Arnica flower, native to Europe, has been used medicinally for centuries and has proven its value for a variety of skin conditions. Vitamin E is a natural anti-oxidant prized for its restorative qualities while Shea Butter is a rich extract from the nut of the African Shea tree. Earth's Care Dry and Cracked Skin Balm is a 100% natural formula that quickly soothes damaged skin and makes it feel visibly softer and smoother. Ideal for rough or cracked skin on hands, elbows and feet, this replenishing blend features nature's most therapeutic oils and extracts from around the world. This balm is suitable for everyday use on damage-prone areas to keep skin healthy, moisturized, and supple. Directions Apply Earth's Care Dry and Cracked Skin Balm as needed to chapped, dry or damaged skin on the hands, elbows, heels, body, face and legs.
Kalyx: Miracle Skin Lotion for Dry Skin, Health & Herbs, 8 fl oz: HH
Kalyx: Dry Skin Lotion, Natralia, 8.45 fl oz: K
Natralia Dry Skin Lotion is made from naturally derived ingredients including a Xerophyte Plant Extract, known for its immediate and 24 hour hydration ability. Formulated with the latest innovations in natural emollients, it is suitable for dry, sensitive, rough, itchy or flaking skin. It is an intensive moisturizing lotion, designed to deeply nourish and hydratethe skin. Ideal as an everyday moisturizer for the entire family.
Kalyx: ShiKai Borage Dry Skin Therapy Dry Skin Body Care Lotion, Original Unscented, 16 fl. oz: K
Kalyx: Herbal Skin Therapy for Dry, Chapped or Cracked Skin, Natures Gate, 18 fl oz: K
This unique moisturizing lotion is a blend of natural ingredients whose benefits to the skin have been scientifically verified. Nature's Gate combines not just one or two of these ingredients, but a complete range, to soothe and pamper even the most dry, cracked or chapped skin. Included are ingredients to soothe, moisturize, protect and beautify - for skin that looks as good as it feels. A moisturizing lotion with Golden Seal, Calendula, Aloe Vera, Comfrey, Natural Vitamin E, Dl-Panthenol and Tea Tree Oil in a base of Sesame, Safflower and Sunflower Oil. Calendula is known for its soothing and healing properties, and for its pleasant aroma.
Kalyx: Skin Therapy Colloidal Oatmeal Dry Skin Lotion, Natures Gate, 18 fl oz: K
Herbal Skin Therapy Colloidal Oatmeal for itchy, dry, sensitive skin. Colloidal Oatmeal lotion offers a quick cure for nerve-racking, itchy skin and helps reverse the ravages of extreme weather. Contains Colloidal Oatmeal for prompt temporary relief of itchy, scaling, sensitive skin in a base that also includes Canola Gel (from canola oil) which helps form a natural moisture saving barrier over skin. Formulated with Gingko Biloba for it's soothing and anti-oxidant benefits, Echinacea and St. John's Wort for their antiseptic, anti-blotching properties and skin nourishing Vitamins A, E and D.
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Allspice Leaf Oil Angelica Oil Anise Oil Baobab Oil Basil Oil Bay Laurel Oil Bay Oil Benzoin Oil Bergamot Oil Black Pepper Oil Chamomile (German) Oil Cajuput Oil Calamus Oil Camphor (White) Oil Caraway Oil Cardamom Oil Carrot Seed Oil Catnip Oil Cedarwood Oil Chamomile Oil Cinnamon Oil Citronella Oil Clary-Sage Oil Clove Oil Coriander Oil Cypress Oil Dill Oil Eucalyptus Oil Fennel Oil Fir Needle Oil Frankincense Oil Geranium Oil German Chamomile Oil Ginger Oil Grapefruit Oil Helichrysum Oil Hyssop Oil Iris-Root Oil Jasmine Oil Juniper Oil Labdanum Oil Lavender Oil Lemon-Balm Oil Lemongrass Oil Lemon Oil Lime Oil Longleaf-Pine Oil Mandarin Oil Marjoram Oil Mimosa Oil Myrrh Oil Myrtle Oil Neroli Oil Niaouli Oil Nutmeg Oil Orange Oil Oregano Oil Palmarosa Oil Patchouli Oil Peppermint Oil Peru-Balsam Oil Petitgrain Oil Pine-Long Leaf Oil Pine-Needle Oil Pine-Swiss Oil Rosemary Oil Rose Oil Rosewood Oil Sage Oil Sandalwood Oil Savory Oil Spearmint Oil Spikenard Oil Swiss-Pine Oil Tangerine Oil Tea-Tree Oil Thyme Oil Vanilla Oil Verbena Oil Vetiver Oil Violet Oil White-Camphor Oil Yarrow Oil Ylang-Ylang Oil Aromatherapy
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Almond, Sweet Oil Apricot Kernel Oil Argan Oil Arnica Oil Avocado Oil Baobab Oil Black Cumin Oil Black Currant Oil Black Seed Oil Borage Seed Oil Calendula Oil Camelina Oil Castor Oil Coconut Oil Comfrey Oil Evening Primrose Oil Flaxseed Oil Grapeseed Oil Hazelnut Oil Hemp Seed Oil Jojoba Oil Kukui Nut Oil Macadamia Nut Oil Meadowfoam Seed Oil Mullein Oil Neem Oil Olive Oil Palm Oil Plantain Oil Plum Kernel Oil Poke Root Oil Pomegranate Seed Oil Pumpkin Seed Oil Rosehip Seed Oil Safflower Oil Sea Buckthorn Oil Sesame Seed Oil Shea Nut Oil Soybean Oil St. Johns Wort Oil Sunflower Oil Tamanu Oil Vitamin E Oil Wheat Germ Oil
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