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Natural Alternatives to Petroleum Jelly

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Skin Softener
Natural Alternatives to Petroleum Jelly

Try olive oil for glowing skin.

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Ingredients

4-ounces olive oil

1-ounce shaved beeswax

Or

4-ounces almond oil

1-ounce shaved beeswax

Directions

Melt beeswax in a double boiler at low heat. Heat until wax has melted and stir in oil. Remove from heat. (Grapefruit seed extract can be added as a preserver. You can also add a few drops of your favorite essential oil). Pour into a sterile, heatproof glass jar. Let cool before covering.

About the ingredients

Beeswax. Beeswax acts as a humectant and is found in numerous body and lip balms. It helps lock moisture in the skin and provides protective coating from the environment. It also has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties and is often used with other skin care ingredients to treat eczema and psoriasis.

Olive oil. Olive oil contains vitamins A, E and polyphenols that provide anti-aging benefits by protecting the skin against free radical damage and aids in skin cell repair. Olive oil contains a natural moisturizing ingredient called squalene, which also regulates sebum secretions. In addition it helps with wound healing and the healing of acne scars.

Almond oil. Almond oil is excellent for moisturizing and softening the skin. The non-greasy oil is high in oleic, linoleic and other fatty acids. It can be used to treat dry, chapped skin. It helps relieve skin irritation, rashes and burns. It also helps acne-prone skin, skin problems like eczema, and reducing the appearance of stretch marks and dark under-eye circles.

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