Make your own skin tightening body cream

Treat your body nicely, starting with your skin, most of us we will live much longer than an Homo sapiens in prehistoric times.

As we age, and the environment works on our skin, what do you see? Scars here and there, wrinkles (but less than in your face), broken capillaries, dry to very dry skin, thinning skin, and more, depending on your genes, your life style, your age.

But, first, what is skin tightening? It probably means, for most people, to restore elasticity and firmness to our skin. In more “biochemical” terms, it means to promote synthesis of macromolecules like elastin, collagen and hyaluronic acid, and protect their integrity. And even if you want this for your whole body skin, the objective and means are the same you would use for your face. So, what do you need? The basics are epidermal growth factor, vitamin A (a retinoid), and all the building blocks your skin needs to follow the instructions given by these two crucial signal chemicals.

Implements you will need:

A small spatula or mini-whisk, paper towels to cover the surface where you will work, isopropyl alcohol ($2 for 16 oz. at pharmacy or supermarket) to sterilize your implements, a small bowl for mixing all your ingredients. I use a spray bottle to dispense the alcohol. Plus a notebook where you will write all the details so, if you like the result of your experiment, you will be able to duplicate it.


Note: the SA Beginners kit includes several of the required items (those marked with *).

One large 8 oz empty jar*

One  4 oz. jar of Skin Actives Canvas cream* or a simple base cream or lotion you like

5 mL  rosehip seed oil, for more essential fatty acids

1oz of  Skin Actives collagen serum (this is not optional, SA Collagen serum will provide the nutrients your skin needs to follow the instructions given by the retinoid. Epidermal growth factor will complement the instructions.

15 grams  Sea Kelp Coral*

2 oz. Skin Actives Vitamin A cream

2 mL Skin Actives antiox booster*

If your skin is dry or cracked (!), add 5 grams of petrolatum (adjust to your preference/need). Star low because you may need to get used to the texture but remember that the most expensive creams in the market (including some that are priced at $300 per oz.) use this ingredient, which will cost you $2 for 16oz at the supermarket.

Optional: for your legs if you have visible or broken capillaries: SA Capillary Health Cream

Do not add essential oils or fragrance, they may worsen the irritation and stinging, this is NOT what you want to do yo skin that is already having a bad time!

You can do all the mixing at room temperature. Use a spatula or a small whisk until you get an homogeneous cream.

DISCLAIMER: These claims have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent any disease.



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