Medicated protecting powders are popular with all ages. Used for the treatment of diaper rash, to help prevent and heal chafed skin, and to help protect and heal irritated skin.
In this formula we have utilized the natural healing starch, arrowroot. The use of arrowroot powder has a long and storied past. It was used by North American Indians as a traditional medicine to treat wounds from poisoned arrows, hence its name. This natural starch is used in many culinary products, and is increasingly found in many high end and natural body and after bath powders.
Zinc oxide works as a mild astringent and has some antiseptic properties and is commonly used to prevent or to treat diaper rash by forming a protective barrier between the skin and the diaper.
Combine 2 cups of arrowroot powder with 1/4 cup of zinc oxide. That's it!
If you wish to add a few optional ingredients suitable for all ages, here are some suggestions: ground chamomile, ground lavender, ground oats, rice powder, and/or kaolin clay. These are all gentle enough for baby, but great for children and adults as well.
Ground chamomile and lavender can be used for their healing and calming properties. They have antiseptic and antibacterial components, as well as anti-inflammatory and sedative capabilities to soothe irritation.
Ground-grain oatmeal contains large amounts of silica, which benefits problem skin when used externally. Its anti-inflammatory properties helps soothe itching, dryness and irritation, such as diaper rash.
Rice powder has been used for centuries by Asian women for its healing and soothing of skin conditions. It contains anti-inflammatory and antipruritic (anti-itch) properties.
Kaolin clay will gently draw impurities from the skin without removing natural oils and helps keep sweat at bay.
Do NOT use cornstarch, as it grows yeast and can make a rash worse.
There are lots of variations that may be used, but these basics should get you started.
Do you have a favorite powder blend? If so, do share!
Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) are derived from fruit and milk sugars. They work mainly as an exfoliant by causing the dead skin cells of the epidermis to slough off and allowing regrowth of new skin cells. By exfoliating, AHAs help stimulate production of collagen and elastin, which in turn can improve wrinkling, roughness and mottled pigmentation. Generally speaking, AHAs in skin care products work best at concentrations between 5% to 8% and at pH levels of 3 to 4. At this time cosmetic manufacturers are not required to provide concentration information on labels. If the AHA ingredient is listed as the third or fourth ingredient on the label, it more likely contains the proper concentration. The only way to know the pH of a product is to test it with a pH strip.
Here are the 5 major types of alpha hydroxy acids found in skin-care products and their sources:
Applesauce Face Mask
This at-home remedy works especially well for oily skin. Oily skin is caused by over-active glands, which produce too much sebum. Sebum is produced by the sebaceous glands. It is necessary as it helps lubricate your skin and carries away dead skin cells. When the skin is oily, too much sebum is being produced. The skin becomes dull and greasy and pores may become clogged. Fruit acid masks are very effective in oily skin care. They remove the excess oil and dead skin cells, without stripping the skin of its natural moisture.
You will need one apple cut into quarters plus 1 tablespoon lemon juice and 1 tablespoon dried herbs for oily skin, such as parsley, sage or rosemary -- or use other preferred herbs. The lemon juice will act as astringent, helping tighten large pores and brighten the face, while the malic acid from the apple will exfoliate your skin, sloughing off dead skin cells to make way for new skin.
Heat the apple in a pot of water until it softens enough to mash the pulp. Remove apple from pot and mash. Strain liquid and set aside. Discard the pulp. Add the lemon juice and herb to the liquid. Mix well. Apply the mixture to your face. Wait 5 to 15 minutes. Rinse off the mask and apply a moisturizer to the face.
Feel free to add your recipes for AHA skin care.
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