You can find many professional skin care products in drugstores and stores. However, nature has so many possibilities that it is worth going back to the roots and preparing some of the care products yourself. Two ingredients are enough to prepare this ointment, and the effects may be surprising.
Homemade bay ointment
You can buy this ointment in drugstores, but you can also… make it yourself! You don’t have to be an experienced chemist, cosmetologist or scientist to prepare this product yourself. Just combine two beneficial ingredients. One of them is bay leaf oil and the other is shea butter. How does bay leaf ointment work? How to prepare it?
Bay leaves – use on the skin
You may know bay leaves well from cooking, but they also work well in traditional medicine. They were used, among others, for: swelling and contusions. It has been noticed that bay leaf ointment also helps with skin problems, such as skin imperfections: discoloration, pimples, acne. It can also be helpful when you notice the first wrinkles. Firms the skin like a lifting.
By using bay leaf ointment on your face, you will get firm, elastic and properly taut skin. Wrinkles will become shallower and less visible.
Bay leaves – care properties, ingredients
The beneficial effect of bay leaves on the skin is due to the valuable ingredients found in bay leaves. These include:
- vit. A, B vitamins, vit. C,
- minerals such as zinc, copper, potassium, selenium, magnesium, manganese, iron, calcium,
- as well as isoquinoline alkaloids, tannins, flavonoids, resins, bitters, pectins, lignans.
- This includes: thanks to them, bay leaves have antibacterial and antifungal, disinfecting and antiseptic properties.
After brewing bay leaves, you can add the resulting infusion to your bath, wash your skin with it, or use it in compresses. This will alleviate inflammation, as well as irritations, impurities and other skin changes.
Bay leaf ointment and mask – preparation
The ingredients needed to make your own bay leaf ointment are shea butter and natural bay leaf oil. Shea butter must be dissolved in a water bath and, after cooling, mixed with laurel oil in equal proportions. The prepared product can be applied to the skin. Before you decide on expensive treatments, such as laser treatment of acne, check whether bay ointment will allow you to effectively deal with skin imperfections.
Bay leaves can also be used to make a lifting mask. For 8 leaves you need 2 tablespoons of oatmeal and 100 ml of olive oil. You will notice the reduction of wrinkles after just one treatment, but for best results, use regularly. It is recommended to perform an allergy test on a small and unexposed part of the skin before use.