Add salve to a glass or ceramic pot on low heat. Let dissolve. Once melted, remove from heat, and add in several drops of helichrysum essential oil. Pour into clean containers. Once hardened, put on lids and label.
Application: Apply a dime size amount to face.
Usage: Helps to protect (and revitalize) skin from damaging environmental stressors, such as wind, rain, sun and cold.
This is a simple recipe idea that helps to protect and re-vitalize skin during the cold days of fall, winter, and early spring. If you're someone who loves outdoor running or does outdoors sports such as skating, snowshoeing, or skiing, then you may appreciate this salve which protects against the elements.
About the salve: If you have an unscented salve already made, then this recipe is a snap to put together. If you have an infused oil you made with healing herbs like comfrey, rose petal, plantain, etc., then all you will need to do is to add this oil to a pot with beeswax or candelilla wax. If you don't have any infused oil or salve, you can make one easily using just oil and beeswax. Inexpensive oils for dry skin are walnut, sweet almond, coconut, olive and grapeseed. More expensive ones are jojoba, rosehip seed, argan and macadamia. You can find out how to make a salve HERE.
Important: the texture of the salve should be medium hard to slightly soft. If it's too hard, you'll have a tough time getting it out of the container, let alone smearing it on your face.
About Helicyrhum/Immortelle: it's the key ingredient in this salve, and while on the pricey side, it has been shown to repair all kinds of skin ailments (wrinkles, age spots, scars) as it helps with cell turnover.
Personal Note: I find beeswax to be an excellent defense against the elements, and to help hold in whatever "layers" you've applied to your skin. I usually do a serum, followed by a pure oil, followed by a moisturizer, and then apply a thin layer of serum on top. For makeup, you can use a tinted SPF moisturizer, or apply your foundation after your moisturizer. Let it set, then gently pat the salve as the top layer (warming it up in your hands can help). I do find that this salve offers extra hydration, especially during the colder months when skin needs some TLC, however if you find the Immortelle to be irritating, try using a plain/unscented salve and see if that works better.
As always, Enjoy :)