Because of its regenerative effects on skin, deuterium-depleted water (DDW) has been incorporated in a variety of cosmetics and skin care formulations. It is reported to have beneficial effects on a variety of skin conditions. Making your own personal care products with DDW is one way to take advantage of these potential benefits. (Make sure to prepare DDW with 3 cycles of freezing for a lower deuterium concentration). Read more on deuterium-depleted water and how to make it.
1/3 cup DDW
4 tsp oil (use one or more of the following: sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, grapeseed oil, hemp seed oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, apricot kernel oil, neem seed oil, kukuki nut oil, Tamanu oil, or others.)
1 teabag organic Chamomile/ and or Calendula
½ tsp Vitamin E oil (or 2, 400 iu capsules)
5 drops grapefruit seed extract (anti-bacterial)
1 Tbsp aloe vera gel (If you have your own plant, harvest the gel from a leaf)
5 to 10 drops of an essential oil(s) of choice (select oils that complement your skin type and skin conditions. See suggestions below:
- Sandalwood Essential Oil has an astringent effect and helps soothe irritated skin; also helpful for reducing wrinkles and scars.
- Lime Peel Essential Oil stimulates skin circulation, tightens pores and restores pH balance. Good for oily skin and minor skin blemishes.
- Tea Tree Essential Oil is helpful within acne and can help fight cold sores and heal wounds.
- Carrot Seed Essential Oil is used for its healing properties. It stimulates circulation, repairs and tones the skin, increases elasticity, reduces the formation of wrinkles and scars.
- Patchouli Essential Oil is an effective anti-inflammatory. Patchouli helps to tighten pores and reduce wrinkles.
- Rose Otto Essential Oil, is best for dry, maturing skin and wrinkles.
- Helichrysum Essential Oil is unrivaled for its skin toning benefits. It is great for mature and dry skin. A wonderful healing oil that’s gentle, yet effective on acne, wrinkles, burns, eczema, scars, sunburns and stretch marks.
- Lavender Essential Oil is a good choice for all skin types and all skin conditions
Gently warm DDW; add tea bag(s) and let sit for 5-10 minutes; add aloe vera gel (room temperature – not cold) and grapefruit seed extract. Mix warm oil, vitamin E, and essential oils. Add the oil mixture to the DDW/tea/aloe mixture and blend in a small blender for 1-2 minutes. Pour the lotion into a sterile 4oz. dark glass bottle . This lotion is thin and can be dispensed using a pump. Shake the bottle before each use to keep the oil/water components mixed. For face or hands/body. Store in a cool, dark place. Makes about 4oz.
1 cup bentonite clay (the authors like LL’s Magnetic Clay with selected herbs to support detox).
5 cups DDW
Place clay in a 2-quart mixing bowl (glass or ceramic – not metal). Add 4 cups DDW without stirring; cover and let sit 8-12 hours. Gently stir the clay mixture just enough to evenly mix it; Add additional DDW so that the water is 1-2 inches above the clay. Cover, and let sit for 5-6 days while the clay absorbs all the water and becomes a gel. Placing the clay over a laminar crystal coaster and/or within a Tensor ring during the time that the gel is forming, enhances the magnetic field that develops as this mixture matures; it augments the clay’s ability to pull toxins when it is used. When the gel has developed, store in an airtight container.
To use, apply generously on face and neck. Allow to sit for 20 minutes, spraying every 2-3 minutes with DDW to allow the clay to pull toxins without drying too rapidly. Rinse off and spritz with DDW or use one of the DDW Facial Toners below.
This mixture can also be used as a clay pack to draw out infection and to reduce lymphatic swelling. For these applications, use a thickness of about ½ inch over the affected area, cover with plastic wrap and keep warm with hot wash cloths, applied every 3-5 minutes, for 20 minutes. Throw the clay away rather than washing it down the drain to avoid plumbing issues.
DDW FACIAL TONERS
The skin has a pH of about 5.7. Water can have a pH as high as 9.5 depending on where you live and on how hard the water is. So a toner can often restore your skin’s pH while removing excess oil and tightening pores.
Green tea Toner
Brew a cup of green tea using DDW (do not boil the water) and allow to cool.
Green tea is especially helpful for soothing irritated skin or sunburns. High in antioxidants.
Soothing Chamomile Toner
3/4 cup DDW
¼ cup witch hazel
¼ cup dried chamomile flowers (or any appropriate herb/flower)
Mix DDW and chamomile flowers in a glass jar and allow to sit for 2-3 days – preferably in the sun. Strain and add witch hazel. Pour into a clean jar. Store in a cool place.
You can make your homemade toners more luxurious and customized to your skin type by adding essential oils. Add 2-3 drops to the above recipes, using the suggestions below:
Mature Skin/Wrinkles: frankincense, helichrysum, patchouli, geranium, rose otto, myrrh, sandalwood, carrot seed
Dry Skin: rose, lavender, geranium, sandalwood, ylang-ylang, chamomile
Oily Skin: lemon, cedarwood, cypress, juniper, lavender, lemongrass, grapefruit
Acne-Prone Skin: tea tree, lime peel, geranium, peppermint, rosemary
1 oz. DDW (made with sterile water)
Mix thoroughly. Use a dropper or an eye cup for a refreshing, regenerative eye rinse.