In a face cream, ginger increases circulation for those that have dulling skin, and yet prevents the growth of bacteria for those that have troubled complexions. Though you can buy an expensive ginger face cream to get these benefits, you can make a face cream that’s just as effective at home.

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Extract the juice from ginger by finely grating it. Put the grated ginger into a cheesecloth bag and squeeze the juice into a small bowl. Alternately, you can buy bottled ginger juice at some natural food stores.

Combine 1/8 teaspoon ginger juice, 1/2 cup cocoa butter, 2 teaspoons light sesame oil, 2 teaspoons vitamin E oil, 2 drops orange essential oil and 2 teaspoons light apricot kernel oil in a double boiler. Stir constantly until the ingredients are melted and well blended. Pour into sterilized containers and store in the refrigerator or another cool, dry place.

Heat 1/2 ounce cocoa butter, 2 1/2 ounces apricot kernel oil and 1/2 ounce lanolin in a double boiler. Stir until it’s melted and whisk in 1/8 teaspoon ginger juice and a few drops of sweet almond oil. Continue to whip until it’s well mixed. Pour the cream into sterilized jars and refrigerate. This mixture is best if used at bedtime.

Melt 1 tsp. beeswax and 1 tsp. lanolin together in a double boiler, stirring constantly. In a separate pan, warm 1 tbsp. almond oil and 1/2 tsp. wheat germ oil. Once they are warm, gradually beat them into the melted waxes. Continue to beat constantly until the mixture has cooled. Mix 1/8 teaspoon ginger juice with 3 tbsp. rosewater and 5 drops of essential oil of rose. Gradually add to the wax and oil mixture, constantly beating. Spoon the cream into sterilized jars and store.