The kind of beauty preparation you need depends on your skin. Dry skin calls for a dense, oily cream, whereas oily skin may need only the protection from weather afforded by a light moisturizing lotion.
Most beauty creams are emulsions-tiny globules of oils or waxy substances suspended in water. You can concoct them of inexpensive ingredients generally available in drug or health food stores.
These include glycerin, an oily liquid with good emollient (skin softening) properties; beeswax, a mixer and emulsifier; lanolin, a wax that combines with water to hold moisture near the skin; mineral oil, a lubricator and softener; and petroleum jelly, a softener. Scented waters, such as rose water, can be used instead of plain water.