Make the switch, Make your own

Minimalist skin care

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I was so happy when a big order came in last week of stuff I needed to make my own natural products, the order was for multi-use items which can either be re-used, like glass jars to store lip balm, handbag-sized amounts of my deodorant and moisturiser jars, as well as bases for many products that I make.

I have been just using oil on my face for a long time as a moisturiser, and having oily skin to begin with it was a hard sell for me. After a week of getting my skin adjusted though I was sold on the idea. In the long run, oil beats oil and reduces the overproduction as skin loses its oily layer after cleansing. As I am a shiny-faced gal I prefer to cleanse and moisturise at night, then if my face is a little shiny for an hour while it soaks into my skin it doesn’t matter.

This recipe is by far the best I have made to date. I used to just stick to a single type of oil but I found it was either not enough or too much oil on my face by the end of the day. So whats in it?

  • 1/2 a cup Shea Butter
  • 1/2 a cup Cocoa Butter
  • 1/2 a cup Coconut oil
  • 1/2 a cup Almond oil
  • 1-2ml Rosehip oil

Melt all the oils together in a double boiler on the stove – except Rosehip. I found that if the water was boiled already, I could just turn it off and sit the bowl in the hot water and stir, within 5mins everything had melted. There is no need to cook the oils and best not to let them get to too higher temperature or you can lose some of the nutritional value.

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Here is what it looks like as it melts.

Take it off the stove and let it cool to a temperature that’s ok for you to put it in the fridge. Put it in the fridge for an hour until it sets.

Now here comes the fun part. Take out your electric whisk or stick blender and whip up the mix like your creaming butter for a cake. It will change colour to a creamy white and become much easier to apply and fill into a jar.

This recipe makes a fair bit and you can give some as gifts to friends or just store the excess in the fridge until you need a top up.

If the room temperature gets too hot the whiped butter will turn into an oil again, you can just put it back in the fridge and whip it up again if you like. There are no other things added its just oil

I really like to use this mix as my daily moisturiser, I don’t need much and just apply before I go to bed after I have washed the day off. It’s also super moisturising and nourishing to the body as well. Shea butter aids in the skin’s natural collagen production and contains oleic, stearic, palmitic and linolenic acids that protect and nourish the skin to prevent drying. Cocoa butter makes an excellent skin moisturizer, plus it does more than just hydrate the skin — it helps actually heal it from the inside out too. It contains compounds called cocoa mass polyphenols, which some studies have found can help diminish signs of ageing, plus soothe sensitive skin suffering from dermatitis or rashes. Coconut oil contains fatty acids that keep skin healthy and clean, including capric acid, lauric acid and caprilic acid. With its antimicrobial properties and moisturizing abilities, coconut oil for skin is perfect to keep your face clean all day long. Almond oil due in large part to its antioxidative properties, is known for protecting skin against UV radiation damage and keeping skin soft and supple. Rosehip oil has significant anti-ageing benefits for your face. Super light and non-greasy, the anti-ageing benefit comes from its high antioxidants and the oil’s ability to penetrate into deeper layers of the skin. The vitamin C and vitamin A, in particular, stimulate collagen production

This stuff is my eye cream, face cream and body cream in one. I like having fewer tubs and tubes floating around my bathroom and this mix covers all the bases. If you like your stuff to smell nice too you can add essential oils of choice, just add a few drops at a time so you don’t go overboard. I prefer unscented as the cocoa butter smell is light enough to blend in with anything other scents I want to wear be it in my deodorant or perfumed oil.

The best thing is I know exactly whats in my skin care and how it will benefit my skin. The downside is if you use too much it won’t soak in, and being an oil, it takes a little time, so if your rushing out the door and just slapped some on, can’t say I didn’t warn you.

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