Sunday, 29 April 2012

Part 2. Make Your Own Facial Products

This is where you learn to make your products. I make these at home and in the past sold them for business. It is perfect for sensitive, acne prone, oily and dry skin, it also assist with dermatitis type skin conditions. In part 3 we will expand on some more natural ingredients that you can use to create products that are catered to your skin type.

Some benefits of using natural organic products
Natures ingredients can help absorb impurities, help guard the aging process, smooths the skin and are free from chemicals and pesticides. This can save you a large amount of money if you spend a lot on it now. If it does not it is saving your face, health and the ocean from nasty chemicals. These can be used for the whole family, male and female adult, teen and child.You can even make these as gifts for your family and friends. When skincare can be this simple why use anything else?

Things you will need

  • whisk or mixer
  • pot and stove
  • electric blender or mortar and pestle
  • cooking thermometer
  • containers and jars with lids
  • grater 
  • bottled water
  • apple cider vinegar 
  • cornflour
  • 1/2 block of plain unscented soap 
  • or organic liquid soap

  • lavender essential oil  
  • bi-carb powder
  • Rolled oats
  • honey
  • beeswax
  • sunflower oil
  • glycerine
  • vitamin E oil 
  • vanilla essence
  • citrus seed extract
  • Tea leaves- Rosehip, Green tea, Calendula and Chamomile.
  • aloe vera plant or gel

Buying organic is better for your skin but you can practice, trial and test with what you have at home.
First Up 
Sterilize equipment before use to prevent germ buildup.

Wipe bench or table space- warm water, 1tbsp vinegar and 5 drops of lavender oil in a spray bottle. You can place newspaper over bench or table if desired.
Making Your Products

Grate the block of soap into flakes, best to do this in the laundry, garage or outdoors as soap particles can fly about.Store in a jar or container and seal well.

Herbal Tea
In a blender/mortar and pestle put 3tbsp of each herb and mix for a short time, if too long you will turn it to powder. Place in a jar or container and seal well.

Organic Rosehips, Green tea, Calendula and Chamomile can help the skin by cleaning, softening, soothing and healing.

You can infuse the tea mix in oil to use for other products.
Easy Scrub/mask powder
In a blender put-
1 cup of oats
1/4 cup cornflour  
1-2 tbsp bi-carb 
1 tbsp of tea mix, this is optional
Mix until it turns into a fine powder. Place in jar or container and seal well.

The Organic Oats and Organic Cornflour have exfoliating and moistening properties for delicate and sensitive skin. The bi-carb gives a great clean and the tea gives you all it's properties.

Chapped lip balm & eye lotion
15gm beeswax
1tsp/5gm cocoa butter
1tsp/5gm honey
60ml sunflower oil or infused oil
5-6 drops of vitamin E oil
10ml vanilla essence
Omit vanilla essence for eye lotion

Honey, cocoa butter, beeswax, sunflower oil, vanilla essence all have conditioning properties that’s just about good enough to eat but keep it for sore cracked lips. 

Ways to do this
Place the above, minus the vanilla essence, in a Pyrex jug or heat proof bowl and place over a pot of simmering water to melt. To keep the jug off the bottom of pan by using a egg ring. Heat until beeswax and coca butter have melted. Remove from heat, wait while it cools stir all the time then add vanilla and mix until it is blended and set. Put into containers and seal well.

You can halve this mix so you have eye lotion and lip balm, add 5ml vanilla to lip portion. To make a good eye cream infuse tea leaves in the oil before preparing, this is safe for lips as well.

The above recipes will last 6-12 months.They have a low ratio of growing germs as they do not contain water.

Base moisturiser/balm
There is an oil phase and water phase that need to be heated separately to the same temperature. Once desired temp is reached you gradually add the water phase to the oil, blending all the time until cool.You can use a bar-mix in short burst to mix until cool. If you whiz too much or for too long the cream may start to separate.

Oil Phase
15gm beeswax
100ml sunflower oil
or infused oil

Water Phase
2.5ml glycerine or honey
60ml bottled water
1ml citrus seed extract 

Oil Phase - Water Phase
Heat until both reach 60-70 degrees use cooking thermometer to test, then add the water slowly to the oil while still on the heat. Blend slow all the time for an extra minute or two. Remove from heat, give a short burst, or until it looks white, with the bar mix. Keep mixing by hand until cool. 
If you want to add vitamin E or lavender essential oil wait until the mix cools to 40 degrees before adding. Minimum of 6 drops, maximum of 10 drops.This will last 3-6 months if kept in the fridge.

This is a medium to heavy mosituriser and can be used overnight or lightly during the day for dry skin.

Toner and mist
5ml glycerine- to this add 5-6 drops of lavender oil 
then add
10ml vinegar
90ml bottled water
1ml citrus seed extract

Place in a spray bottle and shake well before use. You can store half in a small bottle to use as a toner. Best kept in the fridge and will last 1-3 months
Shaving cream
Half of the all round moisturiser base 
10-15gms of soap flakes or 10-15ml liquid soap.
Mix this slow and by hand as you do not want to create bubbles.You can also add soap to store brought plain unscented moisturier. Gentle enough for legs, under the arms and face for men.  
This will last for 3-6 months. 

If men don't like the lavender, although it helps heal any nicks or cuts, try using sandalwood essential oil instead.

To learn more about the benefits of these ingredients visit Part 1 

Using Your New Products 
Always wash hands first and use spoon to take out portions needed to prevent bacteria build up. Very important as these are handmade and germs can be nasty. Germs will grow in products made with water. The moisturisers are the main ones that will eventually grow germs in 3-6 months, it does contain preservative (citrus seed extract and lavender oil) but you never can tell unless you have a test kit. You might notice a smell difference and the cream may start to separate this is when germs are present. If kept in fridge it will more than likely last or keep in cool dry place out of light.
Use 1 tbsp of herbs
1 cup boiled water
Strain herbs and use some water to cleanse your face using a thin face washer, let tea absorb into the face washer and wipe over your face.

For a Scrub
Use 1 Tbsp of oat powder 
2 or 3 tbsp tea water to mix
You can add 1/4 tsp of soap flakes to create bubbles for oily skin.

For a Mask
Use 2 Tbsp of oat powder
1 tsp of glycerin with 
3 or more tbsp tea water
Let mask sit on your face for 10-15 minutes or until is starts to dry, wash off with warm water and tone your face with left over tea water.

Moisturise as needed and use herbal tea in face steam water too.

Use mist to hydrate the skin during the day, just close eyes and spray lightly over the face. You can also use this as a toner for oily skin.

Use when skin is dry but oily
Prepare mask as described above and add 10ml Aloe Vera gel to mix mask. You can add fruit in place of Aloe Vera for an enzyme mask.

Use when skin is dry
For conditioning mask prepare as above and add 1 tbsp base moisturiser
or milk/cream in place of moisturiser & 1 tsp honey in place of glycerine

Shaving cream 
Prepare the tea water and making sure it is still hot-warm mix this with cream to form a foamy paste, wait until cool or use warm. To reduce irritation, that can be caused from shaving, use left over tea water to tone after you shave.
1tbsp cream with tea water for a face shave
2tbsp cream with tea water for leg shave
Fresh Fruit and Veg Masks
Fruit and vegetables have natural alpha hydroxy acid which helps exfoliate
and nourish the skin on your face, hands and feet, they smell great too.
Organic is best but otherwise wash well before use. These need to be used straight away and cannot be stored as bacteria will grow.

  • Normal skin- 1 steamed and mashed carrot, apple or peach mixed with powder for a nutritional mask.
  • A mashed banana or apple with powder for a mature age monthly mask.
  • 1 tbsp honey, a banana or a squeeze of fresh lemon or orange juice with powder for a weekly dry skin mask.
  • Cucumber juice is great as a cooling and refreshing mask. Just chop, blend and strain the juice, keep in fridge 4 days.
  • Grapes are great to use as eye gel, just cut in half and rub.
You can just use the juice of fresh fruit and veg to mix mask for the first time. Do not leave on any longer than 5-10 mins on the face or broken skin as the fruit/veg acid can be quite strong.
For tips on washing fruit and vegetables click on the link 

Always do a skin patch test with products as you don't know if you will have a reaction, place some of the product on a small part of your face and neck. If you get a reaction wash it off. Sometimes you can find what may be causing it by testing each of the ingredients separately. 

Eg.Use tea water individually and test each one, rub skin with plain beeswax, test lavender oil with some sunflower oil on your skin. I do suggest you test fruit and vegetables individually as some are very strong and can cause some irritation. 

Suggested Facial Routines

Mature or aging skin
1. In the morning: Splash your face with warm water. Do not cleanse because mature/aging skin only needs to be cleansed once a day in the evening. Apply an eye cream, and lip balm. Mist.

2. In the evening: Cleanse and tone well with warm tea water, then a moisturizer. Apply an eye cream,and lip balm. Mist.

3. Weekly : Nourish and hydrate the skin with a simple tea water mask with a few drops of rosehip oil or vitamin E oil.

4. Steam once or twice a month, at a distance, for only two to five minutes.

Dry skin 

1. In the morning: Splash the face with warm water. Apply a moisturizer. Apply an eye cream and a lip balm. Mist.

2. In the evening: cleanse and tone with warm tea water then moisturize with a skin cream or lotion. Apply an eye cream and a lip balm. Mist.

3. Weekly : Use the scrub powder up to 2 times a week, if your skin can tolerate it. Use mask twice a week - once for conditioning and once for hydrating. Begin with an enzyme mask, then in two or three days use the cream mask.

4. Steam once or twice a month.

Normal/oily/sensitive skin  

1. In the morning: Compress, cleanse, tone, and moisturize where necessary. Apply lip balm. Mist.

2. In the evening: Compress, cleanse, tone, apply facial skin oil designed for normal or oily skin. Apply eye cream or light moisturizer around the eye. Apply lip balm. Mist.

3. Weekly :Steam for eight to ten minutes. 

4. Use a cream mask if the skin needs moisture and use mask with tea water and Aloe gel if the skin needs hydrating and a deep cleansing. 
Take a look at  part 3 where we expand the ingredients that you can use to create unique products. We will also be uploading a video guiding you through making the creams and balms, as these can be the tricky ones. Enjoy knowing what is in your products and how good the ingredients are. 

Soon to come skincare for the body. We will let you know how to make some beautiful products for the body, again using simple ingredients.  The above products can be used for the body, hands and feet, especially for sensitive skin.
Try making one of your own products and let us know how you go. Once you get the hang of it you can get more creative with the ingredients.  

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