10 BEST NATURAL SKIN CARE RECIPES April 21, 2015 – Posted in: Home Left – Tags: , ,

The classic definition of natural skin care is based on using plant sourced ingredients, without the use of chemicals or other synthetic products, and manufactured in a way to protect the natural ingredients and their integrity.

People have been making their own skin care products since the beginning of time and it’s become even more popular now that we know the dangers of some synthetic products.

We’ve picked a handful of recipes that are safe enough to use every day and easy enough to make at home.

LET’S FACE THE FACTS

The first thing that everyone should know is how to properly cleanse your face, removing all makeup, dirt and oil. Cleansing lays the proper foundation for correcting and fortifying your skin.

Natural cleansers don’t upset the pH balance, cause irritation, or leave your skin feeling taut like store bought and handmade soaps do. Most over the counter cleansers contain sodium lauryl sulfate which can make your skin ultra-sensitive, cause more blackheads, and can even cause breakouts.

All the ingreidents in our homemade receipies can be found at your local drug store, health store, or Wal-Mart and most won’t cost you an arm and a leg.

Clarifying Cleansing Oil

Removing oil-based makeup while eliminating blackheads.

1 ½ ounces apricot kernel oil
10 drops rosemary essential oil
6 drops lavender essential oil
4 drops cypress essential oil
½ ounce jojoba oil
2-ounce glass bottle

Instructions: Fill bottle with apricot kernel oil. Add essential oils, close bottle, and roll between hands to disperse oil. Top off with jojoba oil. Close bottle and agitate a second time. Rinse face with warm water. Apply a small amount of cleansing oil to pads of fingers or cotton pad and wipe over the face and throat area, gently loosening any makeup or grime. Rinse off with cool water.

Cleansing Sugar Scrub

The super fine sugar gets rid of the old flaky skin cells letting your new skin glow.

½ cup chamomile
¼ cup oats
1 tsp baking soda
1 tbs honey
2 tbs cane sugar

Instructions: Combine oats, baking soda, and honey together in a mixing bowl. Pour chamomile over oat mixture, add cane sugar, combine well, and set aside for 5 minutes. Rinse face with warm water. Apply a small amount of cleansing sugar scrub to pads of fingers and gently massage all over face, taking care not to overstimulate the skin by scrubbing too long. Discard leftover sugar scrub.

SLOUGH OFF THE DAY

Here at Doxen and Hue, we love moisturizer. Moisturizer is your skin’s best friend because your skin is always thirsty!

Our skin craves vitamins, antioxidants, and moisture. If you haven’t been using the best cleansing and toning products you actually may be drying out your skin quite a bit. Moisturizers come in two different forms, thick and creamy and in a more liquid form.

People with dry skin should opt for the heavy creams and balms while people with oily skin should go for the more liquid form. Moisturizers actually fill in the gaps between your skin cells from over stripping and also work to lock in your skins natural moisture.

Tip: Apply moisturizer to your face when it’s slightly wet. The dampness of your skin will increase water permeability.

Moisturizing Carrot Serum

Carrots happen to contain Vitamin C which aids collagen production and Vitamin A with is a powerful antioxidant.

1 ½ ounce hazelnut or apricot kernel oil
5 drops carrot seed oil essential oil
5 drops lemon verbena essential oil
6 drops rosemary verbenone essential oil
4 drops lavender essential oil
1/3 ounce avocado oil
1/3 ounce evening primrose oil
2 ounce glass bottle

Instructions: Pour hazelnut oil in bottle. Add essential oils, close bottle, and roll between your palms to disperse the oils. Top off with avocado and evening primrose oils, close bottle, and agitate a second time.
Cleanse and tone skin. Apply 3 or 4 drops to a cotton pad or fingertips and wipe over entire face.

Carrot Cream Moisturizing Facial Mask

If the serum isn’t for you. Check out the Carrot Moisturizing Facial Mask.

2 tsp of grated carrot
1 tsp of honey
1 tsp of milk cream
Few drops of olive oil

Instructions: Grind the carrots into a smooth paste. Place in bowl and add remaining ingredients. Blend well with a spoon. After cleansing your face, apply this mask evenly. Let sit for 10-15 minutes. Rinse and pat dry.

Natural Wrinkle Prevention

While the sun is essential for us both physically and mentally, too much sun on your skin can burn and scar. It also causes wrinkles and dark spots. We found a great recipe for natural skin block.

While these take longer to absorb into skin than the store bought sunscreens, they’re all natural and will block out both UVA and UVB rays. Plus, the store bought products often contain ingredients which can actually irritate your skin more than help it.

All Natural Soothing Sun Block

One of the most harmful things for your skin are the harsh rays of the sun.

1 oz coconut oil (can be found in the cooking section)
0.8 oz shea butter
0.1 oz jojoba, sesame, or sunflower oil
0.1 oz Vitamin E oil
30 drops essential oils (we used 15 lavender, 10 eucalyptus, and 5 peppermint)
Zinc oxide power (determine amount for 2 oz. of lotion)

Instructions: Add coconut oil, shea butter, and jojoba/sesame/sunflower oil to a makeshift double boiler. (To make your own double boiler, place a Pyrex measuring cup containing ingredients inside a small pot filled with a few inches of water). Heat gently until shea butter is just melted. Remove from double boiler and allow to cool a little. Put on a mask that covers your nose and mouth (to avoid breathing in the fine particles of zinc oxide power), and measure out your zinc oxide. Add zinc oxide, Vitamin E oil, and options essential oils to the other ingredients. Stir well to combine. Store in a dark jar in fridge.
Apply liberally to exposed skin. Reapply every few hours, or more often is swimming or sweating

GIVING BACK TO OUR HANDS

Our hands do so much for us. They open doors for us and give great high fives. We forget about them though while we’re worrying about everything else.

More than any part of our body they get the worst of it throughout the day. Constantly undertaking tasks that no other skin on our body has to endure.

So what can we do? We’ve found some great methods of giving back to our hands which are soothing, softening, and overall relaxing in general.

Comforting Hand Soak

Replenishes dry, worn hands and adds back moisture

2 cups warm water
1 tbs goat milk
1 tsp baking soda
3 drops tea tree essential oil
1 tbs lemon juice
2 tbs white wine vinegar

Instructions: Put the warm water in a bowl and add the goat milk and baking soda. Soak hands for 5 minutes to soften cuticles. Remove hands from bath and dry them. Clip and file nails and push back any cuticles that are in need of maintenance. If any of the nails are discolored, soak them again, but this time with the lemon juice and white wine vinegar.

Fortified Hand Softener

Seals in moisture and conditions skin deeply

1 ½ tsp shea butter
1 tsp beeswax
1 tbs lecithin
1 tsp sweet almond oil
1 tsp avocado oil
2 tbs lemon balm infusion
8 drops lemon verbena essential oil
2 drops lavender essential oil
2 ounce glass jar

Instructions: Place cosmetic jar in a saucepan filled with water and gently boil for 5 minutes to sterilize jar. Melt the shea butter, beeswax, lecithin, sweet almond oil, and avocado oil in a double boiler or in a heat proof measuring cup set in a pan of simmering water. In a separate pan, heat the lemon balm infusion until almost boiling and then slowly add it to the oil and wax mixture while beating with a whisk. Remove from heat. Stir in essential oils as mixture begins to cool but before it sets. Pour into sterile jar. Keep refrigerating to discourage spoiling.

FUNDAMENTAL FEET

People have been seeking pedicures for more than 4,000 years. After being stuck in shoes the whole day, it’s pretty clear a good foot soak is never a bad idea. We found some natural foot treatments that will pump life back into them.

Tip: Make sure you don’t have any wounds on your feet, the water isn’t too hot, and don’t let your feet stay submerged for too long (they shouldn’t shrivel). Use moisturizer after.

Chamomile-Mustard Seed Footbath

Mustard seed baths detoxify and purify skin. Chamomile soothes.

Hot water
Freshly ground mustard seed
Chamomile flowers

Instructions: Fill basin (large enough to comfortably house both of your feet) with comfortably hot water. Add one teaspoon of freshly ground mustard seed for every gallon of warm water. Add three to four drops of chamomile oil for every half-gallon of water. Place a few fresh chamomile flowers in the basin and swirl the water with your hand to blend the mixture. Put your feet in the bath and wrap a thick towel over the basin (to retain heat). Soak for about 20 minutes. Remove your feet from the footbath and, with upward strokes, massage them with your favorite lotion infused with a few drops of chamomile oil.