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Easy DIY Skin Care Recipes

Know Your Skin- Part 3: Easy DIY Skin Care Recipes

Know Your Skin- Part 3: Easy DIY Skin Care Recipes

Now that we figured our your skin type and learned about some plant oils, essential oils and herbs that are best for your skin type, lets put it all together for some easy DIY skin care recipes.

Natural Cleansers

Cleansing is very important for vibrant skin. A facial cleanser should gently lift dirt and make-up and should never be harsh.

A very simple and pure way to cleanse your face is to use a plant oil as oils absorb dirt and make-up. Some great oils to use for your cleanser are olive oil, sesame oil, and castor oil. These oils are thick and take longer for the skin to absorb. Add in a few drops of lemon essential oil for a refreshing cleanser.

Facial Steam

Facial steams are a great way to open your pores while releasing toxins from your skin. When you add in herbs to your facial steam, the nourishing properties of the herbs will be absorbed by the skin. Facial steams are great for congested, oily and normal skin. Facial steams may aggravate the skin for those with acne or sensitive skin and should only be used with care. You can try reducing the temperature of the water and only steam for a few minutes.

For an herbal facial steam you simply combine hot water with dried or fresh herbs in a large heat-resistant bowl. Use a combination of herbs that are personalized towards your skin type. Allow the herbs to steep in the water for about 5 minutes and then hover your face over the bowl with a towel draped over your head. Make sure to take care not to be too close and burn your skin from the steam! If it gets too hot, simply lift up the towel to allow air in. Steam for 10 minutes.


Moisturizers are important to nourish and protect the skin. Plant oil serums are some of the best products for your face and some even have a natural sun protection (such as sesame, jojoba, avocado, etc.). You only need a few drops for your face. Even those with oily skin can use plant oil serums, as the oil communicates to the skin to stop producing too much skin.

DIY Plant Oil Serum

Choose your plant oil and essential oil from the list here or from a more extensive list in How to Make Your Own Natural Facial Products eBook that is personalized to your skin type.

  • 1 ounce of plant oil
  • Add 1-3 drops of essential oils
  • gently roll or swish around the ingredients together to blend

Our eBook, How to Make Your Own Natural Facial Products has more in-depth information on plant oils, essential oils, and herbs for your skin as well as specific recipes for facial products. This eBook goes into more detail on natural ingredients for skin care, steps for radiant skin, and recipes for cleansers, exfoliants, toners, and moisturizers.

Don’t forget, our 8-week course on Professional Natural Skin Care Product Making is starting up in March. This course will be mentored by Joan Morais. Sign up by February 12th to receive a free 30 minute one-on-one private phone consultation with Joan!

Anti-Aging Pomegranate :: Facial Serum

Anti-Aging Pomegranate :: Facial Serum

Pomegranate has always been one of my favorite fruits. When I was a child, there was a pomegranate tree on my way home walking from school. I would climb into the pomegranate tree and pick a pomegranate. I peeled and ate the pomegranate and of course I stained my school uniform. My white blouse would have spots of red everywhere. I would try and wash out the stain before my mom would see it. It would have been so much easier if the uniforms were red.

Years ago, in my herbal certification program, I chose pomegranate to do a report on and present to the group. Pomegranate Punica granatum means “apple having many seeds.” Pomegranate is an ancient fruit, cultivated since prehistoric times. It is considered the fruit of life and the symbol of fertility. It has many medicinal uses, one of them helping to balance hormones and promote estrogen production. Pomegranate is excellent for the skin.

Pomegranate is a Super Fruit, a powerful antioxidant that fights free radicals and slows the aging process. It is more potent than red wine, green tea, blueberry and cranberry juice. Pomegranate is high in flavonoids, polyphenols and Vitamin C.

Vitamin C is known to be highly effective in reducing skin damage from sun exposure. Sun exposure can cause wrinkles and premature aging. Vitamin C helps protect the skin from the sun exposure. Vitamin C is also a key ingredient to reduce acne. The best way to get Vitamin C is from the actual whole food source.

Pomegranate assists with firming, toning and balancing the skin.

Pomegranate is exceptional in anti-aging skin care product formulations.

I make juice extract and flower essence from pomegranate and use these in my formulations.


Fresh Pomegranate Facial Toner
one use for one day
1 tablespoon organic pomegranate juice
1 tablespoon spring water

Make fresh daily. Mix juice and water. Apply toner to clean skin in the morning and evening.

Anti-Aging Pomegranate Facial Serum
oil serum for one month
2 tablespoons jojoba oil
¼ teaspoon pomegranate seed oil
1 drop carrot seed essential oil
2 drops sweet orange essential oil

Combine all ingredients and mix. Add oil to 1/2 ounce glass jar or bottle. Apply a few drops of oil onto moist skin. Massage into the skin.

Pomegranate Clear Skin Smoothie
½ cup organic pomegranate juice
1/3 cup soy or coconut yogurt
1/3 cup organic frozen berries (raspberries and/or blueberries)
1 teaspoon ground flax seed

Place all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth.

joan morais Joan Morais is a natural cosmetic formulator, instructor, author and the owner of Joan Morais Naturals. Joan assists product makers on how to make high quality, stable and effective natural body, hair and skin care products for personal use and a product making business.