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Summer Skin Care Tips

Protect, Hydrate, and Glow, Summer
 Skin Care Tips
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Protect, Hydrate and Glow

During the Summer Season, it’s important to have proper protection to ward off skin ailments as well as to prevent premature aging of the skin, wrinkles and sunspots. Read our Summer Skin Care Tips below.

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Spring Skin Care | Refresh, Renew and Revive Your Skin

spring skin careSpring Skin Care | Refresh, Renew and Revive Your Skin

Now that it’s Spring, it’s time to think about changing up your skin care routine. In winter, our skin becomes very dry and moisturizing is key. Our skin is always changing so for our spring skin care, it’s important to reassess what our skin needs for the current season. Spring is all about refreshing, renewing, and reviving our skin. Read on for some tips for spring skin care. Watch Joan’s video on fresh skin care here.

Exfoliate

In winter, our skin becomes duller and dryer. A gentle exfoliate is great for spring to revive your skin and brighten up your complexion. Exfoliating removes the top layer of dead skin cells and encourages cell regeneration by allowing new skin cells to come forth. You only need to exfoliate a few times a week and make sure that you are using one that is gentle on your face. Grains are excellent to use as an exfoliate. Oats are great for all skin types and are very soothing and moisturizing. Make your own oat flour by grinding oats in a blender or food processor.

Easy, DIY Oat Exfoliant

1 tbsp of Oat flour

1 drop essential oil (pick your favorite essential oil for skin care)

Combine oat flour and essential oil into a small bowl or in the palm of your hand. Add in a little water or your favorite hydrosol/flower essence and mix to make a thick paste. Gently massage onto your face and rinse off with warm water. This is great to use in the shower- just keep a small jar of grains for easy use.

Tone

Toners are excellent to add into your spring skin care routine as they soothe, hydrate and refresh your skin. There are so many ways to make a simple toner by using hydrosols/flower essences and herbal extracts.

Moisturize

Typically in spring our natural oils in our skin start to come back into balance after a dry winter and we no longer need the deep moisturizing from winter. However, a good, light moisturizer is still important to keep your skin hydrated and glowing.

Fresh Skin Care

Spring is a great time to make your own fresh skin care, like the Easy, DIY Oat Exfoliant above. Many fresh ingredients in your kitchen can easily be used to cleanse, exfoliate, tone and moisturize your skin.

Watch the video with Joan on some of her tips and secrets for fresh skin care

from the recently revised ebook, Fresh Skin Care From the Kitchen and Garden, has over 25 recipes using fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, plant oils, and plant-based milks and yogurts.

Other Skin Care Resources

Check out our other ebooks with resources on making your own skin care products:

How to Make Your Own Natural Facial Products

How to Make 47 Herbal Extracts for Body, Hair, Skin

Aromatherapy: Essential Oils for Body, Hair, Skin

How to Make Flower Essences for Body, Hair, Skin

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

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!

How to Make Body Butter


Body Butters are easy to make. They are one of the best products for skin. They moisturize, soothe and protect the skin. Body butters create soft, smooth and silky skin. The shelf life for this body butter is at least two years. No preservative is necessary since it does not contain water.
I use organic ingredients as much as possible. 

Yield: approximately 12 ounces

3/4 cup solid cocoa butter (deodorized or with light scent of cocoa)

3/4 cup solid shea butter or cupuacu butter (I prefer deodorized)

5 ounces sunflower oil

8 drops vitamin E oil (optional)

1/2 teaspoon or 50 drops essential oil (lavender, rose geranium or mandarin essential oil is nice)

 Directions To Make

  1. Melt cocoa butter and shea butter in double boiler. Remove from heat as soon as melted.
  2. Add sunflower oil, vitamin E oil and essential oils to mixture and mix well.
  3. Pour into containers and allow body butter to firm.

Whipped Body Butter Directions

  1. Melt cocoa butter and shea butter in double boiler. Remove from heat as soon as melted.
  2. Add sunflower oil, vitamin E oil and essential oils to mixture and mix well.
  3. Create a cold water bath: Place bowl with body butter mixture on top of a bowl with cold water and ice.
  4. When body butter starts to firm with a jelly-like consistency, whip with a beater for about 5-10 minutes.
  5. Spoon into containers.

Directions for Use
A small amount goes a long way. Apply to moist skin after a shower or bath or apply anytime. Massage extra body butter onto feet and cracked heals, elbows and hands. This butter can also be used on dry and coarse hair. Apply a small amount to moist or dry hair.