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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

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!

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Know Your Skin- Part 2: Plant Oils, Essentials Oils and Herbs for Your Skin

Know Your Skin- Part 2: Plant Oils, Essentials Oils and Herbs for Your Skin

It is important to take care of you skin with pure and nurturing ingredients. In this blog post we will be exploring plant oils, essential oils, and herbs for your skin.

Plant Oils

Plant oils nourish, protect, moisturize, soften and smooth the skin. Most commercial products do not contain plant oil, or if they do, it is usually a minimal amount. You can easily find these plant oils in your local grocery store and they have a long shelf-life.

Organic Avocado Oil: Use for most skin types, including sensitive, mature and dry skin. Avocado oil is restorative and nourishes, hydrates, soothes, and moisturizes the skin.

Organic Coconut Oil: Use for most skin types, especially oily and those with acne. Coconut oil is protecting, moisturizing, cleansing and softening.

Organic Sunflower Oil: Use for most skin types. Sunflower oil is deeply nourishing and conditioning.

Joan’s Top Luxury Plant Oils

These plant oils are going to be more expensive and you will likely have to get them from a specialty store.

Organic Argan Oil: Great for dry, mature, and hormonal reactive skins. Argan oil promotes skin elasticity and smoothing of fine lines and wrinkles.

Organic Jojoba Oil: Use for most skin types. Jojoba oil provides natural sun protection, and is softening, smoothing, and moisturizing.

Organic Sea Buckthorn Oil: Great for mature skin and acne. Sea Buckthorn Oil is has anti-inflammatory properties and is revitalizing, rejuvenating and helps with the reduction of wrinkles.

Do you have a favorite plant oil that you like to use for your skin? As a baby my daughter had sensitive skin and would easily develop baby acne and rashes. I used coconut oil on her and it would nourish and clear up her skin immediately, not to mention it smelled great! I felt good about putting the coconut oil on her as it was pure compared to majority (if not all) the baby lotions on the market. To help with her cradle cap, I used Avocado Oil on her scalp.

To learn about additional plant oils and what skin types they work best with, make sure to check out How to Make Your Own Natural Facial Products.

Essential Oils

Essential oils smell great and can promote different moods/energies. They also have different properties that can promote skin health. One of the easiest ways to start using essential oils is to mix a couple of drops with your favorite plant oil then rub on your skin- it’s that easy!

Joan’s Top Economical Essential Oils

Geranium (Rose) Pelargonium graveolens: Use for most skin care including acne, eczema, psoriasis, broken capillaries, dry, oily, mature, congested, and inflamed skin. Geranium is uplifting, relaxing, antifungal, regenerative, and balancing (especially for menstrual cycle and menopause).

Lavender Lavendula angustifolia: Use for most skin types, especially acne, eczema, psoriasis, wounds, burns, dry, oily, sensitive, combination, and mature skin. Lavender is calming, relaxing, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic with excellent regenerative properties.

Mandarin Citrus reticulate: Use for most skin care including acne, eczema, dry, oily, combo, and mature skin. Mandarin is balancing, calming, and soothing and can be used in pregnancy as a prevention to stretch marks.

Peppermint Mentha x piperita: Use highly diluted for dull, lifeless skin, but make sure to keep away from the eyes. Peppermint is refreshing, stimulating and reviving.

Joan’s Top Luxury Essential Oils

Roman Chamomile Anthemis nobilis: Use for most skin care, redness, eczema, broken capillaries, rosacea, dry, oily, sensitive and combination skin. Roman Chamomile is relaxing, soothing, anti-inflammatory, and calms nerves.

Rosemary Verbenone Rosemarinus officinalis verbenone: Use for most skin care, acne, scars, wrinkles, combination, oily, mature, and congested skin. Rosemary is stimulating, invigorating, and regenerating.

Rose Otto Rosa damascene: Use for most skin care, broken capillaries, eczema, wrinkles, dry, oily, combination, sensitive, and mature skin. Rose Otto is calming, soothing, balancing, nourishing, softening, and regenerating.

Do you have a favorite essential oil that you like to use on your skin? I always have a bottle of lavender around to put on minor burns and cuts.

To learn about additional essential oils and what skin types they work best with, make sure to check out How to Make Your Own Natural Facial Products.

Herbs

Herbs are wonderful to add to toners and you can easily make your own herbal extracts to use in lotions, creams, aftershaves, shampoos, conditioners and more.

Here are a few herbs that are readily available and great for skin care:

Calendula: Use for most skin types. Calendula is skin-healing with nourishing and soothing properties.

Lavender: Use for most skin types. Lavender is calming, relaxing, soothing and skin reparative.

Lemon Balm: Great for acne, blemishes, rashes, eczema, and psoriasis. Lemon balm soothes and calms the skin.

Rose: Use for combination skin. Rose softens and soothes skin and is a mild astringent.

Rosemary: Use for oily skin. Rosemary purifies, cleanses, rejuvenates, and tones.

Check out the ebook How to Make 47 Herbal Extracts with Herbs, Flowers, Fruits and Vegetables for detailed instructions and recipes for extracts.

We’d love to hear from you about your favorite plant oils, essential oils and herbs for skin care. Make sure to come back next week to read part 3 as we put it all together and give you some easy do-it-yourself skin care recipes.

For those of you that are more serious in your skin and hair care product making, make sure to check out our Professional Product Making Courses on Skin Care and Hair. Joan mentors the courses only one time per year and it is coming up this spring!

My Top 3 Favorite Fall Plant Oils

My 3 Favorite Fall Plant Oils - Joan Morais Naturals

Plant Oils

Plants store oils (triglycerides) as their energy source for seeds to germinate. Oils have been used since ancient times. Different cultures have used oils for skin care to promote vibrant healthy skin. Oils are emollients; they soften the skin and hair. Oils provide rich nourishment, regeneration and skin health. Oils add shine, conditioning and form a film on the skin for protection.

Plant Oils also called carrier oils and vegetable oils provide rich nourishment, protection and lubrication to skin. They help to keep skin soft and supple. The most nutritious oils are the least processed; organic, cold pressed and unrefined. These oils have a vibrant color, a stronger odor and many nutrients.

Some oils are not available in cold pressed or unrefined. The shelf life is shorter for unrefined oils. Some oils are deodorized as they have strong odors and ruin the formulation with the strong odor. There are more natural processes now to remove some of the scent and color. The shelf life listed below is for oils with the least processing. Oils that have gone through processing and refinement have a longer shelf life. Ask the supplier where the oil is from, the type of processing and the shelf life of the oil.

My Top 3 Favorite Fall Plant Oils

Avocado Oil Persea americana shelf life 1 year
Avocado oil comes from the fruit of the avocado tree. The lightly refined avocado oil is thick, dark green with a light herbal scent. The refined oil is pale yellow with no scent. This rich penetrating and emollient oil contains Vitamins A, B1, B2, C, D, and E, lecithin and essential fatty acids. It is nourishing, hydrating, soothing, moisturizing, softening and restorative. Emollient
Tips: The lightly refined oil will color your lotion or cream a pale green with a mild green scent. The highly refined oil is pale yellow with no scent.
Usage: Use for most skin types especially sensitive, dry, dehydrated, mature, psoriasis and eczema. Age-defying

Sunflower Oil Helianthus annus shelf life 2-3 years
Sunflower oil is pressed from the seeds of the plant. This oil is wealthy in essential fatty acids, vitamins A, D, and E and is deeply nourishing and conditioning.
Tips: Sunflower oil is another of my favorites since it is readily available in organic, not overly expensive and the properties are similar to olive oil but it is not as heavy and easily absorbed by the skin.
Usage: Use for most skin types, especially dry, mature and damaged.

Sesame Oil Sesamum indicum shelf life 2 years
Sesame oil is pressed from the seeds of the plant. This beautiful oil has been used since ancient times especially in the practice of Ayurveda. It is high in essential fatty acids and contains vitamins B, E, minerals and proteins. It is nourishing, moisturizing and soothing with natural sun protection. It is surprising how easily the skin absorbs this rich oil. Emollient
Tips: Use in facial products for natural sun protection.
Usage: Use for most skin types especially dry, normal, damaged, eczema and psoriasis. Age-defying

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.

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Natural Cosmetics at Joan Morais Naturals

natural cosmetics at Joan Morais Naturals

Natural Cosmetics at Joan Morais Naturals
In the cosmetic industry there is no formal definition and no standard of “natural” and “natural cosmetics”. I wrote a blog on defining natural cosmetics and my thoughts on further labeling of cosmetics here. The processing of natural ingredients makes it even more confusing on determining natural cosmetics. More cosmetic ingredients are being produced to meet the natural market demand; derived from plants, sustainable and biodegradable.

Joan Morais Naturals definition of “natural”: Natural cosmetics are made from raw materials sourced from nature, such as plants and minerals and from a renewable natural source. The raw materials go through the least amount of processing and the processing methods cause the least impact to humans, animals and the earth. Natural cosmetics assist to beautify and promote radiant body, skin and hair. Active nutrients known as nutraceuticals are supplements such as vitamins for the skin and are beneficial to the skin are sometimes used. No petroleum ingredients are used.

At Joan Morais Naturals we value sustainable, fair trade raw materials, biodegradable ingredients, nourishing and effective ingredients for the skin and hair, for babies, children, adults and pets and fair trade ingredients. The formulas contain no petrochemicals, no parabens, no formaldehyde, no formaldehyde donor preservatives, no DEA/TEA, no EDTA, no BHT, no silicones, no sodium lauryl sulfate, no sodium laureth sulfate, no ammonium lauryl sulfate, no PEG’s (polyethylene glycols) no PPG’s (polypropylene glycols), no phthalates, no synthetic colors and no synthetic fragrances.

Joan Morais Naturals rates #4 on this scale and some formulas #5 (many of the formulas can be made organic and be #5). To clarify cosmetics and the range from synthetic, natural and organic, I created a scale to demonstrate where Joan Morais Naturals is on the scale. Referring to synthetic as not occurring in nature, engineered and made by humans. I am fine with some synthetics with little processing, biodegradable, skin and hair safe. The scale is from 1-5 with 5 being the most organic products. Joan Morais Naturals rates #4 on this scale and some formulas #5 (many of the formulas can be made organic and be #5).

Rating Cosmetics on a Scale
A way to distinguish natural cosmetics (natural body, hair and skin care products) is on a sliding scale of 1-5 with 5 being the most natural and organic. I put together what a scale could look like sorting through natural and organic cosmetics.

Joan Morais Naturals rates #4 on this scale and some formulas #5.

  1. Mostly Synthetic Ingredients: Products containing mostly synthetic ingredients like most conventional cosmetics products.
  2. Few Natural Ingredients: Products containing few ingredients derived from nature including highly processed ingredients, chemically modified ingredients and synthetic ingredients.
  3. Mostly Natural Ingredients: Products containing ingredients derived mostly from nature including highly processed, minimally processed and chemically modified and minimal or no synthetic ingredients.
  4. Natural Ingredients: Products containing ingredients derived from nature, mostly biodegradable, sustainable, minimally processed with no suspected health risk and no animal testing. No petrochemicals, no parabens, no formaldehyde, no formaldehyde donor preservatives, no DEA/TEA, no EDTA, no BHT, no propylene glycol, no silicones, no sulfonated surfactants, no sodium laureth sulfate, no PEG’s (polyethylene glycols) no PPG’s (polypropylene glycols), no phthalates, no synthetic colors, no synthetic fragrances.
  5. Organic Ingredients: Contains 95% organic ingredients minimally processed and the remaining 5% ingredients do not contain ingredients listed on #4.

Some ingredients used in the formulas at Joan Morais Naturals
Here are a few ingredients that are used in the formulas contained in the eBooks and classes. More plant-based ingredients are used than listed.

Antioxidants
Rosemary Antioxidant CO2, Vitamin E Oil

Botanicals, Gems
Herbs, Flowers, Gem Essences, Flower Essences

Cold Process Soap
Oils/Fats, Water, Sodium Hydroxide (lye)

Emulsifiers and Thickeners
Candelilla Wax, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cetearyl Olivate, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetyl Palmitate, Glyceryl Stearate, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Sorbitan Olivate, Sorbitan Palmitate

Grains
Barley, Millet, Oats, Quinoa, Rice

Plant Milks
Almond Milk, Coconut Milk, Hemp Milk, Oat Milk, Soy Milk

Plant Oils
Fruit Oils, Nut Oils, Vegetable Oils

Preservatives
Gluconolactone and Sodium Benzoate, Leucidal Liquid, High Proof Alcohol

Scent
Essential Oils
Absolutes (jasmine, rose, etc)
Natural Food Flavor Oils

Surfactants
Polyglucose and plant-based surfactants

joan moraisJoan 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.