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Summer Skin Care | Protect, Hydrate and Glow

summer skin care

Summer Skin Care | Protect, Hydrate and Glow

Now that summer is here we need to rethink how we take care of and protect our skin. With longer days and more sunshine, protecting our skin is of utmost importance. Proper protection is important to ward off skin cancer as well as to prevent premature aging of the skin, wrinkles and sunspots. Read on for our top tips for summer skin care.

Protect

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S. Excessive sun exposure raises the risk of melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer. There are many ways you can protect your skin from the harmful UV rays, including:

  • Cover up: Wear a hat and sunglasses and light-weight clothing that minimizes your body’s exposure. There are many sunshield-type clothing on the market that offer great sun protection for those days you will be out in the sun for a long period of time (hello beach day!).
  • Sunscreen: Put on sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. Make sure to apply 15- 30 minutes before exposure and reapply every two hours if you get wet, sweat or are outside for a long period of time. Check out our blog next week to read up on what kind of sunscreen to use and whether “all-natural” sunscreens work (sneak preview- they don’t).
  • Limit Exposure: Mid-day is when the sun’s rays are the hottest and most dangerous. Try to keep your outdoor activities to morning before 10am or evening after 4pm.

Hydrate

With hotter temperatures and spending more time outside, it is easier to get dehydrated and our skin easily reflects it. Make sure you are getting at least 8 glasses of water a day, even more if you have any caffeinated drinks. Not a fan of plain water- make it fruit or vegetable infused by adding lemons, strawberries, cucumber, etc. to your water. You can also make non-caffeinated herbal ice tea or try one of the many flavored sparkling waters that are all the rage- just make sure they do not have any added sugar.

Face Masks are another great way to hydrate your skin. Use a mask with nourishing ingredients that will add moisture to the skin.

Hydrating Toners can help add moisture, soothe and balance you skin. Here is an easy Rose Facial Toner recipe.

Light moisturizers for face and body are great to apply after spritzing your face with toner to lock in added moisture. We love our Camu Camu Moisturizing Cream as it not only moisturizes, but is also a great anti-aging product. Learn how to make this moisturizer in our Professional Natural Skin Care Product Making Course.

Glow

Summer brings us an abundance of fruits and vegetables. Fruits and veggies great for our health and they can also be used in our skin care. Plants work synergistically with the skin and produce radiant and glowing skin. Our Fresh Skin Care from the Kitchen and Garden eBook includes 28 recipes for cleansers, exfoliates, masks, toners, moisturizers, etc. using fruits, vegetables and other plant-based ingredients. These recipes produce an immediate result with a natural vibrancy, softness and glow to the skin. You will be amazed at the softening of your skin and the glow.

How do you take care of your skin care needs in the summer? We’d love to hear from you in the comments!

Here’s to an amazing summer with great skin!

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Joan Morais Naturals Gift Certificates

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Joan Morais Naturals Gift Certificates

Do you have a loved one in your life that is interested in making their own natural body, skin & hair care products? Give them a gift certificate to Joan Morais Naturals and they can pick out the course and/or ebooks that they are interested in!

To purchase a gift certificate, click here.

Check out our online courses here.

Happy product making!

Sugar Scrubs | Organic Coconut Sugar Scrub Recipe

Sugar Scrubs | Organic Coconut Sugar Scrub Recipe

One of the secrets for beautiful skin is routine gentle exfoliation. Sugar scrubs are a great way for your skin to go from looking dull to radiant by removing the dead skin cells that sit on top of your skin. They leave the skin feeling soft and moisturized. Sugar is a natural preservative and moisturizer with natural alpha hydroxy properties. There is no need to use a lotion after use.

Basic Sugar Scrub Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup carrier oil
  • 3/4 cup- 1 cup sugar (If you want oil to sit on top, use 3/4 cup sugar)

Directions: Mix ingredients together. For a smoother and finer scrub, blend ingredients in a food processor.

Containers: It’s best to use plastic in the shower or bath. Glass can easily slip and break as the oils make the container slippery. An option is to leave the scrubs outside of the shower and use a small container to scoop your scrub into before getting into the bath or shower. Do not get water into the container with the scrub and store it away from sunlight and water and keep the lid on the product when storing it.

How to use: dampen your skin in the shower or bath and gently massage the salt or sugar scrub onto your skin. Rinse with warm water. Be careful, the tub or shower will be slippery after use. Try using no-slip mat.
After use: sprinkle the tub or floor of the shower with baking soda to absorb the oil and then rinse off with water.

Organic Coconut Sugar Scrub Recipe

This revitalizing and moisturizing body scrub leaves the skin feeling soft with a fresh glow.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup organic raw cane sugar
  • ½ cup organic brown sugar
  • ½ cup organic extra virgin coconut oil- melted

Directions:

Combine all ingredients and mix well. Spoon into 8 ounce container. Cap and Label.

How to Use: When in the shower or bath tub, in a circular motion, gently massage sugar scrub on your body, starting at the feet and massaging upward, avoiding the face. Rinse off. You will see and feel the difference!

Interested in more scrubs and other body care products? Check out the following:

Professional Natural Skin Care Product Making Course

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Ingredient Spotlight | Cupuacu Butter

cupuacu butterIngredient Spotlight | Cupuacu Butter

Our ingredient spotlight today is on cupuacu butter. Have you heard of cupuacu butter?  Cupuacu butter is from the cupuacu tree that grows in the Amazon rainforest by cold-pressing the seeds of the fruit. It is related to the cacao tree and has been used to make white chocolate. It is also very nourishing and a soft emollient when used in body care products.

Nourishing & Anti-Aging

Cupuacu butter is high in antoxidants, essential fatty acids, and phytosterols, a compound found in plants, that has been found to have anti-aging properties and is highly nourishing. Cupuacu butter can be used to treat dry and damaged skin as it encourages new collagen production. Cupuacu butter is also very hydrating and is able to retain water in your skin.

Vegan & Cruelty-Free Beauty

Cupuacu butter is a great vegan/plant-based alternative to lanolin. Lanolin comes from the glands of wool-bearing animals (mainly sheep) and is often used in body care products meant for deep nourishment. Cupuacu butter actually provides superior skin hydration compared to lanolin and it does not cause skin irritation that many receive as a result from using products containing lanolin. On another note, many consumers are wanting products that are vegan and cruelty-free when it comes to animal treatment. In fact, Google highlights vegan skin care as an important trend with searches for it growing over 80% each year! Learn more about vegan and cruelty-free cosmetics here.

Uses of Cupuacu Butter in Body Care Products

We use cupuacu butter in several of the formulas in the Professional Natural Skin Care Product Making Course; Camu Camu Cream, Cupuacu Body Butter.  These are some of our favorite formulas that are highly moisturizing. The uses of cupuacu butter in body care products is endless! With it’s nourishing, smoothing and anti-aging properties, cupuacu butter can be used in a variety of products including:

  • Lip balm
  • Body butter/balm
  • Leave-in Hair Conditioner
  • Anti-Aging Skin Toner
  • Sun protectant
  • Anti-inflammatory

Cupuacu Butter Resources

When purchasing ingredients for skin and hair care products, it is important you are getting a high quality product that is responsibly sourced.

At Joan Morais Naturals we recommend the following supplier:

Essential Wholesale

Interested in making your own natural skin and hair care products using cupuacu butter and other specialty natural ingredients? Check out the online courses

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Cosmetic Formulating Blog Series | Testing the Formula

Cosmetic Formulating Blog Series | Testing the Formula

Now that we went over some of the basics of cosmetic formulating and how to build the formula, let’s go over testing the formula. Cosmetic formulation testing is an important step before going to market with your final product.

Adjusting the Formula

It is rare that you will have the exact product you want on your first try. Formulating is all about tweaking your formula till you get it exactly how you want it. It takes a lot of patience. Don’t get discouraged if it is not turning out how you want, as it may just take a little tweak to get it exactly where you want it!

When making changes to the formula, it is important you only make one adjustment at a time. It can be tempting to make several changes at once, but then you will not know which adjustment produced what kind of change. It is also important to allow time for the formulation to settle. Sometimes scents can take time to evolve and waxes to firm up.

pH Testing

pH stands for “potential for hydrogen” and is the system to measure acid and alkaline. Neutral pH is 7, anything below 7 is acidic and anything above 7 is alkaline. Water has a neutral pH. The more acidic or alkaline a product is, the more it will cause irritation to the skin. Generally the pH level for body and skin care products should be between 4.5- 6.0 and for hair care products between 4.0- 6.0.

There are a couple different ways one can test for pH. There are pH strips that are easy to use. The strips will give a range instead of the exact pH. A pH meter on the other hand will give you the exact pH and is more accurate. You will likely need to adjust the pH of your product and you can do this with natural ingredients.

Sample Labeling

It is important for you to keep excellent records and label your sample with several key information. This includes the date it was made, type of product, pH, and a reference number that links to the formulation in your lab notebook to refer to for more detailed information. That way you can return to your sample over the next several months to test its stability. You should test the pH, notice the scent and how it has evolved, and if there has been any separation or discoloration.

Testing for Bacteria, Yeast and Mold

Any product that contains water will need to be tested for bacteria, yeast and mold. There are different ways  to test your product.

Plate counts test if there is bacteria, yeast and mold in your sample. It will not tell you how long your preservation system will be effective.

Challenge testing is performed at at one month or two months. Millions of bacteria, yeast and mold will be injected into the product and it will determine if your preservation system is effective.

Stability Testing will test how your product reacts to very hot and cold temperatures.

Testing and Preservation Resources

It is very important to test your product and not only for the stability of the skin or hair care product, but also for bacteria, yeast and mold, and if the preservation system is effective. At Joan Morais Naturals we provide extensive information on testing and preserving your body and hair care products naturally and effectively in our professional product making courses. For information on these courses check out the following:

Professional Natural Skin Care Product Making Course

Professional Natural Hair Care Product Making Course