Your skin is your largest organ, and it covers you from head to toe, which is why it’s important to use products on it that won’t harm your health. What you put onto your skin usually ends up in your bloodstream and has to be processed by your kidneys and liver. So…even though it keeps out bad things like germs and water, it can also let in bad things like chemicals.
Your skin has three layers – the epidermis (the outermost layer that gives you your skin color and does the most protecting), the dermis (the middle layer, which is also the thickest and which does a lot for your body like grow hair, bring blood to your skin, produce sweat, and contain nerve endings that allow you to feel things), and the subcutaneous layer (which store your fat, controls your temperature, and attaches your skin to your muscle and bones.)
Because of how important your skin is, it’s a very good idea to use products on it that are as natural as possible. Today, I want to share with you a few natural skin care products that you can easily make at home. The products I’m going to share will soothe inflammation, erase wrinkles, heal certain skin diseases, and make your skin look amazing.
Whipped Shea Butter Moisturizer
The reason I love shea butter so much is that it’s a one-stop shop for so many skin conditions. It doesn’t matter whether you’re suffering from dry skin, eczema, allergies, or scarring. Shea butter can help tremendously. It’s high in essential fatty acids and vitamins A and E.
Vitamin A is helpful for reducing wrinkles, healing sunburn, and reducing inflammation from allergic reactions. Vitamin E, on the other hand, helps to increase the blood supply to your skin and it fights free radicals.
You should use raw shea butter, and it’s a great idea to mix your shea with other butters and oils for additional skin beautifying benefits. You can even add a scent to it if you want to. Below is my favorite shea butter mix. It’s a whipped shea butter moisturizer that is very easy to make.
- 4-6 ounces of pure, raw shea butter.
- 2 tubes of raw cocoa butter. The Queen Helene brand is fine. You can find it at nearly any beauty supply store. It has approximately 23.4 grams of cocoa butter…not much at all.
- 3 tablespoons of unrefined, raw coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil.
- 1 tablespoon of vitamin E oil – for preservation. Make sure it’s very thick, almost like castor oil.
- 15-25 drops of your favorite essential oil (if you’re looking for a scent). Pour until it smells as good as you want it to.
- Glass or stainless steel mixing bowl – no aluminum!
- A clean, empty 6-ounce storage container with a top. Glass or plastic are fine.
- A potato masher.
- Electric mixer and mixing bowl.
You’ll want both your butters and your oils to be a room temperature. Coconut oil solidifies when it’s cool, but it turns to liquid when it’s warmer. I do not recommend heating the butters or the oils, but you could put everything into a warm oven for 5 minutes to give yourself a bit of a speed-up with softening the butters.
If you choose to do this, only heat the oven to 175 degrees fahrenheit. You don’t want to heat it…only soften it.
Once it’s soft – NOT MELTED! – Put all your ingredients into the bowl and mash it all together the same way you would if you were mashing potatoes. After it’s been sufficiently mashed, put the mixture into your mixing bowl and blend with the electric mixer for 5 minutes until the consistency is smooth.
Put it into your storage container, and you’re good to go! This mix will last you for 2-3 months if you use it daily. An added benefit is that you can also use this in your hair for moisture if you have kinky/coily/curly hair. It’s usually too heavy for the straighter hair types. Enjoy this all-purpose skin (and hair) moisturizer!
Control Dandruff, Fungal Infections, And Acne With This Tea Tree Oil Mixture!
Tea tree oil is a wonderful essential oil that comes from tea tea tree. Its leaves are not used to make tea, but the oil that comes from them acts powerfully as an antifungal, and antibiotic, and an agent to reduce allergic reactions on the skin. You could even use it in a humidifier to help treat mild breathing problems brought on by colds, the flu, bronchitis, and allergies.
This is one of the more simple home remedies because you can use it directly on your skin, or you can make a mixture if you don’t need it at full strength. To use it at full strength, simply pour 5-10 drops on a cotton pad and dab it on the affected areas.
To make a mixture, simply pour 15-35 drops into a 2 ounce container that is almost full of jojoba oil. The more you use, the stronger your mixture will be. I chose jojoba oil because it is the one oil that is closest to the skin’s natural sebum. It won’t make your skin overly oily like some others might.
You can use this on your face, on bug bites that itch, and on your scalp to help control dandruff. Tea tree oil is very drying, so make sure that you use some kind of moisturizer after applying it directly. If you use the jojoba oil mix, you won’t need an additional oil.
This Is Just The Start Of Natural Home Remedies For Your Skin!
I have lots more to share with you, but I will have to do that in an upcoming article. I hope that these first two, all-natural skin care products that you can make at home have been useful to you. Let me know how they work out for you. See you in the next article!
- “About Skin.” The American Academy of Dermatology. https://www.aad.org/public/kids/skin. 2009.
- “21 Reasons to Use Shea Butter.” American Shea Butter Institute. http://www.sheainstitute.com/asbi-library/21reasons/.
- “Tea Tree Oil.” Web MD Staff. http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-113-tea%20tree%20oil.aspx?activeingredientid=113. Continuously updated.