Like any other organ of the body, the skin needs cleansing, care and maintenance to stay healthy. Whether your skin is oily, normal, dry or combination skin, a daily regimen to care for your skin is essential to its condition. Skin care products are available at stores and spas everywhere, but they often contain ingredients or chemicals that can irritate the skin. When homemade, natural skin care products are used, you know exactly what ingredients are in your skin care products and you can tailor the products to your specific skin care needs.
Items you will need
- Mixing bowl
- 1/2 cup plain yogurt
- 1 1/2 tsp. lemon juice
- Electric hand mixer
- 1 tbsp. almond oil
- Rubber spatula
- Glass jar with lid
- 2 tbsp. finely ground oatmeal (optional)
- Microwavable bowl
- 3 tbsp. beeswax
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 2 drops fragrant essential oil
- Wooden spoon
- Glass jar with lid
Natural Almond Oil Cleansing Milk
Whip 1/2 cup plain yogurt and 1 1/2 tsp. lemon juice in a mixing bowl, using a hand mixer. Beat the two ingredients well so they're frothy.
Run the mixer on the lowest speed, and slowly pour in 1 tbsp. almond oil. The almond oil provides a moisturizing element to the cleansing milk as well as a subtle, pleasant fragrance.
Scrape the natural almond oil cleansing milk into a glass jar. Store in a sealed jar and place it in the refrigerator.
Add 2 tbsp. finely ground oatmeal to the cleansing milk if an exfoliating cleanser is desired. Scoop out just enough cleanser for one application for your face, body or both, and add the ground oatmeal only to the one application. Do not add the oatmeal to the entire jar of cleansing milk as it will soften and expand from the moisture.
Natural Beeswax Skin Moisturizer
Place 3 tbsp. beeswax and 1/2 cup olive oil in a microwavable bowl. Heat the two ingredients in the microwave for one minute until the beeswax completely melts.
Remove the bowl from the microwave. Stir the beeswax and olive oil well. Add two drops of fragrant essential oil and stir into the moisturizer mixture. Choose a fragrance to suit your needs and taste.
Spoon the natural beeswax skin moisturizer into a glass jar and store in a cool place, out of direct sunlight. As the moisturizer cools, the consistency will become thicker.
Substitute other oils, such as coconut oil, olive oil or jojoba oil, for the almond oil in the cleansing milk.
When making natural skin care products that use perishable ingredients, such as yogurt or milk, always store the finished product in the refrigerator so it doesn't go sour or get moldy.
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