Wednesday, April 1, 2009
I said I would write about the lotion I use and make and so now I am. I just kinda made this out of stuff I had and not from a specific recipe I found anywhere. I did read this article on Oils for skin types on Care2 and I also read a post on Allie's Answers about Using Oils to cleanse your face and I just kinda experimented on my own from there. I don't measure anything and change things up with every bottle I make but it seems to work just as well as the bottles of lotion I was buying before, if not better, I don't tend to break-out like I use to.
My bottle right now contains Almond Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil, and a bit of Vitamin E oil. Like I said it works great for me at the moment, but I can already tell I am going to have to change things up for summer. I started with just oils and I quickly realized it wasn't moisturizing enough so I bought Cocoa Butter to add too it. This is the first bottle that I have added Coconut Oil to and I was a bit worried it might cause some blemishes but it didn't. I think I might try some Shea Butter but I am not sure how that will mix in with the oils. I also added Peppermint Essential Oil to the last bottle, has a nice cooling effect when applied, great for the summertime.
These mixtures are not like bottles of lotions you buy at the store, you don't really get moisturizing effects out of them when applied to dry skin they are better used right out of the shower on damp skin to lock in the moisture. I don't tend to suffer from extremely dry skin so I can't say it will work for someone who does. I would assume if you have dryer skin or are looking for something more moisturizing straight out of the bottle Shea Butter might be your answer but I have not gotten myself any yet because it is not the cheapest stuff and what I have now is working fine for me.
Next up on my DIY beauty list is a sugar-coffee scrub, I already made sugar scrubs that were wonderful for a few friends at Christmas time and it will pretty much be the same but with added coffee grounds. Research has shown coffee rubbed on the skin can tighten skin for short periods of time and reduce the appearance of cellulite, what girl wouldn't love that, smells great too. Seeing as I drink two cups of coffee a day I am not lacking on used grounds, usually they just go into my compost or under my pine tree but I am looking forward to doing something else with them.