This is one of my DIY beauty concoctions that I’ve been using since this past winter so I can definitely vouch for how awesome it is! Let me start out by saying I used to have a problem with acne. It was bad in high school and I started taking medicine for it that didn’t do much…I guess it helped a little but I always had problem skin. I always figured it would go away as I got older but it never really completely went away. I would have good weeks and bad weeks…totally unpredictable. It gradually got to be less of an issue, but I never truly had good skin I was happy with until this past year. I tried so many things and even bought this really expensive “miracle treatment” type of thing before my wedding that was supposed to do wonders, but the results were pretty minimal. I never felt comfortable going anywhere or letting people see me without make-up on.
For the past year I’ve been ditching my commercial products for natural homemade alternatives. This process started really slowly. I started learning about how many toxins are in our everyday products, and I knew that anything I could do to put less of those on/in my body would be a good thing. I had no idea how much better the results were going to be, how much healthier I would be, how much money I would end up saving, and how much fun I was going to have in the process, but I’ve only had positive experiences from it! 🙂
Anyways.. The first thing I started doing was using coconut oil on my face back in December of 2014. After a few weeks of doing this I noticed a significant difference in my skin. It was clearing up and staying cleared up! I attributed this change in my skin to my use of the coconut oil, as well as greatly increasing the amount of water I was drinking. Once I got my first essential oils kit for Christmas I started adding some of those into the coconut oil and I loved it even more. I’m happy to say I’m super comfortable in my skin now and don’t need to wear makeup constantly to feel good about my appearance. I still wear makeup, but much less of it. I don’t feel like I need to hide my skin behind it anymore.
Here’s my favorite skin perfecting moisturizer recipe with info on all of the ingredients!
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-Coconut oil (enough to fill your container about 3/4 of the way full)– Coconut oil is super moisturizing, and has been known to help with so many skin issues including acne, eczema, rosacea, fungal infections, and more! It also offers some sun protection.
-Shea butter (I used about a tablespoon, but you can use more or less. I’ve also made this without shea butter, but added it this time for more skin benefits! Plus I love the texture it helped create.) Shea butter is a great natural source of vitamins A, E, and F. It is another oil that helps with sun protection, reduces inflammation, and it also gives your skin nutrients to help produce collagen.
-Vitamin E Oil (I used about 1/4 tsp, but it is an optional ingredient. Use it if you have it, but don’t worry if you don’t!) Vitamin E oil is also very moisturizing and it probably most known for its ability to heal scars or damaged skin.
-Lavender Essential Oil (I used about 15 drops.) Lavender has so many uses, but its great on your skin because it helps with acne, scarring, and wrinkles to keep your skin smooth and youthful. (My favorite brand)
-Tea-tree Essential Oil (About 15 drops) The main added benefit for tee-trea oil is that it prevents and treats blemishes. While blemishes are a more rare occurrence for me now, I do still get one occasionally and I always put tea-tree oil on it! It works better than anything I’ve ever used. The blemish is usually gone within 1-2 days, so I put this oil in all my skin products to prevent them! (My favorite brand)
-Lemongrass Essential Oil (About 15 drops) Lemongrass is overall great for your skin as well. Great for preventing acne, toning and brightening skin, and it smells really good. (My favorite brand)
-Frankincense (About 15 drops) Frankincense is my favorite essential oil. It seems like it helps with every ailment out there! Its so good for your skin. It reduces and prevents wrinkles, heals and prevents scarring, and it has even been proven to kill cancerous and other abnormal cells. Here’s one of many studies that talks about this more in depth.(Side story: This is gross, but I had a wart on my finger that I could not get rid of for almost a year.. I tried every medicine and even tried freezing it off. The stupid pesky thing always came right back. I finally got some frankincense, and applied it daily and it went away after a couple weeks and has never come back!) Frankincense is just amazing. Its no wonder it was one of the wise men’s gifts for baby Jesus. The stuff is awesome, and I will keep putting it in my facial cream foreverrr! (My favorite brand)
Directions: Put all ingredients in a mixing bowl and whip it up nice and fluffy. A kitchen-aid mixer works great. A hand-mixer or hand-blender with whisk attachment would probably work well too. I whipped mine on high for about 45 seconds.
Whipping it incorporates all the ingredients nicely, gives it a super nice body butter texture, and keeps the coconut oil manageable. Those who use coconut oil in the winter know how hard it can be to work with. In the winter the oil becomes so hard and brittle, you almost need a chisel to get it out of the jar. I whipped some up last winter, and even when it was really cold, the oil was in a softer state since it had been whipped.
Enjoy and let me know if you try it! More DIY beauty recipes coming soon!