DIY Skincare with African Super – Skinfoods
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We’ve found that using products with a long, complicated and unpronounceable list of ingredients, complicates the skin. Why not start making your own skincare range using, simple, clean, organic and totally natural ingredients? And better yet, if they contain African super – skinfoods; to give your skin that certain fierce and fiery kind of glow that says, “I am beautiful… NATURALLY”.

Here are some great, simple recipes for a few DIY skin-nurturing product using our African super – skinfoods.

Foaming Face Wash

Ingredients

3/4 cup cooled organic brewed chamomile tea (or filtered or distilled water)

1 Tbsp grated African Black Soap + 1/4 cup filtered water (shaken until dissolved)

1/2 tsp organic Baobab oil

8 drops of Frankincense essential oil

8 drops of Lavender essential oil

Preparation

In a 150ml foaming soap bottle, add liquid soap and Baobab oil. Add essential oils as needed. Fill with chamomile tea or water to the top of the bottle. Shake well and use as needed.

Soothing Sunburn Cream

Ingredients

1/2 cup Raw Shea Butter

1/4 cup Aloe Vera Gel

2 Tbsp rosewater

Blender

Storage Container (preferably glass)

Preparation

Simply throw all your ingredients into a high speed blender. Blend till smooth. Gently apply this cream over sun burned skin for immediate relief.

Luxurious Shaving Cream

1/4 cup raw Shea Butter

1/4 cup organic Coconut Oil

1 tsp organic Marula oil

1/4 Grapeseed Oil

5-7 drops Lavender Essential Oil

Double Boiler

Storage Jar

Preparation

Melt ¼ cup of shea butter and ¼ cup of coconut oil in a pan or double boiler.

Let it cool slightly then puncture a vitamin E capsule and add that plus ¼ cup of grapeseed oil.

Also add 10 drops of your favourite essential oil (lavender essential oil and tea tree essential oil are awesome).

Place this in the fridge to harden for 15 to 20 minutes.

Once solid, get it out and whip it into a creamy texture.

Get a dollop of this mixture and slather it over your legs for a smooth and razor burn-free shave.

Whipped 5 Ingredient Sunscreen

Ingredients

1/2 cup raw Shea Butter
1/3 cup Coconut oil, melted
15 drops organic Moringa oil
10 drops myrrh essential oil
2 Tbsp non-nano zinc oxide (optional)

*You can add more myrrh instead (up to 40 drops)

Preparation

With the zinc oxide, this will be an SPF of about 40+. Without the zinc oxide it will be around 20-30.  Measure ingredients carefully.  Whip raw shea butter until creamy.  Slowly add melted coconut oil while whipping.  Add essential oils (and zinc oxide if adding, do not inhale) and whip until fluffy.

Natural Mosquito Repellent

Ingredients

20 drops lavender essential oil

20 drops tea tree essential oil

20 drops citronella essential oil

15 drops lemongrass essential oil

5 drops geranium essential oil

1 tsp organic Neem oil

1 Tbsp vodka or other alcohol

distilled water or lavender water

Preparation

Add all essential oils to a glass spray bottle, using a funnel. You can use a mixture of repellent essential oils of your choice, ending up with around 80 drops of essential oils total. Add the neem oil to your mixture. Add the alcohol to the bottle. Fill the rest of the bottle with distilled water or lavender water. Cap the bottle and shake the mixture before using. Shake and spray the mixture on your skin before heading outdoors or when in mosquito infested areas. Do not ingest.

Taken from thethingswellmake.com

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