Recipe to nourish distressed skin (acne, dry/oily, ph out of balance, scars)
Skin Nourish is an herbal oil face wash. Oil is actually good for your skin- just cleanse first with plain soap, then cleanse with the nourishing wash, then moisturize. This contains oils, botanicals, herbs and essential oils that I blended in my herbal kitchen, first for my own troublesome, too-oily then too-dry then breaking out skin, and have since begun including it in my herbal practice with very positive feedback.
This is my personal recipe. Of course, you’re welcome to experiment and find what your skin loves best! You can also buy a 4 oz jar from me for $15, or a 1.5 oz jar for $7. Click Here For Ordering Information
Sunflower Oil (or Sweet Almond Oil)
Castile Soap (you can make your own, as described in a later post, or buy it)
Pure Aloe Vera Juice
Raspberry Leaf or Witch Hazel
Green Tea Leaves (with Jasmine is ok)
St John’s Wort
Apple Cider Vinegar
a month or more, or 3-5 days with low heat crockpot, plus 30 minutes or so
The quality of your ingredients do matter! Organic, all natural, non-irradiated= more benefits for your skin!
Ahead of time:
Fill one or two large mason type jars 2/3rds of the way up with comfrey, calendula petals, and bladderwrack. Fill 1/2 way (or completely, if doing two jars) with sunflower oil (or almond), and the rest with grapeseed oil. Seal tightly, label with date and ingredients, and let it sit in a sunny location for a month or more. Shake it frequently to help the herbs infuse into the oils. Alternatively, you could put these ingredients in a slow cooker on low for 3-5 days. I prefer the sun method, because it is more sure not to harm any of the properties of the plants, but the crock pot method works well too when I haven’t planned ahead enough. The oils should change color and get much darker as they infuse. When you are ready to make your concoction, strain out the herbs however you see fit (cheesecloth, metal strainer, etc).
Make a decoction or tea using the aloe vera juice and remaining herbs (not the essential oils). Put them on the stove, covered, and let them simmer on a low heat for 10-15 minutes or so. Strain out the herbs, and add a little apple cider vinegar.
Combine the beeswax (a fair amount if you want it thicker and more emulsified, less if you care less about that) and strained oils in a pot, and put it on a low heat. Also add a small amount of shea butter, honey, and castor oil. Stir and watch it, and only heat gently until the beeswax is completely melted.
Combine the oil-beeswax mixture with the aloe tea in a large glass bowl and blend with an immersion blender until well emulsified. It’s important to do this right away. It won’t get as thick while it’s still warm, but blend it well immediately. Then you can take a break and come back to blend again after it has cooled a few minutes.
Before it has completely cooled, add your essential oils and castile soap. Blend these into the mix on a very low setting, trying not to lather up the soap too much.
Scoop into a jar and allow it to finish cooling and thickening (it should be a thick liquid). You’re done!
I usually gently cleanse my face first, since this contains oils and has a moisturizing action. Massage well into face with circular motions. I like to let my face soak in it for a few minutes before rinsing with warm water, and maybe the tiniest bit of added mild soap, if needed. I follow with my Blemish Treatment Oil if I have any spots, and then my moisturizer to keep my face well hydrated. It may need a stir or a shake now and then. I use this about 3x a week in the shower for nourishing. Skin loves it!