It’s another edition of Beautiful Skin Friday with the super talented Jenni Raincloud from www.jenniraincloud.com. If you haven’t checked out Jenni’s blog yet, you are in for a real treat! She is the best natural skincare guru out there and her blog is chock full of amazing natural beauty and skincare recipes. Enjoy today’s anti aging cleanser recipe – it’s a good one!
Hi! It’s Jenni from Jenni Raincloud for your Beautiful Skin Friday! Today I thought we would make a cleanser-you will be excited about how easy it is and how fast you can make a quality product, better than anything you can buy at a store! All you need are a few ingredients, a blender, a container with a pump or spout and a funnel. I love this cleanser in the morning. It is so gentle for the skin. It thoroughly cleanses with out stripping the skin’s naturals oils which is key to anti aging. Cleansing is supposed to rid your skin of impurities but so often it also rids your skin of it’s natural hydrating and protective oils, leaving it vulnerable to irritation from your environment. This cleanser is not only simple to make but it will leave your skin feeling soft and smooth.
I Oil Cleanse (read more HERE) at night, but in the morning I need something quick and thorough. This recipe will take off eye make up but I would be careful because castile soap will sting if you get it in your eye. This cleanser helps revive “sleepy” skin and will wash away impurities gently, prepping your face for the day. After cleansing, follow up with a toner then moisturize.
Castile soap- Castile soap is made from oils and water. It is a very simply made soap made up of water, coconut & olive oils, hemp oil, jojoba oil, citric acid, vitamin E. It has a nice suds to it and thoroughly cleans. I prefer using Dr. Bronner’s castile soap because every ingredient is organic.
Aloe Vera Gel- Aloe Vera Gel stimulates cell renewal up to 6-8 times faster than normal cell production. This basically means, it is incredibly healing. There is a compound in aloe that cleanses and heals the skin quite remarkably. Studies have shown that this compound has the ability to reorganize the epidermal cells by tightening them and helping our skin retain more water.
Coconut Oil- Coconut oil helps minimize wrinkles by promoting collagen production and replacement. Coconut oil is incredibly healing and helps create new blood vessels in and around wounds. Coconut oil is a great moisturizer, helping hydrate the skin which in turn reduces fine lines. Coconut oil is full of antioxidants which combat free radicals. Free radicals attack our skin cells and basically age the skin. They come from our environment and are also produced by our bodies. That’s why antioxidants are so important because their main job is to protect our skin from aging. Coconut oil is also antibacterial, anti fungal and antiseptic which makes it excellent for cleansing the skin.
Macadamia Nut oil, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, or Almond Oil-All 3 of these oils are excellent anti aging oils. I wanted to give you a choice, because running out and buying every oil I use in my recipes can get EXPENSIVE! I have linked each oil to a post that thoroughly explains it’s benefits. I used Meadowfoam in my cleanser because it’s light and hydrating.
Guar Gum- Guar gum has no effect on the skin or anti aging. It simply thickens your cleanser so it doesn’t drip so much. It gives it a nice creamy consistency. Xanthan gum also works. Frankincense Essential Oil helps to repair and renew skin cells. It also has pH balancing properties. It is antiseptic, antibacterial, and anti tumor. It helps to fade scars and spots and is very nourishing. Lavender Essential Oil is also very nourishing. It is anti fungal, antibacterial and antiviral. It is calming to the skin as well as the mind. Lemon Essential Oil has amazing cleansing abilities. It brightens and awakens skin while helping lighten dark spots and even skin tone.
Anti Aging Facial Cleanser Recipe:
1 cups distilled water
- Blend all ingredients but your castile soap in blender for about 40 seconds. The longer you blend, the thicker your cleanser will be.
- Stir in castile soap.
- Pour into container.
- Shake container to thoroughly mix in the castile soap. You might need to continue shaking each time you use it for a couple of days until all the ingredients completely bind together.
** This recipe makes about 12 ounces.** When blending the ingredients, lots of air bubbles will puff up your cleanser. It is totally useable as soon as you make it but you might want to let it set for a day so the air bubbles will release. Otherwise, you will pour into containers and realize after a day half your cleanser has disappeared! I hope you enjoyed this super fun and easy DIY! Cleansing is one of the most important things you must do for your skin. Just by cleansing morning and night you can keep premature aging at bay! See you next week!
Update: Since writing this recipe, I have learned more about preserving DIY products containing water. Unfortunately, anytime water is added to a recipe, it becomes susceptible to mold and bacteria. I have added NeoDefend to this recipe to help preserve the shelf life. NeoDefend is a gentle, certified organic preservative that does not contain propylene glycol or formaldehyde. You can read more about it HERE. If you would like to skip using a preservative, you should cut this recipe in 1/2 and keep it in the fridge. To be safe, I would throw it out after 2 weeks.
Also when working with soaps, like castile soap, you must be careful with pH. Soaps have a very high pH. This is what gives them their cleansing power. Typically soap has a pH of around 13. This is extremely high for our skin and can cause dryness as well as irritation. A pH balanced cleanser should have a pH of around 9. By adding citric acid, you can lower your pH to a more balanced level for your skin. Citric acid is absolutely necessary in all cleanser recipes and should never be omitted.
I have edited this recipe to reflect this new info. I’m sorry for the confusion!! There is a lot to learn about making your own skin care products and unfortunately I didn’t have all the facts I thought I did!
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Jennifer, from the blog Jenni Raincloud, lives in Edmond Oklahoma with her husband and 2 daughters. She has been in the skin care world for over a decade. She believes beautiful skin comes from the inside out. In order to achieve youthful skin a healthy lifestyle must be in place. If you can’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin are her words to live by! She sells her skin care products on Etsy, runs her “at home spa” for close clients and blogs full time. She is happiest staying home with her family and cooking up healthy skin care products in the kitchen! You can follow Jenni Raincloud on Facebook, Pinterest and Etsy.
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