RECIPES to Nurture

 

 

Moisture

Moisture is the fundamental requirement for the skin barrier to function. A lack of sufficient moisture contributes to a decline in the skin barrier’s function which causes sensitivities and many other unfavourable conditions. Lack of moisture under the skin also causes the skin to thicken as the outermost layer (horny layer) reacts to protect the skin as the result of drying out, just like the soles of the feet get dry during the winter. In contrast, too much moisture can be a concern too, much like being overweight has become more of an issue than malnutrition in the developed world.

 

Face Toner

Toner softens the skin and makes it easy for moisturisers to penetrate. It also lightly removes excess perspiration and sebum without drying the skin. It is particularly recommended for those who live in a city with high air pollution. Carry some in your handbag or gently wash your face with this after exercising.

 

Ingredients (500 ml)

500 ml Liquid

5 drops choice of essential oil

10 ml Glycerine

2 ml Honey

 

Instructions

  1. In a glass pitcher, pour the liquid, glycerine, and honey. Stir well.
  2. Add the choice of essential oil and stir.
  3. Pour into a spritzer.

 

Variations

Try the following liquid for various efficacies and scents.

  • Aloe vera juice: Soothing and healing
  • Apple cider vinegar: Suitable for acne skin as it balances pH
  • Rose water: Soothing and cooling; suitable for acne or irritated skin

 

Choose your preferred essential oils for their powerful efficacies and pleasing scents.

  • Jasmine: For dry and irritated skin
  • Lavender: For all skin types
  • Rose geranium: Balances sebum production but not suitable for hypersensitive skin

 

Try some of these easy recipes. They take just a few minutes to prepare!

  • pH Balancing Toner H

For the skin to combat dryness and infections, pH balance is important. This gentle astringent can restore the pH level naturally with daily use. Be aware that lemon essential oil is photosensitive; hence, it is for night use only.

440 ml Distilled water

50 ml Apple cider vinegar

10 ml Glycerine

5 drops Lemon essential oil

 

  • Astringent Rose and Jasmine Toner I

An effective astringent with lovely floral scents, suitable for mature skin.

300 ml Rose water

200 ml Witch hazel

2 ml Glycerine

5 ml Honey

4 drops Jasmine essential oil

 

  • Refreshing Aloe and Grapefruit Mist K

Refreshing and awakening; a great companion with gym gear or as a summertime refresher.

350 ml Aloe vera juice

150 ml Witch hazel

2 ml Glycerine

2 ml Honey

3 drops Grapefruit essential oil

 

How to Use

Shake well each time before use. Keep refrigerated during summertime for a refreshing experience.

Moisturising Cream  

Making moisturising cream takes a little extra effort, unlike other products that are mostly heat-free, but the result is rewarding. By blending quality oils and moisture-quenching liquids with a natural emulsifier like beeswax, homemade moisturising cream can achieve a luxurious texture and immediate results, naturally.

 

Ingredients (250ml)

Ingredient A (adjust the amount of oil and butter according to desired richness of the cream)

25–40 ml Oil

10–25 g Butter

2–5 g Beeswax and other emulsifier such as stearic acid or cetyl alcohol

Ingredient B (adding more liquid will make the cream lighter)

50–160 ml Liquid

2–5 g Thickener such as xanthan gum, lecithin granule, fruits pectin, cream of tartar, or mixed

1 capsule Vitamin E

5 ml Specialty oil

3–5 drops Essential oil

 

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan over low heat or in a double boiler, warm the oils and waxes in Ingredients A until the butters are just melted.
  2. In a container, mix Ingredients B except vitamin capsule, specialty oil and essential oil. Do not worry if powder ingredients such as fruit pectin or xanthan gum do not dissolve completely, but make sure no particles are left. Heat the liquid if necessary.
  3. Remove Ingredients A pan from heat and mix vigorously using a whisk. Allow the contents to cool to room temperature, until the oils/wax mixture just begins to thicken and becomes slightly opaque.
  4. This should take 5–10 min depending on the temperature of your kitchen. As it thickens, give the mixture a few stirs to remove any lumps.
  5. Turn the blender on medium and slowly pour Ingredients B except vitamin, specialty oil and essential oil into Ingredients A; it should almost immediately begin to thicken. Blend for 5–10 seconds, checking the consistency for smoothness.
  6. If the water is not combining thoroughly with the fat mixture, turn off the blender and give the mixture a few stirs with a spatula. Blend on medium to high speed for another 10 seconds. Repeat as necessary.
  7. Turn off the blender and add the vitamin, specialty oil and essential oil, stirring a few times to incorporate them. Then blend completely on medium speed for another 5–10 seconds.
  8. Spoon the finished product into storage containers. Lightly cover each container with a paper towel and allow the blend to cool before capping.

 

Variations

 

Try the following liquid for various efficacies and scents.

  • Aloe vera juice: Soothing and healing
  • Apple cider vinegar: Suitable for acne skin
  • Rose water: Soothing and cooling, suitable for acne or irritated skin

 

Try the following vegetable oils for various textures and efficacies.

  • Avocado: Nourishing and moisturising yet non-greasy; also increases skin penetration and great for dry and mature skin
  • Jojoba: Healing and softening; easy to penetrate into the skin

 

Personalise your product using some of the specialty oils containing powerful properties.

  • Argan: Moisturising, anti-ageing, anti-wrinkle
  • Evening primrose: Whitening effect and useful for itchy skin
  • Rosehip: Regenerating, but for night use only

 

Butter can add various benefits and smoothing textures to the cream.

  • Cocoa butter: Softening and soothing, suitable for mature skin
  • Mango butter: For dry and mature skin
  • Shea butter: UV protection and an excellent emollient

 

Choose your preferred essential oils for their powerful efficacies and pleasing scents.

  • Jasmine: For dry and irritated skin
  • Lavender: For all skin types
  • Rose Geranium: Balances sebum production, but not suitable for hypersensitive skin

 

Here are some sample recipes to get you started:

 

  • Simple Light Moisturiser 250 ml

This simple recipe can make a base for you to customise by adding a choice of essential oil and specialty oil, or you can simply use it as a face and body moisturiser.

Ingredients A:

20 ml Apricot kernel oil

10 ml Jojoba oil

2 g Beeswax

2 g Emulsifier

 

Ingredients B:

160 ml Aloe vera juice

30 ml Distilled water

2 g Xanthan gum

1 g Lecithin granule

1 capsule Vitamin E

 

  • Aloe and Rose Moisturiser 200 ml

Light in texture, soothing yet deeply moisturising, and suitable for all skin types.

Ingredients A

10 ml Apricot kernel oil

10 ml Jojoba oil

5 ml Sweet almond oil

3 g Beeswax

2g Emulsifier

 

Ingredients B

80 ml Aloe vera juice

60 ml Rose water

20 ml Distilled water

1 g Lecithin granule

1 g Xanthan gum

1 capsule Vitamin E

5 ml Wheat germ oil

2 drops Lavender essential oil

 

 

Personalised Tips

To control the stickiness and how it absorbs into the skin, control the level of oils.

Face Mask     

A clay-based mask gently yet deeply cleanses the skin, restoring its natural glow. The recommended application for these recipes is once a week. This dry product not only lasts longer but you can also add many variations with a choice of liquid, oil, or essential oils to be mixed freshly.

 

Ingredients (100 g or 10 times usage)

50 g 1–2 Types of clay

50 g 1–2 Choices of powder

Oil, vitamin or essential oil per usage (option)

 

Instructions

  1. Make sure all ingredients are finely ground.
  2. Place all ingredients in a zip bag, seal, and shake well to blend.
  3. Store in a glass jar.
  4. Add any oil, vitamin or essential oil as per the recipe each time before usage.

 

Variations

 

Try the following ingredient for various efficacies.

  • Cocoa powder: Antioxidant and regenerating, anti-pigmentation
  • Green tea: Antioxidant and beneficial for anti-pigmentation, use after sun exposure
  • Oats: Healing and skin conditioning; gentle enough to use daily
  • Orange peel: Antioxidant and anti-ageing

 

Here are some easy recipes to get you started:

 

  • Gentle Cleansing Mask

Moisturising and cleansing mask, suitable for acne-prone or sensitive skin

50 g Kaolin

50 g Oatmeal powder

1 drop Lavender essential oil per usage

 

  • Deeply Hydrating Mask

Softens and cleanses while intensely moisturising

50 g White clay

50 g Rice bran powder

1 tsp. Rice bran oil per usage

 

  • Age-defying Mask

Simple mixture of French clay and vitamin B aids in firming and moisturising

100 g French Red

1 capsule Vitamin B per usage

 

  • Glowing Mask

Rich in vitamins, it helps purify the skin from inside, bringing out the glow in your complexion

50 g White clay

25 g Coconut powder

25 g Rice bran powder

 

How to Use

Place 1–2 tsp. of powdered mask in a small bowl and add 2 tsp. of water, milk or rice water. Stir to blend until a spreadable paste forms, and allow this paste to thicken 1 minute. Apply the entire mixture to face and leave until it dries out for about 10–15 minutes. Rinse with water and pat dry. Wipe with face lotion if required.

Face Oil   

Face oil is very easy to make with good quality vegetable oils, essential oils, specialty oils, and vitamins. All nutrients and properties are bottled as an elixir to enhance a natural glow or as an emollient to the night facials.

 

Ingredients (50 ml)

45 ml Vegetable oil

5 ml Specialty oil

1 capsule of Vitamin E

1 drop a choice of Essential oil

 

Instructions

  1. Simply pour vegetable oil in a bowl.
  2. Add essential oils, specialty oil, and vitamin E. Mix well.
  3. Keep in coloured glass bottle with dropper.

 

Variations

 

Try the following vegetable oils for various textures and efficacies.

  • Apricot kernel: Nourishing and good for facial massage, light in texture
  • Jojoba oil: For wrinkles and fine lines, promotes water retention
  • Macadamia nut: High in moisture, softens the skin

 

Personalise your product using some of the specialty oils containing powerful properties.

  • Argan: Moisturising, anti-ageing, anti-wrinkle
  • Evening primrose: Whitening effect and useful for itchy skin
  • Rosehip: Regenerating but for night use only

 

Choose your preferred essential oils for their powerful efficacies and pleasing scents.

  • Clary sage: Helpful for irritated oily skin
  • Frankincense: For dry and matured skin, helpful to reduce wrinkles
  • German chamomile: Helpful for acne
  • Geranium or Jasmine: Helpful for sensitive skin
  • Lavender: Healing and soothing; suitable for all skin types
  • Neroli: Good for all skin types but especially for dry and sensitive skin

 

Here are some sample recipes to get you started:

 

  • Daily Face Massage Oil
  • Nutritious formula for everyday use.

50 ml Apricot kernel oil

1 capsule of Vitamin E

 

  • Light Face Oil

Light in texture and suitable for sensitive skin, as well as for hot weather.

40 ml Grapeseed oil

10 ml Jojoba oil

1 capsule of Vitamin E

 

  • Nourishing Face Oil

Suitable for dry or irritated skin.

20 ml Macadamia nut oil

20 ml Avocado oil

10 ml Evening primrose oil

1 capsule of Vitamin E

 

How to Use

Daily facial massage using the face oil can stimulate blood circulation and help prevent premature ageing. Always use the face oil after cleansing, on dry skin. After massage, either leave it on overnight

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