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In choosing DIY ingredients, their absorption rates may be most important. It essentially means, how long after I apply the ingredients will I still feel them on my skin?
When I started DIY natural skincare, I tried using a macadamia nut oil moisturizer. After all, nut oils are available and are full of healthy fats. It was a cold January day, and my skin was so dry I thought it might crack. An hour later, I still felt an uncomfortable, greasy film on my face. I under-estimated just how slow a slow absorption rate can be.
I am not criticizing macadamia nut oil, but illustrating the importance of personalizing. DIY recipes are like colors of the rainbow. We can pick our perfect shade.
In general, dry skin wants ingredients with slower absorption rates, which give ongoing relief and hydration by continuing to sit on your skin. Argan oil keeps my banana curls in place because hours after application, it is still there, doing its job.
Oily skin, however, usually prefers a faster absorption rate. My summertime godsend is Baobab oil. When I am in a hurry, I can confidently rub the rapidly absorbing oil on my hands and grab my white purse, without worrying about leaving an oil stain.
Recipe: Mineral Clay Mask
4 ounces Rose Petals (used to make rosewater)
1 teaspoon French Rose Clay
1 tea spoon French Green Sea Clay
1 tea spoon Rhassoul Clay
Place rose petals in a bowl, fill with water, and cover. I usually put a plate or saucer inside the bowl. Heat in microwave on a low power setting for 90 minutes.
I usually start mine right before I go to bed, when no one needs the microwave. My mine goes from a power setting of zero to 10 and I use a 2. A double boiler on the stove top is best practice, but requires more attention.
The rosewater has a wonderful floral smell. I spray it on linens, my clothes, and even my hair.
Mix rosewater with the French Rose and Green Sea Clays. Stir to get an even blend. Add the Rhassoul Clay last. Store in the refrigerator for maximum shelf-life. Now you have a mineral clay mask, just like at the spa
1 tbl spoon illipe butter
1 tbl spoon pomegranate oil
1 tbl spoon passion fruit oil
1/2 tea spoon raw yellow beeswax
Melt beeswax (30-60 seconds in the microwave).
Add illipe butter and reheat until the mixture melts (another 0-30 seconds).
Stir in pomegranate oil and passion fruit oil. Shake. Store upside down.
At room temperature, the creation takes about a day to cool and sets. In the meantime, you can use it as a liquid or put it in the refrigerator or freezer for faster setting.
Preservatives are common ingredients in commercial processed skin care. Companies add these preservatives to ensure a long shelf life, often years. With Prismatic, you avoid these chemicals by getting what you need, when you need it.
You also do not have to buy and store large quantities of raw ingredients or else pay outrageous markups for small quantities. Indeed, we leverage this enormous markup common in the beauty and skincare industry to provide our subscription kits at a great price, often about 1/3 of the cost of the equivalent processed products.
Did you know that the ancient Mayans used cocoa beans as money? Well, they had a good reason for doing so.
Many of our kits include this luxurious cousin to chocolate in its pure, raw form. Cocoa butter is filled with vitamin K, Vitamin E, oleic acid, stearic acid, palmitic acid, Cocoa butter's structure makes it uniquely able to help seal moisture into the skin, and help collagen production. Cocoa butter is believed to be an anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory. It may even help boost the immune system. Shouldn't we give nature's gift to us a try?