DIY Skincare :: Make the Ultimate Facial Cleanser | Elizabeth Heck | Skillshare

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DIY Skincare :: Make the Ultimate Facial Cleanser

teacher avatar Elizabeth Heck, Herbalist, Educator, Formulator

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Lessons in This Class

5 Lessons (12m)
    • 1. Introduction to Making Your Cleanser

    • 2. How to Make Your Cleanser

    • 3. How to Use Your Cleanser

    • 4. Storing Your Cleanser

    • 5. Thank You

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About This Class

There are so many benefits to creating your own facial skincare you'll wonder why you didn't start sooner! It's easier than you think and anyone can do it. This course gives you all the skills you need to create a an amazing facial cleanser.

You will learn detailed information about making, using and storing your skincare cleanser.

Course benefits:

  • Avoid unsafe chemicals of commercial products
  • Create gentle cleansers that don’t strip beneficial oils
  • Create glowing, radiant skin
  • Deeply nourish the skin for long-term benefits

The course offers:

  • Learning from a professional formulator of natural botanical skincare
  • Easy step-by-step instructions to formulate your cleanser
  • Detailed simple recipe
  • Understanding of the most beneficial and effective ingredients

This course is packed with insights from years of experience. You will never find better skincare than what you can make yourself. It will be fresher, far superior and above all, safe and healthy.

This course emphasizes healing botanicals. Botanicals offer profound nourishment inside and out. The cosmetic industry is catching on. Companies large and small are adopting plant-based formulations and revisiting botanical ingredients that have been used with great effectiveness for centuries. Yet what you pay at the counter largely covers the enormous costs for marketing, insurance, administration and retail overhead. Avoid the costs, preservatives and often unsafe chemicals by making your own skincare in lovingly wholesome small batches.

Crafting skincare in your own kitchen really is fun and it's creative. Most importantly, you'll be deeply caring for yourself each and every time you use your own creations.

Enroll now for the best skin of your life!

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Elizabeth Heck

Herbalist, Educator, Formulator


Elizabeth Heck is the founder and Director of the Home Herb School. The school offers a complete suite of herbalism courses empowering students to build confidence in working with plant medicines.

As Skillshare’s most qualified herbalism instructor, Elizabeth has a solid background in herbal medicine. She has a 25 year history as a land steward, medicinal herb grower and medicine formulator. She was the founder of Pure Dermacare, an herbal products company offering all natural, botanical-based skincare.

Elizabeth taught botanical and herbal curriculums as a naturalist at Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden for nearly a decade. She also makes speaking appearances at the top herbal conferences, teaching centers and events globally. Most notably, Elizabeth frequently presen... See full profile

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1. Introduction to Making Your Cleanser: If you're using soap or foaming cleansers to wash your face, you could be causing premature aging. You'll be amazed at how effective and gentle this age old traditional cleanser is and wonder why you didn't start using it sooner. My name is Elizabeth Tech. I'm a herbalist, and I have my own line of all natural skin care. You can create amazing skin care yourself at home that is far superior to anything you could purchase in the store. In this course, you will be using healing botanicals and nourishing ingredients, leaving out the preservatives, harsh chemicals and other additives found in commercial products. Your skin care will be safe and healthy. In this class. You'll learn what ingredients to use, where to purchase them and what each one of those ingredients is doing in the recipe. You also learn how to store your creation and how to use it. Your do it yourself skin care will make amazing gifts for others. Creating your own skin care is easy, fun, creative and the cost savings are substantial to join me in this empowering course where we learn how to care for our beauty and our health, 2. How to Make Your Cleanser: the first part of our skin care regimen is going to be to cleanse the skin. A lot of us are used to bar soaps or foaming cleansers that can actually be really harsh. Bacon strip the skin of the beneficial protective oils, leaving it tight, dry, dull. It's much better to cleanse the skin gently. We want to remove the dirt and impurities, but we also want to nourish the skin, especially for mature or dry skin. We're going to be removing the dead skin spells, but with a really mild abrasion will help remove the excess oil dirt impurities. But it's also going to be very nutritive and therapeutic. I've chosen ingredients that do it all. The 1st 1 is oats or oatmeal. You can actually grand up oatmeal, but I prefer to buy it powdered like this. And actually you confined oat flour at the grocery store, and that works really, really well. It still has thief therapeutic benefits and the botanical benefits. It is naturally cleansing. It helps maintain the skins barrier function, and it's also moistening to the skin. So it's really doing a lot of things in this formulation. It's a fabulous ingredient. I have here 2/3 of a cup of oat flour, and I'm going to add that right into my mixing bowl here and then next. I have burley, and this is powdered as well. And again, you confined barley flour at your grocery store, and it works great. It's lovely. Barley really is doing a lot of different things in the formula. First of all, it's very moistening, but it helps maintain skin elasticity, and it is chuck full of minerals vitamins, so it's really feeding and nourishing the skin. Barley also has a lot of anti oxidants. So for those of us that have some skin damage, maybe we've had too much sun exposure. Exposure to pollution. Um, excessive alcohol use or tobacco. Even excess exercise can damage the skin, so there are a lot of things that the antioxidants can really really help. We're gonna go ahead and add that to our mixing bowl as well, and the last ingredient that I really always like to put in for sure, is some lavender. Lavender is anti bacterial. In fact, the origin of the word lavender comes from LaVar in, which means to clean, so it's very cleansing, anti bacterial, anti microbial, excellent to put into a cleansing formula, and it also smells really, really nice. It's going to make your cleanser smell nice as well, so that is one tablespoon of the lavender. And then I have a couple of optional agree ingredients, and I wanted to include these. Just to give you an idea of hung can play with this recipe. It doesn't always have to be exact. You can play with different ingredients, different amounts of ingredients, depending on what you have on hand. I like to add sometimes a ground or ground sunflower seeds, and you want to grind this really, really fine. You can use just a standard kitchen grinder. You can also use a coffee grinder as well. Just make sure you use a a separate, grander than the one used for your coffee or your your herbs will come out smelling like coffee. So I've grown this to almost ah, buttery kind of paced consistency. You don't want it to granular, or it will be a bit abrasive on the skin. And since this cleanser something that we're using every day, we want a really, really mild abrasion, and it is why I did purchase the powdered lavender as well, Rather than granting it myself. It is dried powdered. You can purchase that from these sources that I have in the pdf, so I'm going to go ahead and add. This is 1/4 cup of the almond. Both almonds and sunflower seeds are. They have a lot of essential fatty acids in them, which really feeds the skin full of vitamin E. Um, it's very moistening. Healing can also help boost the collagen of the skin, so there's a lot going on with these, So I do like to add them. It will decrease the shelf life of your cleanser. So if you're not adding the almonds or simpler recedes, this should be good for about a year. If you are adding something like this, probably it should be good. For about two months or so, you might even want to keep it in the refrigerator. Seeds do our nut butters and seeds do tend to oxidize, and that last quite as long. But I'm going to be using mine up well before then, so I'm going to go ahead and add that and another optional ingredient, which I think is kind of decadent, but I like to add it. Sometimes this is powdered milk and powdered milk can leave the skin feeling really smooth and silky and hydrated. It's really, really wonderful. It has lactic acid in it. So if you have issues with skin tone again, if you have a lot of sun damage some spots this will help even out the skin tone. One cautionary note, though, which is why I included it as an option is the lactic acid can make your skin more sensitive to the sun. So if you're going to be out in the sun, make sure you limit your exposure or you cover up with the sunscreen. I wear a big floppy hat and sit in the shade, so I'm going to go ahead and put that in. Our formula here is well, we'll also that the dried milk will also make the, UH, recipe just a little bit more liquidy that too much. But that's why we added just a little bit of it. I'm gonna go ahead and mix this really well. Those flowers can be a little lumpy, so I want to make sure you get all those lumps out 3. How to Use Your Cleanser: to use this, I am going to clear the hair away from my face. Put about oh tablespoon in the palm of my hand. Or you could even put it into a little mixing bowl like this if you want. Fact, let's just go ahead and do that. And then we're going to add just a little bit of water. We want a form, have a liquidity paste out of it on. I think I'm going to add just a little bit more of my cleanser in a really nice consistency there. That's perfect. And then I'm going to cleanse my skin and gentle upward strokes. I'm just going to use my fingers. It's going to get a little miss you for not over a sink or in the shower. I usually just generally take it right in the shower with me and run soft right there. It feels really, really nice. That's a nice, smooth, non abrasive cleanser, and you don't want to rub hard. We're not scraping the impurities off the skin or just gently, gently cleansing my forehead. And when that's all done, you're going to take some look warm water. You don't want your what are too hot again and will be removing those beneficial oils, and they're there for a reason. So we want to keep them there. You know, I'm just going to go ahead and wipe off my cleanser. You'll see it feels really, really wonderful when you're done. Skin will feel smoother than you've ever felt it. You'll wonder why you haven't been cleansing this way all along. 4. Storing Your Cleanser: and to store this, we're going to want to store it and in your take container, or store it in a cool, dark place that will help preserve the shelf life of your recipe. I have a couple of different ways I like to store it. One is one of thes battles, so the bottle is dark, so you're keeping the light away from the ingredients, and it also has this really nice flip top on it. It's a disk top, so I could just open it up and pour my ingredients out that way to get it in. It's a little tricky, so I do have a funnel, but you can also make a funnel with just a piece of paper and Philip my bottle like that. Another really fun way to store your recipe is to put it in a glass top were like this. Just what I'm going to dio and scoop it out with something fun when you're ready to use it . I have a shell here, and you can purchase these at any craft store. Um, but it makes kind of a fun scoop and actually makes a really fun gift as well 5. Thank You: thanks for joining the class. I hope you enjoy taking it as much as I enjoyed teaching it. Although I've been making my own skin care for many years, I decorated this project just for you. Please share your project with us so we can all collaborate and help each other. If you enjoy the class, check up my other classes and be sure to leave a review, which I always find so helpful for more learning. You can also visit my website at www dot botanical home remedies dot com. Thanks again and I look forward to seeing you in another class.