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Homemade Skincare: Ultimate Beauty for Aging & Dry Skin

teacher avatar Elizabeth Heck, Herbalist, Educator, Formulator

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11 Lessons (1h 7m)
    • 1. Introduction to Making Your Own Skincare for Dry and Mature Skin

    • 2. What You Will Need

    • 3. Gentle Herbal Exfoliant

    • 4. Nourishing Cleansing Oil

    • 5. Rejuvinating Steam

    • 6. Healing Mask

    • 7. Firming Toner

    • 8. Luscious Moisturizer

    • 9. Quick Moisturizer

    • 10. Secrets to Great Skin

    • 11. The Regimen

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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 complete homemade facial skincare regimen for ultimate beauty.

You will learn detailed information about making, using and storing your skincare creations including cleansers, steam, mask, toner and moisturizer. You will also learn what else you can do for ultimate beauty and radiant health.

Course benefits:

  • Avoid unsafe chemicals of commercial products
  • Taylor your skincare to your exact needs
  • Create gentle cleansers that don’t strip beneficial oils
  • Discover the amazing techniques essential for beauty and looking your best
  • Create glowing, radiant skin
  • Deeply nourish the skin for long-term benefits

The course offers:

  • Learning from a professional formulator of natural botanical skincare
  • Knowledge to create complete daily and weekly regimens of fabulous quality skincare
  • Easy step-by-step instructions to formulate for mature or dry skin types
  • Detailed simple recipes in pdf format
  • Understanding of the most beneficial and effective ingredients for great beauty

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. You can tailor to your own specific mature, damaged or dry skin type needs.

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.

A few hours of kitchen fun will provide all your skin care needs for two to six months.

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 Own Skincare for Dry and Mature Skin: welcome to do it yourself skin care for dry and mature skin. My name is Elizabeth. Heck, I'm a herbalist and I have my own line of all natural skincare. You can create amazing skin Care yourself at home that is far superior to anything you can purchase at the store. In this course will be using healing, beneficial botanicals and nourishing ingredients, leaving out the preservatives, harsh chemicals and additives found in most commercial products. Your skin care will be safe, and it will be healthy. Most importantly, it will be highly effective with lasting results. Will be discussing what you need to include to address fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage, dry skin and aging. The skills you'll learn will allow you to create a complete regimen for ultimate beauty and radiant health. We'll also go over the other ways besides topical application that you can get the best possible skin. Creating your own skin care is easier than you think. Anyone could do it and it's fun and it's creative and the cost savings are substantial. So join me in this empowering course where we learn how to care for our beauty and our health 2. What You Will Need: in this lesson, I'd like to cover everything that you will need for this course. I like to keep the tools and materials as simple as possible. So much of what you'll need. You probably already have on hand all of the recipes that I've provided in the recipe. Pdf used measurements by volume rather than by weight. So rather than going out and buying a scale, all you'll need is a measuring cup. You will also need a mixing bowl and a spoon and a pan with a cover. It's nice if you have a film. If you don't, that's okay. You can generally pour everything into your storage jars, but it just makes a little more convenient if you have one. For some of the recipes, you will need a blender, and if you don't have one, that's OK. You can use mixer, or, if you have a lot of energy, you can even use a whisk. If you have one of those on hand, I always use a blender. I find it really helps make the moisturizing cream a lot easier for some of the recipes. It will be nice to have some sort of grindr either one like this or something that's similar to a coffee grandeur. Ah, lot of the recipes I've recommended that you try to find powdered herbs or even flowers like oat flour or barley flour. Most of those you can buy in any grocery store or a health food store or a co op. But if you do find a whole botanicals that are in leaf form or flower form, you're going to want to be able to growing those up somehow. And you will also need a for a lot of the recipes, you will need a strainer. It's also really nice for making your herbal teas, which I recommend at the end of the course, So it's kind of nice to have a strainer on hand. And once you have made all of your recipes, you're going to want to store them in something so you're going to need a number of different jars. You'll be making five or six recipes. The's, Bulger's or canning jars are awfully nice. They're nice for mixing various ingredients and then also for storing there nice and airtight, and you can buy those at just about any grocery store. It's also kind of fun to buy more decorative jars, and I've included some resource is in your resource PDFs to where you can find some of these. Some of them are really fun. It's nice to have a dark bottle with all of your recipes. You're going to want to store them in a cool, dark, dry place. But if you have a dark bottle, that's awfully nice. Then you could just start right on your bathroom counter or wherever. You don't have to worry about trying to keep sunlight out of it in these type of sunlight or heat or moisture in some cases can really degrade your recipes, so you're gonna want to have some good years. You can even recycled jars, so baby food containers, for example. If you do that, you're going to want to sterilise the jars really well by boiling them in hot water for at least a few minutes. Otherwise, you can have recipes that will spoil, especially the face cream. It can start to get some mold on top of it, and also when I buy my jars, or even when I recycle my jurors, I look for jars that have a top similar to this without that cardboard padding in there, that cardboard padding will hold moisture in it, and it will make your product mold a lot more quickly. So you want to make sure that your tops do not have any type off that padding on the top of it. And also, if you just remove it, it leaves a lot of really sticky glue that's hard to remove, so these are nice tops. Then, finally, you will also want something to label all of your recipes with you think you'll remember what you made, but it turns out a lot of us don't always remember. So it could be a simple as something like this, a piece of paper just hand written, taped on. Or you could make it even something fancy that you print out with lots of colors, and that's really decorative. It's nice to have something that's either taped over or coated, because some of your containers may get wet as you use them, and those labels will just smear and run and just start to peel off after a while. I just wanna make sure your containers, if you are recycling, they're really good and dry before you put any of your ingredients in them so we don't want any spoilage to happen. Next, you will need the ingredients for your recipes, so I have included a recipe. Pdf for you. You can review that and purchased all of your ingredients right away so that you could follow along in the course and make your recipes as I'm making mine. Or you may choose to review the whole course first and decide what you want during the course and maybe describing some alternatives that you might be interested in. Or you may see some alternatives on the ingredient list that I've provided for you. So however you want to do it, I kind of like reviewing the course first and then purchasing everything. And then you can take the course again and make the recipes alongside me if you like. As you review the recipes, don't be afraid to modify them. Have fun, play with them. You may find that you have certain preferences for certain ingredients, or you may have more of some ingredients and less of some others, and so you want to increase certain ingredients in the recipes. It might be based on what you confined, there might be certain ingredients that you're just not able to find one of the ingredients . I love this Colangelo, and for some reason there's a worldwide shortage of it right now, so it's a little harder to find, but you can find it. It's still out there. You might also make a recipe a few times, and you've used up most of something, and you only have a little of something else. And so don't be afraid to go ahead and modify. It's a little like modifying your favorite dinner recipe. I don't know if you've ever I looked in your refrigerator, and there's certain things that you have to use up. So you modify. It. Turns out that that's your favorite recipe ever. If that does happen, make sure you write it down. I sometimes don't write it down, and I regret afterwards not doing that, so make sure you right right on your label what you've made the name of your recipe, what ingredients you put in it and then the date that you made it. Most of the recipes that you're going to be making in this course will last for about two months, up to about two years. So we have a pretty good shelf life. All of the ingredients that I've recommended for you have a pretty stable shelf life to them. So take a look at the ingredient. PdF and throughout the recipes as you review them, know why you're including all of the ingredients. I go through quite a bit of detail as to what all of the ingredients are doing, but you can review that ingredient PDFs well on get a better idea as to exactly why those ingredients are included. It helps you understand why they're there, and it also helps you understand if you do want to make any alternative changes. Also, I've provided in the resource pdf a list of really good quality suppliers for your ingredients, and this is really important. You don't just want to go on the Internet and by the least expensive ingredient that you confined, you really want to trust your source. It always amazes me in the cosmetic industry that people don't talk about adulterated ingredients, which means either they're just really not the quality that you want, or sometimes they can actually be replaced with something. That's not what you think you're getting in the herbal community? We talked about this quite a bit, but for some reason the cosmetic industry, it's it's not discussed, so use the resource is that I've provided for you. Usually your coop or local health food store should have really good quality ingredients as well. Next, we're going to jump right into making all of our skin care products, so I will look forward to seeing you in the next lesson. 3. Gentle Herbal Exfoliant: 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. So I'm gonna offer a couple of different ways to do that. The 1st 1 is a gentle exfoliant, which is even more like a gentle polish. 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 the 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, 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 LEVAR, 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 how you 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 a 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 rather than grinding it myself. It is dried powdered. You can purchase that from the 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. It's very moistening. Healing can also help boost the collagen of the skin, so there's a lot going on with this, 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. Um, 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 damaged 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. It will also that the dried milk will also make the 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 and make sure I've mixed this thoroughly . And to store this, we're going to want to store it and in airtight 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 these 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. So to use this, I am going to clear the hair away from my face. Put about Oh, a table spoon 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 kind of a liquidy paste out of it on. I think I'm going to add just a little bit more of my cleanser. Got 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 show. 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 Nana Bruce of cleanser, and you don't want to rub hard. We're not scraping the impurities off the skin were just gently, gently cleansing. Get my forehead, and when that's all done, you're going to take some look warm water. You don't want your water too hot again. Then we'll be removing those beneficial oils, and they're there for a reason. So we want to keep them there, and I'm just going to go ahead and wipe off my cleansers. 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. And when I'm done with my cleanser, I'm going to follow up with the next step, which could either be esteem or a toner, depending on whether you're doing a daily or a weekly or a monthly regimen. 4. Nourishing Cleansing Oil: The second way to cleanse that we're going to cover is the oil cleansing method. This is a wonderful method of cleansing for those that were makeup. It's an excellent makeup remover even can remove. I make up a swell as's facial makeup, and it's also nice for those that don't wear makeup. It's one of those cleansing methods that you just have to try and see. If it works for you, I happen to really enjoy it. But it takes a little bit of getting used to. It's using nutritive oils and therapeutic essential oils to both cleanse and nourish the skin. What's happening with the oil cleansing method is that the oil is applied to the skin and it helps to loosen up the dirt impurities excess oil that can then be wiped off. But with this cleansing method, you're not removing that underlying protective layer of oils that we want to keep on the skin. We're going to be using two different oils. First is the grapeseed oil, and the grapeseed. Oil is the least oily of the oils. It has a really nice glide to it perfect. That's why a lot of people actually use it as a massage oil. But the grapeseed oil is really high and antioxidants, so it is helping to repair damage skin and actually helping to prevent future damage. Also has a lot of vitamin E, which is very repairing. And healing also can help preserve your recipe. That's a really nice one to add. It helps boost the collagen. It's very moisturizing theme. Grapeseed oil has essential fatty acids in it, which is extremely healing. So it's a very good nourishing oil to include in your oil cleanse and also going to be including hobo oil, which actually is a wax, not oil, although it feels like an oil, but it means that it's more stable and the grapeseed oils actually very stable. A swell. So this should last about a year. Some oil to have to be careful of. They either need refrigeration or they have a very short shelf life. These both have a very extended shelf life, which is nice, the whole, but oil is very close to your skin zone. Seebohm. So it's a really, really wonderful oil to include in this recipe the grape seed oil. I'm going to use 3/4 of a cup And then I'm going to add 1/4 of the Khobar oil, and this will make quite a bit of cleanser that were less to for a nice long time. We go, I'm going to pour that into something to mix it up with. I could mix it up right here in my measuring jar, but I think I'd like to mix it up really, really well. Somebody put it into this is a canning jar or a Bulger. You buy those at just about any grocery store, and then I'm going to add the essential oils. And for most of you, you might just want the lavender essential oil for additional cleansing. It's highly antimicrobial, so this is where we're getting the really good cleanser. Lavender has been used historically as they cleansing oil. It's been used to wash whether it's in dried poder form, the flower form, essential oil form or even the Hydra cell form lavenders. Exceptional exceptional antimicrobial antibacterial antiseptic also has a really nice aroma to it, so it will impart a nice smell to your cleanser, which is always an added benefit. You can add anywhere between three and six drops. I generally don't like to use too much essential oil. Some people could have sensitivity to essential oils. Lavenders are very, very safe. Essential oils, very unusual to have any kind of allergy or reaction to lavender. So I really like to include it. I won't add three drops. You can add six drops if you like. That would still be very safe. Just add to your own to your liking. Your own preference I'm going to do is tip the bottle of Sit down and tap Tap tap. That's how you get your three drops. You have to be very careful. You don't want to pour out of there. You can also add for those that have readiness and rose a show. You may also want to add 3 to 6 drops of Roman. Camomile is a nice addition, and it's very calming and soothing, its anti inflammatory. So it's excellent for cleanser for those types of skin conditions of their skin sensitivities. Once we have everything in there, you're going to shake it up real good. Sure, it's all mixed together, and these are all oil, so we don't have to worry about trying. Teoh emulsify this. They should all mixed together really nicely. And once that is prepared, we're going to want to store it somehow. You can continue to start right in this jar if you want to. I like to use thes dark jurors like this. And for this cleanser I have Ah, this is a pumped up. So when I want to use that, I could just go ahead and pump it right out like that. So in order to get this in here, I could just pour it in, which would work just fine. But to make things a little bit easier, I do have a funnel. So I'm going to go ahead and for that right in there and then make sure I kept it take like London and always with all of your recipes. When you're done, make sure to label them with the name of the recipe, the ingredients that you put in it and the date you always think you'll remember what you made. But it's surprising how often you don't so to cleanse. I'm going to just pump a little bit into the palm of my hand. You don't need a whole lot. I'm going to move my hair out of the way and rub that between my hands and then just gently and upward strokes. Massage that into my skin. Anyone? Sasha, Just long enough to loosen the surface. Dirt the surface, grind the surface, oils, impurities. And if you want to remove your makeup, you could certainly go ahead and do this on your eyes as well. It will even take off. Mascara works really, really nice for that. And then when you're done, just go ahead and you can take a cotton pad and wipe that off. Or you could take a wash cloth like this. If you're going to use a cotton pad, make sure that it is cutting that synthetic said that it can irritate the skin and actually clog the pores. So those with blemishes or rose atia are red irritated skin or sensitivities that can actually make that a bit worse. And then, once we're done with that, wait that off. Using some lukewarm water, you don't want to use hot water. I was that will remove some of those beneficial oils that were trying to keep on the skin. Doesn't this look warm water and wiped off and you may find that this actually moisturizes your skin enough that you don't need a moisturizer afterwards. Listen to your skin and let it tell you how it feels and see whether you need any additional moisture added. So that is our oil cleansing method, and we will see you in the next lesson. 5. Rejuvinating Steam: The next part of our regimen is a facial steam. Steam seemed to be under appreciated. For some reason. You don't see them packaged and sold at the beauty counters, and you don't even often see them offered as part of a professional facial. They happen to be my favorite part of the regimen. I don't use them every day. I might use them weekly or even monthly if I don't have a lot of time. I definitely always used them before a special event. And even if I'm running late, I will always find an extra five minutes to fit one in. I love how it makes my skin feel afterwards. Very clean, refreshed, very rejuvenated. What's happening with the facial steam is that the steam opens the pores and allows the volatile oils of the herbs to penetrate the skin for a really deep cleanse. It also helps bring the beneficial oils to the surface of the skin and helps to bring circulation to the surface of the skin as well, really a lot going on with the facial steams in terms of feeding the skin, nourishing the skin and cleansing the skin all at the same time, So I have chosen three different herbs here. Teoh do all of those tasks and a nice balance of the rejuvenating and cleansing herbs. First we have rose. These are Dr Rose petals, and it's amazing that they still smell very aromatic, even though they're dried. Rose petals are doing a lot in this formulation. They're regenerative, so they help the skin cells regenerate. It's also very hydrating herb to put in your facial steam, and it helps balance the oils of the skin and is also very nourishing. Lovely herb to put in into this formulation. This is 1/3 of a cup. I'm going to go ahead and add that tour mixing bowl, and next we have Colangelo Colangelo is one of the most healing botanicals, and you see it on a lot of skincare formulations, and I put it in a lot of my skin care formulations. Just for that reason, the calendula helps boost the collagen of the skin. On Daz, I said, very healing, and it does have some of those anti bacterial qualities to it, So that's where we're getting the cleansing part of this formulation. This is 1/3 of a cup going to put that into our mixing bowl. Next we have lavender. Uh, this is really, really aromatic and dried and still very aromatic. The lavender is very calming to the system. It's a nervous, but not one of those that makes you sleepy. Just one of those that just makes you very relaxed and feel good, really good away. This is anti bacterial, and that's why we're adding it to this formulation. And, uh, does a lot of good work that way, going to go ahead and mix this up. And if you can see this, it's absolutely beautiful, the colors and the aroma. Right now it's just really, really nice. And that's why it makes such a lovely gift. But you're going to want to use it yourself. Once we have all of this mixed up, you're going to want to store it somehow, since there is no liquid in this formulation and no water or anything that can cause bacteria to get into the herbs. It will last for a really long time, last for even a couple of years of stored properly, so you want to make sure that when you store it, you store it in something airtight, so it can be a simple as a baggie as long as it's Ziploc airtight. Or you can use even a bulgar like a canning jar, which is what I'm going to be using today. Or if you do want to give it away as a gift, you can find some kind of fun container to put it into. I'm going to go ahead and put this into my storage container, and when I'm done with that, I'm going to be sure to label it and appetite. And to use your steam is really quite simple. It's as simple as it is to make. So you're going to take a bowl, put about a nice heaping tablespoon, uh, your plant material in the boat a little bit more, and then I'm going to take some hot water. So this is water that I've boiled on the stove top in a pan, and I don't add that to my bowl. Fill it up about halfway or so. A little more, a little less. That's okay. It doesn't matter, and I'm going to take a tell. Put my head over the steam, and if it gets too hot, I can always open up the towel a little bit, or I can lift my head further away from the bowl a little bit. But the idea behind the steam is to release those volatile oils that will penetrate into the pores. And, as it seems, the pores will open and take in those herbs. It's really quite lovely. In fact, the aroma. It's so nice. I always save my bowl afterwards and leave it on my kitchen counter top for a couple of days, even. And so I can smell that aroma as I walked by and it's it is really quite nice, So to do my steam, I wanted to take a towel, place it over my head and steamed for about five minutes or so. You can do a few more minutes if you like. If you have more time, that's just fine. And when I'm done, I'm going to actually rents my skin with some nice lukewarm water and then proceed to the next step so I will see you in the next video, where we learn how to make and do a facial mask 6. Healing Mask: in this lesson, we're going to be making a mask, master concentrations of whole botanicals that stay in the skin and go to work for a few minutes. Since we're going to be making a mass for mature and dry skin, we're going to look for it to do a few things. We'd like to stimulate a sluggish complexion and really offer some nourishing softening effects to the skin. So we were. Look for botanicals that will richly feed the skin, some of them you'll recognize from before the barley and oats that we use during our gentle exfoliant, although abusing them and slightly different combinations and in different ways this time. So to begin with, we have our barley, and as you'll remember, the burly has a lot of moistening. Effects can also help promote skin elasticity, and the barley is rich in minerals, vitamins, antioxidants. So we're going to be using 2/3 of a cup of barley, and I like to find po turd burly, infect all of the's for the mask. I've used powdered ingredients, these air dried powdered botanicals. If you can't find powdered, you can grind them up yourself. I have a couple of different appliances here. That you could use one is our grinder here that works really well and also a coffee. Grander works really, really good. I would just caution you now to use the same grinder that you use for your coffee. Otherwise, your coffee will taste like herbs, and your herbs will taste and smell like coffee. So if you can buy, find them powder, that really is the best way. Green tea is a little tricky to find powdered, but it is out there. I do have some here that has been pretty powdered professionally, so we're going to go ahead and add our 2/3 a cup of barley to our mixing bowl. We also have here 1/3 of a cup of oats, and the haute says you recall, have that really moistening effect. So this is actually going to be sitting on the skin for a few minutes and providing a lot of moistening properties for us. And next we're going to add are green tea. This is one tablespoon of green tea. Green tea is rich in antioxidants, and lastly we're going to add our L. O, which is also antioxidant and also moistening but the Al oh can firm and tone the skin as well. I'm only adding a teaspoon of the l O. The ello has so many wonderful properties to it, but it can actually once you had the water too it water to the dried Al. Oh, that is when it sits on the skin can actually get a little bit gluey. So I only I want to add a little bit, and this amount will do just beautifully in your formulation. So once they have them all of a mixing bowl, I'm going to mix them all together thoroughly. Some of those powders, the barley powder and the partner could get a little plumpy. So I want to be sure, really get those clumps out of here and mix this together nicely now, similar to some of our other dried ingredients that we've used prior are exfoliant end our esteem. Since this does not include water or other moisture, we can go ahead and store this. This one should store for up to about a year, so pretty long time and we'll start in the same way that we've stored some of the other dried products, either in our canning jar or in a more decorative jar if you like, or even in a Ziploc baggie will work just fine. So once we have that all mixed up, I'm ready to go. Then we can do our mask. So I'm going to take just a little bit of water here. I have about a tablespoon of water, and I'm going to add enough of the mask just enough to moisturize it and make a really thin paste. I have to add a little bit more here. So probably about tablespoon of water to two tablespoons off mask, a little more water there. You just have to play around with a little bit. Get it to the consistency that you really like. Not too runny. That too thick. All right, I think this is good. Then I'm going to go ahead and tie my hair back and apply the mask you want. Apply the mask to clean skin. I like applying the mass after a steam so the pores are nice and open, so I could let the mask really absorb in there nicely. I'm just gonna use my fingers and apply this to my whole face. It feels really nice and lovely already. It doesn't look so pretty, though. And go ahead and get my forehead. You want to stay away from the area? There's no reason to put any mask on the area. I'm going to go ahead and let this sit on my skin until it dries. Mass can get a little itchy towards the end, so hopefully you'll be okay with that. This one doesn't get to which you were. The clay mass tend to dry and pull. This one doesn't do so much. You can take it off a little sooner if you really can't stand it. But it actually, right now it does feel really nice. So let this sit until it dries Boat 15 20 minutes or so. And once I'm finished with that, then I will move to the next step, which is toning the skin. So we will see when the next lesson where we learn how to tone 7. Firming Toner: next, we're going to be formulating a toner specific for mature and dry skin. Toners are the most simple part of your regimen that you'll make, and it's a wonder why so many people skip right over them is a part of their regimen. They really are refreshing, and they do a lot of good work for our skin. They help clear additional residue after cleansing, and they really help balance of proper pH in the skin. You want that pH to be right around 5.5, give or take a little bit. Anything that's too low of a pH makes the skin too acidic, which means it will be too oily and can be prone to blemishes Anything above that 5.5 or above about six or so the skin starts getting too alkaline, which is very drying and can lead to additional premature aging. So we want to keep that right around 5.5 if we can. I like to use hydra souls for my toners. Hi trestles are created during the process of creating essential oils. Unfortunately, we can't make hydro cells ourselves without proper training and equipment, but thankfully we can purchase them This formulation that we're making today only has to hydra cells, so it's very simple to make. The 1st 1 is hella Chris. Um, sometimes called him ortel or everlasting. You'll probably see three different names for it sometimes, but I like to call it Hella Chris. Um, and hello, Chris um, is wonderful for are healing and regenerating damaged skin. It also helps tone the skin, and it also helps boost collagen. So it's a wonderful addition to our formulation. I'm going to go ahead and add 1/4 cup into my mixing jar you could actually do. You're mixing rate in your mixing cup to stir it up. Really good, but I happen to like a bulge are canning jar Second, shake it up really good, especially if I'm making a toner with a lot of ingredients in it. Then I'm going to add a Rose hydra cell, and I use Rose Hydro sells for almost all of my toners. It does amazing work for all different skin types, and it also is one of the few hydro cells that has a nice aroma to it. Most of them really don't, which is surprising since they're so closely related to the essential oils, which are very aromatic. I have 3/4 cup off the Rose Hydra sell here, and it's the Rose Hydro saw, which is really balancing the pH of the skin. It's also a stringent, so it helps the pores appear smaller. A lot of people think of a stringent as drying, but it really isn't. It's actually binding the tissues, and that's what's making the pores appear smaller. Rose really is actually very hydrating, and it's very nourishing to the skin roses antimicrobial. So here we are with a feeding, nourishing ingredient, which is also cleansing the skin. So I'm going to add my 3/4 cup to my mixing jar, and I'm going to cap that and shake that up really well. I could just store this right in the mixing jar, but it is a clear bottle said. Want to make sure that I store it out of any sunlight store that in a cool, dark place. I'm going to store my toner in these jars, which are really nice, because they already are dark and they have a nice disk top flip top on them, which I find really convenient. Now. I could just pour my hydra cell right into that jar, but I happen to have a funnel. If you have a funnel, great, it'll make it a lot easier. I can pour that right in here. Now these Hydra Saul's should last about six months or so. If they're stored properly, they do last quite a while. There we have it. And of course, as always, I'm going to be sure to label my hydro cell with the name of what it isn ingredients, and the data made it to use the hydra cell. I'm going to go ahead and put this on a cotton pad here and make sure to use a cotton pad, not a synthetic pad. Synthetic pads can clog the pores. They can actually even cause some irritation. So I'm going to whip that on my skin. Sure, you get all my skin real good, and it's nice to leave the skin a little damp before you put your moisturizer on as well. And really hold that hide yourself in. So next we're going to learn how to make a moisturizer 8. Luscious Moisturizer: The last step in our regimen is to moisturized skin. We're going to be making a face cream, which is really one of the most important parts of our daily and weekly regimen. This last step is a little tricky, but if you've made everything else up to this point, you'll do just fine. We're going to be attempting to emulsify oil and water, which don't like to be mixed, but we're going to use a blender and some emulsify ing wax, and so that will do the trick for us. What is happening with the moisturizer is that it's hydrating with the water component of the cream and then with the oil component. It is lubricating and protecting and nourishing the skin and holding that water, that hydrating part in the skin. So we have two different components. We're going to start with the oil component, and I have 2/3 of a cup of oil here that I'm going to put in a pan that's on low heat. You can use a double boiler, but I'm just using low heat so you don't have to go out and buy a double boiler if you don't have one and This is a variety of oils. You can use whatever oils work for you in the ingredient pdf that I have for the course. I have a number of different oils that are listed, and there are wonderful, nourishing oil. Some are fairly inexpensive. Summer, very expensive. Some of my favorites are grapeseed oil, apricot oil, those air, the less expensive one. Some of the more expensive ones that are wonderful is pomegranate oil. I really like Argonne oil, so see what works for you and what works for your skin type. I do have recommendations outlined in your recipe that are appropriate for your skin type. So next part of our oil component is 1/3 of a cup of the emulsify ing wax. You can use bees wax. I do like a multiplying wax. This emulsify ing wax is vegetable based. You want to make sure that it's vegetable based and not petroleum based. Comes in these little tiny pits, which makes it really easy, whereas the bees wax Um, Temps comes in a nice big chunk, and you have two great it up, so this works really nicely. It also really helps, too, stabilized the emotion and really helps to bind the oil and water a little bit more easily than the bees wax. So the abuse wax does do that to both of them, are thickening are emulsion, and that's what makes your cream a little bit thicker. So if you like a thicker cream, add a little bit more wax if you like a thinner cream at a little less wax. So if you notice we have 2/3 oil and 1/3 of a cup of the wax, so that equals one cup. So we have one cup total of our oil component. I have this on low heat so I can get him. Melt this wax and should melt fairly quickly. And while that's melting, we're going to mix up our water component. And our water component will also include one cup. So we have an equal amount of our water component in our oil component. Our water component is going to have two parts to it, so the first part is going to be Al Oh, and Allah is pretty watery. So I'm putting it into the water component rather than the oil component. I'm gonna go ahead and put that right into my mixing cup, and I have about 1/4 cup of Al. Oh, hello is wonderful. It's moisturizing. Its antioxidant helps firm until in the skin it's a really nice component of your facial cream of your moisturizer. I'm going to go ahead and fill up the rest with this is distilled water. You want to make sure you use distilled water. Otherwise, you your cream can end up moulding sooner than you want it to. Distilled water will prevent that from happening too quickly. I'm going to fill that right up to the one cup mark and instead of water, you can also use a hydro Saul of your choice. Rose Hide. Rosol is really nice. Lavender hydro Saul, depending on what you're looking for in your face cream but waterworks. Justus. Well, I'm going to stir up my oil, which looks like it's ready to go. You just want toe heat until the wax melts. That's it. I'm going to take that off the heat and let that cool until it comes to room temperature. We wanted to be room temperature before we mix it with the water, or what can happen is the emotion conception rate so as long as it's room temperature, and as long as you're waters room temperature, they will impulse if I real nicely. So let's take a quick break and we will let this cool and we will be right back. Our oil is finally cooled down to room temperature. You can tell because it's getting sort of ah, cloudy. Look to it as it cools. I'm gonna go ahead, put that into the blender, and we're going to add just a few additional ingredients. I didn't want to add those while the oil was still warm. It's much better to add them once it's come down to room temperature. The first ingredient I'm going to add is vitamin E. Vitamin E will help extend the shelf life. Your cream should last about a month or two longer fits in the refrigerator and longer if you add a little bit of vitamin E. So this is going to be one to spoon of vitamin E and vitamin E. It has a lot of benefits beats. Besides extending the shelf life, it's an age defying ingredients so it will help prevent those fine lines and wrinkles also helps boost the collagen and It's high in antioxidants, very moistening, Lovely ingredient to add. I'm also going to add at this point now my essential oils. You can add any different essential oils. I've made recommendations for you, but there is also a number of other wonderful essential oils, and I've listed the ones that I think are really wonderful for skin care in your ingredient . Pdf. I'm going to be adding frankincense and Palma Rosa one at about six drops of essential oil , so I'm going to add three of each. It's going to tip that over and tap tap tap. You can smell them very strong palm Arosa. Add three drops of that. Here we go and all the oils that I've listed in your ingredient pdf, have a pretty long shelf life. I didn't in crude include any that have a really short shelf life like the rose hip oil, which is really, really nice, but it really does need to be refrigerated right when you receive it or right when you purchase it. So these have a much longer shelf life. I've also steered away from coconut oils. Anything to do with the coconuts there they really are Nice, Nice oils, but they tend to clog the pores, so I tend not to use them. So you might notice that I didn't include those an ingredient. Pdf are I'm going to go ahead and start to mix this so I have just finished mixing the cream. I poured the water in through the top very slowly and turned it on high. I could have also used a mixer something similar to this, or you could, even if you are motivated enough, actually use a whisk and whisk it by hand. But it's going to be a lot of work. It's a lot easier just to use a blender, so this has turned out nice and creamy and white. I'm going to go ahead and pour this into a storage container, and this will continue to solidify as it cools. It will get a little thicker over time. You just want use a tiny little bit That should be plenty and moisturize, using nice, gentle upward strokes, giving all skin. I do like to get my crow's feet. Some people stay away from the eyes. I do stay away from this area, but I do like to moisturize the crow's feet and get my neck. And be sure with, as with all of your other recipes, to go ahead and label your ingredients the date and the name of your recipe and store that in a Tate sealed container in a cool, dark place. In the next lesson, we're going to learn what else we can do to take the very best care of our skin. 9. Quick Moisturizer: Hi. My name is Elizabeth. Heck, I'm an herbalist and a professional skincare. Formulate. Er, I'd like to share today with you a trick that I have for moisturizing the skin moisturizing . The skin is one of the most important parts of your daily regimen. Unfortunately, a lot of the commercial creams that are out there contain preservatives in order to extend the shelf life of their products. And some of them even contains some harsh chemicals or some ingredients that can have some adverse effects with long term use. So it really is beneficial to make your own. And making your own cream can be a little tricky and it takes a little time. So if you don't want to do that, I'm going to share with you a shortcut that I have. So to make a cream, you have two different components that you're trying to combine, and with this shortcut, we don't need to combine them. Actually, we're just going to apply them both directly to our face. So what? The cream you're trying to emulsify water and oil, but we don't need to do that here. So we have a water component in oil component. The water part is actually doing the hydrating of the skin, where, as the oil component is doing the nourishing the lubricating protective part and holding that water in. So I have two different bottles here, one with my water and one with my oil and water could be something as simple as distilled water, or it can be a hydro. Saul and I really like to use the hydra cells. They are the by product of creating essential oil, so they really have those beneficial Bo Tanika will components to them. And unfortunately, we can't make hydra cells at home because we don't have the proper training or equipment to make them. But they are readily available for purchase. You can find them online. So one of my favorite hydro Sauls is rose. It's very nourishing to the skin and very healing. Just a wonderful, wonderful botanical. And I like to combine it with a hella chris, um, Hydra Saul, so you can purchase both of them and just add 50 50 or one or the other. Put them in a spray bottle. If you're mixing them, just make sure to shake it up really good, and then for my oil component. I've mixed a number of different oils here once that I happen to have on hand. But you can use any number of different oils, and you can find all of them readily available to order online as well. Just make sure you get some good quality or oils and order from a reputable source. There are some more inexpensive oils that are still very, very good, such as apricot oil, almond oil, grapeseed oil all very good. You could use them just by themselves or mix them together. If you want to make a more luxurious oil, I recommend argon oil. Pomegranate oil is very expensive, but you only need a little bit to get the effects of it. Rose Hip oil It's wonderful, but it will need to be refrigerated. It doesn't have as long as a shelf life as some of the others there, so many wonderful oils out there. So you can again just put those into a jar like this, or even if you just have a like a canning jar. You could just put your your hydro Saul on your oil right in those. But I happen to like a spray in a pump just for convenience of use. And you can order bottles just like this online as well. So to simply use you spray your hide, Russell, all over your skin. Get a nice and damp. Remember, we're hydrating here, and then you can take your oil. Put a few pumps of oil in the palm of your hand. It doesn't need very much. Maybe only two pumps on. Rub that in your hands and rub that all over your skin. So there you have your oil and your water all in one, and you don't need to create your moisturizer. And the added benefit of this is that it will last much longer than any homemade moisturizer. If you make a homemade moisturizer, it will probably only be good for a month or two, depending and what you put in it. Whereas the Hydra cell will be good at least for six months, if not a year and your oil probably about the same amount of time. So you have that added benefit as well 10. Secrets to Great Skin: the skin care regimen you have made up to this point will do wonders for your skin. There are a few other things that you can also do for the best possible glowing skin that you can get. Be sure that you are getting well hydrated, so drink plenty of fresh, clean water every day, and also you can drink nourishing teas. Green tea is a really great one, and you can find that easily at any grocery store you can also, often at the co op or health food store, find prepackaged nettles, which are really good or one of my favorites is roasted Dandy Lion wrote T, which you confined prepackaged, and it's a great coffee substitute, and you can also find pre packaged teas that tone the liver. Any time you're toning the liver, you're also toning the skin. Another one of my favorites is burdock. You might be able to find dry burdock that you could make a tea out of just steep it in some warm water. Strain it out or if you find burdock root, which you can often find in the produce section of health food stores that you could boil for about 10 minutes and string that out. Drink that tea. You can also eat the burdock infect in Japan. They call it gobo root and eat it a lot more frequently than we eat it here. But you can shredded and steam it and add your favorite flavorings to it. Or you can even chop it up. It's It's a long taproot, sort of like a carrot, and add that to soups and stews or any way that you would cook carrots. You also will benefit from getting some really good oils, so olive oil is a great one. Salmon is fantastic for the skin. Someone told me once, and I wish I remember who they called it. The instant face lift has wonderful, beneficial oils and also a tablespoon or teaspoon even of fish oil every day. Just make sure the contaminants such as mercury, have been removed from it. So get a really good quality fish oil. You'll also want to get plenty of rest and manage stress. I know that's a hard one for a lot of us, but it really will pay off in the long run for a lot of reasons. And it's also good to get your daily exercise 30 minutes a day. It's good or even every other day if you just don't have time. But it could be a simple as walking or biking or whatever you enjoy so that you'll stick to it. You a few things that you're going to want to avoid. IHS smoking, excessive alcohol consumption and excessive sun exposure. So where your big floppy hat or sunscreen? If you prefer to use that, you can also on occasion, do some facial massage. You can do this right at your desk. You could do it anywhere, sitting in traffic as long as your hands on the steering wheel, and you don't want to stretch the skin just gentle upward strokes, and you just want to bring a fresh blood supply and first circulation to the skin, and it really, over time can work wonders. But most of all, you want to pay attention to what's working for your skin and what isn't, whether it's diet or whether it's your skin care regimen. You want to just know what's working for you and listen to your skin so I will see you in the next lesson, where we go through a daily and a weekly skin care regimen. 11. The Regimen: Next, we'll go through the skin care routine for your daily regimen and your weekly regimen. You notice I am sipping my herbal tea, and here are the products that we've made throughout the course. So good morning routine is to start with the cleanse, which ever cleansing method you prefer. You can use one or the other, or you can use both of them. Whatever seems to work well for your skin, follow up with a toner, and I'm like to leave my skin still damp when I then use my moisturizer. So we put plenty of toner on and then add your moisturizer right away in the evening. If you have Warren makeup during the day, or if you've worn sunscreen or your face just feels really like it needs another clans, go ahead and cleanse again. If not, it might just be something as simple as some warm water in a washcloth and then in the evening, follow up with a moisturizer. If you feel like you do need additional moisturizer, your skin might feel just fine and not need it again. Pay attention and listen to your skin. There really is no difference between a day moisturizer and a nighttime moisturizer. When you see those marketed at beauty counters a lot of times, the only difference is that a day moisturizer has an SPF to it, whereas the nighttime moisturizer does not. So the moisturizer that you've made in this course will be fine for day or night, then a good weekly routine. And it could even be monthly if you're pressed for time. But I like to do it weekly is to start with your cleanse, then use a facial steam, which is my favorite part of the regimen. I can't say enough about it and follow up with a mask. So once you are, pores are open from the steam. Then apply that mask and really let it deeply cleanse into the skin and then follow up with your toner and your moisturizer, just like in your daily routine, you'll probably see results in a few weeks. The herbal botanicals that you've been using are extremely healing, and they really help promote the natural process of the healing and wellness of your skin. They don't react real quickly, and they're not quick fixes like you might find in some other products, which can actually end up damaging your skin. In the long run, the herbs are exceptionally healing, something that your body understands and works with naturally.