DIY cosmetics – almond oil, the vitamin spa treatment for your skin
Expensive scented creams that promise the moon are not in tune with our times. Neither are animal experiments or chemical additives. Why not use the power of nature instead and pamper your skin with all-natural ingredients that you mix yourself? In this article, we reveal how to make your very own nutrient-rich skin cream.
So what is almond oil exactly?
Almonds have been an important nutrient for thousands of years. The Egyptians baked almond bread for their Pharaohs, and the ancient Greeks baked almonds into their history in a different way: according to legend, the first almond tree grew from a drop of blood shed by the goddess Cybele. The Arabs, the Romans and even Karl the Great took almonds with them on their travels – and spread them all the way up to northern Europe.
Almond oil is cold pressed from ripe almond fruit. When pressing, it’s important to keep the proportion of bitter almonds low to make sure the oil tastes good afterwards. The chopped almonds are gently cold pressed and filtered several times to obtain clear almond oil. Cold pressing is important because heat would destroy the valuable nutrients instantly. You can also buy refined or extracted almond oil, which are cheaper but contain less nutrients.
Why does my skin need almond oil?
The high level of oleic acid in almond oil is very good for skin. It keeps it supple and acts as a moisturizer. In addition to valuable fatty acids, almond oil also contains numerous important vitamins and minerals in a combination that promotes smooth skin and helps to protect and renew skin cells. Almond oil has a fragrance that is stimulating without being overpowering. Almond oil has a low UV protection factor, but will protect you on the first sunny days of spring.
Almond skin – how to mix your own almond oil face cream
Our face cream boosts vitamin-rich almond oil with aloe vera and coconut oil.
Here’s a list of the ingredients and the natural properties they bring to your skin:
1. 12 ml pure, cold pressed almond oil
We’ve already outlined why almond oil should be part of your skin care regime; now it’s time for the details. Almond oil is very rich in vitamins A, B, D and E and also contains potassium, magnesium and calcium. It is rich in unsaturated fatty acids and penetrates deep to make your skin feel softer. The 19 percent linoleic acid it contains protects skin from UV radiation, adds moisture and soothes skin. The palmitic acid (saturated fatty acid) supports the skin barrier to protect us from external influences. Almond oil has a very low acidity, making it mild and beneficial for skin (acid-alkali balance).
2. 15 drops of your preferred cold pressed essential oils (we chose a blend of grapefruit, lavender and myrtle) The essential oils have a stimulating fragrance and work directly on the skin to stimulate physical processes and have a positive effect on our psyche.
Our blend: grapefruit: relaxes muscles; lavender: lifts the spirit, antidepressant, supports stamina, takes the edge off our sensitivity, helps us feel safe, good for homesickness and feelings of fear; myrtle: fights inflammation, boosts concentration, helps wounds to heal.
3. 20 g coconut oil
There’s a good reason why coconut oil is trending so strongly on the food and beauty scene. It’s rich in (medium chain) fatty acids, particularly triglycerides, penetrates skin fast and improves the supply of nutrients effectively. It also contains lauric acid, a disinfectant that combats viruses, bacteria and fungal infections and can help with various skin diseases. You can get the same effect by ingesting coconut oil – see our Powerfood articles for details.
4. 30 ml aloe vera (or spring water)
To find out how much aloe vera can do for your body, check out our article on Aloe Vera Body Oil. If you prefer a summary, aloe vera contains single and multiple (complex) sugars that are anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral and antimycotic in the same way as coconut oil. This miracle plant also contains 7 of the 8 essential aminoacids we need to apply or ingest because our bodies cannot produce them themselves. Aloe vera also contains valine to strengthen the nerves, leucine to support muscle growth and boost our immune system, and lysine to accelerate the formation of collagen, which in turn keeps skin supple and slows the ageing process. Aloe vera gel also protects cells from free radicals (tiny attackers from the environment) and soothes symptoms of wounds, burns, insect stings and skin diseases.
5. 5 g Emulsan
Emulsan is used to make stable, warm-stirred emulsions that feel pleasantly light and smooth on the skin and are absorbed with no residue. Emulsan is a raw material with skin care characteristics. This versatile emulsifier is suitable for both dry and delicate or oily and impure skin.
6. 15 drops Biokons Plus
Biokons Plus is a 100% biological (vegetable) preservative that makes creams keep for longer. It’s based on phenethyl alcohol, a clear liquid that smells of roses and honey, and combats a wide range of microorganisms. Biokons Plus helps prevents bacteria, yeasts and fungi from spoiling your cream.
Enough theory! Now you know what to put in your cream, you’re all set to say goodbye to expensive drugstore cosmetics. Here’s how easy it is to make in your blender:
Step 1 – the oil phase
Put the coconut oil, jojoba oil, almond oil and Emulsan in a glass. Step 2 – the water phase
Put the aloe vera or spring water into a second glass. Step 3 – heating
Fill your Blender 1/3 with water. Place the two glasses in the basket insert and heat to around 80°C. The contents of both glasses will now be liquid. Step 4 – the wedding
Remove both glasses and mix their content together, stirring all the time. Step 5 – cooling
Stand the mixture in cold water and allow to cool. Keep stirring until the mixture reaches skin temperature. Step 6 – the fragrance
Add the essential oils and the preservative. Step 7 – done!
From now on you can harness the powers of nature quickly and easily not just for your nutrition but for your skin care too. It’s a great way to avoid chemicals and hazardous ingredients – and much cheaper too.
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