When I was 20 & 30 I had absolutely no need for cream or liquid foundation. Ah, youth…my skin was perfect. Or as close as it was going to get. I was even blessed to NOT have acne or any blemishes on my face, blessed indeed.
Then came my 40’s, and it brought gifts of its own to bless me with. I guess my skin wanted to make up for the no-acne years. Dry skin, uneven skin tone and adult onset acne moved in. NOW I turned to liquid and cream foundations to help bring back that youthful appearance. Gone were the “all I use is powder” days of my 20’s and 30’s!
Now I’m in my 50’s…y’all, foundation is a MUST! Without hormones, or at least the right amount of hormones, my skin is drier than ever — splotchiness and uneven skin tone reign supreme.
So…what’s a gal to do?
Spend lots of money on chemically laden creams and lotions, with names I cannot pronounce and probably don’t even want to know what they are anyway?
Let’s go natural…and DIY! Not only can we pronounce the ingredients, but we know what they are and they are GOOD for our skin. You can adjust the shade to match your own skin tone…and…it has SPF in it!
1.5 oz. Almond Oil
1 oz. Shea Butter
.5 oz. Cocoa Butter
.5 oz. Beeswax
1/8 tsp. Vitamin E (or 4 capsules)
.5 oz. Zinc oxide (un-coated, non-nano, not micronized)
Make a double boiler. This is what I had in the house and it worked fine.
I added to this the almond oil and vitamin e capsules.
Melt shea butter over low heat.
Add in your beeswax and melt.
Add in your cocoa butter and stir to melt. Keep stirring till all 5 ingredients are melted together and incorporated well.
DO NOT add the zinc oxide or powders yet!
Allow to cool slightly, but not too much, you want to be able to incorporate the powders well.
Add in the zinc oxide, mix well.
Add in the cinnamon
Add in the appropriate amount of cocoa powder for your skin tone:
1/2 Tablespoon = light foundation
1/2 Tablespoon + 1 tsp = medium foundation
1/2 Tablespoon + 2 tsp = dark foundation
**Simply start with 1/2 Tablespoon of cocoa powder, whisk to combine then test on your wrist for color match. Add more cocoa powder 1/2 tsp at a time till desired shade is reached.
If you wish to add any scent, now would be a great opportunity to add in all natural and good for your skin essential oils-a few drops will do it (5-10).
Oils Good for Oily Skin and Acne
Oils Good For Aging Skin, Fine Lines and Wrinkles
After your foundation is all incorporated pour into selected container and allow to cool.
Enjoy your natural, organic and completely homemade foundation. Just a mention here…the coverage is NOT heavy, it is light…more sheer than commercial products. However, layered with an all natural DIY powder (post coming soon) your coverage will be…just…right, enabling your own beauty to shine through, naturally!