Focus on Face is all about skincare for the face. Participants learn how to recognize their skin type and the steps to clean and care for it properly. We discuss common toxins and allergens, and then we make some of our own products.
Normal Skin: pores are visible around T-zone (forehead, nose, chin) where it’s oilier, less visible on cheeks
Oily Skin: large visible pores, often filled, sometimes inflamed, skin is visibly shiny when just cleaned
Dry Skin: almost invisible pores
It's important to me that all ingredients used in these workshops are easily available--things you can source from local shops. Of course you can also find sources online for many of them, too.
As usual, it got a little chaotic during the mixing part. Sometimes I think it might be easier to show all recipes in advance then let people make all of them at once. Honestly, though, I think it would get even more raucous!
Every time I've done this workshop, I've introduced slightly different recipes. This time, we made my favorite cleansing oil, a soothing toner for dehydrated winter skin, and a peeling mask.
In the end of our session, everyone decorated their products to take home, and I answered as many questions as I could in the time left.
Here are the three recipes we made, in case you'd like to Do It Yourself!
All-Purpose Cleansing Oil (all skin types)
Store at room temperature or in the fridge up to 6 months.
Total of 4 tablespoons of any combination:
Hemp Seed Oil
Soy Oil - not for oily skin
Sweet Almond Oil
Apricot Kernel Oil
Olive Oil - not for oily skin
Vitamin E Oil - 1 small capsule or 1/8 teaspoon
Essential Oil - 10 drops
suggestions: Lavender, Geranium, Wild Orange
What to do
Mix all ingredients in a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid.
Use as makeup remover, cleanser, or intense night moisturiser.
If using as a cleanser & makeup remover, use twice. Be sure to thoroughly clean off with toner after second use.
Lemony Peeling Mask (may not be suitable for sensitive skin)
Store in the fridge up to one week. **In this recipe, some people may be sensitive to the lemon juice or the yoghurt. Both act as peeling agents, so you can simply skip one of them.
Egg white - 1 (optional: use egg yolk too)
Lemon juice - 2 teaspoons
Yoghurt (Greek for thickness) - 1 tablespoon
Honey - 2 tablespoons
Optional for oily skin: Cucumber Juice - 1 teaspoon
What to do
Whisk the egg white until it begins to thicken.
Slowly add all other ingredients, continuing to whisk them thoroughly until they are all incorporated and thickened.
Apply to clean, dry face and let set 15 minutes. Wash off with warm water.
I recommend only using a peel or scrub once a week, unless otherwise directed.
Soothing Toner (all skin types, especially dry and sensitive)
Store at room temperature or in fridge up to 2 weeks, or freeze in cubes (great for sunburns!).
Pure or distilled water - approximately 125 milliliters (1/2 cup)
Dried elderflower blossoms - 2 teaspoons
Dried chamomile blossoms - 2 teaspoons
Dried lavender florets - 1/2 teaspoon
Vegetable glycerin - 1 teaspoon
Vitamin E Oil - 5 drops (2 small capsules)
Geranium Essential Oil - 5 drops
What to do
Bring water to a boil and pour over all dry flowers. Allow to cool.
Add the remaining ingredients, mix well, then cover and leave for 6-8 hours.
Strain the mixture well and store in glass bottle or freeze for later.
Apply after cleansing and before moisturising, as a refresher during the day, or to soothe weather-ravaged skin.