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  • Tinted Sunblock with Zinc Oxide

    Published Jul 11 2018 in Category_DIY>DIY For The Body, Category_Recent Posts (Home Page), Category_Skin Care, popular

    How to Make Tinted Sunblock I need be real with you right now - I'm one of the biggest hypocrites going when it comes to sun-protection. I have done a lot more research on the topic of skin care and sun protection than the average person, and I know very well the damaging effect that the sun can have on my skin. But for some reason... I don't wear sunblock. There. I said it. Why? Because A., I won't wear the toxic stuff (a.k.a. chemical sunscreen), which has been linked to a crazy amount of health concerns, and B. the good stuff (a.k.a mineral sunscreen), if you're applying it properly, goes on chalky, which really puts a damper on my sexy beach vibes. Vanity - it's a powerful thing, I tell ya. And it's not even like I try and hide from the sun because I don't have sunblock on! I bask in it all friggin' day because it feels so good. Like a warm blanket. In the summer it's not uncommon for me to be mistaken for a person of Hispanic decent. But seriously, I need to start taking care of my skin or, as my mom often reminds me, my neck and face are going to start looking like an old leather purse. My children, however, they look like ghosts when we get to the beach. Just the other day when we were prepping for the beach, Scarlett was begging me, "please Mom no, don't put that on me, I don't want to look like a Zombie like Ruby!" But I put it on anyways. Because I love my little Zombies. There is a pretty simple solution to this problem, though: Tint the Sunblock! By adding a dash of cocoa powder, and a sprinkle of mica for some shimmer, you have yourself a pretty amazing SAFE sunblock that doesn't go on chalky. Plus it smells like chocolate! Before you embark on your DIY Sunblock journey and make this recipe, I strongly encourage you to read my first Sunblock blog post, Sunblock 101, where I dive deep into basically everything you need to know about Sunblock and what you need to know when making your own. Once you graduate from Sunblock 101, come back here and let's make some tinted sunblock! Sexy beach vibes - CHECK!

    How to Make Tinted Sunblock

    How to Make Tinted Sunblock with Zinc Oxide

    What You'll Need
    • Medium, glass bowl or measuring cup
    • Large pan
    • Kitchen scale (or convert grams to tablespoons)
    • Container for storing
    Ingredients Method 1. Melt coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax in a double boiler. To do this, I put the ingredients in a Pyrex measuring cup or glass bowl, and then put the jar in a simmering pan of water. Remove from heat as soon as they have melted. 2. Stir in the avocado oil (or sweet almond or grapeseed oil). I use these oils because they don't have a strong scent. 3. Wearing a mask, stir in the zinc oxide, cocoa powder and mica (if using). If the zinc looks clumpy, sift it first. Thoroughly incorporate the powder stirring every few minutes. 4. Pour into a jar while it's still in its liquid state. Zinc is heavy and will have a tendency to sink to the bottom of the container, so stir it occasionally as it cools so that the zinc particles are dispersed evenly throughout the jar. 5. Store in an airtight container in a cool place or the fridge. Use within 6 months. Notes
    • The SPF levels are not exact, as I haven’t tested them in a lab.
    • When applying mineral sunblock, ensure that it goes on slightly white, or in this case, brown. Avoid the temptation to completely rub it into your skin.
    • Remember to re-apply after swimming!
    • For babies and young children, the main form of UV protection should be to keep them covered up and in the shade.

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  • Our Top 10 Ingredients for Clear, Hydrated, Glowing Skin!

    Published May 24 2018 in Category_DIY>DIY Basics, Category_DIY>DIY For The Body, Category_Recent Posts (Home Page), Category_Skin Care, popular

    Our Top 10 Ingredients for Clear, Hydrated, Glowing Skin! After years spent researching and formulating Modern Hippie® skin care products, we've come to know our stuff! Here are Our Top 10 Ingredients for Clear, Hydrated, Glowing Skin!

    1. Pomegranate Oil:

    Derived from cold-pressed pomegranate seeds, this oil is known for its strong anti-inflammatory properties and anti-oxidant effects. It helps to balance your skin's natural pH and stimulates keratinocytes, which are the major cells found in the outer layer of your skin. Pomegranate oil may help rejuvenate these cells and thus can offset the effects of aging on the skin. Found in Rejuvenating Modern Hippie® Serum.

    2. Safflower Oil:

    extracted from the seeds of the safflower plant, this oil is high in linoleic acid, a naturally occurring, unsaturated fatty acid that is ideal for boosting the appearance of skin. The linoleic acid combines with your skin's sebum (natural oils) to unclog pores and reduce blackheads. Linoleic acid is extremely moisturising and stimulates skin cell regeneration, giving skin a smooth appearance. Found in Nourishing Modern Hippie® Cleanser.

    3. Witch Hazel:

    Derived from the leaves, flowers and bark of the witch hazel tree, this medicinal tincture is a natural anti-inflammatory and wonderfully soothing. Its high level of tannins make it naturally astringent. Witch hazel is an effective skin toner, removing excess dirt and oil and tightening pores. Found in Hydrating Modern Hippie® Toner.

    4. Vitamin E Oil:

    Derived from vitamin e, the collective name for a group of fat-soluble compounds with distinctive antioxidant properties. The moisturising benefits of this oil makes it effective at reducing skin dryness and itchiness and giving skin a more youthful appearance. Found in Nourishing Modern Hippie® Cleanser, Moisturising Modern Hippie® Lip Conditioner, Exfoliating Modern Hippie® Mask, Intensive Modern Hippie® Repair Cream and Rejuvenating Modern Hippie® Serum.

    5. Frankincense Essential Oil:

    An aromatic resin from trees of the Boswellia family. This fragrant oil helps soothe and smooth skin, reducing the appearance of imperfections. Found in Intensive Modern Hippie® Repair Cream and Rejuvenating Modern Hippie® Serum.

    6. Carrot Seed Oil:

    Distilled from the seeds of the wild carrot plant, this moisturising oil helps even out skin tones, and provide relief from skin irritations such as eczema, dermatitis and acne. Revitalising and toning, this oil is ideal for maintaining the appearance of healthy looking skin. Found in Rejuvenating Modern Hippie® Serum.

    7. Tea Tree Essential Oil:

    Made from steam distillation of leaves from the tea tree plant, this oil is best known for its purifying and cleansing properties. Able to fight bacteria, fungi and viruses, tea tree is beneficial for many skin conditions, including acne, oily skin and burns. Found in Soothing Modern Hippie® Eczema Relief Salve.

    8. Chrysanthemum Extract:

    Made from dried chrysanthemum flowers, this powder is naturally anti-inflammatory and antiseptic. Full of vitamins and minerals, its astringent and soothing properties revitalise the skin. Found in Intensive Modern Hippie® Repair Cream.

    9. Rose Hydrosol:

    A fragrant fluid created by steeping rose petals in water, rose water helps maintain your skin's natural pH, controls excess oil and hydrates skin. Naturally antibacterial and astringent, it helps to clean and tone skin, and regenerate tissues. Found in Intensive Modern Hippie® Repair Cream and Hydrating Modern Hippie® Toner.

    10. Aloe Vera:

    Derived from the aloe vera plant, this liquid is extremely soothing and moisturising. It promotes collagen production and improves skin elasticity, decreasing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Found in Nourishing Modern Hippie® Cleanser, Exfoliating Modern Hippie® Mask and Hydrating Modern Hippie® Toner. Our Top 10 Ingredients for Clear, Hydrated, Glowing Skin!

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