Homemade Facials Using Goat Milk Products
Homemade facials are a great way to pamper yourself and your skin without the high price of a spa.
Facials provide a number of benefits for your skin, depending upon the ingredients used. They can help stimulate the skin and increase circulation, help prevent wrinkles, and tone and moisturize (or, alternatively, help remove excess oils).
Skin is classified as the largest organ of the body, and as such, requires nourishment just like our internal organs. While the food we eat provides nutrients for the skin, as well as the rest of the body, our skin also has the ability to absorb substances directly.
This is why there are warnings on pesticides, gasoline and other toxic agents not to allow contact with skin, or to rinse immediately if contact occurs. In addition to causing surface damage to the skin itself, many substances can enter the bloodstream through the skin and cause damage throughout the body.
However, just like skin can absorb poisons, it can also absorb healthy substances that can improve its appearance, elasticity and function.
Knowing that, it should be no surprise that the most popular ingredients for facials come straight from your refrigerator or kitchen pantry! In fact, many homemade facial recipes sound more like dessert than skin care.
Facials can range from the application of a single ingredient, to complex combinations of ingredients applied in sequence. The facials given here all utilize goat milk and goat milk products, and contain only a few simple ingredients.
Goat milk is rich in protein, fat, vitamins and minerals, and is just as healthy for you on the outside as it is on the inside.
The fermented milk products, like yogurt, sour cream and buttermilk, have the added benefit of lactic acid, which is one of the alpha hydroxy acids that are found in many commercial beauty and anti-aging creams and lotions. Alpha hydroxy acids help remove the dead surface-layer skin cells, revealing newer, younger-looking cells.
For all facials, start with freshly cleansed skin. Then, apply a very warm, moist cloth to the face for a few minutes to open the pores. Apply the facial mixture and leave on for 10-20 minutes. Wash off gently with a warm, wet cloth. Finally, rinse with cool water to close the pores and help retain the nourishing benefits of the facial ingredients.
The recipes below will get you started. Blend all ingredients thoroughly. Using a food processor or blender will ensure a smooth mixture. A small processor like the one in the picture is very useful if you plan to make facials very often.
After you try these, experiment on your own to find combinations that work best for your skin.
Or, for more help, read my review of this fantastic natural skin care book in the article,
Homemade Facials Super-Guide:
The Naturally Skinsational Ebook
Naturally Skinsational has over 150 recipes for homemade facials, many of which use natural dairy products as an ingredient.
My Favorite Facial
My favorite homemade facial also happens to be about the easiest you can get! This is one you really have to try.
It consists simply of applying kefir cheese to the face, leaving for about 10-15 minutes to dry, and rinsing.
Kefir cheese is a thick, smooth, creamy substance much like sour cream, but with more body, and it actually feels a lot like facial cream as it's applied.
After two days of using this facial, my skin was incredibly smoother, softer and firmer, and small blemishes had disappeared. I could both see and feel the difference.
Kefir is a cultured milk product, so it includes the alpha-hydroxy acid, lactic acid. It has also been shown to have antibiotic effects (among a multitude of other health benefits of kefir), which could potentially be a plus for those with acne.
And, when you make the cheese, you'll end up with whey to use for whey toner (below on this page).
If you only want one, simple homemade facial to use &mdash this one is it!
Yogurt Facial Recipes
These recipes all include yogurt, a great nourishing and moisturizing agent.
Yogurt Facial Recipe #1
This one really moisturizes, and leaves skin super soft.
Yogurt Facial Recipe #2
- 1 Tbsp. goat milk yogurt
- 1 Tbsp. honey
- enough corn starch to thicken
The oatmeal in this recipe helps dry excess oils, while the yogurt and honey nourish and moisturize. It's best to blend the oatmeal in a food processor or blender first (before cooking), to make the particles smaller.
- 2 Tbsp. cooked oatmeal
- 1-2 Tbsp. goat milk yogurt
- 1 Tbsp. honey
Yogurt Facial Recipe #3
Cucumber makes this recipe cool and refreshing, and leaves skin feeling smooth, clean and toned.
- 1/2 of a small cucumber, seeded
- 1/2 cup goat milk yogurt
- 1-2 tsp. goat milk powder to thicken
Dry Milk Facial
Powdered milk makes it easier to get a thick paste in this facial, and the use of buttermilk for the liquid gives you the benefit of alpha-hydroxy acid for smoother skin.
- 1/2 cup powdered goat milk
- enough buttermilk to make a paste
Whey is a fantastic product for the skin, and can also be used for hair care. This toner is my favorite for mornings. Make the night before and store in the refrigerator. Use ice-cold over face and eyes for a great way to start the day. Leave on for 5 minutes, then rinse with cool water. Your face will feel incredibly clean, but not dry.
If you already have leftover whey from making cheese, then great! Just use 1/2-1 cup of it to make the tea as instructed below. But, if you don't, this recipe is a quick way to make whey and toner in one step.
- 1/2 cup goat milk buttermilk
- 1 chamomile tea bag
Place the tea bag and the buttermilk in a small, microwaveable bowl. Microwave on high for about 1 minute, or until the buttermilk has separated into "curds and whey," and is steaming hot, but not boiling.
Strain through a tea strainer into a jar and refrigerate. Use the next morning to make your face feel alive!
Experimenting with homemade facials is a lot of fun, and no doubt you'll find original combinations that are even better than these. So, get off the beaten path, and make your own recipes! Here are a few more ideas to fuel your thoughts.
- Sour cream can usually be substituted for yogurt. When trying this, reduce the amount of thickeners, such as corn starch or powdered milk, as the sour cream is usually a good bit thicker than yogurt.
- Most fruits make great additions to facials. Pineapple, papaya, bananas and grapes are commonly used. Orange juice and lemon juice contain vitamin C, but use carefully, as these may irritate some skin types.
- Add in crushed fresh herbs, like peppermint, catnip, or chamomile, or use tea from the herbs as the liquid portion of the facial.
And, don't forget that skin needs to be nourished from the inside, too.
So, in addition to using your homemade facials, drink your goat milk every day to give your skin and the rest of your body the protein and other nutrients it needs to look and feel great!
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