Ingredients that you know as fats, like coconut oil and nuts, are considered the healthy fats. Some nutrients are essential, meaning our body must obtain them from food as we do not produce them on our own. In the right balance, healthy fats that we consume provide your body with nutrients, provide insulation and regulate body temperature, help protect your organs, assist in absorbing fat-soluble vitamins, and can heal your body. Beautiful skin requires EFA’s, or essential fatty acids, in the diet. These nutritious fats also provide lubrication and suppleness to the skin when applied topically.
Shea Butter is an edible fat that you might see in chocolate recipes or in some African-based dishes. Shea has also been used in cosmetics for centuries, as it provides a natural sunscreen barrier, is very emollient, and protects the skin with antioxidants.
Jojoba oil is liquid and is the closest oil to resemble the skin’s natural sebum. It will not clog pores and is quick to absorb. The oil is extracted from the seed of the shrub and was originally used to treat wounds. It is very healing, has antibacterial properties and is highly protective with it’s vitamin E content.
Coconut oil is also edible, non-toxic and helps to retain the skin’s natural moisture. It protects the skin with antioxidants and antibacterial properties, and it’s proteins help to build and repair cells both internally and externally.
Combine these 3 healing fats and, synergistically, reap their skin nourishing benefits. During sleep, your cells repair and replenish. Moisturizing with a nourishing cream at night is important for this rejuvination process, particularly with these oils that provide the vitamins and nourishment.
In a double boiler, melt together:
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup shea butter
- 1 Tblsp jojoba oil
Remove from heat and allow to cool for 45 mins-1 hour. Whip with a hand mixer for a good 15 minutes. The butters will solidify again once you allow the mixture to completely cool. If you prefer a fluffier texture, continue to whip until you obtain a “whipped cream” consistency. This could take several more minutes.
Once desired consistency is reached, scoop into a jar with a lid and keep at room temperature or cooler, as butters may melt into liquid. You can always store this in the fridge and scoop out with a spoon, as needed.
Apply daily at night, to a clean face, while still damp for better absorption.