Make your own skin concealer with natural ingredients
What is a skin concealer?
A skin concealer is a cosmetic that is used to mask dark circles, age spots, unever skin tone and other small blemishes. It is similar to foundation, but tends to be a little bit thicker.
Skin concealer works by blending into the surrounding skin to hide the imperfection.
Of course this doesn't mean the concealer can't also be good for your skin and contain ingredients to help tackle the skin problem you have as well as provide protection and anti aging properties.
Why make your own skin concealer?
There are an array of skin concealers on the market, with varying price tags. With a little experimentation you can produce your own skin concealer entirely naturally, using ingredients suitable for your skin.
You can include ingredients that will help tackle some of the root problems that you are trying to cover, whilst still having the confidence of the concealer in whilst it heals and with the ability to change the colour and tone, you can perfectly match your skin's natural colouring.
Creating your own skin concealer is significantly cheaper than buying in the High Street, in our example video we make a top end natural concealer for under 50p. Equivalent High Street concealers would retail at around £20.
You have full control of the ingredients and can miss out ingredients such as preservatives, which may be causing your skin irritations and problems.
You require no specialist equipment and it takes less than 5 minutes to put together a beautiful concealer.
Make your own skin concealer instructions
Please watch the video above for a guided walk through how to make your own skin concealer.
- Combine your oils and Emulsifiers) (Jojoba, Glyceryl stearate S/E, Cetearyl alcohol and Bis-diglyceryl polyacyladipate-1) and microwave on full power until fully dissolved. It speeds up the process if you remove from microwave and agitate every 30 - 45 seconds
- Add Shea Butter, stir in and microwave to completely melt.
- Add Aloe Vera and Witch Hazel, stirring all the time in your cooling Bain Marie.
- When your product starts to paste add your clays. Add around an equal amount of clay to the rest of your ingredients.
- Allow to cool whilst stirring and refrigerate
Recipe enhancements you can make
The natural scent of the above formula is a pleasing, neutral scent, however you could add essential oils to treat a certain skin condition or for aromatherapy benefit. If you are going to use near your eye, be aware of the level of essential oil you use.
Anti-aging / UV Filters
You can add anti-aging ingredients and UV Filters such as Zinc Oxide that will help give you skin protection and benefit.
Treat specific skin conditions
Use a different oil to Jojoba to help treat certain skin conditions. Adding fractionated coconut can add some antimicrobial properties, adding Vitamin E helps add antioxidant properties as well as extend the shelf life of your product.
Use a preservative
Adding a preservative will allow your product to last more than a week and remove the need to store in the fridge. Phenoxyethanol & Ethylhexylglycerin will work perfectly in this formula. Add 1% at the same stage as the clays and make sure it is fully dispersed to give yourself shelf life of around a year** Remember when using preservatives to wear gloves and goggles and observe safety advice when using.
**a preservative efficacy test would have to be performed to establish the exact lifetime given by the preservative.