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Natural DIY Beauty Recipes Using Your Instant Pot


The Instant Pot debuted in 2009 and was one of the first brands of slow cooker-pressure cooker combos introduced in North America, although other big names in the field, including Breville and Cuisinart, also make a version. In 2010, only 300,000 electric pressure cookers were sold in the United States and Canada, but by 2015, that figure jumped to more than 3 million.  In 2017, it sold out in many stores at Christmas, and was a consistent top seller in the kitchen appliance category.  
 

So, with all the hype, I was a little excited to get mine and try it out.  However, since I am highly interested in DIY natural beauty products and often use a traditional slow cooker to create them, I was itching to try my Instant Pot out for many of my beauty recipes rather than for making dinner.  I discovered that I can make my beauty recipes faster and clean up was much, much easier.  The quality was the same, or better int he finished product.  I prefer the lotion bars made from the 
Instant Pot more than the ones made in using my traditional method.  

I have a few recipes to share with all the other lucky Instant Pot owners out there.  They are easy to follow and are easily made.  My first suggestion though is to thoroughly acquaint yourself with your Instant Pot before beginning.  It will save you time and frustration later.  

On to the recipes....

Instant Pot Herbal Salve


This is great for dry winter skin.  I use it on my feet after showering and put on a pair of socks.  It’s also good for minor cuts, burns, and abrasions.  I use lavender and a touch of tea tree oil so that the salve is soothing but it also has antibacterial qualities. You can replace the lavender with your herb of choice.  Chamomile is another one I like to use. 

This recipe is made in two parts. The oil is blended first, then added to the salve.  

Ingredients to make the oil:
about 1 ounce lavender buds
about 1 1/4 cups jojoba or sweet almond oil
Mason jars small enough to fit in Instant Pot

1.       Fill jar about 1/2 full of the dried herbs. My Instant Pot fits about 3 small jars at a time, so I make a couple of them. 

2.       Add oil slowly, covering the herb by at least an inch. For an herbal salve, you need 1 cup of finished oil, so make sure to cover the herb with at all of the 1 1/4 cups of oil.

3.    Place the jars, uncovered, in the Instant Pot and secure the lid.

4.    Put the Instant Pot on the yogurt setting and set the time for anywhere between 24 and 72 hours.  The longer the oil is left in the Instant Pot, the stronger the oil will be.

5.    When time is complete, strain herbs out of the oil using strainer and/or cheesecloth. Gently press the herbs to get as much oil out as possible.

**Hint: you can use the oil as it is without making the salve.  

Ingredients to make the salve:

small glass or metal cosmetic tins, clean and dry
1 cup herb-infused oil
1/4 cup grated beeswax, or beeswax pellet
6 to 8 drops essential oil of choice (optional)

1.    Fill Instant Pot with about 2 inches of water.
2.    Choose the Slow Cook setting and set the timer for 30 minutes.
3.    Pour oil into a Pyrex measuring cup or glass jar.
4.    Stir in the beeswax.
5.    Place the measuring cup or jar into Instant Pot.   Do not get any water into the oil. Do not cover the Instant Pot.
6.    Stir the mixture periodically until all of the beeswax has melted. This can take 20-30    minutes.
7.    When the beeswax is fully melted, put a few drops of the oil mixture onto a piece of wax paper to check the consistency.
8.    Let it cool for a minute or two. If the salve is too hard, add a little more oil. If it's too soft, add a little more beeswax.
9.    Remove measuring cup or Mason jar from the Instant Pot.
10.   Add essential oils, if using.
11.   Immediately pour into cosmetic jars.
12.   Once they are cool, put the lids on the jars.

Instant Pot Lotion Bars


Ingredients

1 cup cacao butter, grated
1 cup beeswax, grated or in pellets
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, or sweet almond oil
1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil (optional)
20 drops of a skin-friendly essential oil 

1.    Begin by grating the cacao butter and beeswax. Grate first, then measure into a 1-cup dry ingredient measuring cup.
2.    Press the "Keep Warm" button on the Instant Pot.
3.    Next, add grated cacao butter, grated beeswax, and oil to the Instant Pot.
4.    In 12 to 13 minutes it should be melted.
5.    Transfer the melted oil/wax mixture to a glass cup with a pouring spout.
6.    Whisk in Vitamin E oil, if using.
7.    Then quickly whisk in 20 drops of essential oil.
8.    Pour into molds or a muffin tin. (Tupperware works well too)
9.    Set aside to harden or place into the fridge to speed up the hardening time.
10.  Pop out of the molds.
11.  Finally, wrap in parchment and store in an airtight container.

I love making my own DIY skincare. The feeling of knowing that I don’t need to rely on some cosmetic manufacturer to keep my skin looking clear, healthy, and vibrant is extremely empowering and rewardingAnd I know what I put on my skin will be healthy and safe.

Since I have another useful way to use my Instant Pot maybe now I'll actually make dinner with it! 





Battle Bad Skin! Nine Invaluable Tips To Keep Your Skin Glowing

The most essential ingredient for glowing, youthful looking skin is to look after yourself. Your skin is like a mirror for you, telling you whether you've had enough sleep or have been eating well or whether you are feeling relaxed or stressed, which is great when you're on top of life, but a double whammy when life's tough and your complexion is showing that loud and clear! Follow these basic guidelines and use the ingredients information given to try out your own skin care recipes, and you'll have some fun on the way to looking great.

Do you know your skin type? Is your skin oily, dry, sensitive, combination? Know this because then you will have a far better idea what to put on your skin to help it. 




Drink water. We are 70% water. I know that seems hard to get your head around, but it is true. Basically we are a bag of salty water with some bones and organs thrown in. Your body wants water to replace what you lose in breathing, sweating, urinating and basically every metabolic process that your body undertakes 24/7. Your body's fluids do not consist of cola, tea, coffee, etc...Your body needs water - preferably clean and blood temperature. That's about half cold, half boiling and just cool enough to be able to drink easily. (Hint - tepid water really isn't nice so make sure it is good and hot without being too hot). Drink a couple of glasses about half an hour before you eat to help your digestion the best. You won't notice it immediately in terms of your skin, but when you (and your bladder) have got used to drinking water, your general health will improve and you may find that you become incredibly thirsty as your body switches back on its thirst indicators (which it long ago gave up telling  us as we reached for the next cup of coffee). Gradually you will notice your skin is brighter and more hydrated. Start by replacing one non-water drink with a water one per day and build up, gradually replacing your non-water fluids with water. Your body will thank you and so will your skin. Hydrate from the inside! A word of warning - you can drink too much water - no more than two litres a day spread out.

Cleanse your skin morning and evening. So few of us live in perfect clean air. Unseen pollutants and dust build up on our skin during the day, and we tend to touch our faces frequently without even realising it. Use lukewarm water as hot and cold can damage your skin. Cleansing will remove dead skin cells and help unclog pores.

Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. Never let your skin dry out. Dried out skin leads to the top layer breaking and that rough raw look which is uncomfortable and unattractive. Put your moisturizer on when your skin is damp as it will work better.

No soap. Let me repeat that - No soap above your neck. It is too harsh as a cleanser for the delicate skin of your face. Use a gentle facial cleanser instead.

Use sunscreen. What a shame that the wonderful sun causes so much damage. If you want to protect the long-term look of your skin, you must use sunscreen. Lots of day-time moisturizers have UV block built into them which is a great way to also protect on those cloudy days when you are still vulnerable. With UV radiation a cause of skin cancer, this is a must.

Exercise, exercise, exercise. I know - if exercising doesn't come naturally to you then guilt goes hand in hand with that word. Have you noticed how so many of these skin care tips are just good advice for a really healthy and vibrant life? Do you not want to kill two birds with one stone? Feel great and treat your skin at the same time! Blood pumping around your body better and faster helps provide nutrients and oxygen to your skin and removes waste more efficiently, including damaging free radicals. Cellular debris is flushed out of your body more easily. It's a no brainer, but the secret is to find something you like doing and build exercise into every corner of the day - running up stairs, walking to the store, cycling to work etc..And joining an exercise class can be fun and motivating - and you'll feel fantastically pleased with your self afterwards.

Sleep.   A good night's sleep helps your cells repair and that includes your skin. Sleep deprivation reduces growth hormone which is also the repair hormone. New skin cells are produced twice as fast when you are asleep. Most adults are sleep deprived, especially those with young children and it can be hard to find a solution. A lot of us do spend more time that we are aware messing on our computer (reading this!) or watching TV. Do you even remember what you watched last week? Isn't feeling refreshed and vibrant after a restful night's sleep better than slumping in front of some mediocre programme...it's just a thought...Sleep tight!

Beat the stress. Give yourself a break and start to look at small changes you can make to reduce the stresses in your life. Stress is harmful to skin. It dehydrates the body and reduces the effectiveness of all those cleansing bodily functions. Hopefully, if you have followed the advice above, you are already beginning to see the benefits of a healthier life-style.

Stop using chemical laden synthetic beauty products and start making your own natural, organic skin care recipes. You probably already have the ingredients lurking in the back of your kitchen cupboards or in the fridge. Nature provided us with what we need to look after our skin in the form of honey, yoghurt, milk, papaya, strawberries, pineapple, avocado, almond oil, lavender, apple, bananas, oatmeal, rolled oats, cornmeal, carrots, lemons, limes, oranges, mint, rosemary, sage, green tea.... The list is endless, as are the possible combinations you can make with all of these and more ingredients. Have a go at combining different ingredients. Once you become familiar with the properties of all the different ingredients, you can use your skin care recipes information to start making up your own recipes!

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