I wanted to make a product that could be slipped over the cheekbones, nose, and maybe a dab on the chin for extra power and wanted it to have a subtle glow. I love a good highlighter on my cheekbones and the bridge of my nose, but wearing a powder everyday to get that shiny look could be a bit harsh on the skin. I created this Beauty Balm Glow Stick so that we can enjoy the benefits of a balm and get a visual glow!
THIS highlighter balm I posted awhile ago and I really like it but I didn't intend this one to have many skin benefits. Today's recipe is not only extremely beneficial for the skin, it also contains mica which gives it a barely noticeable glow. It can be worn with or without other makeup.
This DIY is inspired by THIS product of TULA. This is really not a DIY or a purchase as the TULA product is quite complicated as it has water based ingredients mixed with oils making it a bacterial nightmare with no strong preservatives. Also, I don't know how to mix water and oil and come out with balm.
This product includes Moringa oil for several reasons. First, it contains a plant hormone called cytokinin which helps cell growth and protects skin cells. In addition, this oil also contains a good amount of vitamin C which we know helps stimulate collagen. It has a high concentration of behenic acid which is known to be an anti aging tool due to its potent conditioning properties! Moringa oil (you may have noticed it) has become one of my favorite oils lately!
Jojoba oil It actually mimics the sebum of the skin, helping it to produce less sebum. It's actually considered a wax rather than an oil, but I also find it to be one of my favorite oils to add to products.
I added Mango butter for more wealth. It's one of my favorite ingredients because it's so versatile. It is non-comedogenic (does not clog pores) and absorbs extremely quickly. It is also rich in vitamins A and C and is extremely hydrating.
Beeswax is what tightens the oils to form a balm consistency and the mica gives the shimmering look of the balm.
Let's move on to the recipe!
Glow Stick Beauty Balm
- Create a double boiler by filling a medium saucepan halfway with water.
- Place a glass Pyrex Measuring Cup in the water of the pot.
- Place on the stove and lower the heat to medium.
- Add all the ingredients to the glass measuring cup.
- Let the ingredients melt completely.
- Pour into a 1 ounce tube of lip balm as THIS or THIS or 2 1/2 ounce tubes as THIS.
Tips and Tricks:
- The mica flows naturally to the bottom of the tube. That's why I added a lot of things. I have found this DIY leaves a subtle glow, which is what I prefer anyway. Otherwise, if the mica were evenly distributed, your shine would be very exaggerated.
- 1 TABLESPOON. of beeswax makes this roll very firm. Make sure to use exactly 1 tbsp. or even a meager 1 tbsp. Do not put beeswax in the tablespoon. This balm should slide off easily so as not to stretch the skin.
- I used the 1/2 ounce lip balm tubes in order to make 2 glow sticks because those were the tubes I had. Feel free to use lip balm tubes of any size and do as many as you want. This recipe makes 1 ounce.
- You can use this balm morning and evening.
- I didn't use my glow stick on makeup, but if your makeup isn't super thick I think it would work great! Instead of sliding it around, you can apply it to your fingertips and press it into your skin so it doesn't disturb your base.
I like to use this balm on the days that I'm not wearing makeup. It gives a subtle and healthy glow and also delivers a hydration punch! It gives instant glow while working deep in the skin to smooth fine lines and wrinkles!
If you want to make a label, here is mine. Just save it to your computer. I highly recommend you order them from Sticker you. Their labels are waterproof and re-stick. They even fit in the dishwasher! Lily THIS post for detailed instructions on how to use Sticker You. If you'd rather print them yourself (and you can properly line up your printer, because I can't!), Just save the label image and upload it to Avery.com. You will need to determine the labels you will need based on the container you choose.
PIN IT: Glow Stick Beauty Balm !!!
We all dream of flawless, glowing skin, but with new products constantly hitting the shelves and the seemingly endless skincare advice out there on the Internet, it’s not always easy to figure out the skincare routine that’s going to work best for you. You know the basics — drink plenty of water, get enough sleep, and wash your face, but what about everything in between ? Luckily, there’s no need to shell out tons of cash on any magical procedures or expensive creams to achieve flawless skin.
We spoke with dermatologists and top beauty experts to put together a list of some of the best skincare tips. From choosing the right cleanser for your skin type to the importance of cleaning your makeup brushes, these easy tricks — plus some top-tested product picks from the Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab — will help guide you to glowing skin ASAP.
' For oily or acne-prone skin, a salicylic givre or benzoyl peroxide wash works great, ' says Dr. Ava Shamban, a dermatologist in Santa Monica. ' For dry femme mûre skin, use either a moisturizing glycolic or milky cleanser. For skin with brown ateliers or melasma, use a brightening wash, such as an alpha hydroxy acid cleanser. '
' The best times to moisturize are right after you get out of the shower and right before you go to bed, ' explained Dr. Janet Prystowsky M. D., an NYC-based dermatologist. Avoid lotions with heavy fragrances and make sure you find a moisturizer gentle enough for every day use with zero irritation.
Dr. Tzu says figuring out how to avoid touching your face is very important. It doesn’t just spread bacteria and cause breakouts — it can lead to scarring, an increase in wrinkles, and even the flu or other viruses.
Every skin spécialiste we spoke to emphasized the importance of hydration. ' A lack of water means less radiance and more sag, ' says Dr. Mona Gohara, a dermatologist in Connecticut. She suggests choosing products ( cleansing, moisturizing, and anti-aging ) that have hydrating formulas. And, oui, drink around eight glasses of water a day.
Don’t just watch out for the sun — getting too close to heaters and fireplaces can also wreak havoc on your skin. ' It causes inflammation and collagen breakdown. I recommend staying at least ten feet away, ' explains Dr. Debbie Palmer, a New York dermatologist. So next time you’re roasting chestnuts or s’mores over an open fire, take a step back.
' We lose 50 million skin cells a day, and without a little extra nudge, they may hang around leaving the skin looking sullen, ' says Dr. Gohara. tera fight this, you should ' choose a product that is pH neutral so it doesn’t dry as it exfoliates. ' And don’t just stop with your face — the skin on your body needs exfoliation, too.
A balanced diet is important, but there’s more than one way to give your skin vitamins. There are also topical antioxidants, which are serums and creams that contain ingredients that nourish the skin ( think vitamin C serum ! ).
' These can really help to repair the skin from sun damage, ' says Dr. Palmer. Not sure how to use them ? The best time to apply them is right after cleansing so that your skin can soak them in, or they can be layered under your sunscreen for added protection.
Though it’s tempting to grab a coffee the minute you wake up, Joanna Vargas, a skincare facialist in NYC, says choosing the right beverages can be a game changer. ' Drink a shot of chlorophyll every morning to brighten, oxygenate, and hydrate your skin. Drinking chlorophyll also helps drain puffiness by stimulating the lymphatic system, so it’s also good for capitons graisseux. '
If you’re not keen on downing a shot of the stuff, chlorophyll supplements can be found at many drugstores and health food stores. She also advised drinking green juices with lots of veggies in them : ' It will transform your skin in a matter of days — and it helps oxygenate the skin and stimulates lymphatic drainage, so it’s de-puffing, too. '
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tera fight infection and clogged pores, Dr. Prystowsky recommends washing concealer and foundation brushes once a week. For brushes you use around your eyes, she recommends twice per month, and for any other brushes, once a month is fine.
Here’s how : Put a drop of a mild shampoo into the palm of your hand. Wet the bristles with lukewarm water. Then, massage the bristles into your palm to distribute the shampoo into the brush. Avoid getting the metal part of the brush wet/or the base of the brush hairs because the glue could soften and the bristles could fall out. Rinse the shampoo out and squeeze out the water with a towel. Lay the brushes on their side with the bristles hanging off the edge of the counter to dry.
' Many people feel they only need to protect themselves on sunny days or when visiting the beach, ' says Dr. Palmer. ' But the truth is that we need to protect our skin even when we’re driving a car, flying in an airplane, or running errands. It’s the daily uv exposure that contributes to the visible signs of aging. ' What kind of sunscreen is best ? Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a SPF of 30 or greater — and remember that it needs to be reapplied every 2 hours.
We’re talking SPF makeup, sunglasses, and broad-brimmed hats. ' Preventing sun damage is a million times better for your skin than treating it after the fact, ' says Dr. Prystowsky.
' Fad products and fancy ingredients are fun to try, and sometimes they work well, ' says Dr. Prystowsky, ' but usually they’re off the shelves just as quickly as they’re on them. ' Find a cleanser and moisturizer that you know work for you, and keep them at the core of your routine.
It’s not just about getting eight hours a night. Skin will also benefit from regularly using clean silk pillowcases. ' The material glides easily and prevents creasing and wrinkles, ' says Jesleen Ahluwalia, M. D., a dermatologist from Spring Street Dermatology in New York City. ' Silk is also easier on hair — it helps avoid tangles and breakage. ' Better hair and skin while you sleep ? Yes, please.