Although I have always loved and been extremely interested in makeup, I never really knew a lot about it until college. My dad was against it and I went to an all-girls high school so there wasn’t really a reason to wear it.
It wasn’t until I moved in with two former ballerina roommates that I learned the ins and outs of makeup. One thing that they showed me was this thing called primer.
I always thought you just put your foundation and other makeup on and that was it. No other steps necessary.
HOWEVER, once I started to use primer, I never went back. It helps my makeup to stick to me so much better as well as provides a layer of moisture so that my foundation doesn’t look “caked on”.
This primer makes my skin feel so good that I put it on before I go to bed sometimes so i can wake up with flawless smooth skin!
Grab your ingredients!
The cocoa powder smells yummy and provides antioxidants for your skin! What’s better than looking great while protecting your skin? This priming recipe would also work as a bb cream if you add a little bit of cocoa powder to it. It’s a 2-in-1 package!
- Consumption of cocoa powder increases oxygen saturation, meaning that the amount of hemoglobin bound to oxygen increases. This is good because hemoglobin is an iron-containing compound that carries oxygen to every part of our body. Thus, it can potentially increase the amount of oxygen circulating in our body!
- Additionally, it increases dermal blood flow, which is the flow of blood to our dermis. Our skin has three layers, the epidermis, dermis, and hypodermis. The epidermis is our outer skin and protects us from the world around us. It doesn’t contain any blood vessels. Our dermis contains blood vessels that feed and nourish the dermis. The hypodermis is a layer of fat and connective tissue. Thus, because our dermis feeds our epidemis, it is essential that we have adequate blood flow. Thus, cocoa powder is potentially beneficial to our skin through increasing our dermal blood flow, which, in turn, feeds our epidermis.
- Great source of antioxidants and polyphenols, such as catechin and quercetin (3). Through their antioxidant properties can potentially reduce oxidative damage by reducing free radicals.
- The aloe vera in this recipe moisturizers and nourishes your skin for all day perfection.
- Aloe vera gel promotes collagen and elastin production in your skin which will keep your skin tight and aging at bay!
- Contains vitamin A as well as vitamins E and C , which are antioxidants. Vitamins E and C protects us from premature aging and oxidative damage by reducing free radicals so that they do not damage our cells.
- It includes many enzymes and fatty acids including, bradykinase, which reduces inflammation.
- Contains salicylic acid that is anti-inflammatory as well as anti-bacterial.
- A study conducted at San Marino high school resulted in aloe vera improving hair growth and regrowth
- Contains medium chain triglycerides that moisturize and protect the skin!
- Can help treat skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, or other skin infections
- Shown to reduce the amount of protein lost in damaged and undamaged hair. A possible explanation for this is that lauric acid, a fatty acid found in coconut oil, is able to penetrate the hair shaft and moisturize the hair. Thus it helps us to grow strong and beautiful eyelashes!
- Arrowroot has been said to relieve swelling, itching, and pain
- Has been found to be effective in removing pimples and blackheads
|2 tbsp aloe vera
1 tbs arrowroot powder
½ tsp coconut oil
¼ tsp cocoa powder
|1. Mix together aloe vera, arrowroot powder, coconut oil, and cocoa powder until smooth consistency (I used a whisk, but totally optional)!
2. Add more cocoa powder if you would like to use as a BB cream instead!
- Bluhm, Henry P. “Patent US4083965 – Method of and Composition for Relieving Itch, Pain and Swelling Resulting from Insect Stings and Bites and Skin Contact with Noxious Plants.” Google Patents, Google, 11 Apr. 1978, google.com/patents/US4083965.
- Neukam, Karin, et al. “Consumption of Flavanol-Rich Cocoa Acutely Increases Microcirculation in Human Skin.” SpringerLink, Steinkopff-Verlag, 11 Dec. 2006, link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00394-006-0627-6.
- Rosa M. Lamuela-Raventós1, and J. Permanyer2 and. “Rosa M. Lamuela-Raventós.” The Journal of Nutrition, The Journal of Nutrition , 1 Mar. 2001, jn.nutrition.org/content/131/3/834.short.
- Surjushe A, Vasani R, Saple DG. ALOE VERA: A SHORT REVIEW. Indian Journal of Dermatology. 2008;53(4):163-166. doi:10.4103/0019-5154.44785.