Monday, July 9, 2018

DIY Collagen Treatment

This blog post is a bit different from most. You get a recipe, not to worry, but it’s not a recipe for something that you can eat. This recipe is for a skincare treatment. Now, I have no idea whether this works or not, it’s strictly experimental, but I thought I would give you the recipe in case you wanted to take this journey along with me, and we can compare results. My goal is to use it three times a week for a month, and see if it has made any difference.

When you get to be my age, things start heading south at a rapid pace. So, when I read online that you can make your own collagen treatment, I decided to give it a try. I mean, what did I have to lose? It was a combination of olive oil, raw honey, and grapes, all of which I had on hand. So, after reading about the benefits that honey, olive oil, and grapes provided skin, I knew that I had to try it.

Honey can help to moisturize your skin, fight the effects of aging, and fight bacteria. Plus, it’s loaded with nutrients and antioxidants. Win!

Olive oil penetrates deeply into the skin, but doesn’t clog pores, and provides a gentle cleansing effect while acting as a moisturizer. Win!

Grapes contain antioxidants known as polyphenols, thought to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. They also contain resveratrol, known to boost the production of collagen. 
BIG Win!

With all of this in mind, I decided to toss these ingredients into my little
Ninja Blender, and give it a whirl, both literally and figuratively. I applied it evenly to my face with a cotton pad. I looked a bit like something out of a horror movie, because while the honey and the olive oil had emulsified, I ended up with little bits of grape skin all over my face, giving me a bit of a “zombie” look — trendy, yes, but not particularly desirable.

I was not deterred! I decided to use this time to relax, so I got comfortable in my favorite chair, had a little relaxation music playing in the background, and set a timer for 15 minutes. After the time was up I rinsed my face over the kitchen sink, patted dry, and was amazed at how great my skin felt. Dare I say that the tone of my skin seemed more even? I felt like I was positively glowing. Let me warn you not to do this over your bathroom sink. I can only imagine, over the course of time, the grape skins that could build up in your drain resulting in a clogged mess. Also, it would be wise for you to look in the mirror after you wash your face. You wouldn’t want to, say, greet the FedEx man at the door to sign for a package of Omaha Steaks with a little piece of grape skin stuck just above your left eyebrow. Not that I would know anything about that, mind you, but I can imagine how embarrassing that might be for you.

 I am going to try this three times a week, and see if I notice any difference. I will let you know. Meanwhile, here is the recipe that I used.
DIY Collagen Treatment

Melissa’s Organic red Muscato grapes 
2 tablespoons good olive oil
2 tablespoons raw honey

Put everything into a small blender (I used this
Ninja Blender), and whir until emulsified. Dab all over your face with a cotton pad, and relax for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse your face thoroughly and pat dry with a soft towel. Store extra in the refrigerator for a week. Be sure to give it a good stir, and allow it to come to room temperature before using. Do this three times a week. Make up fresh treatments as you need them.

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Linda said...

I'm very interested in more natural treatments for skin, so I am eager to hear how this goes. I might give it a whirl myself. Do you think any kind of grapes might be used, or should they be red?

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

The darker the grape the better. White (green) grapes won't work. I'm loving how my skin feels, so who knows? It can't hurt, so go for it!

sandy said...

wow, can't wait to hear about your results. may try it if it works.