Get your glow on with this DIY

A while back, one of my IG sisters Ghyanne aka @beautyoutspoken posted up this absolutely gorgeous photo of herself where she credited her glow to her use of the CGA Caribbean Constance Estate Coconut Oil. I've been using this oil for few months now, mainly as a pre-poo in my wash day routine. I honestly didn't even consider using it on my skin. But after seeing Ghyanne's photo, I felt inspired to give it a go. 

I can tell you off the bat that using it on my skin was just as awesome as using it in my hair. This oil is light, absorbs easily into the skin and left my skin very soft to the touch. Yes, the glow was there, but I couldn't help but muse over the possibility of my skin glowing even more. Thus, this DIY glow oil was born. If you want to add a little extra glow to your skin, be it for the beach, if you plan to hit the road for Carnival, or just because you feel like, then you can do this in no time. Here's what you need:

  • A spray bottle, I had 4oz bottle left over from a body mist that just finished
  • Coconut oil, in this instance I used my GCA Caribbean Coconut oil. If for some reason you don't fancy coconut oil, then any light oil like avocado or olive oil. Avoid using heavier oils like grapeseed or castor, you'll end up looking more greasy than glowy (yes, glowy is not a word, I am aware lol)
  • Loose shimmer pigments, I used a mix of loose gold and bronze eyeshadow and highlighter pigments that I had on hand but never used. If you don't have in your make up kit, then you can get cheap ones at the nearest beauty/cosmetic store. If you're only getting pressed pigments, then mash it... fine like Chili bibibibibibibibi.. okay I'll stop now
  • Funnel
Now you can go about it two ways. You can either put the pigment in then the oil, or pour the oil followed by the pigment. In this instance, I funnelled the pigment in, then I poured the oil, but I only filled it 3/4 of the way. Why? I'll get to that. 

Once the oil was added, I gave that bottle a good shake. And by a good shake, I mean I had that bottle going like a chac chac in the hands of a parang band member. Once pigment and oil were thoroughly mixed. I did a quick spray test on my arm on to see if I liked the results. The results weren't bad, but since my aim was to add a little more warmth to my skin when I use it, I added a bit more bronzer pigment, shook it up some more and then topped off the bottle with the rest of oil. 

The awesome part about this is that you can mix it however you like! I wanted a warmer hue to my skin, so I stuck with pigments that were close to my skin tone, but! If you want to glow all the way up then you can definitely try more gold pigments instead. Also, the more pigment you add, the stronger the shimmer, so you can add in pigment bit by bit and test the mix on your skin as you go until you're satisfied with the results. 

AND! If you want to be even more extra, you can add in a few drops of a fragrance oil. Now the CGA coconut oil smells like sugar cake, so I have no issue with the scent but, there ain't nothing wrong with wanting to smell fruity, flowery, or whatever-y scent that tickles your fancy. I get my fragrance oils at Mustapha's Ar-Ridha, which (I'm saying this because I know that people will ask lol) is located on Henry street between Duke and Park in Port of Spain. 

So go forth!!! Have fun!!! Get your glow on!! There really isn't right or wrong way to do this (maybe there is a wrong way and I just can't fathom it, but let's hope not). What is pretty nifty is that you can use lighter pigments to get that radiant glow, darker pigments if you want a temporary tan, or use pigments close to your skin tone that will warm up your complexion just a bit like what I did. And in all this your skin is benefitting from the awesomeness of the coconut oil. This is a definitely a win-win in my books. Would you try it? Sound off below!! If you do, please send me a picture! I'd love to see what you came up with. Happy DIY-ing!!!!

PS: Did you know, that coconut oil has an SPF of 4, which blocks 75% off UV radiation? I didn't. 75% protection is about 45 minutes of sun exposure, which is roughly about how much time I spend in the sun during my commute to and from work. Even more reason to give it a go. you can read more about it here.

Update: I've been doing some more digging regarding the coconut oil as a sunblock and the views are a bit mixed. While many believe that it does have some properties, I'd still highly suggest you wear proper sunblock when venturing outdoors. 

Tshenelle aka Nelly B.