You may have heard of kratom being used in soap, and now you can enjoy your favorite herb in new kratom products such as creams, oils, gels, lotions, and even bath bombs! Read on to find out why kratom beauty products are becoming so popular and to learn how to make your own kratom body oil and skin cream at home.
Kratom Beauty Products: Why Use Kratom on Your Skin?
In its native region of Southeast Asia, kratom leaves are usually chewed by laborers for their naturally pain-relieving and stimulating effects. Topical uses for Mitragyna speciosa have also been recorded—with the leaf being used as a poultice for wounds in traditional local medicine.
Now that the properties of Mitragyna speciosa have been studied more in depth and many of its active constituents identified, we have a few more clues as to why the leaf could be useful for both wound care and kratom beauty products:
A 2009 study explored the properties of aqueous, methanolic, and alkaloid kratom-leaf extracts. In this study, kratom was found to possess antibacterial properties that are very effective for killing Salmonella typhi and Bacillus subtilis bacteria. Because of its antibacterial ability, kratom leaves could help to neutralize the bacteria present in wounds and lower the risk of infection.
Kratom’s antibacterial talent is also useful for kratom beauty products used in the cleansing stage of your routine, such as kratom-infused soaps, lotions, and bath bombs. By applying these new kratom products during your bath or shower, you can enhance the effectiveness of your daily cleansing routine and neutralize the bacteria that contribute to breakouts.
Another reason that kratom is so effective as a home remedy for irritated skin is its antioxidant content. In the same study that explored kratom’s antibacterial properties, the antioxidant potential of the three kratom extracts was also analyzed and compared.
Of the three extracts, the methanol-based extract utilized in the study showed “relatively high antioxidant activity” that was displayed in direct proportion to the number of phenols contained in the extract. Antioxidants are some of the most sought-after compounds in the skin-care industry for their ability to protect the cells against free-radical damage and help rejuvenate skin that has already suffered harm. Another win for kratom beauty products!
Antioxidants for Faster Healing
In addition to their usefulness for protecting the skin, antioxidants are also helpful for wound care. As the body utilizes a higher amount of antioxidants in the formation and healing of scar tissue, a greater supply of external antioxidants to the wound site could assist with speedier and more effective healing. Kratom’s antioxidant content could, therefore, offer protective and restorative benefits as well as cleansing ones when used in kratom beauty products.
Other Reasons to Consider New Kratom Products in Your Skin-Care Regime
While formal studies on kratom for skin care are not readily available, people who have tried kratom beauty products at home for varying amounts of time claim that the herb offers other benefits for their skin, including:
- Skin hydration
- Relief from itching
- Relief from muscle aches
- Improved skin tone
- Fading of patches
A description of kratom’s properties attests to its analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and muscle-relaxant properties when used—although whether these same properties still apply when the herb is used topically is relatively unknown.
Making Your Own Kratom-Infused Beauty Products
To enjoy the many benefits of kratom beauty products at home, you can easily add kratom-infused oil or kratom essential oil to your favorite skin care products or make your own from scratch. To make your new kratom products as gentle and effective as possible, start with the highest quality natural ingredients that you can find and adjust the recipes to suit your preferences and skin type.
Popular Ingredients for Homemade Skin Care Products
When developing recipes for your kratom beauty products, it’s helpful to become familiar with a few of the other ingredients that you might like to include. Whether you go for a body oil or skin cream recipe, the quality of your kratom, oils, and extracts will make a big difference to the effectiveness of the final product.
Body oils are the simplest kratom beauty products to make because all you need is… oil! Body oils are made from natural, plant-based oils that are easily absorbed, non-greasy, and work to seal in the moisture after a bath or shower.
Some of the most popular ingredients for a homemade kratom body oil include:
- Sweet almond oil—high in Vitamin E, softens the skin
- Grapeseed oil—high in Vitamin E and omega-6 fatty acids, moisturizes and lightens the skin
- Argan oil—high in Vitamin E and antioxidants, moisturizes and heals the skin
For a kratom-infused body oil, heat your base oil (sweet almond, grapeseed, or argan) on a very low heat and add about half the amount of kratom powder as oil. Leave the mixture to infuse for a few hours or until the oil turns green. Then strain the oil through a section of cheesecloth and allow the mixture to cool before storing it in an airtight jar.
If you’d like to add some skin-friendly essential oils to improve the fragrance of your kratom beauty products, geranium and bergamot are two choices that add a refreshing scent and are also great for your skin!
Skin creams are a little more complex than body oils because of their thicker textures. These kratom beauty products are used as the final step in your skin care routine and are usually applied in the morning and before bedtime.
Enhance the hydrating and anti-aging properties of your favorite moisturizer by adding some infused kratom oil (see above), or make your own skin cream at home for a completely customized blend. To make your own skin cream base at home, consider a combination of the following oils and butters (to which your kratom-infused oil can be added):
- Coconut oil—high in fatty acids, moisturizes and improves skin elasticity
- Shea butter—high in fatty acids and vitamins, moisturizes, softens, and soothes the skin
- Cocoa butter—high in fatty acids and phytochemicals, nourishes and protects the skin
- Beeswax—high in Vitamin A, protects the skin and supports wound healing
As all of the ingredients are natural, there is a very low probability of your products irritating your skin; however, if in doubt, test a small amount of each ingredient on your arm before including it in your blend.
Begin with Premium Kratom to Create Some Amazing Products
Once you’ve had a go at making kratom body oil and skin cream, you might like to try your hand at making some other kratom beauty products such as lotions, gels, and even bath bombs! The sky is the limit for new kratom products when you start with high-quality kratom and organic ingredients that are grown in nutrient-rich soils! Shop our collection of premium kratom powder and kratom alternatives to start creating your new beauty arsenal today!
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