DIY SKIN SOOTHING FACE OIL
This DIY Skin Soothing Face Oil is super simple to throw together, and one of the most effective aids in dealing with my sensitive, acne-prone skin I’ve ever found! I certainly spend many years and many dollars trying every product on the market, with no luck. This recipe is gentle, totally customizable for your skin, and fun to make! Anything that lasts me months and takes 5 minutes to make works for me! It may feel daunting buying all these oils, but if it helps, I’ve had my “collection” for about 2 years and have only had to restock a few minor things! The money saved, coupled with how well it works, has me converted to the DIY way.
- Base Oil:
- Jojoba – is very similar to the oils naturally produced by your skin, so tends to “sink in” a little faster than some other options. Incredibly beneficial for most skin types (dry, acne-prone, normal, aging).
- Sweet Almond – can be a little thicker than other oils and sit on the skin a little longer, I like to use a mixture of 1/2 jojoba and 1/2 either grapeseed or sweet almond for this reason.
- Grapeseed – not as moisturizing as the first two, so isn’t generally recommended for dry skin, but great for normal, oily and acne-prone types.
- $$$ Options: Argan Oil – great for all skin types, incredibly nourishing and luxurious!
- Extra Nourishing Oils:
- Hemp Seed- some recipes call for hemp seed oil as a base oil, but I find it a little strong, and depending on where you buy it, the viscosity can vary quite a bit, so I like to use just a little. Can be extremely beneficial for acne-prone skin, as it can reduce inflammation, redness and improve overall skin tone.
- Wheatgerm – a fantastic source of a wide variety of vitamins, minerals and healthy fats, but very importantly it’s extremely high in Vitamin E – so if you don’t happen to have a bottle of Vitamin E in your medicine cabinet, this can be a helpful substitute.
- Evening Primrose – helpful for most skin conditions as well as for aging skin.
- Essential oils:
- Lavender – very soothing – helpful for acne, dry skin, and various inflammation/redness
- Tea Tree – anti-microbial and anti-fungal, can help with acne and itchiness – but make sure to use very small amounts, and test a bit of skin with a drop or two diluted in a base oil to ensure you aren’t sensitive. Remember – just because something is natural does NOT mean you can’t have a reaction to it, or it’s safe to use in high doses!
- Lemongrass – brightening and toning, and helpful for normal, oily and acne-prone skin.
All you need is a container – I like these glass ones with the convenient droppers (I bought mine through a Canadian beauty supply company Oshun) but any glass or thick plastic container will do! Fill the bottle 2/3 full with your base oil of choice, then almost fill (leaving some room to shake/mix the contents) with your extra oils. Add a few drops of each (the amount will depend on the quality of your Essential Oils – higher end brands such as those available through Mountain Rose Herbs will have a higher potency and thus require less. For your standard brands bought at your local health food store, usually 5-6 each for a small bottle will do.) and shake the bottle to combine.
Make sure to use this oil on clean skin – as it works its way down deep into your pores, you don’t want it carrying any gunk from the day (old make-up, bacteria, dirt/debris, dead skin cells etc) down deeper.
I can’t rave about this oil enough – I’ve never had anything moisturize my skin so effectively, and the version I make (with a combination of jojoba and grapeseed oil, + wheatgerm & hemp oil, + lavender and tea tree oils) is powerful at shrinking stubborn pimples, blackheads, dry spots and old scars. Knowing I’m lowering my overall exposure to some of the harmful chemicals that can appear in beauty and hygiene products helps too!
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