Updated: Jan 24
This lovely diy face oil has been my go to moisturizer for the past couple of years. I have slowly made the switch over to homemade products so that I can control the quality of ingredients. The skin is the largest organ of the body, and has the ability to absorb the various ingredients that it comes in contact with. When we apply chemicals day after day, and year after year, it can have a substantial effect on the systems of our body. After dropping foundation and switching to homemade face products, my skin changed dramatically over the course of a year. It can take some time for your skin to detox from chemicals products and to transition to natural oils, but with patience, the results are well worth it.
This face oil is light and gentle on the skin, but can be altered based on your individual needs. Skin products are not one size fits all, so you may have to play around with ingredients to find what's best for you. A little bit goes a long way with this oil, and it has been particularly helpful to me in wintertime. In my personal experience, one bottle has been enough to last me through the winter with daily use.
What you will need:
2 oz dropper bottle (I prefer the amber or blue bottles as they help keep light from shortening the shelf life of your oil)
* The carrier oil is the base of your product as it helps to dilute the essential oils and deliver or "carry" them to your skin. Your carrier oils are derived from the fatty portion of plants, nuts, and seeds, or in the case of olive oil, squeezed out of the entire fruit. Essential oils are distilled from the petals, leaves, bark, stems, and roots of plants and are highly concentrated. The carrier oil will assist in protecting the skin from potential reactions to the more concentrated essential oils, while providing soothing and potentially healing benefits of their own. If you have any allergies to any plants, seeds, or nuts, simply avoid those oils when choosing your combination of skin care oils.*
Vitamin E (used as a natural preservative, as well as having therapeutic benefits on the skin)
A means to measure your oils
There are too many to list here, but I will give you my top suggestions:
Sunflower Oil (cold-pressed) - Sunflower oil is not usually the top oil people think of when making facial oils, but it has been my go to for years. It works with a wide variety of skin types, does not clog pours, and it is highly absorbent. It has a neutral scent and is wonderful for assisting in the reduction of inflammation.
Sweet Almond Oil - Sweet almond oil is good for both dry and oily skin. It is moisturizing, light, and nourishing. Sweet almond oil may assist in reducing irritation, decreasing puffy under eyes, and smoothing scars on the face.
Jojoba Oil - Jojoba oil is a good choice for people with dry or oily skin who are looking for an oil to assist with aging skin. Jojoba oil hydrates, is anti-bacterial, absorbs well, reduces inflammation, and is an antioxidant. It can assist in diminishing fine lines and even scars.
Rose-hip Oil - Rose hip oil is a wonderful oil for the face, as it hydrates and naturally exfoliates and brightens the skins appearance. It may assist in reducing hyperpigmentation, fine lines, and it may boost collagen production.
Avocado Oil -Avocado oil is good for dry skin, as it may assist in the healing of chapped skin, itchy skin, and damaged skin. Avocado oil may assist in speeding up skin healing, and reducing inflammatory skin conditions.
There are many essential oils out there, and some I would not use on my face, such as citrus oils. There are however, oils with therapeutic skin benefits, that seem to have been used in facial care for hundreds and even thousands of years. *You will want to use a therapeutic high grade oil.* Avoid using cheap fragrance oils from the store as many as full of chemicals. There are lots of good essential oil companies out there, but my personal recommendation is revive oils. I have been using them for the past couple of years, as they have better prices than some of the other companies, while still maintaining the purity of product I am looking for. You can find them here: Revive Oils
Lavender Oil (calming with lightly floral scent)
Frankincense Oil (used for thousands of years for skin health)
Rose Geranium (distinct woodsy floral scent)
Bergamot (light bright scent) *bergamot can cause photosensitivity*
Rose (warm floral scent)
Jasmine (sweet strong floral)
Tea Tree (will sting skin if not diluted and is to be used very sparingly for skin with oil and breakout issues)
You can find them here: Revive Oils
*Always store your oils away from excess heat and direct sunlight, so as to extend their shelf life*
Place your funnel into your jar and decide on the oil combination you want to use.
Add your 10-30 drops of the essential oils of your choosing to the bottle first.
Fill your jar with the carrier oil(s) of your choosing about 3/4 of the way up (just below the neck of the jar)
Give a squirt of vitamin e (approx. 1/4 teaspoon) *If you are using sunflower oil it naturally is rich in vitamin e. The vitamin e has lovely benefits for the skin, but is also a natural preservative to help your face oil last longer.
Be careful to keep an eye on the level of liquid in your bottle. You do not want to fill it all the way to the top, as it will overflow when you place your dropper in.
Tighten your dropper onto the jar and give a little shake to incorporate your oils together.
Place a label on your bottle to remember what's in there (optional)
Store in an area away from direct sunlight.
A little bit goes a long way when applying. (One 2oz bottle lasts me around 4 months)
You glow girl!
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