Facial Recognition

oilSince I have already posted on using oil as a body moisturizer, it is time get more specific and address facial moisturizers.  I won’t lie. This can get costly if you do not have essential oils and carriers on hand. However, one ounce can last 2-3 months and there are no artificial ingredients, chemicals or questionable contents. Also, it is about the same price as some of those wrinkle products and retin A products that are so popular. You can adjust the essential oils to your needs – oily, acne prone, dry, or maturing skin. My formula is for a woman of experience (i.e. mature) who is trying to                                                               maintain elasticity, moisture and resist wrinkles.

Facial Oil – 1 ounce ( for mature skin)
Jojoba Oil: 1 Tbsp = 1/2 ounce
Rosehip Seed Oil: 1.5 tsp = 1/4 ounce
Grapeseed Oil: 1.5 tsp = 1/4 ounce
Carrot seed oil – 4 drops
Sea Buckthorn oil – 8 drops
Vitamin E – 1/8 tsp
Frankincense: 4 drops
Myrhh: 3 drops
Lavender: 4 drops
Rose: 1-2 drops

When you start out – start simple. Use a single carrier oil like grapeseed, olive oil,  jojoba oil. Add one or 2 essential oils (using on average 10-20 total drops per ounce of carrier oil). See if you like using oil on your face before investing a lot of money.

Several essential oils are useful in all skin types and you will see them frequently repeated.

Acne: tea tree, lavender, rose geranium, palma rosa, sandalwood
Dry: carrot seed, geranium, lavender, palma rosa, sandalwood, rose
Sensitive: roman chamomile, rose, palma rosa, carrot
Normal: geranium, lavender, rose, ylang ylang
Oily: geranium, lavender, peppermint, ylang ylang, lemon, rose, sandalwood

This is where I buy my essential oils. Since you only need a few drops of the essential oils, you could easily by the $2 and $3 sample packs that contain 20-30 drops and that would be plenty and relatively inexpensive.

If you want to try a pre-made facial oil first, I can recommend the oils sold on the CrunchyBetty website. I thoroughly liked the Royally Flawless oil. I started making my own facial oil so that I could adjust the ingredients to my specific needs.

P.S. – A little trick you can try is to save the brown glass bottles that your extracts come in (like vanilla, almond, etc) that have the hard plastic lid (no metal) and wash them well, sterilize and use for your formulas. Be sure to remove any paper liners in the lids.

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