Learn how to make your own facial oil, with a few simple ingredients that will hydrate and nourish your skin.
I had my first facial a couple of months ago. I have very fair, freckled, sensitive skin. I’ve always been afraid to have a facial, because I was worried that it would irritate my skin or cause it to break out. However, it was a fantastic experience. I can’t believe I waited so long. One of the things the esthetician discussed with me was hydration.
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Of course she suggested I purchase some of their serums, but I wasn’t going to pay over $100, so I decided to try and make my own facial oil to use at home.
To make this project you start with a base or carrier oil. Then add essential oils and other hydrating oils and/or ingredients. Apply at night or in the morning after washing your face.
I already had almond oil so I used it as the base. Sweet almond oil is a good all around, inexpensive carrier oil. Many people prefer jojoba oil because it has a longer shelf life.
I also added rosehip oil because it is said to be good for collagen, elasticity and discoloration.
The essential oils I chose are also said to be good for aging skin. All except for bergamot. That was used for scent, because I love the way it smells.
Disclaimer/Safety Note: This information is for educational purposes only. Essential oils have a range of safely issues such as warnings about use during pregnancy and keeping out of reach from children. Please consult your doctor if you have any concerns or a qualified expert practitioner. As with anything you put on your skin, you should test a small patch first to make sure you don’t have any irritation or reactions. Keep it away from your eyes.
You can find lists of carrier and essential oils all over the internet to determine which you may want to try in your own recipe.
The following is what I came up with for my drying, mature skin.
Facial Oil Recipe:
- 1 ounce almond carrier oil (other options, jojoba, coconut, olive, grapeseed etc..)
- 1/4 ounce rosehip oil (other options, argon, evening primrose, borage)
- 10 drops geranium essential oil
- 5 drops lavender essential oil
- 5 drops bergamot essential oil
- 3 drops ylang ylang essential oil
Place in a dark 2 oz bottle with a dropper and store in a cool, dark place.
How to Use Facial Oil
Always start with clean hands and a freshly cleaned face.
- Place a few drops (4-5) in the palm of your hand.
- Rub together with both hands
- Gently massage on your face for about a minute
- Wipe off excess with a warm wet towel
- Follow up with moisturizer
Facial Oil Label
Feel free to print out and use this simple label on your bottle. Just right click on the image and chose save image as.
So far I really like this facial oil. It feels like a real treat when I put it on and smell the wonderful fragrance of the essential oils.
Maybe not as special as a fancy facial, but an activity to enjoy just the same.
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