This post originally appeared at Savory Lotus. It was so popular there, we wanted to share it with our Purely Primal friends!
Just because I’m a natural mama doesn’t mean that I don’t like quality beauty products. I may like to play in the garden and am often found wearing my apron in the kitchen, but I still like to pamper and take care of myself.
I used to spend $$$ at the local health food store on an all natural face oil that was like magic. Not anymore. I have finally found a face oil recipe that I can make at home that makes my face as smooth as silk. I’ve been using this oil blend for about 2 months now and love it. My skin is noticeably healthier and younger-looking. I’m noticing that my complexion is clear and even. I use it daily after I wash my face, massaging it gently into my face and neck.
WHY FACIAL OIL?
Now I know that some of you may be skeptical of putting oils directly on your face. You don’t need to worry. Face oils do not make your skin more oily nor do they make your skin feel greasy.
Face oils are a wonderful way to keep your face looking healthy and hydrated because they give your skin exactly what it wants: healthy oils. Natural oils absorb easily into the skin, protecting the skin’s lipid barrier and preventing moisture from evaporating out of the skin. The top layer of your skin, called the stratum corneum, is composed of dead skin cells held together by lipids (or oils.) Keeping this layer constantly supplied with healthy oils will protect your skin from the elements and will help your skin to have a beautiful healthy, moisturized glow.
Because they do not contain any added fillers, waxes, and chemicals like many facial creams and lotions, they are considered noncomedogenic, meaning they will not cause build up or clogged pores. This makes face oils perfect for all skin types. Be sure to check out THIS post on choosing just the right oil for your skin type.
WHAT’S IN MY HYDRATING FACIAL OIL:
The facial oil recipe that I use is definitely formulated for slightly more mature, drier skin. The oils absorb easily and are suited for thirsty skin. I have also added essential oils that have anti-aging and regenerative properties.
JOJOBA OIL: I use jojoba oil as the base oil because it closely resembles the natural oils in our skin. It has anti-inflammatory properties and works great for dry, aging, oily, normal, or acne-prone skin. If jojoba oil doesn’t work for you, another great base oil is argan oil.
OLIVE OIL: Good old olive oil is high in oleic acid (a monosaturated fatty acid), making it perfect for drier skin. It is a heavier oil that dries a bit more slowly. Just be sure to get a good quality, cold pressed olive oil. If olive oil doesn’t work for you, you can substitute avocado oil, also high in oleic acid.
ROSEHIP SEED OIL: Rosehip seed oil is one of my favorite new discoveries. It is good for dry, aging skin because it is deeply nourishing and regenerating. It is known for it’s firming properties. Rosehip seed oil is high in essential fatty acids and softens and smooths out the skin beautifully. It improves the texture of your skin and calms redness and inflammation. Not suited for oily or acne-prone skin.
VITAMIN E: Vitamin E acts as an anti-oxidant and prevents the facial oil from going rancid.
CARROT SEED ESSENTIAL OIL: Carrot seed oil is known for it’s healing and regenerative properties. It is anti-aging and is said to be great for reducing fine lines and wrinkles. You only need a small amount of this in your facial oil.
GERANIUM ESSENTIAL OIL: Geranium essential oil has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and regenerative properties. It balances out all skin types. It is wonderful for dry, sensitive, aging skin as it aids with skin repair and is said to delay wrinkles. BONUS: it smells divine!
DIY Hydrating Face Oil
3 TBS jojoba oil (where to buy)
1 and 1/2 TBS olive oil 2 tsp rosehip seed oil (where to buy)
1/4 tsp Vitamin E (where to buy)
3 drops carrot seed essential oil (where to buy)
- Pour the jojoba oil into dropper bottle. Then add the olive oil, rosehip seed oil and vitamin E.
- Carefully add your drops of carrot and geranium oil.
- Cap the bottle and give it a good shake. You are all set to go.
NOTE: Facial oils are best applied to clean skin. Cleanse your face as usual, spray on your favorite toner, and gently massage about a 1/4 to 1/2 dropper full of oil blend onto your face and neck. Your skin will love this oil.
Katja is a believer in real, nutritious food, which is why she started her popular blog known as Savory Lotus. She’s also a busy mother to two beautiful girls, and lives a natural way of life – gluten and grain-free. For even more DIY skincare recipes and real-food cooking tips, head over to her Facebook and Instagram.