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.
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.
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.
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 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!