Once you make the transition from face creams to facial oils you’ll never look back. Depending on the time of year and the season we are in, my skin can suffer from both dryness and mild acne so I’m quite cautious with what I put on my face and careful when introducing any changes. When I first tried face oils I was worried they’d make my skin greasy or cause me to break out in spots but that couldn’t be further from the truth. There is something refreshing and nourishing about face oil, I love the way it sinks into my skin without feeling greasy or sticky, and the way the combination of essential oils creates a mood lifting scent; as much a spa treatment for the mind as for the skin.
Scientifically speaking, oils are more moisturising but less oily than creams, which seems ironic. Our skin has natural oils within it, the balance of which can be disturbed by cleansing, leading to dryness or breakouts. A simple facial oil helps to maintain the natural balance and nourish skin in a way that mirrors nature.
I’ve tried a lot of oils over the years and started to make my own a few months ago. Making your own blend of face oil couldn’t be simpler and is excellent value for money, a 30ml bottle of homemade face oil costs around £2.00 as opposed to the £30.00 you’ll pay for a pre-blended one by a reputable beauty brand, it’s a no brainer. Since using my own homemade blends I have noticed my skin is calmer, softer, has a natural glow and I’ve suffered from fewer spots.
This is the recipe I use to make up my current face oil blend which is hydrating as we transition into cooler months but still light due to the combination of carrier oils I use.
Fill a 30ml amber glass pipet bottle with 2 parts natural grapeseed oil, (naturally high in linoleic acid, and slightly astringent so it’s good for my combination skin), 0.5 parts natural vitamin e oil, and 0.5 parts organic rosehip oil, (rosehip oil offers several benefits, it protects the skin and increases cell turnover because it contains vitamin E, vitamin C, vitamin D and B-carotene, a form of vitamin A, and which are all antioxidants that help fight free radicals. It is very hydrating so a little goes a long way to making this blend soothing). Fill the bottle to just over 2/3 full with this combination, then add your essential oils. I am currently using the following:
- 10 drops geranium essential oil
- (this oil is an astringent so it can help minimise wrinkles by tightening the skin and slowing down the effects of ageing. It also helps to reduce acne and inflammation, balances hormones, improves circulation and has an uplifting scent)
- 15 drops frankincense essential oil
- (this oil can help with wound healing and reducing the appearance of scars or dark spots caused from acne blemishes. It is also astringent and protects skin cells and can help lift and tighten skin naturally)
- 5 drops orange essential oil
- (this oil is brightening so it’s great for improving complexion and decreasing wrinkles, it’s also naturally antibacterial so is good for clearing the skin)
- 5 drops lavender essential oil
- (this oil is packed antioxidants and it’s antimicrobial so it’s very soothing for the skin and great for scars and age spots)
- 4 drops rosemary essential oil
- (this oil is detoxifying and has proven benefits to reduce cortisol, the stress hormone which is one of the biggest causes of ageing)
Put the pipet lid on and swirl the bottle to blend all the ingredients together. And that’s it, so simple. I use it morning and evening after cleansing, first putting 2-4 drops on my fingertips, then warming them in my hands before patting over my face and neck and gently massaging into my skin.
Once you have the combination of essential oils in your stock cupboard they will last months if not years as you only need such small amounts to make up this recipe. You can experiment using other essential oils too, there are so many that are beneficial for the skin such as rose for dry skin or tea tree for blemish prone skin. The fun is in the experimenting and the fact that by making your own you can really tailor your blend to your exact skin needs.
Not all oils are created equally so it’s important to make sure you are using a pure, therapeutic grade oil when applying to the skin. Be wary of synthetic or ‘fragrance’ oils as these will not carry the same benefits or purity and could be harmful when applied topically.