July 27, 2011
Keep Your Skin Hydrated with These Therapeutic Oils and Blends This Season!
Are you plagued with dry skin in the Winter? Check out these great oils and easy-to-make blends for dry skin care!
Winter can be a tough time of year on the skin. Many of us live in dry environments, or spend much of our day indoors where our furnaces can make the air even drier. Off-the-shelf moisturizers can help, but you can so easily (and less-expensively!) make your own super-hydrating (plus soothing, anti-aging and antioxidant) blend.
It's as easy as choosing a base oil or two (also called 'carrier oils'), then adding one or more essential oils...all tailored just to your skin's needs.
Here's a list of carrier oils you can start with, and their individual therapeutic properties:
Argan Oil: This oil is pressed from organically-grown argan nuts in Morocco. It recently has become a VERY popular skin care product on its own, for it's wealth of essential fatty acids and antioxidant vitamins. Great by itself, and even better in a blend. It's been researched to lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, which we all know show up a little more clearly in dry environments.
- Coconut Oil: For really dry skin, nothing beats Virgin Coconut Oil, which provides deep and real moisture. It helps strengthen underlying tissues and helps remove excessive dead cell on the skin's surface that makes your skin rough and flaky in texture. Coconut oil is also highly-regarded for its anti-inflammatory properties.
Evening Primrose Oil: This popular oil is not only applied externally, but is also taken internally for its incredible nutrient value. Evening Primrose contains a rare, high-level of gamma-linolenic acid,which helps the body produce prostaglandin E1, thereby reducing inflammation. Evening Primrose oil has been used to support skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema, and may help premature skin aging.
Jojoba Oil: Jojoba comes from the beans of the shrub like plant, simmondsia chinensis. It is bright and golden in color and is regarded as highly favored for moisturizing the skin because it's very similar to our skins own sebum.
- Kukui Oil: This exceptional oil can be pressed from nuts growing throughout the Hawaiian Islands. It is high in Vitamin C, D, and E plus other antioxidants. Kukui nut oil is invaluable for rejuvenating and healing skin, providing moisture and nourishment to dry, mature, and damaged skin. This cold-pressed, lightly-refined oil is excellent for use on skin with psoriasis and eczema as well as skin that has been damaged by the elements.
Rosehip Seed Oil: A luxurious oil used for the treatment of wrinkles, scars and inflamed skin, with positive results shown in a variety of University studies. Its VERY smooth with a nice feel. It has demonstrated skin-rejuvenating proerties. Its been shown to benefit conditions of stretch marks, UV sun damage, scars, eczema, psoriasis, signs of premature aging, hyper-pigmentation, dermatitis, age spots, and even will help dry hair and brittle nails. It is considered a 'dry oil', meaning that it soaks into the skin easily, leaving no residue. It's very gentle, and can even be used undiluted on the most sensitive skin. (Rosehip should not be used by those with active acne breakouts, or those with excessively-oily skin).
Pomegranate Seed Oil: Like Argan, it's an up-and-coming oil in the world of high-end cosmetics. It is considered to have a host of beneficial properties for the skin with its high levels of rare punicic and egallic acids. The oil is an excellent base for all types of skin conditions, including eczema, sunburn, dry and cracked skin and mature skin. It may help revive the skin's elastic nature. Research has shown the oil to actually stimulate keratinocyte production, strengthening the dermis.
Note that five of these oils are available together in our Super Skin Care Base. This formula combines Argan, Virgin Coconut, Evening Primrose, Rosehip Seed and Pomegranate. This fantastic formula can be used alone if you like, with great results...or of course with the addition of one or more essential oils.
OK! Now on to the essential oils:
- Amyris: This oil is also called 'East Indian Sandalwood' for it's soft similarity to true sandalwood, serving as an inexpensive, therapeutic substitute for that oil.
Calendula: This CO2 extracted oil has long been only available as an 'infused oil', yet now in its pure form, you can add this exceptionally-healing component to any blend. Very highly regarded for its anti-aging, anti-oxidant and wound-healing properties. Its also a powerful anti-inflammatory agent, excellent for sensitive or irritated skin.
- Carrot Root: This CO2 extracted oil from carrots is very rich in Beta Carotene, a superior antioxidant for skin care. It is treasured for its rejuvinating properties, stimulating the grown of new, healthy skin cells.
Chamomile: Both the German and Roman varieties are wonderful additions to any skin care formula. The Roman for its soothing properties, and the German for its potent anti-inflammatory action. We REALLY like Cape Chamomile for its fantastic aroma and soothing properties as well. Use instead of Roman in your formulas if you like.
- Frankincense: This oil is great for skin care and nearly everything related to skin; burns, rashes, cuts, scrapes, and oozing sores. It’s also fabulous for mature, prematurely aging, and environmentally challenged skin (our culprit of dry skin!)
- Sandalwood: This is one of the premier skin care oils, with its ability to hydrate, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and has even shown potential anti-cancer properties for the skin. Absolutely wonderful in blends for men.
Rose Otto: This precious oil is one of the very finest skin care ingredients available. Absolutely lovely for women's skin in particular. It is hydrating and balancing, and brings out one's healthiest glow.
- Rosehip: This CO2 oil is extracted from the entire rosehip, not just the seed. It is highly rich in antioxidant and skin-rejuvenating compounds, and contains the deeply hydrating oils of the seeds as well.
And here are the blends!
- All Purpose Therapeutic Hydrator: In a base of 1/3rd equal parts Argan, Jojoba and Pomegranate (you can eyeball these in a one ounce or four ounce bottle)...to each ounce of base, add 12 drops each of Rosehip Seed CO2, Frankincense and Calendula.
- Anti-Aging Hydrator: In a base of Super Skin Care blend, to each ounce, add 10 drops Rosehip Seed, Carrot Root, Calendula and Frankincense Carteri CO2's.
- Super Soothing Hydrator: In a base of equal parts Argan Oil, Virgin Coconut Oil (you may need to warm gently before pouring), Evening Primrose, Pomegranate and Kukui, to each ounce, add 8 drops of both German and Roman Chamomile essential oils, and 7 drops each of Rose Otto and Calendula.
Note that you can combine any of these carriers and essential oils to make your own tailor-made formula. It's really easy to do: just get yourself an empty one, two, or four ounce bottle (we have all these with pump tops, if you wish), and combine one or more carrier oils. Then add up to 40 drops total of the essential oils of your choice.
Note, too, that we've measured our essential oils with the pipettes and glass droppers, and have found the vast majority will measure 30 to 40 drops per milliliter. 1ml of essential oil per ounce of carrier gives you a 3% strength, and a 2 to 3% concentration of essential oils is generally recommended for skin care.
Enjoy your blend making, and your happy, hydrated skin this season!