Using various oils as serums and moisturizers have hit the mainstream! A lot of brand names are now advertising argan oil or rosehip seed oil in their products. Even the June issue of Allure magazine had an article on using oils for your face.
Facial products are known for their price gouging and oil blends are no exception to this rule. However, it is very easy to make your own blend and because you are making it yourself you have the opportunity to customize it to give your skin the correct cleansing and moisturizing balance without leading you down zit-street. Here’s my recipe, including the benefits of the oils that I use and some ideas to rebalancing the ratios to accommodate different skin needs. Word to the wise: a little goes a long way, so be sure to use only a very small amount on your face. You’ll be suprised how little you’ll need to keep your skin glowing and balanced!
Jobjoba Oil, Argan Oil, Rosehip Oil with Vitamin E, and Lavender and Tea Tree Oil
I know that ‘organic’ means more expensive, but please splurge on yourself. Your body may be able to handle extra pesticides etc. but the sensitive, thin, delicate skin of your face deserves the best. And even though the price tag looks high, you’ll be saving money in the long run because of how little oil you need and how long these bottles will last.
1 part Jobjoba Oil
Jobjoba Oil is actually a wax that is then created into an oil from the seed of the jobjoba shrub. Because it’s molecular make-up so closely resembles our own natural sebum it makes a great base and conditioner for a variety of products. It makes your hair soft, balances the oil production on your scalp and your face and can even be used as a facial cleanser for people who suffer from acne. (yes, I know that seems counter-intuitive. Google it, though, and you’ll find all kinds of tips). The long-chain essential fatty acids in this oil help to maintain and repair the lipid bi-layer that protects our skin and allows it to do it’s job.
1 Part Argan Oil
Ah, the original MorroconOil. Argan oil has components called sterolins which improve skin metabolism, have anti-inflammatory properties, and enhances the lipid bi-layer as well to lock in moisture. It has two rare plant sterols, which are not found in combination in any other plant oil, that are beneficial in scar healing, and dark spot reduction. It’s nutty-wood scent is appealing to some, but for me it is too much. Whenever I use this oil I always add some essential oil to cover the scent.
2 Parts Rosehip Seed Oil
This antioxidant-rich oil has been a favourite in the natural skin care business for years. Cold-pressed is by far the best nutrient-wise but it also the smelliest hands down. I have yet to meet someone who finds this scent pleasant. Nothing a little essential oil can’t fix, though. This oil is well known for brightening your complexion, evening your skin tone, reducing redness, helping with psoriosis and rosacea and for a light-weight moisturizer. The only downside to this is that rosehip seed oil has a relatively short shelf-life. The easy solution is to store the extra oil in the refridgerator. Once you open the bottle it’s good for about 6-9 months so be aware of that when you are deciding which size of bottle to purchase. Another thing to look for is rosehip oil combined with vitamin E. Vitamin E acts as a natural preservative and will help keep the bottle from going rancid for a little longer. Vitamin E is also a great antioxidant for your skin.
15-ish drops of your favourite essential oil blend
I choose to use lavender and tea tree oil because of their antibacterial and skin benefit properties. Plus, I like the smell and both of them are strong enough to hide the scent of the argan oil and rosehip seed oil.
Easy ways to adjust the oil blend to accomodate for your skin-type. My skin is pretty normal (hormonal acne sometimes, but that’s it) so this balance of oils works well for me. For someone that has dry skin, I’d recommend increasing the argan oil and decreasing the amount of jobjoba oil. This will add extra moisture and protection to that lipid bilayer without using the ‘drying’ jobjoba oil. If you have oily skin, change the ratio to 2 parts jobjoa, 1 part argan 1 part rosehip. Or even less rosehip if your find that it’s still too oily. Jobjoba will be your best friend. You just have to give it time to work it’s magic.
For all of the oil blends, though, the key point to remember is ‘less is more’; if your face looks like an oil-slick you need to back off. Two or three drops of oil will cover your face and neck, no problem.