I first read about this at Kristy’s Corner. It wasn’t the first time I’d heard about using natural oils for skin care, I mean that has been around for centuries upon centuries. But, sometimes you read someone else’s take on it and it just clicks. I was immediately excited to get started right away and go beyond the vitamin E and tea tree oils for some dry patchy spots. I ordered my products from Mountain Rose Herbs.
After some research, I chose the following oils:
Sunflower Oil as my main carrier oil
Sweet Almond Oil to soften and soothe and b/c I like it
Jojoba Oil for it’s overall qualities and resemblance to sebum
Macadamia Nut Oil for it’s regenerative properties
Evening Primrose Oil for it’s anti-inflammatory properties
I found it hard to stop wanting more oils and this is probably more than I need, but that’s part of the fun! Rosehip Oil is on my list to try.
I followed the 80/20 mixture for balanced skin and came up with this “recipe” for 10 ounces of my oil skin cleanser. I made up 5 ounces worth. (in blue)
2 oz. Castor Oil (1 oz)
5 oz. Sunflower Oil (2 1/2 oz)
1 oz. Jojoba Oil (1/2 oz)
1 oz. Almond Oil (1/2 oz)
1/2 oz. Evening Primrose Oil (1/4 oz)
1/2 oz. Macadamia Nut Oil (1/4 oz)
I mixed everything up and keep it in a plastic bottle by my bathroom sink. It’s not pretty, but then neither is my bathroom.
I will alter this recipe to a 90/10 mixture for the rest of the winter. During the summer, I will look for oil that has more protective or healing properties from the sun.
Sometimes I get lazy and don’t do the oil massage…opting to just jump in the shower and use either my Dove soap or my Mary Kay cleanser. However, with a fairly faithful adherence to the oil cleansing method, I haven’t had the problems with dry skin like I would normally be having this time of year. I still have a my redness to my face and I don’t know if that will clear up when I decrease the castor oil or if I need to find some other oils that will combat that better. It’s a process of researching and experimenting afterall, but my skin feels wonderful. Sometimes I use the oil all over and I should probably do that more often…feels sooo good!
So, that’s my little skin care story.