I am in a constant battle with my skin. I don’t know what happened, as a teenager I had beautiful skin, which is why I’m convinced I was cursed in high school by someone who was really into “The Craft” – “Let’s give her adult acne, weird dry patches and wrinkles that make her look like a shar pei.” I’m kidding about the curse (sort of), but because of my skin battles, I’ve tried a LOT of different skin products, subsequently, spending a ton of money.
I recently had a friend recommend making my own facial products, which I was hesitant to do because I’m not really a DIY sort of girl, but on a whim I did it and fell in love! I’m not saying all of my skin problems vanished over night, but after using this moisturizer and serum for almost a month I can DEFINITELY tell a difference. First of all, it just feels natural. Many of my past products left almost a medicinal film on my skin – but these feel so good.
After researching I’ve found there are a lot of different ways to make homemade moisturizers and you can alter the recipe to fit your skin needs. I did a very basic one and plan on changing it up after this one is gone.
Sweet Almond Oil – a great all around face oil
Avocado Oil – great for dry skin and anti aging
Coconut Oil – great anti microbial property
Jojoba Oil – great for dry, aging, oily, normal or acne prone skin
Dry Skin: lavender, rose, chamomile
Oily Skin: Lavender, lemongrass, cedarwood
Acne-Prone Skin: tea tree, lavender, peppermint
Mature Skin or Wrinkles: frankincense, lavender, sandalwood
Homemade Facial Moisturizer / Cleanser
When you cleanse with oils you want to use high quality products. This means when using coconut oil you need to get UN-refined, extra virgin and organic, so that you don’t clog your pores. Sam’s Club sells a big thing of unrefined coconut oil for $9, or you can get it at Sprouts.
1 Cup Coconut Oil
1 Tsp Sweet Almond Oil
1 Tsp Avocado Oil
Whip them together to a creamy texture. Add 10 drops of your essential oil. Scoop into a glass jar and done!
If you want an exfoliator, you can add 1 tsp of baking soda.
I use this with my Clarasonic, by putting about a nickel sized portion on the brush and scrubbing for 1-2 minutes. Then at night, on clean skin only, I apply it as my moisturizer. I’ve also used it in the morning, but you have to let it dry a few minutes before you apply your makeup.
In a one ounce glass bottle with dropper, add 30 drops of Frankincense. Fill the rest with sweet almond oil or jojoba oil. Use morning and night on clean, dry skin – face, neck and chest.
I’m in LOVE with this. It also doubles as a moisturizer, but since it has so much frankincense, it’s great for wrinkles. Even in three weeks I can tell a difference in those little wrinkles around my eyes!
Where can you buy these oils?
Amazon (brands vary)
What facial products work for you? Seriously, me and my shar pei wrinkles want to know!