This is a little bit of a cheat as it isn’t completely DIY, but it makes a fab moisturiser for your face.
I have been making moisturisers for a number of years now, and the best ones always contain a mix of water and oil. The problem is that it isn’t easy to mix water and oil (they just don’t!) You need to use an emulsifier and these can be really tricky to manage because they require a very specific temperature to melt them perfectly, (too low and they wont melt, too high and they separate out into a horrible gloop).
Recently I was lacking in time but I had a bottle of Neal’s Yard Create Your Own Face and Body Lotion, so I thought I would mix in a few drops of my favourite skin caring essential oils and give it a go. I love it! Its really reasonably priced, so you can make a perfect moisturiser really quickly without breaking the bank.
A 250ml bottle of moisturiser is massive for your face and would last ages! I decanted some into a 50ml jar and added 20 drops of oil (this makes a 2% dilution).
Here are some essential oils you can include for your skin type;
- Myrrh (to tone and rejuvenate the skin)
- Rose (deeply nourishing and boosts radiance)
Sensitive Skin (soothing oils)
Combination Skin (oils to balance and sooth)
Some important notes on Essential Oil use
Frankincense essential oil is lovely for aging skin as it is a powerful rejuvenator. However, its recent rise in popularity (partly perhaps as a result of the incorrect claims that it might cure cancer), has meant that the Frankincense tree is now on the endangered list in Somalia. There are many alternative oils to chose from, so for now I will not be recommending the use of Frankincense which is why is not included above.
Citrus oils can be helpful for oily skin types but they are photosensitive. This means that they can react in sunlight and cause burns to the skin. Because of this, it is recommended that you do not expose skin to the sun for up to 12 hours after applying citrus oils directly to the skin. I have therefore not recommended them in my list above.
Contraindications I refer you to the list of contraindications here. Please check these and do not use any oils where any contraindications listed might apply to you.
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