Surely you’ve heard that skin is the largest organ of our bodies. Therefore, it makes sense, if health and detoxification are your priority, to address the issue of skin care routine head on. What ingredients are in your skin care products is crucial and could be one of the determining factors whether you’ll be well and vibrant, or whether you will be overburdened by harmful chemicals and toxins.
When you use plant-based, organic products for your face and body, you are choosing ingredients that work synergistically with the sophisticated natural systems of your skin. Our bodies need wholesome nutrients to be absorbed not only through food, but also through this largest organ we have: our skin. When the skin comes in contact with organic plant products, it has the ability to care for and mend itself and to reveal the most gorgeous YOU.
In the past, in my 20s and 30s, I was obsessively looking for the holy grail amongst the top lines in the cosmetic industry. I would save for ever to be able to finally afford that 200 dollar jar of a cream that promised to turn me into a goddess. Well, usually it turned out to be a huge disappointment. Nice package, nice texture, nice smell, nothing out of the ordinary results, price sticker shock.
Even more shocking turned out to be the list of ingredients in these highly-priced products. I won’t name any companies here, but take a look on a box of an expensive line of face creams and see what’s in the jar. Most of the time, there are way too many ingredients with difficult to pronounce names and some hidden gems like the ubiquitous “fragrance.” (Read about what can be hiding under this term in this post)
Needless to say, since I became conscious of my need to change my skin care routine and what ingredients to avoid, I stopped using such products and turned to “green” beauty. There are more and more wonderful lines of skincare, hair products and makeup out there that one can choose from. The problem – many if not most of them are still ungodly expensive!
Enter DIY organic skincare!
It all started with friends introducing me to essential oils, then discovering carrier oils that can do wonders for skin, then finding interesting recipes to formulate my own products.
For the past two years, I’ve been using only handmade, organic cleansers, essences, toners, serums, lotions, creams, balms, and body butters.
They are packed with the unsurpassed power of botanical goodness, gentle enough to use on a baby yet highly effective, and best of all, with every single one, I know exactly what is in the bottle and don’t have to second guess if it’s healthful or harmful to my skin. I wrote here about my general philosophy about what makes "clean beauty" clean (as there is a lot of green-washing out there).
I make sure that whatever I put on my face or body is:
free of nonylphenol ethoxylate,
Pretty impressive list, no?
If I can make them, so can you!
The first product I ever made was a simple facial oil with just argan and rosehip oils for the base and neroli, rose and lavender essential oils for their therapeutic uses for my type of skin. It was love at first sight! When friends and family started complementing me on the healthy look of my skin, I would offer them small bottles of the oil and they loved it too!
Since then, my knowledge of the ingredient base has grown tremendously and I came up with an oil I call my miracle fountain of youth. And because it is so easy to make, I am sharing my recipe here.
This serum will sink right into your skin and optimize its health and wellness in the process.
The serum features 14 nourishing oils from seeds, nuts, and other botanicals that pamper the skin with antioxidants, essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals and other plant compounds.
The oils in this serum have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and soothing qualities. The skin feels moisturized, regenerated, and protected. Most suited for the evening, but for very dry skin okay to use a few drops in the morning as well.
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Ingredients and benefits:
Sweet Almond Oil (high in antioxidants and Vitamin E, slow absorbing, emollient-rich and highly moisturizing)
Grapeseed Oil (rich with vitamin E and other nutrient, praised for regenerative qualities)
Hemp Seed Oil (filled with vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C, D and E, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties)
Rosehip Oil (containing high amounts of linoleic acid and vitamin C, as well as a significant amount of trans-retinoic acid)
Meadowfoam Oil (non-greasy, quickly absorbing, moisturizing the deepest layers of the skin)
Evening Primrose Oil (soothing, astringent, and rejuvenating, great for maturing skin)
Cucumber Seed Oil (brimming with a variety of fatty acids: omega 3’s and linoleic, and keeping the skin soft and nourished)
Guava Seed Oil (highly moisturizing with superior absorption)
Pomegranate Seed Oil (deeply penetrating, replenishing and soothing skin rescuer)
Prickly Pear Cactus Oil (praised for its bountiful support of skin, luxurious, soothing, and softening to the skin surface)
Hazelnut Oil (high in oleic acid, along with vitamins A, B and E, astringent and moisturizing)
Macadamia Oil (filled with palmitic and oleic acids, promoting skin cell regeneration)
Sea Buckthorn Oil (rich in vitamins and minerals, as well as antioxidants and other plant compounds)
Olive Oil Squalene (reacts against chemical, physical, bacterial, and exogenous stress signals, protecting the skin’s surface)
Rosemary Oil Extract (powerful antioxidant)
One of the three top oils will be predominat depending on the skin type:
For dry and/or matureskin – sweet almond oil
For normal skin – grapeseed oil
For oily or blemish prone skin – hemp seed oil
Recipe for a 1 ounce glass dropper bottle
1 tsp your predominant oil
1/3 tsp of each of the remaining oils
Add total of about 25 drops of chosen essential oils, depending on your skin concerns:
Frankincense (Boswellia carterii), Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha), and Rose (Rosa damascena) are great for aging, wrinkled or damanged skin
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is good for any type of skin, but especially good when healing is needed
Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata), Pink Grapefruit, (Citrus paradisi), and Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin) are excellend for skin balancing and oil control
Put it all in the bottle, shake, and you;ve got yourself a mariacle fountain of youth!
If you’re not so keen on DIY, you can check out my Etsy store where I offer the oil for sale.
How to use:
I use it only at night, but if your skin is really parched and in need of dramatic rejuvenation it is perfectly fine to use it in the AM as well. After cleansing and toning and any water-based procucts, get a few (4-6) drops of the oil serum onto the palm of your hand, rub it in your clean hands to warm up and press gently onto your skin.
It should absorb if a few minutes. If you are using a night cream, it would go on top of the oil, and if you use the oil in the morning, put on sunscreen also on top of the oil.
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