FACE OILS TO REPLACE CHEMICAL FACE CREAMS

FACE OILS TO REPLACE CHEMICAL FACE CREAMS

Essential oils make marvellous face oils. In this section treatments are given for three types of skin and, in general, you need 30 drops of essential oil for each 30ml base oil, unless specified. If you want a more intensive treatment, use 45 drops of essential oil.

 

Combination skin is a patchwork of normal, oily and dry skin with the oily patches usually occurring on the forehead, nose and chin, and these are often accompanied by blackheads. Treat combination skin as normal skin, and if oily patches are a problem use the face oils for oily skin on those areas. As the skin starts to balance you can adjust the treatment accordingly. Our skins can change quite rapidly, so do take notice of the changes and be ready to switch oils.

 
 

Normal Skin

Really, there is no such thing as normal skin. The term 'normal' is so inappropriate in this context that we prefer to call this type of skin 'evenly balanced'. If you have a skin that falls into this category you could use almost any essential oil in your skin preparations, but you should stick to the gentle or even the sensitive type of oils to ensure that your skin remains near perfect.

EVENLY BALANCED SKIN OIL BASES

  • Almond

  • Hazelnut

  • Apricot kernel

ADDITIONS TO BASE OIL

  • Jojoba

  • Borage seed

  • Evening primrose

  • Carrot

ESSENTIAL OILS FOR EVENLY BALANCED SKIN

  • Chamomile German

  • Geranium

  • Lavender

  • Rose

  • Neroli

  • Palmarosa

  • Lemon

  • Fennel

  • Jasmine

  • Bois de rose

  • Frankincense

  • Benzoin

DAY MOISTURISER FOR EVENLY BALANCED SKIN

  • Rose 15 drops

  • Chamomile German 5 drops

  • Lavender 5 drops

  • Lemon 5 drops

Diluted in 30ml almond or hazelnut oil

 

This moisturiser should be applied to damp skin. Massage it in and then dab the face with a tissue until no excess oil shows on the tissue.

NIGHT CARE OIL, FOR EVENLY BALANCED SKIN

  • Geranium 10 drops

  • Palma rosa 10 drops

  • Fennel 5 drops

  • Lemon 5 drops

Dilute in 30ml apricot kernel oil to which you have added 10 drops of evening primrose oil.

If you feel that your skin needs extra nourishment, add 5 drops of carrot oil.

 
 

Dry to Normal Skin

 

When the sebaceous glands are not producing enough oil to keep the skin soft and supple it can become dry, prone to wrinkles, less supple and flakiness may occur. In time it can become sensitive and prone to inflammation, and dehydrated easily by central heating, wind and sun. This type of skin is prone to peeling and itching during periods of stress. It generally feels taut after washing. Sometimes dry skin is caused by the menopause and hormonal changes.

DRY TO NORMAL SKIN OIL BASES

  • Almond

  • Avocado

  • Wheatgerm

  • Olive oil

  • Apricot kernel

  • Soya bean

ADDITIONS TO BASE OIL

  • Jojoba

  • Borage seed

  • Evening primrose

  • Carrot

ESSENTIAL OILS FOR DRY TO NORMAL SKIN

  • Chamomile German

  • Lavender

  • Sandalwood

  • Patchouli

  • Rose

  • Bois de rose

  • Benzoin

  • Calendula

  • Geranium

  • Palma rosa

  • Rosemary

  • Neroli

  • Hyssop

DAY RE-MOISTURISING OIL FOR DRY TO NORMAL SKIN

  • Chamomile German 15 drops

  • Sandalwood 5 drops

  • Bois de rose 5 drops

  • Hyssop 5 drops

Dilute in one 30ml of the base vegetable oils to which you have added 10 drops of evening primrose and 2 drops of carrot oil.

Use in the same way as you would your usual moisturising cream or lotion.

NIGHT OIL TREATMENT FOR DRY TO NORMAL SKIN

Blend the base oil:

  • 10ml soya bean

  • 10ml avocado

  • 10ml wheatgerm

  • 30 drops jojoba

  • 10 drops borage seed

  • 20 drops evening primrose

then add

  • Carrot 10 drops

  • Hyssop 5 drops

  • Rosemary 5 drops

  • Chamomile German 10 drops

  • Benzoin 10 drops

  • Geranium 15 drops

and blend again.

This makes an extremely rich night oil. Massage a small amount into the skin, leave it for a while and then wipe off the excess with a tissue.

 
 

Oily to Normal Skin

Oily skin is caused by over-active sebaceous glands. These are subject to hormonal changes which is why oily skin can become a problem during puberty. Ironically, this condition often results from over- cleanliness - specifically, scrubbing the face with harsh cleansers and soaps or using astringents that contain alcohol.

Many commercial lotions which are designed to de-grease a skin actually cause the sebaceous glands to produce more fat to compensate for the lack of it that results. This same vicious circle can apply to hair preparations. Thankfully, the essential oils have the capacity to balance the skin without making the glands produce more sebum and can provide the perfect solution to this sometimes intractable problem.

OILY TO NORMAL SKIN OIL BASES

  • Almond

  • Hazelnut

  • Apricot kernel

  • Grapeseed

ADDITIONS TO BASE OIL

  • Borage seed

  • Evening primrose

  • Carrot

ESSENTIAL OILS FOR OILY TO NORMAL SKIN

  • Chamomile German

  • Orange

  • Juniper

  • Frankincense

  • Lavender

  • Pettigraine

  • Geranium

  • Marjoram

  • Cypress

  • Rosemary

  • Palma rosa

  • Jasmin

  • Lemon

  • Ylang-ylang

  • Lime

DAY BALANCER FOR OILY TO NORMAL SKIN

  • Juniper 8 drops

  • Geranium 10 drops

  • Lemon 10 drops

  • Rosemary 2 drops

Dilute in 30ml hazelnut oil to which you have added 10 drops of carrot oil.

Massage the oil in and then dab the face with a tissue until no excess oil shows there.

NIGHT TREATMENT FOR OILY TO NORMAL SKIN

  • Juniper 10 drops

  • Pettigraine 15 drops

  • Frankincense 5 drops

  • Marjoram 5 drops

  • Lemon 10 drops

Dilute in 30ml apricot kernel oil to which you have added 10 drops carrot oil.

 
Modern skin-care products contain harmful chemicals in the form of preservatives and artificial fragrances which lead to incurable diseases in the long term.