Tuesday, July 17, 2018

MAKE YOUR OWN ANTI-AGING FACE OIL



Is It Time To Try A DIY?

If, like me you're sick of buying 'natural' skincare products that are marketed as natural, yet you still need to google most of the ingredients.  Then it might be time to try a DIY.  Store bought skincare can contain alcohols, toxic synthetic ingredients, silicones and fragrance, which totally defeat the purpose of a nourishing, hydrating serum or face oil!  These ingredients are incredibly drying and can be triggering for eczema suffers.


So why not make your own?  A homemade face oil with all natural ingredients could be just the pick-me-up your skin needs. This one contains organic plant oils packed with phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids that work together to promote collagen production and even out skin tone. They also contain powerful antioxidants that combat aging by protecting the skin from free radical damage.  Adding essential oils to the mix can be highly beneficial for aging skin too.  Choose carefully and find the ones that suit your skin type, especially if you have skin issues.  Frankincense is super high in anti-aging properties and suitable for oily/acne prone skin, due to anti-bacterial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. And Rose Geranium has hormone regulating properties that help to balance excess sebum production.  Lavender also has lots of anti-aging skin benefits, it's my favourite and I put it in everything!

I've been using this face oil formula for about a year now, with amazing results. My skin feels more supple and hydrated than before and the rosehip oil is helping to reduce my hyper-pigmentation marks.  

Swap out oils for what best suit your skin.  That's the beauty of DIY's, you can fine tune them to fit your own skin types and issues.  And they are cheap and easy to make.  The initial cost for making your own products may seem expensive, as high quality organic oils can be costly, but you will get a lot out of them, so in the long run you will save money!  




ANTI-AGING OIL PLANT OILS



ROSEHIP SEED OIL

My number one carrier oil for any face DIY is rosehip oil. Not to be confused with rose oil, which is made from rose petals, rosehip oil comes from the seeds of the rosehips which are the fruit left behind after a rose has flowered and dropped it's petals.  This oil is considered the ultimate anti-aging oil as it is packed with vitamins, antioxidants and essential fatty acids.  It contains vitamins E, C, F and pro-vitamin A, which contribute to its antioxidant effect.  The presence of vitamin C and A work together to stimulate collagen production in the skin, thereby reducing the appearance of wrinkles.  Essential fatty acids work with the vitamin A to help improve overall skin tone and texture through cell and tissues regeneration.  
Rosehip oil is high in linoleum fatty acid (omega-6) and has a comedogenic rating of 1, making it ideal for acne-prone/oily skin types. These skin types have more oleic acid and less linoleic acid in their sebum. This makes the sebum thick and sticky which block pores and lead to breakouts. Low levels of linoleic acid in the skin also leads to more oil production.










OLIVE SQUALANE

Nicknamed 'nature's facelift' olive squalane is unlike any other oil, in fact, it feels more like a serum. The key to squalane's skincare success is that its molecular structure resembles that of our own skin's design. This similarity allows it to penetrate the skin completely and synthesise quickly (2mm per second), making it a great delivery system for other ingredients. It won't clog pores or leave a greasy residue so it's great for oily/acne prone skin types.  Olive squalane also contains powerful antioxidants that combat the signs of aging by protecting the skin from UV rays which cause sunspots and uneven skin tone. And free radicals which destroy skin cells and damage the skins natural collagen. It softens the skin, improves elasticity, protects against moisture loss and has a luxurious, silky feel.  This oil has done wonders for my skin.







APRICOT KERNEL OIL

Apricot kernel oil is great for combination skin types due to its high oleic acid (omega-9) content and low comedogenic rating.  It is obtained from the pit or seed of apricots and has a history of medicinal use in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is a great anti-aging oil due to its high antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Its also highly moisturising.









ANTI-AGING ESSENTIAL OILS

























DIY ANTI-AGING RECIPE

3-4 Drops Vitamin E Oil (optional)

ESSENTIAL OILS


4 Drops Lavender
4 Drops Cypress
4 Drops Rose Geranium

*30ml Amber/ Cobalt Blue Glass Bottle*


Instructions


Either measure out all the oils into small measuring jug. Or, if using a 30ml bottle just fill up to a 3rd of each plant oil. Then add essential oils.


Apply morning and night after cleansing face using the push + press method.