What are facial oils? Facial oils are blends of base or carrier oils, extracts and essential oils. Because they can be quite nourishing and thick, it’s best to apply them at night where they can slowly seep into the skin and work their magic while you are sleeping and you would not have to worry about the shiny oily looks.
I heard some opinions that facial oils tend to be over greasy and thick so many are reluctant to use them. Well. It all depends of course. Oils are like serums and can be very beneficial especially to those with dry skin and mature skin. In general facial oil can be multifunctional as well. It can be used as make up remover especially if you use a lot, great night time moisturizer. With normal skin if you use facial oil as a make - up remover then you may not need any other moisturizer at all. Actually when we sleep our skin is regenerating itself, balancing oil production and expelling impurities.
I am sure this would be more interesting topic for those with dry skin. Dry skin can be quite uncomfortable, it may feel irritated and itchy. Dry skin is cause by the lack of the appropriate amount of water in epidermis. The epidermis is normally composed of fat (lipid) and protein. The lipid portion of the epidermis helps prevent skin dehydration. When the skin's fatty oils are removed, the skin loses its protection and loses moisture more easily. As skin becomes dry, it also may become more sensitive and prone to rashes and skin breakdown. Dry skin may be a temporary condition or not. Generally elderly people seem to be more prone to have dry skin so many products for mature skin are as well suitable for dry skin. If you experience any issues with dry skin then maybe you’d say yes to facial oils.
But just as anything you put on your skin you must first make up your mind about what you want the product to do for you. Carrier oils have different medicinal qualities and depending on what you wish to help your skin with you should choose your oils carefully. Base oils as well essential oils have the effect of the herb or plant they are made of. Some may be healing, some moisturizing, some soothing, some anti - aging, some anti - inflammatory.
Here are some examples of the oils and their qualities
Rosehip - Anti - ageing, healing
Hemp seed - Soothing, anti - inflammatory
Grapeseed - Moisturizing, antioxidant
Argan - Anti - ageing, anti - acne
Apricot kernel - Softening, soothing
Almond - Soothing, anti - inflammatory
Jojoba - Antioxidant, similar to sebum
Sesame - Antioxidant, soothing
Avocado - Moisturizing, rich
Coconut - Moisturizing, rich
You can also find a variety of macerated oils with some beautiful qualities. These include oils that have had plant matter infused into them in order to extract their oil - soluble chemical compounds. Examples include sea buckthorn oil, carrot, cucumber and calendula oil. Macerated oils may take more effort to make so may be a bit more expensive but those oils make it possible to use the beautiful medicinal quantities of herbs and plants which naturally do not contain oil.
Of course you can read and experiment more with the oils most suitable for your skin.
But there is another thing you must keep in mind and that is how “light” or fast absorbing those oils are.
Your choice here would depend on your skin type. Fast absorbing oils like rosehip, grapeseed, jojoba, cucumber, aloe are more suitable for oily or acne prone skin. And can be combined with slower absorbing oils for normal or combination skin.
Oils best suitable for combination and normal skin would be grapeseed, jojoba, apricot kernel oils. And for dry and mature skin you may go for more rich oils like avocado, coconut, olive, sweet almond, black seed and argan oil.
And if you have any irritation, itching, scars you can your oils mix with healing macerated oils like calendula or aloe oil.
When making a facial oil you can use essential oils and botanic extracts as well to make the most out of your facial oil. (only make sure those are oil soluble as water soluble extracts would not solve into oil)
Beta Carotene or Honey humectant, algae extract could be a wonderful addition to your facial oil.
When using essential oils remember to not over go 2% of entire product. I would go for 1% though to be on the safe side.
You can use antioxidants as well. Vitamin E is a great addition to a facial oil.
Now if you look at the list of the ingredients above and also think of the fact that this product do not need any preservative and will be 100% natural maybe you’d also say yes to the facial oil?
Let me give you an example recipe for your first self - made facial oil
Apricot kernel oil - 15 - ml
Argan oil - 10 - ml
Cucumber oil - 10 - ml
Jojoba oil - 8.5 - ml
Rosehip oil - 5 - ml
Vitamin E - 0.5 - ml
Eco Marine algae extract - 0.5 - ml
Ylang Ylang Essential oil - 0.3 - ml
Patchouli Essential oil - 0.1 - ml
First mix the oils then add Vitamin E, Extract and essential oils. Mix well and then add to a bottle.
Remember that even though facial oils do not require a preservative they may go rancid so are best kept in glass bottles and away from heat and direct light.
Did you try a facial oil yet? What would you say yes or no?
As always we will be happy to hear from you.