Now lets talk about the actual skin food or what keeps our skin moisture and provide the protective layer to keep it safe. The Carrier oils that is.
Carrier oils or vegetable oils, get their name from their ability to ‘carry’ essential oils into the skin. When you apply a carrier oil to the skin, it penetrates only the outermost 2-3 layers of the skin. The oil creates an occlusive layer on the outside of the skin and traps water beneath it. So yes it does feel oily and greasy to some extend though depending on your choice for the oil. But what they do is fulfill their main function they carry the concentrated essential oils or CO2 extracts to the skin and create this protective layer to keep it nice and soft. Many plant-derived oil contain lots of anti-ageing compounds which can provide additional beneﬁts to the skin.
Carrier oils can be of different penetration quality. Let’s say lighter oils and heavier oils. The lighter oils have little fragrance and are relatively inexpensive. Examples include sunﬂower oil, almond oil, apricot oil and grape seed oil. But there are also Special Plant Oils include oils that are often heavier, more viscous and/or more expensive. Examples include avocado oil, pomegranate oil,
Black seed and rosehip oil. There is also another category such as macerated plant oils. Of course one seeing a product called cucumber or chamomile oil start thinking from which part exactly could they ever produce any oil. Well. Not exactly produced from the plant itself. These include oils that have had plant matter infused into them. Normally lighter oils are used for this matter like sunflower or olive oil. Examples include sea buckthorn oil, comfrey oil, Calendula Cucumber and Aloe Vera Oils. So those yet remaining the light quality do possess the advantages of the plants infused.
These oil are safe to apply directly to skin. Can also be mixed with essential oils which are good for you.
How one can choose from the variety of carrier oils? Well. To avoid an extra greasy feeling try use the lighter oils as base in your mix. The fastest penetrating oils would be Rosehip, Jojoba, Grapeseed, Argan and Apricot Kernel oils. Then adding heavier oils and essential oils to the mix. Do mind though the skin type you have to make sure you do not get the wrong reaction of your skin. There are some universal oils though recommended usually for all skin types like Almond, Apricot Kennel, Argan, Calendula, Chamomile, Cucumber and Aloe Vera Oils. Those can be easily used as a great base for your facial or body oils. If you have dry skin then Avocado, Black Seed and Sesame seed oils would benefit a great deal in the mixture.
For example. If you have dry skin try Jojoba and Avocado or Jojoba and Avocado oil mix (3 to 1 approximately to avoid it being too heavy though can change proportion in case if the skin is really dry). Have acne issues try Argan and Calendula oils mix (70% to 30%), can use Chamomile or Aloe Vera oils for that matter as well.
It may take a bit of experimentation to find just the right combination for your personal skin type. You can adjust this ratio as needed. Several carrier oils can be combined to get the perfect combination.
Essential oils boost the healing quality to your skin oils. You can target specific skin issues by adding a few drops of 100% pure essential oil specific to your skin type. Essential oils have been used on the skin for centuries for their regenerating and toning properties. They absorb easily into the skin, helping to improve the feel, texture, and look of the skin.
For the Essential oils read on our next posts. Do share your experiments and experiences on our Facebook Page or in comments section of this blog.