How to Make Natural Moisturizing Face Oil
I’ve been using oils on my skin for well over a year now and I absolutely love it, especially once I learned how to make natural moisturizing face oil myself at home. Coming from someone who never used to think they’d be able to get off of using drug store lotions, I’ve definitely come a long way!
I’ve always had dry skin type so moisturization is my thing, and the best part about using oils on your face (and body) is that they’re incredibly softening and nourishing, versatile, and completely non-toxic.
Our skin is our largest organ and it absorbs what we put onto it which is why it’s really important to be conscious of the types of products and ingredients we use. If you’re new to making homemade oil blends, fear not, because it’s so easy to do!
Won’t Oil Clog My Pores?
I worried about the exact same thing when I first switched over to oils, in fact, it’s the main reason why it took me so long to use them. I was convinced my face would be a disaster. Although switching to natural oils to moisturize (or even cleanse) your face requires finding the best oil for your unique skin and can take some getting used to, they’re truly wonderful for you and typically don’t cause breakouts. But – I encourage you to experiment because different oils have different uses and benefits, and everyone is different.
Homemade Natural Moisturizing Face Oil
To make your oil blend you’ll need a carrier or “base” oil, speciality oil(s) and if desired, essential oils for fragrance and additional skin benefits. You’ll also need a small glass container. A 1 or 2oz container works great.
Use approximately 2/3 carrier oil and 1/3 specialty oil, although you can adjust this as needed.
Ingredient No. 1: Carrier Oils
Carrier oils are oils that are used to dilute other, more potent oils before applying to the skin. There are so many carrier oils to choose from that have a variety of skin benefits:
Apricot Kernal Oil: gentle and light, great for sensitive or aging skin; absorbs quickly
Avocado Oil: softening, great for sensitive or aging skin; slower to absorb
Grapeseed Oil: great for normal or oily, sensitive skin; absorbs quickly
Hemp Seed Oil: light, great for all skin types
Jojoba Oil: great for any skin type including dry, oily or acne-prone; silky finish
Sweet Almond Oil: anti-inflammatory and great for sensitive, dry skin; absorbs slower
Coconut Oil: rich in soothing saturated fats; heavier on skin and slow absorbing. Use caution if very acne-prone.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil: suitable for sensitive skin; softening, cleansing and slow absorbing
Ingredient No. 2: Specialty Oils
Specialty oils are more expensive and you don’t have to use them, but they are so fantastic for nourishing our skin as they provide additional healing and soothing benefits. Here are some great options:
Argan Oil: great for dry, aging, oily, normal, or acne-prone skin; silky finish
Tamanu Oil: incredible for acne, scarring and irritated or inflamed skin; slow absorbing
Rosehip Seed Oil: excellent for aging skin, wrinkles, sensitive skin; has strong scent!
Sea Buckthorn Oil: suitable for normal or dry skin; slow absorbing
Neem Oil: thick yet nourishing; slow absorbing but long shelf life
Ingredient No. 3: Essential Oils (Optional)
Essential oils are optional, but they can add a beautiful natural fragrance and also contain many skin soothing and healing properties as well. Here are some to consider:
How to Make Natural Moisturizing Face Oil
To make your oil blend, simply fill up container approximately 2/3 or 3/4 full of your choice of carrier oil. I like jojoba and I’ve also used grapeseed in the past.
Fill the remaining 1/3 with your choice of specialty oil.
If you’re using essential oils, add anywhere from 2-7 drops depending on your desired level of fragrance!
Shake gently and you’re done! Apply to clean skin, or use to remove makeup.
Store your face oil away from sunlight and if possible, in a dark amber container. Your natural moisturizing face oil should last up to 12 months. If it begins to smell “off” or rancid, toss it!
Do you use oils? What’s your favourite skin oil?
Happy homemade face oil blending!
by Meghan Livingstone
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