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Aromatherapy Skin Care: Combination Skin

Aromatherapy Skin Care: Combination Skin

As part of our Aromatherapy Skin Care articles, Combination skin is the next in the series on using essential oils to take care of your skin..

Combination skin is the most common of all skin types. Skin is oily in the T-zone — across forehead and down the nose and chin — and dry everywhere else. The oily parts need more cleansing than the rest of the Combination skin 2face. The best way to treat it is to read up on both the Dry Skin and Oily Skin treatments and use what works best. This article contains more recipes along the lines of those in the Dry and Oily skin articles. So consider this a part 2 for each article.

Enjoy!

Best oils

  • Essential oils: Geranium, Lavender, Neroli, Rose, Ylang Ylang, Bergamot FCF, Carrot Seed, Cucumber Seed, Sandalwood
  • Carrier Oils: Almond, Olive, Avocado, Apricot Kernel, Wheatgerm, Soya Bean, Hazelnut, Grapeseed, Passionflower, Sesame
  • Herbs: Calendula, Lavender, Rose, Chickweed, Plantain, Marshmallow Root,

Recipes

Always test on a small part of your skin first before using all over your face or body. Please be sure your skin can handle the blend before being covered in it.

Calendula Cleanser for Dry to Combination Skin

  • 6 fresh Calendula Heads
  • 3 tablespoons Cocoa Butter
  • 6 ounces Olive Oil
  • 8 drops Sandalwood

Place herb, Cocoa Butter and Olive oil in a double boiler. Heat over low flame for 5 mintes or until cCocoa Butter melts into the Olive oil. Strain mixture and place it in another bowl. Beat the Sandalwood oil in as it cools, then transfer mixture to a sterile jar. Apply a generous amount to your face with your fingertips. Massage into skin, paying particular attention to the cheeks. Gently wipe off cleanser with a moist tissue. Can be stored in refrigerator for up to 3 months. (1)

Combination skin 3Irish Moss Cleanser for Oily to Combination Skin

  • 1/2 teaspoon Borax
  • 2 1/2 ounces Hot Water
  • 1 teaspoon Irish Moss
  • 1 tablespoon Ground Almonds
  • 1 tablespoon Almond oil
  • 1 drop Lavender oil

Dissolve Borax in the hot water and add Irish Moss. Leave to soak for 3 hours, or until it becomes soft and jelly-like. Mix the almonds and oils together, then stir them vigorously into the jelly. Apply the gel with your fingertips. paying particular attention to the T-zone. Leave on for 2 minutes, then remove with a toner. Store in a sterilized jar and use within 2 weeks(1)

Chamomile and Aloe Cleansing Cream for Normal to Combination Skin

  • 1/4 cup Sweet Almond oil
  • 2 tablespoons Coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon Beeswax
  • 1 teaspoon Anhydrous Lanolin
  • 1/4 cup Aloe Vera Juice
  • 3 tablespoons Chamomile Infusion
  • 1 tablespoon Vegetable Glycerin
  • 1/4 teaspoon Borax
  • 1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
  • 15 drops Lavender oil
  • 10 drops Rosemary oil
  • 8 drops Roman Chamomile

In a double boiler, melt carrier oils, beeswax, and lanolin until the wax has just barely melted. Remove from heat. In another pot, heat the aloe vera juice, chamomile infusion, and glycerin, and then stir in the borax until it dissolves into the liquid. Remove from heat.

Pour beeswax mixture into a blender and leave it to cool for a further 5 minutes or until it begins to thicken. Stir the mixture, loosening it from sides of blender with a spatula. Turn the blender on high and very slowly pour the aloe and chamomile liquid through the hole in the lid. Blend for 15 seconds. Check that the consistency is smooth. You may need to scrape more away from the side of the blender and blend 10 seconds more or until cream is smooth. Add vitamin E and essential oils and blend for 5 more seconds. Put cleaner into a 2 ounce, dark colored, glass jar. Screw on lid when completely cool. Use every evening. Store in the refrigerator. Discard after 3 months.

Chamomile Infusion
  • 1/2 cup Boiling Water
  • 1 tablespoon Dried Chamomile Flowers

Put herb in a bowl, pour boiling water over the herb and leave it to steep for half an hour. (14)

green clayGorgeously Green Purifying Mask for Oily to Combination Skin

  • 1 tablespoon Green Clay (also known as French Clay)
  • Approximately 3 teaspoons Aloe Vera Juice
  • 3 drops Roman Chamomile oil
  • 2 drops Lavender oil

Mix the clay with the aloe vera juice until it forms a smooth paste. Mix in the essential oils. After cleansing your face of grime and make-up, apply mask with your fingertips. Allow to dry for 1/2 hour. Rinse well with warm water. Moisturize with oil or cream of choice. (14)

Combination Skin Toner

  • 1 tablespoon herbs of your choice (from above list)
  • 3 ounces boiling water
  • 1 drop essential oil of choice (From above list)

Place the herbs in a bowl and pour the boiling water over them. Cover, leave to cool, then strain. Finally, add the essential oil to the infusion. Keep in a sterile bottle. Apply with a cotton ball and smooth gently over face. Use daily, concentrating on the nose and cheeks. (1)

Vegetable-GlycerinRose and Aloe Softening Toner for Dry to Combination Skin

  • 1/2 cup Aloe Vera Juice
  • 1/2 cup Distilled Water
  • 3 drops Rose oil or Geranium oil
  • 2 teaspoons Vegetable Glycerin

Blend all ingredients together and pour into a 4 ounce, dark colored, glass bottle. Use every morning to freshen up before you moisturize and every evening after cleansing. Store in refrigerator. Discard after 3 months. (14)

Combination Skin Blend #1

  • 2 drops Roman Chamomile
  • 2 drops Geranium
  • 5 ml Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • 20 ml Sesame Oil

Can be used as a moisturizer. Can also be added to the Basic Mask formula. (6)

Combination Skin Blend #2

  • 1 drop Frankincense
  • 2 drops Lavender
  • 1 drop Geranium
  • 25 ml Jojoba oil

Can be used as a moisturizer. Can also be added to the Basic Mask formula. (6)

Geranium and Apricot Moisturizer for Dry to Combination Skin

  • 2 teaspoons Beeswax
  • 2 teaspoons Cocoa Butter
  • beeswax2 tablespoons Apricot oil
  • 2 tablespoons Jojoba oil
  • 4 tablespoons Rose Petal Infusion
  • 4 teaspoons Emulsifying Wax
  • 20 drops Geranium oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Rosehip Seed oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vitamin E oil

Heat the beeswax, cocoa butter, and carrier oils in a double boiler until the wax has dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Heat the rose infusion and emulsifying wax over the double boiler until wax is dissolved. (Use a small bowl set over the same pan of boiling water.) Remove from heat and allow to cool.

It is vital that you  make sure both mixtures are the same temperature. Dip the tip of your finger into each to make sure. They should both be warm. They are too cool if the begin to thicken and become opaque. Very slowly add the infusion to the oil mixture, whisking vigorously. When the mixture cools down, add the essential oil, rosehip seed oil, and vitamin E oil. Spoon mixture into a 2 ounce, dark colored glass jar. Allow to cool completely before screwing on the lid. Use every morning and evening after toning. Allow 5 minutes for absorption before applying make-up. Store in the refrigerator. Discard after 3 months. (14)

Rose Petal Infusion
  • 1/2 cup Boiling Water
  • 1 tablespoon Dried Rose Petals

In a bowl, pour the boiling water over the rose petals and let steep for a half hour. (14)

Lavender and Rosemary Moisturizer for Oily to Combination Skin

  • 1 teaspoon Beeswax
  • 2 teaspoons Cocoa Butter
  • 4 tablespoons Jojoba oil
  • 4 teaspoons Emulsifying Wax
  • 4 tablespoons Lavender Infusion (Make the same way as the Rose infusion above but with dried Lavender flowers)
  • 5 drops Rosemary oil
  • 5 drops Lavender oil
  • 5 drops Roman Chamomile oil

Heat the beeswax, cocoa butter, and jojoba oil in a double boiler. Stir until wax is melted. Remove from heat. Place the emulsifying wax and lavender infusion in a bowl and put it over the same saucepan of boiling water, stirring until the wax dissolves. Remove from heat.

It is vital that you  make sure both mixtures are the same temperature. Dip the tip of your finger into each to make sure. They should both be warm. They are too cool if the begin to thicken and become opaque. Very slowly add the infusion to the oil mixture, whisking vigorously. Be very sure you add the infusion mixture extremely slowly to keep the preparation from separating. When the mixture cools, add the essential oils. Spoon the mixture into a 2 ounce, dark colored glass jar. When it has completely cooled, screw the lid on tightly. Use morning and night, after toning. Store in refrigerator. Discard after 3 months. (14)

Last of All,

What do you like to do? How do you like to take care of your combination skin? Please share in the comment section below. We’d all love to know.

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References

  1. Natural Home Spa by Sian Rees
  2. Seasons of Aromatherapy by Judith Fitzsimmons and Paula M. Bousquet
  3. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Oils in Aromatherapy & Herbalism by Julia Lawless
  4. Natural Beauty at Home: More than 250 Easy-to-Use Recipes for Body, Bath, and Hair by Janice Cox
  5. The Art of Aromatherapy: The Healing and Beautifying Properties of the Essential Oils of Flowers and Herbs by Robert B. Tisserand
  6. The Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy by Chrissie Wildwood
  7. The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood
  8. The Aromatherapy Bible: The Definitive Guide to Using Essential Oils by Gill Farrer-Halls
  9. 500 Formulas for Aromatherapy by Carol Schiller and David Schiller
  10. The Essential Oils Handbook: All the Oils You Will Ever Need for Health, Vitality, and Well-Being by Jennie Harding
  11. Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art, 2nd edition, by Kathi Keville and Mindy Green
  12. Aromatherapy: An A-Z: The Most Comprehensive Guide to Aromatherapy Ever Published by Patricia Davis
  13. Organic Body Care Recipes: 175 Homeade Herbal Formulas for Glowing Skin & a Vibrant Self, by Stephanie Tourles
  14. Do It Gorgeously: How To Make Less Toxic, Less Expensive, and More Beautiful Products, by Sophie Uliano
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