Normal skin has the perfect level of natural oils. It is something most people strive for and very few are actually blessed with. For those of you who are so blessed, we have here some recipes and ideas for ways to use essential oils to keep your skin clean naturally.
This is part of our series on Aromatherapy Skin Care. Please be sure to refer to our article on The Basics to help you do some of the necessary things to take care of your skin from the inside out. Normal skin is the easiest to take care of. You have a wide range of ingredients to use so you can have some fun. Just keep your face clean and count your blessings.
- Essential oils: Roman Chamomile, Geranium, Palmarosa, Sandalwood, Rose, Neroli, Carrot Seed, Rosewood, Lavender, Clary Sage, Cypress, and anything else you might like.
- Carrier oils: Sweet Almond, Apricot Kernel, F.C.O. (Fractionated Coconut oil), Avocado, Borage Seed, Jojoba, Grapeseed, Hazelnut, Peanut, Safflower, Sesame, Soya Bean, Sunflower
- Herbs: Calendula Flowers, Comfrey Leaf/Root, Rose Flowers, Lavender Flowers.
Points of interest
These are guidelines for the types of cleansers, toners, masks, moisturizers, etc you should use for normal skin. (11)
- Cleanser: Cleanse once or twice a day with a pH-balanced cream or cleanser.
- Steam: Steam once or twice a week.
- Exfoliation: You can use a gentle oatmeal scrub once a week.
- Mask: Can use any type.
- Toner: Aloe Vera or Hydrosols are best.
- Moisturizer: Use light lotions as needed.
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.
- 2 tablespoons Liquid Soap (Liquid Castile Soap works well)
- 1/4 cup Honey
- 1/4 cup Distilled water
- 1 drop Rose or Geranium
Stir all ingredients together, being careful not to beat as this will cause the soap to foam. Pour into a clean container, one with a pour spout or pump is nice. Pour a small amount in your palm and massage gently into your skin. Rinse thoroughly with tepid water and pat dry. (4)
Lavender and Roses Gentle Cleanser
- 1/2 cup White Clay, finely ground
- 1/3 cup ground Oatmeal or Oat Flour
- 1 tablespoon powdered Lavender Buds
- 1 tablespoon powdered Rose Petals
- 5 drops Lavender oil
- 2 drops Rose or Geranium oil
Place all dry ingredients in a plastic bag. Secure opening and shake well to blend. Then add essential oils by the drop, close bag, and shake again until all blended together. Pour into a glass storage container or leave it in the plastic bag. Place 2 teaspoons of cleanser in a bowl and add 2 teaspoons of water, milk, or cream. Stir to blend until a spreadable paste forms. Allow paste to thicken for 1 minute. Using a soft cloth, cotton pad or your fingers, apply entire mixture to cover your face and throat, avoiding the eyes, and massage in circular motions for 1 minute then rinse. Follow with a moisturizer. (13)
Basic Facial Steam
- 1 quart boiling water
- 1 large handful of herbs (from above list)
- 5 drops essential oil of choice (from above list)
Steep the herbs for 5 – 10 minutes, covered. Remove lid and add essential oils, leaving the herbs in the water. Use a towel to make a tent over the pot or bowl and steam your face for up to 10 minutes. Strain the herbs and save the tea to use as a final rinse water at the end of facial. (11)
- 1 part Oatmeal
- 1/2 part cornmeal
- 1/3 part Lavender or Peppermint herbs
- Sprinkle of Clay (optional)
Grind all ingredients together to a fine powder and store in a closed container. To use scrub, make a paste using 1 teaspoon scrub powder and enough water to moisten, and apply to a dampened face. Gently scrub your face, and rinse with warm water. You can also use this mixture as a mask by leaving it on for 10 minutes. (11)
- 1/2 cup Witch Hazel
- 10 drops Tangerine, Neroli, or Orange oil
Comine all ingredients in a storage container and shake vigorously to blend. No refrigeration is required but use within 1 year. Apply approximately 1 teaspoon to face with a cotton pad. Avoid eye area. Follow with a moisturizer. (13)
Two-In-One Cleanser and Moisturizer
- 3 tablespoons Jojoba oil
- 2 teaspoons Grapeseed oil
- 1 drops Geranium oil
Put all of the ingredients into a small bottle. Close the lid tightly and shake well. Apply sparingly with a cotton ball and smooth it gently over your face to cleanse the skin. Massage a final drop into the skin for moisturizing. (1)
- 1 drop Roman Chamomile
- 1 drop Geranium
- 3 drops Lavender
- 15 ml Almond oil
- 10 ml Sunflower oil
Use formula as a moisturizer after cleaning face well. Massage into face and after 10 minutes, wipe off excess oil with a tissue. (6)
- 10 drops Rose
- 10 drops Frankincense
- 10 drops Jasmine
- 2 tablespoons Hazelnut
Combine all ingredients. Wash skin thoroughly then massage a portion of the formula into your skin. Apply daily. (9)
- 8 drops Lavender
- 8 drops Fennel Seed
- 5 drops Frankincense
- 2 ounces Sweet Almond oil or Olive oil
Apply 1 teaspoon of formula to cleansed face. Sit back, shut your eyes, and relax. Allow time for it to be absorbed by your skin for 15 minutes. Then wipe off excess with a tissue. (2)
- 4 drops Geranium
- 2 drops Roman Chamomile
- 4 drops Rosewood
- 1 tablespoon Sunflower oil
Massage formula into your face to protect and restore skin. (10)
- 1/2 cup Distilled Water
- 2 teaspoons Vegetable Glycerin
- 5 drops Lemon, Geranium, Grapefruit, or Rosemary oil
Add ingredients to a 4 ounce storage container, close lid tightly, and shake vigorously to blend. No refrigeration is required but use within 6 months. Apply to face and throat with a cotton pad or by spraying the skin lightly and allowing to dry. (13)
What essential oil recipes have you tried on your face? How do you like to take care of your skin naturally? Please share in the comment section down below. All of us would love to hear!
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