Three Steps to a Simple Facial Oil
Choosing a simple facial oil can be confusing as there are so many oils to choose from. So where do you start?
Step 1- You need to establish what skin type you have
I have a combination skin which has become sensitive and I suffer from Rosacea. It is behaving at the moment but all skin types can fluctuate with changes in the seasons, hormonal changes and through getting older. If you’re not sure what skin type you have, look at the guide below. Everyone is different and you may be more than one skin type.
This skin type is smooth and even in texture, small to medium pores, has a healthy colour, rarely suffers from pimples and is the envy of everyone else.
This is the most common skin type. It is a mixture of normal, dry and oily. You have an oily T zone with larger pores in this T zone area and can suffer from the odd pimple and blackheads, cheeks may be normal or a tendency to have dry patches.
Oily skin has a shine, especially on the T zone area, you will suffer from enlarged pores. You are more likely to suffer from blackheads and pimples. The good news is oily skin stays looking younger for longer compared to dryer skin types.
This skin type is fine with no visible pores and can feel taught, especially after washing and may suffer from flaky patches. It will be prone to fine lines and wrinkles.
Looses its elasticity and tone, prone to line and wrinkles
This can be tied in with any of the above skin type and may become sensitive due to age, hormones, medication, harsh soaps and cosmetic materials. Skin can react with redness, be itchy or sore. Broken veins and capillaries can occur around the nostrils and across the cheeks.
Step 2 – Choosing a base oil
So you know what skin type you have. Now you can choose a base oil. There are many base oils, so to keep it simple, maybe started with Sweet Almond oil as it is suitable for all skin types. You only need a few drops of your chosen oil. If you have any residue left on the skin you have used too much.
Here is a basic guide
You may need to try a couple of base oils before you find the best one for you. You can then use it just as it is, as all natural base oils have some vitamins, minerals and fatty acids which will nourish the skin. You can pop it into your current beauty regime as a day and night time treatment, alongside your usual moisturiser or as your main moisturiser. If you want to take it a step further you can add a drop or two of essential oils. Choose between 1 and 3 essential oils.
Step 3 – choosing essential oils
You have to be very careful when using essential oils.
- Do not use them neat on the skin.
- Do not digest them.
- They must be stored in a cool dark place, away from children.
Points to remember
- It is important that you do not use more than 1% of essential oils in your blend.
- If you have sensitive skin it is recommended that you do not exceed 0.5%.
- When choosing oils you need to check which ones blend well together. For example Chamomile has an anti inflammatory effect, blend this with lavender and this strengthens the effect.
- Keep it simple.
Here are some examples, which are all pretty versatile and generally work well together.
Aromatherapy works on the principle that all oils fall into a category of top, Middle and base notes. The best perfumes include a top middle and base note. You don’t have to be so strict, the choice is yours, to get the best fragrance choose notes that will flow together, you can choose to use 2 middle notes, 2 base notes, 1 top note 1 middle note or 1 middle and 1 base. Using one top and one base note may not flow so well. The Base notes tend to have a strong scent so don’t use too much of them.
- They evaporate the quickest
- They are the first thing you smell in a blend
- They are mainly citrus fruits
- They evaporate at a moderate pace
- They are mainly obtained from flowers and herbs
- Slowest to evaporate
- They help slow down the evaporation of the more volatile oils
- They are mostly obtained for wood and resins
Need some ideas?
The easiest choice is Lavender and Geranium. They suit all skin types and blend with most oils.
Most skin types can use: 1, 2 or 3 of the following groups
Group A Lavender, Neroli, Ylang Ylang
Group B Sweet Orange, Geranium, Neroli
There you have it…. Three easy steps. Play safe and enjoy experimenting!