DIY Beauty Oil - My Skincare Secret
keep It Simple
You don’t need to use eighteen products every night to achieve amazing skin.
Don’t get me wrong, I have wayyyyyyyy more than eighteen products in my vanity. In fact, I have a whole room in my home devoted to beauty products and clothes.
I know, I know. Its terrible. My husband lost the battle between a man cave and a closet.
I am a total beauty junkie and I love to try new things.
Not to mention, there is always a new product on the market to explore.
The problem with exploring new products all the time though, is that you never give any one product enough time to achieve results. And as with anything in life, results take time.
I am not a very patient person.
So, over the years, I’ve been all over the place when it comes to my skincare.
Then my amazingly talented makeup artist friend - Carly Flint - went on this sudden journey of switching her beliefs and professional makeup kit over to natural, organic products.
And as the stubborn lady that I am, I completely fought it.
I’m a devil’s advocate by nature.
IT’S A THING
Some people don’t like it.
The Struggle Is Real
I’ve spent the last few years struggling with my skin.
I’m not sure when things changed for me, but my skin started to hate anything and everything I would use to treat it.
And I use the word treat on purpose because I felt as though my skin was sick.
I was breaking out all the time and referring to those breakouts as hormonal acne - which by the way, I am now skeptical even exists - and I started suffering from severe skin infections.
I saw doctor after doctor, including leading Canadian dermatologists, and they all came to different conclusions as to what was causing the problem. Some of them believed I should be on long-term antibiotics - DON'T. DO. IT. - while others believed I had an overgrowth of yeast in my body otherwise known as candida.
And yes, I definitely did and still do suffer from candida.
It is a constant fight to rid my body of yeast but that is another story.
I was prescribed Bactroban for my skin infections but over time, it stopped working as well as it should - which is never a good sign. And the list of my issues just kept growing in length.
My skincare routine very quickly became not simply a matter of vanity.
I wasn’t just experiencing the occasional break-out and feeling badly for myself.
I was actually starting to worry about my body’s ability to heal infections and, given the recent rise in superbugs and the unfortunate decline in antibiotic effectiveness, I was becoming increasingly concerned.
I GAVE UP
I surrendered to the dark side and fell in love with natural skincare.
PIGS FLEW. THE SKY FILLED WITH FIRE.
HELL FROZE OVER.
It was a big day.
I am not going to pretend I am an expert on natural skincare products or that when I switched to natural, organic beauty products, every problem in my entire life suddenly disappeared.
I can also definitively tell you that I will never switch entirely to natural beauty.
I love my Anastasia Beverly Hills brow gel way too much to do that.
I will say though, that I have seen a significant difference not only in the quality of my skin in general, but also in my skin’s ability to fight infection. When I do get an infection - and yes, I do still get them - my skin behaves more like a warrior instead of a sad whiner.
NOT TO MENTION
I’m a really good beacon for those of you out there who still feel skeptical about all of this natural, organic whiz and woo because frankly, I was too. (That rhymed!)
I will fully admit that while applying this new natural skincare routine to my daily regimen, I have also changed the way I eat and significantly reduced my stress levels, so I know it has been a big combination of all of the healthy changes I have made in my life.
I really don’t believe there is a miracle cream.
Having said all of that though, this might just be the closest I’ve ever gotten to finding one.
Carry Your Oil
Start your oil-mixing journey with a carrier oil.
Most essential oils are too powerful and potent to be applied to the skin directly. Take note that not all the oils I am using are essential oils, either.
You will want to dilute them with a vegetable-based oil.
Think of this oil as your emollient foundation.
Your carrier oil should make up at least half of your finished product.
Because my body is prone to being infected by candida, I chose coconut oil.
It is a powerful anti-microbial and helps to battle harmful bacteria and fungi living on the surface of the skin.
Once you’ve chosen a carrier oil, you can start to have fun with your ingredients!
I also added avocado oil and jojoba oil to my base.
Let’s be safe here, ladies.
I definitely recommend that before blending your DIY beauty oil together, you test each oil - and especially the essential oils listed in the ingredients section - on a small part of your skin.
I suggest testing the oil on the inner corner of your wrist where you would typically test hair dye.
Remember testing box hair dye in grade six?!??!?
The skin is particularly thin on the inside of your wrist which is one of the reasons allergy and chemical patch tests are always done in this area. Another great testing location on the body is right behind your ears because it is the warmest part of your body.
Lavender Essential Oil
Here is a little background on the types of oils you should be using.
There is a big difference between essential oils and mineral oils and thus the reason why essential oils are so much better for you as a whole. Essential oils are lipid-soluble - which means they are absorbed through the epidermis and dermis, into your bloodstream, and eventually into your cells.
Why I Love It
I love lavender essential oil for a plethora of reasons.
It is super calming and I love the smell. I know not everybody feels the same way... But I find lavender essential oil more feminine than some of the other essential oils I’ve tried. And I like that.
Lavender essential oil has so many incredible uses for both the body and the spirit but to quickly name a few, it reduces muscle tension and has strong healing properties, so it can reduce inflammation and help heal and calm skin reactions and sensitivities much quicker than other oils.
You will only need a few light drops of this essential oil in your final product.
Evening Primrose Oil
I originally bought this oil for the same reason I buy bottles of wine.
I really liked the name.
And I have absolutely loved experimenting with it.
Not only does it sound super sophisticated, it is also packed to the brim with Omega-6 Fatty Acids.
Why is this important?
The human body doesn't naturally produce Omega-6 Fatty Acids and they can be an essential ingredient to keeping skin looking young and supple. They aid in cell repair and help to balance moisture levels.
Evening Primrose Oil also contains vitamins E and C - which are essential to the anti-aging process, so it is a great option if you’re looking to add some anti-aging properties to your DIY beauty oil.
If you have oily skin, you will love this oil.
Grapeseed oil has been known to reduce oil production in a way that won’t dry out or strip your skin, and is very easily absorbed. In fact, it is one of the oils more easily absorbed in general, so it also acts as a great carrier oil.
I love how smooth this oil is in consistency, and it is so light.
You don’t feel like you are swimming in grease.
It just absorbs and dries so quickly.
Customize Your Match
Enough of me blabbing on and on and on...
You get to mix and match!
You can customize your formula to suit the individual needs of your skin.
And that is the very best part.
I have very, very dry skin, so I’m really looking forward to adding some new, heavier oils into the mix come winter.
I’ll make sure to keep you posted on which ones do the trick!
evening primrose oil
lavender essential oil
echinacea essential oil
GET YOUR BEAUTY OIL ON
Use a 100ml dark amber bottle to create your initial DIY beauty oil mix. You can pick these up at any natural health food store. They are usually located in the vitamin or beauty aisles.
Spoon your coconut oil into a glass bowl and place in the fridge for a few minutes while you are getting everything else ready.
Open all of your other oils and, if you haven’t already, transfer them into dark amber bottles for storage. Make sure you have a dropper on-hand for later on.
Pour 20ml of avocado oil and 20ml of grapeseed oil into your 100ml dark amber bottle.
Next, remove your coconut oil from the fridge and use electric beaters to beat the oil until it forms a soft, smooth consistency. This makes mixing easier if your coconut oil is hardened. It’s also really fun.
Use a funnel to gently transfer 30ml of softened coconut oil from the glass bowl into your 100ml amber bottle.
Add 10ml of evening primrose oil to your beauty oil mixture and 10ml of jojoba oil as well. Finally, mix in five drops of lavender essential oil and five drops of echinacea essential oil.
I like to use one final, not-so-secret ingredient in my custom beauty oil, and that is a few drops of Viva Organics Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum.
It is amazing on its own and also such a great product to mix into other things!
I also use it in my custom masks.
Place the cap on your new DIY beauty oil mixture and shake vigorously.
Once you have completed your mixture, you can transfer small amounts of it into a user-friendly, smaller amber bottle with a dropper cap for easy access.
That way, all you have to do is re-fill as needed!
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