How to best care for dry skin?
The best essential oils for dry skin are Benzoin, Chamomile, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Neroli, Palmarosa, Rose, Sandalwood and Ylang Ylang. You can use anyone of these oils on their own or in a blend with vegetable oils or body butters to hydrate, soften and moisturize the skin.
The best vegetable oils to use are avocado, jojoba, and macadamia which you could blend together in equal proportions and then add your essential oils. If you wanted to make something a bit cheaper, you could use 50% “cold pressed” sunflower oil and then add avocado, jojoba and macadamia. Avocado oil tends to be very thick so I would not use this on its but rather blended with the other oils.
Shear butter or cocoa butter are the best butters to use if you’d like to make a body butter and you then add the essential oils. You can also add small quantities of the above vegetable oils to your butter as well.
Why do we have dry skin?
Dry skin occurs when we don’t produce enough natural lubricant called ‘sebum’ and our skin is not properly protected against weather and environmental factors.
What are the solutions? Commercial vs Natural?
The focus of commercial skincare tends to be the use of creams and oil based lubricants that soften the external layers of the skin. These are sometimes natural vegetable oils such as almond, avocado, and jojoba and sometimes not which is fine, but the effects are not long lasting and they don’t solve the long term problems or provide long term solutions. Usually the solution just treats and softens the surface area of the skin but its important to remember that the surface area of the skin has risen from the lower layers and the cells will die quite quickly anyway. All we are effectively doing therefore is softening tissue that will die very soon after.
Isn’t it better then to treat the skin at a deeper level?
Often commercial also contain chemicals such as SLS or Parabens which damage the skin but we don’t notice it because our skin feels soft and smooth. All these chemicals do is strip the surface layer of the skin leaving it feeling soft and smooth and damage the layers of skin underneath. That doesn’t sound very healthy to me.
Aromatherapy focuses on using natural oils such as avocado, jojoba and macadamia or butters such as shear butter or cocoa butter and combining them with essential oils which penetrate the layers of the skin (rather than just the surface area) and enter the bloodstream. This creates an immediate and longer lasting effect and the essential oils then also mix with the body’s own chemistry to promote a healthy and glowing skin complexion.
Benefits & Properties of Natural Skincare
Jojoba oil is suitable for all types of skin whether dry, oily or mature because it helps to balance the production of sebum. If sebum is being produced too much we have oily skin and jojoba will help the body to reduce the production. If we have dry skin then the opposite is true and Jojoba oil will encourage the increased production of sebum.
Macadamia nut oil protects against external environmental factors and helps to keep the skin moisturized and hydrated. It is a fatty and thick oil that leaves the skin feeling soft.
Avocado is also a thick, fatty and hydrating oil that softens and smoothes the skin giving texture and a glowing complexion. It helps to bring a softness to the skin and like Macadamia nut oil it has a natural protection for the skin against the harmful rays of the sun.
Some essential oils such as Geranium and Ylang Ylang work in a similar way to jojoba and help to balance sebum production. The other essential oils all have skin healing and preserving properties where some are emollients that soften and smooth the skin and others are cytophylactic (encourage skin cell production). All of them are moisturizing and hydrating.
How to make natural skincare products?
A simple solution is as follows –
100ml Body Oil
50ml cold pressed *sunflower oil
30ml macadamia nut oil
10ml avocado oil
10ml jojoba oil
16 drops Geranium essential oil
16 drops Lavender essential oil
8 drops Benzoin essential oil (or **Sandalwood essential oil)
*Sunflower oil must be the cold pressed sunflower oil and not the oil used for cooking
** Sandalwood from India is an endangered tree. It is therefore best to buy the Australian Sandalwood
Would you like to find out more about how to make natural skincare products?
If you would like to find out more about how to make your own natural skincare products using natural ingredients and natural essential oils, then you can come on one of our courses/workshops. Aromatic Therapeutics works with School of Natural Skincare and together we run courses and workshops that teach people how to make their own natural skincare products for personal use or to sell to others. The courses are half day or full day courses and are informal, friendly, fun and informative.
We also offer online courses and we currently have an eCourse available about making natural skincare products for the face. Visit the School of Natural Skincare website or contact us direct for more information on these eCourses. We are also launching 2 new eCourses in October & November of this year – Natural Bodycare and Natural Bath Care – which will enable you to learn about how to make your own skincare products in the comfort of your own home.
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