I love several (okay, a lot) of the moisturizers here on Saffron Rouge. In fact, you've probably seen me raving about them here on the blog. But sometimes a girl has to go her own route. And by that, I mean make her own moisturizer. You'll not only feel the satisfaction of making it yourself, but you'll also be able to personalize it strictly for you. Choose ingredients for your skin type, your skin concerns and any other preferences.
Start with a base oil suited to your skin type. You can just use one, or mix a couple together depending on what you have on hand and what your preferences are. For every 100ml of carrier oil blend in no more than 15-20 drops of essential oils. Macadamia Nut, Rose Hip and Evening Primrose base oils work on oily, normal, dry and combination skin types. Jojoba, Almond and Sesame oils are good for sensitive skin. To see every oil that you can use for all of the skin types click here to learn more about base oils.
Once you've chosen your base oil, the fun really begins. Pick an essential oil (or a few) to match your targeted needs. You can play around with different combinations, as each will create a unique scent and formula. Here are a few different suggestions to get you started.
Lavender oil helps calm skin and promotes cell regeneration. It has an amazing scent that's relaxes better than a cup of hot tea. Chamomile also calms and is ideal for soothing sensitive or dry skin. It also helps reduce redness and puffiness. Sandalwood is a harmonizing oil that helps calm itchy skin and can ease the symptoms of eczema. Rose Geranium oil also helps with skin conditions such as eczema with natural anti-inflammatory properties.
For anti-aging try adding a few drops of Rose or Rose Hip oil. Both oils help repair skin and promote a youthful glow. Frankincense firms and lifts the skin while energizing your mood. To clear skin of acne and breakouts try adding Tea Tree oil to your homemade moisturizer. Its medicinal smell is pungent though, so you may want to mix it with something that smells more pleasant, such as Lemon oil. Patchouli also works well on acne, and helps reduce redness and inflammation.
Always store your personalized facial oil blend in a cool, dark place to help it last longer and stay potent. For more essential oil suggestions and some recipes I love the book "Aromatherapy: essential Oils for Vibrant Health & Beauty – by Roberta Wilson.