It will surprise no one who knows me that I have begun to develop Essential Oils recipes. I just can’t help myself. No matter what we are talking about, I never stop thinking about better ways to do things.
Since early summer, when I first discovered Essential Oils, I have replaced a lot of the chemical-laden products we used to use, with pure, natural and totally beneficial D.I.Y. substitutes.
One of the first things I wanted to rid myself of are the artificial products I use on my skin.
You should know, that I have had access to some of the best skin care products in the world, because until she quit to have her children, our younger daughter worked in the cosmetic sales industry. She could get me just about anything I wanted, at enormous discounts, as well as sharing new free samples with me every time I saw her. It was pretty cool.
But you know what? If you read what is in those costly [and I will admit, often effective] products, you can’t help but wonder what effect it has on your health when your skin is absorbing all those impossible-to-pronounce chemical ingredients every day.
Once I began learning how much healthier Essential Oils are for my skin, it wasn’t long until I began experimenting with them to come up with my own formulas.
This Essential Oil Facial Scrub is definitely one of my favorites.
You might find the idea of using an oil to clean your skin a little challenging at first. I mean – won’t oil just make your skin more oily? More dirty? How will my skin get clean?
Firstly, we need to adjust our idea of what clean skin is. It’s not skin that has been completely stripped of natural oils and beneficial bacteria. Clean skin has been gently cleansed of pore-clogging accumulated dirt and oils from our environment, without removing our skins’ natural defenses.
You just have to use the right oils. You can find out more about oil cleansing in general on this site: The Oil Cleansing Method. You can even buy some pretty expensive products that cash in on the idea that oil cleansing is a safe, healthy alternative to detergent based cleansers.
But you don’t have to resort to those expensive products – you can make some pretty awesome stuff right at home, and the addition of Essential Oils just makes them more effective and beneficial for your skin.
Your skin type determines what oils you use, and how they are combined. I use a mixture of organic castor oil, and organic coconut oil. I combine these two oils in equal amounts for my kinda older-lady combination skin. If I had very dry skin, I would combine these two in equal amounts and then add a teaspoon of a more moisturizing oil, like sweet almond oil.
The comes the fun part – adding some lovely scented and skin nourishing Essential Oils. All four of the oils I have chosen are very beneficial for our skin, having various anti-bacterial and healing properties. I only use Young Living Essential Oil – here is some info about why I only trust one company. I also have a free, fun, 15-day Essential Oil Class – click here to get signed up!
- 1 tablespoon of organic castor oil
- 1 tablespoon of organic coconut oil
- ¼ teaspoon, or up to 2 teaspoons of baking soda
- 1 to 5 drops lemon oil
- 1 to 5 drops lavender oil
- 1 to 5 drops cedarwood oil
- 1 to 5 drops frankincense oil
- Measure ingredients into a small bowl.
- Whisk or mix together until completely combined.
- Use a small rubber scraper to place the scrub in a small glass jar.
- Allow to sit for a couple days before using.
- Use on dry or very slightly wet skin.
- Gently scrub all over the face with a small amount of the cleanser, making sure to avoid the eye area. Massage gently all over for about 30 seconds.
- Wet a clean washcloth with nicely warm water, wring it out, and then lay the cloth over your face.
- Allow the warm cloth to gently steam impurities from your skin for a moment, and then gently clean the oil from your skin with the cloth.
- Repeat - rinse the cloth, and gently work over the face to remove all traces of the cleanser - usually 3 or 4 times will do it.
- Gently pat face dry with a towel.
Now, your skin may go a bit crazy for a few days, as it adapts to this new way of doing things – that is pretty common, no matter what kind of cleansing method you use, so don’t be alarmed. Make sure you follow the directions for using the scrub – you can’t splash this off with water, or rinse it off in the shower – use a washcloth and warm water to remove the scrub.
Finally – as with all Essential Oil products, the use of plastic is not a good idea. You can re-purpose a small glass jar, or Amazon has a few different choices here: Small Glass Jars, Other Small Glass Jars.
These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Products and techniques mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Information provided here is in no way intended to replace proper medical help. Consult with the health authorities of your choice.
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