Many years ago now, I had a little epiphany. Nothing special, just a little awakening that made me realise that being beautiful hinged on being able to really cleanse inside out and take as much from nature as possible.
I went through a little phase of clearing my life of anything superficial as much as possible. I started to slowly reject the pharmaceutical beast that continues to convince us of what we should do to stay beautiful – fuelling a vicious cycle of insecurity and insatiable consumption. I am still on this journey.
Many cosmetics and household cleaning products in our lives today contain a plethora of harmful chemical ingredients. We really do not need these. Even the fluoride in our toothpaste and tap water causes me concern when I read about how it drastically affects our perennial gland (in the brain) and human intelligence at large. If we look at cancer rates, the mushrooming of infertility problems, increase in children’s attention disorders, obesity issues and increase in eczema, then it’s clear that something is wrong. These products that are packaged to us as nuggets of gold dust and beauty miracles are actually slowly destroying the natural balance of our bodies and the harmony it has with nature.
And so, on this journey, I am slowly but surely removing chemical products and replacing them with nature’s abundance. The best way to begin is to start to replace cosmetic products with food based ones. One of the best things to replace a number of these products in our beauty cabinet is with natural oils. Not only can oils be used to cleanse your face, but they can replace your daily moisturiser and even your pricey night creams.
Under the ‘Skin’ category in this blog, I will be blogging about lots of different types of Oils in the future, but I thought it would be wonderful if I could introduce the ones I use and really recommend in a (hopefully) useful list for you, almost as a point of reference for future blog posts where I mention them in facial recipes.
So here we go – get that face oilyyyy, It’s good for you!
THE GODMOTHER OF ALL OILS
Coconut Oil. For these reasons > https://shroomantics.wordpress.com/2014/02/03/the-mighty-coconut/
Base oils are oils you can use as a base for facial beauty oil mixtures or massage oil mixtures. But they are also oils you can use almost like a daily moisturiser. My favourite would have to be almond and avocado oil. They are both incredible for dry skin, and always leave skin feeling incredibly supple and nourished.
- Jojoba oil (great for dry, aging, oily, normal, or acne-prone skin)
- Apricot kernel oil (suitable for any skin type, but especially good for normal, dry, and ageing skin)
- Hemp seed oil (great for any skin type, also very light so ideal as a daily moisturiser)
- Sweet Almond oil (an all rounder great facial oil, incredibly soothing and nourishing for dry skin. Great for the body as well)
- Grapeseed oil (perfect for normal, oily, or acne-prone skin)
- Argan oil (perfect for dry, aging, oily, normal, or acne-prone skin)
- Avocado oil (great for dry and ageing skin. I love this one for the body as well)
EXTRA NOURISHING OILS
These oils are always very expensive. But they are incredibly nourishing and wonderful additions to any facial oil mixture.
- Emu oil (Emu oil is seriously nourishing. It’s also protective and perfect for dry or ageing skin)
- Neem oil (antimicrobial and healing. Neem oil is ideal for spotty and oily skin. Soothing)
- Tamanu oil (The perfect oil for oily skin, acne or skin with scars and patches)
- Rosehip seed oil (This is know as the regenerating oil. It’s firming and anti-ageing abilities make this a very popular oil)
- Borage oil (Very high in oleic acids making this oil suitable for all skin types, but especially good for oily or scarred and acne filled skin)
- Evening primrose oil (acne, aging, normal skin, you name it – and evening primrose oil can even be taken internally to help with acne)
- Sea buckthorn oil (this is an incredible emollient. Very good for dry and ageing skin)
- Carrot seed oil (an all rounder. You don’t need to apply too much. Its wonderful for any skin issues. Use almost like its medicine, apply small amounts on affected areas)
These are gorgeously smelly oils, that you can add to your burner to make your room smell like a garden, or added to any facial oil mixture to bring some extra goodness and fragrance. My favourites are Rose, Geranium and Bergamot.
- Lavender (very healing, and great for dry or acne filled skin. But no need to apply liberally. A tiny amount is enough. It can be a little astringent)
- Bergamot (a very popular and loved essential oil for the face. It has antiviral properties which can help fight off cold sores as well as reduce oil, acne and bacteria on your skin)
- Rose geranium (a great all rounder. This oil is healing and great for dry and sensitive, ageing skin)
- Peppermint (great for oily and acne skin, and like lavender don’t use much or you may feel a strange tingling or painful sensation. Tiny amounts using a cotton bud will suffice for affected areas)
- Chamomile (Roman Chamomile is the one I would recommend. It is soothing and suitable for all skin types)
- Rose (the perfect oil for ageing, dry and also normal skin. This is a pricey oil so is often sold mixed with other oils. But if you can get it pure, then its wonderful to use neat on the skin as a treat)
- Clary Sage (has been known to decrease inflammation, revitalize skin and balance your skin’s oil production. It also helps ease pain from your period and childbirth and helps you relax, so it’s ideal to keep around during that time of the month ladies)
- Lemongrass (brightening and toning, this is a great oil for normal, oily, or acneic skin)
- Geranium (multi-purpose essential oil, helps with healing wounds, promotes cell growth and helps to slowly fade unsightly scars and spots on your skin)
- Rosemary (Great for oily and acne filled skin)
- Jasmine (Great for skin with scars and stretch marks. Smells wonderful)
- Sandalwood (calmative agent, helps in reducing lines, healing and fading scars and reviving tired, dull skin)
- Eucalyptus (anti-microbial and anti-bacterial oil can help relieve redness, irritation and swelling associated with adult acne)
CREATING YOUR MIXED BEAUTY OIL
Now it’s time for you to experiment and create oil mixes depending on your modd and what blend works best for your skin type.
- Fill your small bottle (ideally a glass one) just under 2/3 of the way with your base oil.
- Now add your extra nourishing oil until the bottle is just about full.
- Add around 5 drops of essential oil. If you’re adding Lavendar or peppermint, then add 3 drops. Screw the lid back on and shake well.
Now its ready for you to use. I would recommend you use these every night (replace your night cream) and keep at hand when your face feels tight or dry. Please do not use these face oils on your skin if you have not cleaned it. Applying oils on a greasy/dirty face will not be beneficial in any way.
© 2014 Shroomantics ~ Rahima Begum
DISCLAIMER: Remember to always test oils out before applying them to your face and if you have sensitive skin, consult your dermatologist before you try them out. Depending on the formula of the oil, you might be able to use it as is or mix it with another oil.