Blending together the perfect moisturizer for your skin type is more fun than you can imagine.
So, why don’t more women make their own skin care products?
The only thing keeping most people from creating for themselves a potent and 100% natural skin moisturizer, made with fragrant botanical ingredients, is lack of knowledge regarding common skin care ingredients used by women throughout centuries.
Proper Moisturizing is The Key To Clear Radiant Skin
Moisturize! Moisturize! Moisturize! Properly moisturizing your skin, both from the inside and the outside, is one of the only ways you’ll be able to keep your skin healthy and wrinkle free. This means that you must make sure your skin is properly hydrated by drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day and avoiding such dehydrating foods as high sodium foods, caffeinated drinks and alcohol. It also helps to incorporate into your diets aspects of the clear skin diet
Role of Essential Oils in Natural Skin Care
Essential oils have served as a key component of natural skin care for centuries and their potent skin rejuvenating effects are well documented. However, it’s important to note that essential oils are highly concentrated oils and thus must be mixed with a carrier oil before being placed on the skin. For more tips on how to work with essential oils safely please check out How To Apply Essential Oils
Common Carrier Oils Ideal For Use In Natural Skin Care Products
Carrier oils have unique positive effects on the skin. Besides moisturizing your skin and helping your skin absorb essential oils, they also contain nutrients such as essential fatty acids, and vitamin compounds which greatly enhance the skin’s health. The following six carrier oils are the most effective carrier oils to use in natural skin care products.
Common Essential Oils Ideal For Use In Natural Skin Care Products
Depending on your desired results and scent preferences you can pick and choose from the following essential oils used in natural skin care products to enhance the aroma of your blend. Research has shown that essential oils have the most dramatic therapeutic effects at concentrations less than 5% of the total blend so use essential oils sparingly.
Lavender Essential Oil
‘True’ or ‘French’ Lavender essential oil is the most commonly used essential oil in aromatherapy and natural skin care products because of it’s great multitude of health benefits both for the mind and body. Lavender essential oil is known to contain regenerative ketones. It can also help reduce inflammation of the skin which is why it is a great essential oil to include in your natural skin care products if your skin is prone to acne. The fact that for centuries Lavender essential oil was used to help speed up wound healing illustrates its benefits to acne prone skin.
Rosemary Essential Oil
Rosemary essential oil also contains ketones and is known as a circulatory and metabolism stimulating essential oil which helps increase the flow of nutrients in, and waste products out, of your skin cells. Do Not use Rosemary essential oil if you are prone to seizures since the use of this essential oil has been linked to increased seizure activity in epileptic adults.
Palmarosa Essential Oil
Palmarosa essential oil is included in many natural skin care blends as well as soaps due to it’s gentle cleansing and antiseptic properties. This essential oil has a floral scent similar to that of rose water but is part of the Lemongrass family.
Carrot Seed Essential Oil (Also known as Wild Carrot or Queen Anne’s Lace)
Carrot seed essential oil is the premier essential oil for regenerating tired and lifeless skin that has been exposed to high levels of pollutants such as smog. In fact, carrot seed essential oil is currently a key ingredient in many commercially sold anti-wrinkle creams.
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