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Carrier Oils Galore – (Part 2)

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

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If you’ve been following my blog for the last couple of months, you already know that I LOVE the Oil Cleansing Method. Last month I started a series describing the vast array of spectacular carrier oils available to include in your recipes. Here I will continue that list with five more wonderful oils….

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The next 5 oils (in alphabetical order):

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  • Castor Oil: A thick, rich oil with drawing properties, castor oil has been used throughout the years in medical treatments as well as skin care. It can provide a protective barrier between your skin and the harsh environment. It can be used for up to 50% of your blend.
  • Fractionated Coconut Oil: Liquid at room temperatures, unlike other coconut oils, fractionated coconut oil has a very long shelf life and is easily absorbed into the skin. Coconut oil is mild and suitable for those with inflamed or sensitive skin. It can be used for up to 100% of your blend, but I feel it is best to use in combination with other oils.
  • Evening Primrose Oil: Another nutrient-dense oil containing high amounts of GLA’s, evening primrose is also excellent for cell regeneration, repairing mature and damaged skin and can be used for up to 10% of your blend.
  • Grapeseed Oil: A light oil useful for oily skin, as well as those with skin sensitivities, grapeseed oil is often solvent-extracted, so you’ll need to check labels carefully for this oil. It is high in antioxidants, so it may aid in preventing cellular damage. It can be used for up to 50% of your blend.
  • Hazelnut Oil: Useful for any skin type due to its skin penetrating qualities, hazelnut contains vitamin E and can be used for up to 100% of your blend. It is especially suited to oily skin because of its astringent properties.

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References: “Making Aromatherapy Creams and Lotions: 101 Natural Formulas to Revitalize & Nourish Your Skin ” by Donna Maria, Mountain Rose Herbs

Therapeutic Facial Care at Home

Friday, November 26th, 2010

As an expert in the beauty industry and a tried and true do-it-yourselfer, I am always looking for exceptional skin care treatments that provide excellent results, are inexpensive, and simple enough to do at home.

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When Herbs of Grace was manufacturing skin care products, I spent years researching and developing various facial creams, lotions, elixirs and serums, that provided great results and customer satisfaction. But the treatment that stands out ahead of all the rest as far as quality of results, and simplicity is The Oil Cleansing Method.
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Here is a brief outline of the procedure:
*Wet a washcloth with hot water, wring out and lay over your face for a minute or two.
*Freshen your cloth with hot water, repeat and then gently massage your face with the cloth to loosen any dirt and makeup.
*Warm a teaspoon or two of oil in the palms of your hands and thoroughly massage your face, taking care to be extra gentle with the delicate skin around the eyes.
*Wet your washcloth again with hot water, wring out and lay over your face.
*Gently wipe away any dirt and makeup that the oil has loosened from your skin.
*Leave the remaining oils on your face to soak in and moisturize.

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There are many variations to this routine. For example, you can repeat the procedure if you find that not enough oil is remaining on your skin to feel fully moisturized. Alternatively, if you find there is too much oil remaining on your face, you can wet your washcloth again and massage your face until more of the oil has been removed.

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There are many ways to make an oil recipe to suit the unique needs of your skin. Whether you have dry skin, acne, combination or oily skin, the Oil Cleansing Method can benefit you. I will address the various types of oils you can choose, and their benefits, in future articles in this series. Mt. Rose Herbs is a great resource, and my favorite, for purchasing high quality oils.

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Have you tried the Oil Cleansing Method? What are your favorite oils? I would love to hear your comments and suggestions.