Posts Tagged ‘sensitive skin’

Carrier Oils Galore – (Part 3)

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

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A couple of months ago, I started series of posts describing various carrier oils that can be blended to create a cleansing, soothing and healing facial oil for use with the Oil Cleansing Method. You can read Part 1 and Part 2, if you haven’t seen them already.
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Here are the next 6 oil descriptions:
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Hemp Seed Oil: A very nutrient dense oil from an extremely useful plant, hemp oil contains high levels of essential omega fatty acids and protein and is especially beneficial for dry skin. It also absorbs quickly and can be used for up to 15% of your blend.
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Jojoba: Having an extremely long shelf life, jojoba is very useful for all skin types. It is closest in chemical structure to the skin’s own sebum, so it is very easily assimilated into the skin. It can be used for up to 50% of your blend.
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Kukui Nut Oil: High in essential fatty acids, this oil is wonderful for sensitive, damaged, dry or wrinkled skin. It can be used for up to 10% of your blend and is readily absorbed by the skin.
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Macadamia Nut Oil: Another oil similar to the sebum produced by human skin, macadamia nut oil absorbs very well into the skin and can be used for up to 20% of your blend. It is especially useful for healing scars and irritations.
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Olive Oil: The first pressing, or “Extra Virgin”, is more nutrient dense than subsequent pressings and so is the best choice for skin care. Olive is very conditioning and suitable for all skin types. It can be used for up to 100% of your blend.
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Peanut Oil: Excellent for oily skin, peanut oil is a very light oil, but penetrates deeply.
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Stay tuned for the last post in our series on the Oil Cleansing Method..

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

 

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

Carrier Oils Galore – (Part 1)

Friday, January 28th, 2011

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As you may be aware, I have been utilizing the Oil Cleansing Method to cleanse and moisturize my skin for the last several years, and I can’t say enough about it. It is simple, effective and inexpensive, but results in therapeutic, spa quality treatments and soft, luscious skin.
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My oil mix before it is shaken up - you can still see the various layers of oil floating around in it...

In earlier articles, I have focused on describing the method in detail as well as giving you my own personal recipe. In this article, I’d like to focus on the carrier oils themselves and why you might choose one over the other.
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There are dozens of oils you could potentially select to include in your own personalized recipe for oil cleansing. I have put together brief descriptions of many of the most popular oils and their benefits.
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Here are the first 5 oils, in alphabetical order:

  • Apricot Kernel Oil: This oil can be used for up to 100% of your blend and is very softening to the delicate skin around the eyes and neck, as well as for those with sensitive or prematurely aging skin.
  • Avocado Oil (unrefined): A rich, nutrient-dense oil containing vitamins A, B1, B2, D and E, avocado oil also contains amino acids, lecithin and other essential fatty acids. It can be used for up to 100% of your blend and is especially suited to very dry or sensitive skin.
  • Borage Seed Oil: Rich in GLA’s (gamma-linolenic acid), borage can be used for up to 10% of your blend and is beneficial for mature and aging skin.
  • Black Currant Seed Oil: Also rich in GLA’s, black currant seed is another oil with benefits for dry or mature skin and can be used for up to 10% of your blend.
  • Camellia Oil:Used extensively in Asia in skin restructuring beauty aids, camellia oil can be used for up to 20% of your blend.

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