I’ve talked a lot about cleaning products, the dangers associated with them and the goal of ridding our homes of them. I want to shift gears a little by focusing now on our personal care products. If you’re keeping up with my blog posts from this 90-Day Challenge then you’ve probably caught on to the reasons why we should steer clear of so many products available to us and why making our own using essential oils and other non-toxic ingredients is the safest and healthiest route. Enough of the negatives, today I want to talk healthy and natural skin care.
We try to take good care of the inside of our body by eating healthy and exercising, but what about the largest organ we have? Skin not only functions as a protective barrier but also acts like a large sponge absorbing everything that comes into contact with it. Once these things pass through the skin they can accumulate in the fatty sub-dermal layers and then leach into the bloodstream. Logic tells us that we need to be careful as to what we put on our skin. The awesome part about this though is that we can use this biology to our advantage.
Each oil contains its own chemical blueprint, or personality, which serves a myriad of purposes and functions that are supportive to one or multiple systems of the body. Myrrh, Sandalwood, Geranium, Rosewood, Lavender, Patchouli, Frankincense and Roman Chamomile are just a few that have historically been used to preserve the health of skin. Essential oils compliment the skin and hair and support them as we age, damage or injure them. So why not use essential oils?
Implementing essential oils into our daily skin care regimen can be easy, cost-effective and advantageous. The Ancient Egyptians recognized the power and benefits of essential oils and used them to clean, freshen, deodorize and beautify themselves. Essential oils were prized more than gold and jewels. So why have we strayed away from incorporating these highly effective resources?
Essential Oil Skin Care System
Eye Makeup Remover
1 glass jar
1 cup hot water
1 Tbsp melted coconut oil
1 drop Lavender essential oil
1/2 tsp Witch Hazel
1 Tbsp Dr. Bronner’s Unscented Castile Soap
Cotton RoundsMix Lavender and coconut oil together first and then combine the rest of the liquid ingredients together in a glass jar. Once combined add 2-3 cotton rounds at a time to the jar until full. Store with a lid.
To Use: Remove cotton round from jar and wipe face to gently remove makeup. Be careful not to get in the eyes.
Honey Face Wash
1/3 C. Dr. Bronner’s Unscented castile soap
1/3 C. raw honey
3 Tbsp distilled water
2 Tbsp jojoba oil
5-10 drops of your favorite essential oil that’s good for skinCombine ingredients in a soap dispenser. Dampen face with water and then use desired amount of face wash to cleanse skin.
1/2 cup coconut oil (soft or melted)
1/4 cup baking soda
2-10 drops Lavender essential oilMix ingredients together and store in a glass container with lid. Wet skin with warm water and use desired amount to scrub face gently using small circles. Rinse well.
2 C. witch hazel
1/4 C. Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar
10 drops tea tree essential oilCombine and store in a bottle. Shake before each use and wet a cotton ball with the toner and smooth over entire face.
1 oz. carrier oil of choice (jojoba, sweet almond oil etc.)
3 drops Frankincense
3 drops Lavender
2 drops Myrrh
2 drops Patchouli
1 drop RoseCombine in an empty 15ml essential oil bottle. Use a glass dropper lid to easily retrieve oil. Use 3-5 drops (depends on what you like) and smooth over entire face. Be careful around the eyes.
5 drops jojoba oil
3 drops vitamin E oil
8 drops of Elemi essential oil
Fractionated coconut oilAdd jojoba, vitamin E and Elemi oils to an empty 5ml essential oil bottle. Swirl to mix. Fill remainder with fractionated coconut oil. Attach a roller fitment to the bottle for easy application. Apply to eye area morning and night.