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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

healthy living ~ simple serum for your face

Homemade Face Serum
When out in Colorado it becomes apparent to me that I need to adjust my skin care regime for a climate that it very dry. With that knowledge, I have been looking into the use of facial serums, but when I checked what is out the in the market I found the products had ingredients that were worse for my skin than the weather. So, of course I looked into making my own natural facial serum and found it easier then you think and with a few simple ingredients. AND you can skip those harsh chemicals found in store bought products and the cost is much lower.

Why use Face Serums as opposed to Face Creams.
Both have their benefits. But the main reason why women avoid using oil on the face is the misconception that oil creates more oil. And the fact that for years skin care companies have told us we need to remove oil from our faces. But oils protect our skin. Granted you don't want to take your vegetable cooking oil and slather it on your face. Below I’ll discuss which carrier or base oils to use. Which essential oils can benefit the skin; and how to make your own face serum at home with those simple instructions.

Applying it the right way
For best results, incorporate the serum in your daily beauty routine. Use only a dime size or less of the product. After cleansing your face, use an alcohol-free toner and leave it damp on the skin before applying your serum. This way, the ingredients will penetrate deep within the skin. Wait for a few minutes until the serum is fully absorbed by the skin before applying a moisturizer.  Keep your moisturizer in the refrigerator as when it is applied cold, it pushes blood away from the skin and in the process, creates a vacuum effect to pulls the potent serum ingredients deeper within the skin.

How to make homemade natural face serum
It's as simple as this.... First choose the correct carrier oil; know which is best for your skin type. You can mix 1 or 2 or even 3 of them together. Next choose the essential oils you'll want to add to your face serum based upon what your skin needs. You can use just 1 or use up to 5. And that's it!

What you'll need:
4 tablespoons your choice carrier oil or oils
30 drops your choice essential oil or oils. You can use up to 45 drops for a more intensive treatment.
A dark colored, glass dropper bottle. Can be found at any craft store

to make your homemade natural facial serum:
  Place half your carrier oil in the bottle
    Next, add the essential oils.
  Then add the rest of your carrier oil
    Shake or roll the bottle for 2 minutes.

Some people let their serum sit for 24 hours for the oils to mix. This is optional.
Store your bottle in a cool dark place. Depending on if you used any oils that have high anti-oxidant levels, which keep the shelf life longer, oils can generally be stored for up to 6 months. If the serum begins to smell bad, it's gone rancid and needs to be discarded.

Suggested Carrier and Essential oils for your skin type:

Normal Skin
Carrier oil: Almond , Hazelnut, Apricot kernel, Jojoba, Borage Seed, Evening Primrose, Carrot
Essential oils:  Chamomile German, Lemon, Geranium, Fennel, Lavender, Jasmine, Rose, Bois de rose, Neroli, Frankincense, Palma Rosa, Benzoin

Dry Skin
Carrier oil: Almond, Olive oil, Apricot kernel, Soy bean, Avocado, Wheatgerm, Jojoba, Borage Seed, Evening Primrose, Carrot
Essential oils:  Chamomile German, Benzoin, Lavender, Calendula, Sandalwood, Geranium, Patchouli, Palma Rosa, Rose, Rosemary, Bois de rose, Neroli, Hyssop

Oily Skin
Carrier oil:  Almond, Hazelnut, Apricot kernel, Grapeseed
Essential oils:  Roman & German chamos, Cedarwood, (atlas, red, Texas) geranium, Clary, lavender, Ylang-ylang, lemon, peppermint, Niaouli, Cajeput, cypress, calendula infusion, frankincense, patchouli, sandalwood, juniper, Melissa, yarrow, coriander, Petitgrain, grapefruit, Lavender, spike lavender, rose.

Mature Skin, Anti-Aging
Carrier oil:  Almond, Hazelnut, Apricot kernel
Essential oils: Carrot seed, elemi, Citrus, frankincense, galbanum, fennel, geranium, myrrh, patchouli, rose, Clary, rosewood, sages, cypress, fennel, lavender, neroli, Sea Buckthorn Berry Extract, Rose Hip Extract. Grapefruit, Sandalwood

Additional skin Types- Essential Oils
Essential Oils For Acne: Tea tree, Manuka, Helichrysum, lavender, spike lavender, rose geranium, tea tree, Petitgrain, grapefruit, sandalwood, Vetiver, German chamomile, atlas Cedarwood, rosewood, Palma Rosa, thyme, Cajeput, Niaouli, peppermint, lemongrass
Essential Oils For Combination skin: Australian niaouli (melaleuca quinquenervia C), calendula, chamomile, carrot seed, geranium, lavender, palmarosa, rose, rosemary
Essential Oils For Sensitive Skin: Roman & German chamomile, rose, Palma Rosa, lavender neroli, rosewood, carrot, angelica, jasmine, Neroli, Chamomile
Essential Oils For Psoriasis: Bergamot, Helichrysum, Cajeput, carrot seed, German or roman chamomile, Lavender, Juniper, Sandalwood, Tea tree

links to Mountain Rose Herbs, best source and information regarding Essential and CarrierOils.

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