Sunday, January 23, 2011

Facial Rejuvenation with Essential Oils Part II

This three part series focuses on rejuvenating the face with essential oils.  Lets face it girls and boys the very best way to get younger looking skin is a face lift, but barring that the right products and services can help rejuvenate on a topical level. 

Tone, texture and hydration are three contributing factors to older looking skin.  In the first article in this series we looked at improving the tone of the skin with essential oils.  In part II of this series, we will explore how hyrdration can help improve the appearance of the skin.

As we get older the skin gets dryer.  Guess what happens as the skin gets dryer?  that's right wrinkles and flakiness. That is why it is so important to keep the skin moist and well hydrated.  Even if your skin is oily, it still needs hydration.  To add moisture to oily skin, it is important to add a carrier oil to to a cleanser or moisturizer.  For oily skin I like jojoba, a rapidly absorbing liquid wax and for extremely dry skin, avocado oil. For inbetween skin opt for rose hip oil. 

Essential oils that work well on dry skin include rose, rose geranium, frankincense, orchid extract, palmrosa. Orchid extract has no scent and is very hydrating.

This cleanser  may also be used for skin that is being treated with heavy duty Retin A for acne. This gentle cleanser can be alternated with your perscription to keep the skin from becomming too uncomfortable dry. 

2 ounces organic or natural gel cleanser (ensure there are no essential oils included in the cleanser)
1/4 teaspoon avocado oil or 1/2 teaspoon jojoba or rose hip oil.

10 drops orchid extract
9 drops frankincense
4 drops geranium (to brighten)
3 drops ylang ylang
4 drops palmarosa

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