If your skin has a tendency to dry out during winter months, you might try giving it extra attention in colder weather by using essential oils and carrier oils. Carrier oils are used to dilute your essential oils, but can also be used straight from the bottle topically on your face instead of a cleanser. Essential oils should always be diluted before applying to the skin and carrier oils are used for this purpose. Mix your carrier oil and essential oil in a separate dropper bottle to have it readily available whenever you’d like.
Rose Heart, Certified Master Aromatherapist and Herbalist, and founder of Organic Infusions, tells us the benefits of using a carrier oil instead of a cleanser on skin:
“Washing with oil is done because the fatty lipids in a carrier oil can reach just below the surface of the epidermis and bind with debris, makeup, dead skin, allowing it to then be washed off with purified water.”
One of the carrier oils Rose recommends for cleansing skin is Jojoba Oil, as the fatty lipids in Jojoba oil are almost identical to ours, so it will not clog pores. Organic Infusion carrier oils are unrefined, cold pressed, USDA certified organic carrier oils that will bring valuable nutrient rich vitamins and fatty acids to the cellular structure of skin.
For dry skin, one of the essential oils Rose Heart recommends is Sandalwood Essential Oil, which may sooth dry, checked and sun damaged skin. Also on her fave list to treat dry winter skin is Sea Buckthorn Carrier Oil is high in anti-oxidants with over 190 phytonutrients and can help prevent skin from drying out.
If you’ve never incorporated essential oils or carrier oils into your skincare routine, here’s a simple recipe to help heal dry skin:
1. Wash face, neck, and chest with Jojoba carrier oil or Rosehip seed oil.
2. Mist the face, neck, and chest with Rosehip Seed Hydrosol Toner. (Some people say rose hydrosols also help eliminate fine lines and wrinkles.)
3. Mix 2 drops Sandalwood Essential Oil, 3 drops Lavender Essential Oil per 1/2 oz Sea Buckthorn Carrier Oil or 1/2 oz Jojoba Oil.
You can incorporate a carrier oil and essential oils into your daily skincare routine, but remember to use essential oils safely. There are some oils that are photosensitive, so you shouldn’t use them and then go out into the sun, and also essential oils are not recommended during pregnancy or for children.
Organic Infusions, Inc is a farm direct, wholesale essential oil supplier known for its high quality oils. Read about their testimonials here. Organic Infusions never uses oils that have been denatured, reconstituted or mixed with other chemical compounds, nor do they use genetically modified organisms (GMOs), or artificial colors, oils or scents.
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