Lavender is good for your complexion
Some of the world's best formulas for mature skin will have natural essential oils added to them. The essential oils must be of a therapeutic grade to be effective to benefit from the healing actions derived from the oils that are targeted for skin healing and healthy skin maintenance. The essential oils that are of great interest for their properties that support tissue regeneration and skin's metabolic functions. An effective personal blend using premium therapeutic grade oils is easily made by choosing a few oils corresponding to the needs of your skin type, and blending with easy-to-follow formulas which we provide you with beautiful complexion tips.
What is it about essential oils that make them so suitable to the task of making mature skin glow? The aromatic oils are nature's liquid healing wonders. It is thought that plants produce them as their own healing potions, with variations that depend on the plant's habitat; a plant needs to generate new cells, defend itself from oxidative radicals, and promote its own fitness as much as humans do. Natures essential oils are very compatible with our health and well being. So many essential oils have been studied in time, and there are a select few that do stand out for their unique properties for healing the skin. You can create your own personal blend by using: a mix of essential oils with the appropriate carrier oil at the right concentrations, and voila! Result your own therapeutic skin care blend.
Let's have a look at the carrier oils, also aptly named 'base' oils. Carrier oils are cold pressed from seeds, nuts and fruit that are the foundation of a formula. The carrier oils that are all natural make up to 95-98% of the blend, the active ingredients that are added are the therapeutic essential oils. Avocado is first on the list, being included in many recipes for its hydrating and nutritive properties. Avocado is effective for dry skin, and for dry to normal skin, it should make up approx one fifth of the base. Apricot Kernel oil is also used for dry to normal skin or damaged and irritated skin. Apricot can make up the entire base if you so desire. Evening Primrose Oil is a nutritious carrier oil loaded with essential fatty acids, which are important for building healthy tissues. You can use evening primrose oil to make up a quarter of a base. Hazelnut oil is used in alot of skin care blends, as it is suitable for all skin types. It can be especially useful for those with a tendency toward oily skin, as it has mildly astringent properties. Despite the seeming contradiction to applying 'oil' to an already 'oily' complexion, Hazelnut is recommended in the most advanced medical aromatherapy texts for this use – it can make up to 100% of the base. For mature skin the most important carrier oil is Rosehip seed – this is pressed from seeds of a wild rose in South America, it contains vitamin A compounds that act like natural Retin-A which will enhance skin's natural regeneration, and it will lessen the appearance of fine lines, support healthy skin that could have been subjected to sun damage and unifies skin coloration. Rosehip seed should be added to your base recipe and make up one quarter. On to the essential oils – the magic active ingredients.
We will start off with Carrot Seed, this is a warming smooth and earthy essential oil and in skin care does have a very long history. It is very suited for skin that has lost the glow due to stress, from external environmental factors or other stresses. Carrot seed is inexpensive, gentle and suitable for all skin types.
Rosemary (verbenone chemotype)is next which is distilled from common rosemary which grows in various regions of the world which do lead to a higher fraction of regenerative 'ketones' found in the oil The molecules do enhance metabolism and regeneration which improves the use of nutrients and removes toxins on a cellular level.
Essential oils that simulate the effects of estrogen have been found supportive of mature skin health. Due to natural estrogen production which does lessen over time, it is these oils that will continue to provide the skin with a youthful hormonal environment. Two oils which can be considered are Clary Sage and Sweet Fennel. These oils have been noted by various authorities as being exceptionally important for aging skin.
Clary Sage and Sweet Fennel – anti aging essential oils
Clary Sage is soft, sweet and herbaceous, with an aroma considered mildly euphoric to some. Sweet Fennel aromatically is stronger, and is highly recommended for every age for its anti wrinkle properties. It is up to you to decide which is your personal aromatic preference if you would like to include these estrogen mimicking oils.
Cistus and Sea Buckthorn
A couple of lesser known yet highly effective skin care specialty oils are Cistus and Sea Buckthorn. Cistus comes from the Rock Rose flower, and has astringent qualities that are great for firming the skin. Some Cistus varieties tend to have a rather medicinal aroma, but truly fine ones are sweet and alluring. Sea Buckthorn has a sweet aroma, and is great to be added to a blend for all skin types. Found as a CO2 distillation (not to be confused with the cold-pressed Sea Buckthorn carrier oil) the essential oil is a deep red color, indicating the high concentration of carotenes, vitamin A precursors so important to skin health. The qualities of Sea Buckthorn have been noted by users with various skin conditions, types and at various ages – small amounts are required and you only need to add 1% to your recipe to reap its benefits.
Lavendula angustifolia is the essential oil that evolved the modern aromatherapy revolution with its discovery of its healing power. Lavender is gentle regenerative and has a balancing effect. It may be added at any concentration to your blend. It has a sweet and floral aroma and is adored by many, if it is to sweet for you and you would like something that is more potent then Helichrysum is the alternative. Helichrysum contains regenerative molecules unique to this plant alone, with a warmer, slightly spicy and herbaceous aroma. Helichrysum need only be used in small amounts, and may otherwise overpower other oils aromatically ' otherwise, Helichrysum is very gentle, and is even called for being applied directly to the skin undiluted for acute healing needs.
Creating your own blend
It is easy to create your own blend and it is an enjoyable process. You will only need to add the essential oils that you would like in your blend, and you can add them in equal amounts – 10 drops of each essential oil per ounce of base oil is a perfect start. Enjoyable as the essential oils smell so wonderful! One can't help to keep inhaling their aroma while preparing a formula. Remember that therapeutic essential oils ARE potent; it is very important that your total essential oil concentration is LESS THAN 5% OF THE OVERALL MIXTURE. This works out to 30 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier. If using more than three essential oils (i.e. more than 10 drops each of three varieties) limit the amount of each essential oil so that the final volume per ounce is less than 30 drops.
The essential oils that have been mentioned are found in blends for women, but they are also safe for men to use as well. For a man to appreciate an aroma it would be the deeper, earthier essential oils such as Sandalwood, frankincense, and myrrh are all noted for their benefits for mature skin. Also, for any gender, including essential oils for their fragrance and not just their therapeutic properties is certainly an option. The emotional health of a person is reflected in the condition of their skin, there are benefits other than smelling nice!! Just be aware that there are a few oils that should not be applied to the face; these are some of the spicier oils – Cinnamon, Oregano, Clove and Thyme varieties; cold-pressed citrus oils like lime, lemon, orange and bergamot should also be avoided for facial care, as these oils can cause the skin to be extra-sensitive to UV light.
Creating your own personal therapeutic skin care blend is a wonderful aromatherapy project for beginning and advanced practitioners alike. You will have created a blend that is suited for your skin type, and you can always adjust according to your needs as required in the future. It is a lot of fun and is well priced on the budget rather than the high end commercial formulations. As always when starting out with these medicines from nature, be aware of you're body's responses to the oils, respect their potency, and most of all, have fun!