As a person with sensitive skin, I understand how irritating (literally) in can be to find a face moisturizer that helps combat blemishes and, well, actually moisturizes. I tried tons of “natural” moisturizes that probably weren’t all that natural, as well as popular “medicated” face care systems that promised to gently eliminate acne without peeling my face off.
None of those really worked, and a few of them actually did cause my face to peel. Instead of dropping money on expensive remedies that didn’t work, I decided to make my own skin care products that I knew wouldn’t irritate my sensitive skin. I tested each product separately on my skin before mixing them all up together, and once I was satisfied they wouldn’t cause irritation, I put them in my own special recipe.
Here's What You'll Need:
You can obviously switch these ingredients up if you don’t like one of them, but here’s why I use them:
Lavender Aloe Jelly: Aloe jelly is gentle and hydrating, capable of penetrating the skin deeply to deliver its nourishing benefits. This aloe is enriched with lavender essential oil, as well. Aloe is naturally anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, humectant, skin-soothing, and even anti-itch. They say to use this stuff on sunburns for a reason! Aloe jelly will help rejuvenate and repair damaged skin, sunburned or simply exposed to everyday wear or tear.
I purchase almost all of my essential oil products from Plant Therapy (as the above photo insinuates), and they also offer plain aloe jelly and “muscle” aloe jelly, which apparently helps soothe muscle aches. I have not used the “muscle” aloe jelly yet, but I love both the lavender and plain varieties.
Clear Complex Carrier Oil Blend: This carrier oil is a blend of Grapeseed, Hemp Seed, Evening Primrose, and Vitamin E oils. I used to buy a bunch of different oils and mix them myself, but I find that this single bottle works just as well! Not only does Hemp Seed oil encourage a healthy moisture balance, it contains omega fatty acids and proteins which help replenish skin. Evening Primrose helps reduce redness, as well as protects the skin and keeps it healthy. Vitamin E is an anti-oxidant and anti-aging.
Tea Tree Essential Oil: Tea tree is well known for it’s ability to heal skin blemishes. It has powerful anti-material properties. In addition to healing acne, it’s used to treat lice, athlete’s foot, nail fungus, and dandruff.
Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil: At 1% dilution this essential oil can help clear oily, congested skin.
Lavender Essential Oil: Lavender is one of the most versatile essential oils. It promotes the healing of skin,
Combine the Ingredients
Gather your ingredients, as well as a liquid measuring cup and a spoon or spatula to mix the ingredients.
First, combine the Aloe Jelly and the Moisturizing Oil. I used just over 2oz. of my Aloe Jelly. The aloe is a bit stiff and will hold a shape, so tap your measuring cup on your work surface to make it settle and smooth out. Next, I filled the measuring cup to just barely under 4 oz. with the Clear Complex oil.
Mix the Aloe Jelly and Moisturizing Oil well before adding the essential oils.
Once the Aloe and Oil are fully incorporated, add the essential oils. I used the following amounts of essential oils:
- Tea Tree: 20 drops
- Lavender: 5 Drops (since the Aloe Jelly already had lavender)
- Grapefruit: 10 drops
Too much Grapefruit Essential Oil can cause skin irritation, especially if your skin is exposed to a lot of sun, so I always air on the side of caution there. 1% dilution is as high as most experts recommend you go for this particular oil. As an example, a true 1% dilution would be 6 drops of essential oil to 1 oz. (30 ml) of carrier oil. Since the total amount of carrier oil I am using is just under 4 oz. I could probably do 24 drops of Grapefruit, but that just isn’t something I wanted to do! I cut that amount in half. When I’m using a new oil, I always start on the lower end of the dilution scale and slowly work my way up so I know where to stop if my skin doesn’t like something.
Mix the essential oils and carrier oils well. Mine turned out to be this greenish color because of the Clear Complex oil, and that’s fine! It may not look the best, but that’s why I put it in amber colored bottles! (Amber bottles also protect the product from the light.) You also know for a fact that there’s no additives to make the color more appealing, ha!
Use a funnel to place your finished product into your container. I like to use amber pump bottles, but a glass cosmetic pot would likely work just as well. Remember, some essential oils can deteriorate plastic over time, so glass is always the best containment vessel for essential oil products.
The recipe I shared is my “Day Oil” recipe, which I typically apply in the morning to help brighten my skin. I use different essential oils for my “Night Oil” recipe, which can include Frankincense, Blue Tansy, Patchouli, Lavender, or other “calming” oils that promote healing and repair while I sleep.
Any questions? Drop me a comment below!