Detoxifying Face Balm Moisturizer Recipe
Best for Combination Skin ~
Finding the right type of facial moisturizer can be a royal pain in the behind when you have a combination skin. Part dry and part oily in your teens, you may be forgiven for thinking will it ever normalize?
I know this mainly because I am one of the millions of men and women who find themselves in this quandary daily. Having expected the oily “T-Zone” (forehead, nose and chin) to be a distant memory in my forties, this is not the case.
With a combination skin, you don’t want too rich a moisturizer that leaves a greasy, oily layer on the skin.
You don’t want a moisturizer that is so drying; it totally strips the skin of all its natural oils and makes things worse by encouraging even more oil or sebum to be produced in the skin cells. Sound familiar?
Well, this detoxifying balm is the perfect solution if you are a bit oily, a bit dry and a bit normal. In other words, a bit of everything! It will soothe any dryness, re-hydrate the skin, reduce any inflammations, calm any redness, purify and detoxify the skin.
Let’s first take a look at some of the ingredients in the recipe, the lesser known carrier oils and essential oils.
Lesser Known Ingredients ~
This oil I find fascinating, somewhat similar to the fascination I have with Frankincense essential oil in its rarity, location and benefits. Argan oil hails from the kernel of the nut inside the argan fruit, grown on the Argan tree.
The trees are found in Morocco but once were seen flourishing throughout Northern Africa. With their survival a major concern, they are now under the protection of UNESCO and deemed endangered.
Argan Oil may be use for culinary or cosmetic purposes and both are extracted from the kernel slightly differently and therefore important to know when purchasing. Culinary argan oil involves a roasting of the kernel (imparting a nutty flavor to the oil) whereas cosmetic argan oil does not so therefore virtually no nutty scent.
The oil is luxurious and quickly absorbed which benefits the skin, hair and nails. High in vitamin E, carotenes, fatty acids, phenols and squalene it is deeply hydrating, repairs scar tissue strengthens brittle nails and repairs damaged hair.
Hazelnut oil is found in the nut on the hazel tree (Corylus avellana) known as the Common Hazel that is widely cultivated throughout Europe, Scandinavia, western Asia, Turkey and Iran. Turkey dominates as the largest producer of hazelnut oil, accounting for 75% of the market.
Extracted from the hazelnut or cobnut, this vegetable oil is widely used in culinary uses but has many skin benefits.
A perfect light oil for all oily or partly oily skin with its astringent properties, it tightens and tones the skin while strengthening the capillaries and improving cell regeneration.
A great skin healing oil and natural moisturizer it is an excellent oil to use in massage oils or creams with its deep penetration abilities.
This exquisite oil is extracted from the seeds of the fruit (Punica granatum) on the Pomegranate tree.
Dating back to ancient Egypt, it is widely believed to have originated in Iran and today is cultivated throughout the world in Europe, Africa, Asia and The Americas.
With significant health benefits, the oil is deeply nourishing for the outer epidermal layer, powerful for combating skin conditions including psoriasis and eczema and is rich in antioxidants.
Pomegranate oil is an excellent oil for sun damaged or aged skin and may be used alone or combined with different ingredients in homemade recipes.
An oil that is well worth having in the cupboard for all skin types in a variety of products.
Helichrysum Essential Oil
This floral green and slightly sweet aromatic oil is extracted from the flowers of Helichrysum italicum, a daisy like flower of the Asteraceae family and sometimes known as the curry plant.
A familiar sight in the Mediterranean countries, it favors growing in sandy, rocky or dry ground. Top producers include France, Italy, Bosnia and Spain
The oil, is extremely popular and used extensively in commercial perfumes and skin care products. Its benefits include high in antioxidants, antibacterial, relief from sunburn, anti-inflammatory, astringent, scarring, stretch marks, fever, colds, burns and muscular aches and pains.
Carrot Seed Essential Oil
This essential oil is extracted from the root of the Daucus carota plant and not the cultivated carrot as you may expect. Another exceptional addition to skin care products, it is widely used within commercial cosmetic brands.
Top cultivators include India, Hungary and France. Health benefits include relief from indigestion and improving kidney functions.
For the skin it is known to aid skin irritations, skin conditions such as psoriasis and dermatitis, rejuvenates skin, is excellent for mature skin and for minimizing wrinkles and fine lines. In homemade fragrances it is often used to round out an aroma with its slightly sweet and earthy aroma.
Black Pepper Essential Oil
Did you know black pepper (Piper nigrum) is a flowering vine and the fruit when dried is what we use as a spice? This spice is probably the most used throughout the world and features in most homes.
The green unripe fruits or drupes are dried, usually by the sun and the dried fruit is what is known as the black peppercorn.
It is from the peppercorn that the oil is extracted. Dating as far back as the Romans, Greeks and Egyptians, Asia dominates the cultivation of black pepper and the top producers include India, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Indonesia.
Its properties include antibacterial, antiseptic, antimicrobial, astringent and muscle tone. The essential oil may be used within creams, perfumes, in the bath, in diffusers and massage oils for assisting in rheumatoid arthritis, aching limbs, bruising, colds, flu and the circulatory system.
Avoid using during pregnancy, with kidney or liver diseases, or with sensitive skin.
Face Balm Recipe ~
1.5 tsps Beeswax (pellets or shavings)
2 tsp Argan Oil
1.5 tsps Hazelnut Oil
½ tsp Pomegranate Seed Oil
2 – 3 drops Lavender Essential Oil
2 – 3 drops Carrot Seed Essential Oil
2 – 3 drops Black Pepper Essential Oil
2 – 3 drops Helichrysum Essential Oil
Things You Need:
Glass Pyrex Jug
Small Container with lid
Pop the beeswax and hazelnut oil into the glass pyrex jug and place inside a saucepan of simmering water.
Melt on a low heat. When fully melted, turn off heat and with the jug still in the saucepan, stir in the argan oil and the pomegranate seed oil.
When warm and melted, remove jug from saucepan.
Add in the essential oils and stir well to combine all the oils.
Pour into your container and allow cooling and setting at room temperature. Your balm is ready to go and should last up to 5 -6 weeks.
Store in the fridge or in a cool dark place. If storing in the fridge, your balm will be a harder balm and will need softening by leaving at room temp for a short while or gently rubbing on the palms of the hands before applying.
Apply morning and night if desired.
- 21 Things You Should Know About Using Essential Oils | Crunchy Betty
A handy, information-packed list of things you should know when working with essential oils - including safety, storage, usage, and a few ideas. (Including my top 7 recommended essential oils to get you started.)
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Suzie's Tips ~
This balm is ideal to make as a gift for your teenage boy or girl who finds their skin subject to breakouts of pimples and spots.
Always do a small patch test somewhere discrete by applying a small amount of product and leaving for 8 – 24 hours preferably. This is particularly important when using new ingredients or for highly sensitive skins.
Essential Oils are volatile and potent and should ALWAYS be treated with care and respect. There are many important safety tips you should follow which are available here. These fragrant and beneficial oils may be used and diffused in many different ways to benefit the mind, body, skin and home so it is well worth incorporating them into your life.
Never exceed the stated amount of essential oil drops. The ratio between base oils and essential oils is highly important to avoid skin irritations and negative benefits. Less is more and it is easier to add more than take away. Start drop by drop, checking for fragrance and strength. Everyone is different so a few drops of each essential oil may be sufficient for you.
All these ingredients may be used in a range of ways either alone, in homemade recipes or by substituting recipes using different oils and fragrance. For example, Lavender may be used in body wash, perfume, body butter or insect repellent.
Black Pepper may be used in men’s Eau-de-Cologne and beeswax is commonly used so well worth buying in a good value size. Easy recipes such as citrus lip gloss, minty chocolate lip balm or even pumpkin spice lip gloss or balm are all made with this wax.
Argan Oil, Hazelnut Oil and Pomegranate Oil may be used on their own as facial moisturizers or even any recipes with carrier or base oils such as olive oil, apricot kernel oil, sweet almond oil or jojoba oil.
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