This is part 1 of Oily Solutions for your Skin Care Needs!
#1 Skin Care Routine
If we are going to talk about skin care we should start by talking about your skin care routine. Our skin is the largest organ in our body, about 16% of our body weight, according to BBC Science. It absorbs everything- good or bad. So, why not put something beneficial on to it. Young Living’s products are safe, chemical free and they provide a ton of skin care oils! Here are a few steps to do each day to improve your skin (there are others like exfoliating, restoring, refining, exercising, and clean eating.)
- Cleanse- Wash with a gentle soap at the minimum each night, preferably morning and night. Our faces collect dirt and toxins throughout the day, and at night is when our body and skin restores itself. So without washing our face at night our body can’t restore itself as well! Don’t have a safe face wash? Check out Orange Blossom Facial Wash. https://www.youngliving.com/en_US/products/orange-blossom-facial-wash
- Tone- A toner helps to further remove residue and helps to reduce pore size and tone skin. If you don’t have a toner you like, check out the Art Gentle Cleanser. This toner smells great and leaves your skin soothed and energized. It removes dirt, grim and impurities, and cleanses your skin. It minimizes oil shine and pore appearance, which for me is huge! The peppermint in this toner helps to energize you and gives a cooling sensation.
- Spot treatment with oils- After washing and using a toner, I like to spot treat any skin issues I may be having.
- Moisturize- Can’t say enough about moisturizing! Want to keep your skin looking healthy and young, well this is the way to do it! Moisturizer helps to hydrate, support elasticity, reduce the appearance of fine lines, supports brightening and balancing skin tone. Young Living has quite a few moisturizers to choose from if you are in the market. I happen to love Sheerlume.
- Sun Screen- Don’t forget to apply sun screen as we don’t want any skin damage!
- Exfoliate- You should exfoliate your skin at least once a week. I love the Satin Mint Facial!
- Drink lots of water- We have all heard to drink 6-8 glasses of water a day, and maybe only successfully drink half of that. But here is the thing about water, it cleanses our system which is beneficial to our skin. Unlike our other organs, our skin is exposed to air which can dry us out. Without enough water our skin can become dry, lose elasticity, and more importantly vulnerable to germs! Drinking enough water can actually help to prevent clogged pores! Have a hard time reaching your water goal? Try adding one drop of Lemon, grapefruit, lime, orange, tangerine, or citrus fresh in a glass bottle or cup, and the next thing you know, you’ll be fully hydrated.
#2 Lavender- I am sure you have heard me say this before … “The Swiss Army Knife of oils” but it’s true! There is nothing Lavender can’t do! Lavender contains powerful antioxidants that can fight against harmful toxins. How can you use it for skin? Here’s a list: non cystic acne, cuts, bumps, bruises, scars, fine lines, irritation, regulates production of sebum, speeds up healing, sun bitten, bites, tones skin, maintains circulation, regenerating, dry skin, normal skin, oily skin, combination skin, mature skin, and even sensitive skin. So, yeah Lavender is at the top of the list of great oils for skin care!
#3 Frankincense “The King of Oils” supports and maintains skin health by reducing the appearance of sun spots, stretch marks, warts, scars, fine lines, and irritation! Frank helps to protect the skin cells, aids with non-cystic acne, reduce the appearance of pores, regeneration, and supports the strengthening, toning and tightening of the skin. According to the “Reference Guide for Essential Oils “by Alan and Connie Higley, “Monoterpenes help prevent and discharge toxins from your liver and kidneys.” Which clearly bodes well for your skin!
#4 Manuka- Is actually a new product to Young Living. Many people told me it smells amazing, I actually disagree, I think it smells like wet hay. Regardless of its smell; it is an amazing skin care oil! How can you use it? It is good for stings and bites if used immediately to avoid itching and swelling. Helps relieve dry and flaky scalp, although I prefer Melrose for this application due to the inexpensive price tag.
But here is really why I love it, it helps old scars fade. I was in a car accident 20 years ago, and this little beauty has helped to smooth and fade that old scar. The second reason I love it, is it reduces the size of old clog pores. I’ve had these white bumps on my skin so long I forgot they shouldn’t be permanent. I apply Manuka neat to these blemishes, after I wash with Orange Blossom Face wash, and tone with the Art Refreshing Toner. Over the last few weeks I’ve witnessed my old blemishes get smaller! Previous to Manuka I had tried everything to rid myself of them. Can your face cream do that without burning and peeling your skin? Yeah, I didn’t think so.
Did you know that acne is the most common skin condition in the United States? According to the American Academy of Dermatology, “Dermatologists know that letting acne runs its course is not always the best advice. Here’s why: Without treatment, dark spots and permanent scars can appear on the skin as acne clears. More women are getting acne, not just teens have acne. A growing number of women have acne in their 30s, 40s, 50s, and beyond. Dermatologists are not sure why this is happening. But dermatologists understand that adult acne can be particularly frustrating.”
Tea Tree and Purification are two fabulous oil that used neat can help reduce the healing time of non-cystic acne.
Tea Tree– This may not be my favorite smelling oil, but it does wonders for all things skin related. It helps with dry and flaky skin and scalp, non-cystic acne, white heads, bite buster, after sun care, and itchy feet.
Purification- This oil smells clean and fresh, and brings clogged pores to the surface. A little dab neat of this oil helps to clean problem areas.
Here are a few more oils to help with your non cystic acne: cedarwood, geranium, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, orange, patchouli, roman chamomile, rose, rosemary, gentle baby and melrose.
Beyond just using oils topically, Dr. Scot A. Johnson in “Surviving When Modern Medicine Fails,” says you can take essential oils orally to help purify the blood. In an empty gel capsule put 5 drops of each oil: Geranium, Clove, and Grapefruit, and take 2 times daily.”
#6 Day and Night Serum Recipes
Here are two great serums to help moisturize and keep your skin healthy!
Day Serum– In a 2 oz. amber bottle put 15 drops of each oil: Lavender, Frankincense, Geranium, Palmarosa, and Patchouli. Add 50 ml (approx. 1.5 oz.) of jojoba oil. Put the cap on tightly and gently roll in your hands to mix serum. Use every morning after washing and toning your face.
Night Serum– In a 2 oz. amber bottle put 15 drops of each oil: Sacred Frank, Lavender, Myrrh, Bergamot, and Geranium. Add 50 ml (approx. 1.5 oz.) of grapeseed oil. Put the cap on tightly and gently roll in your hands to mix serum. Use every morning after washing and toning your face.
Next week I will fill you in on the next 8 things you can do to improve your skin!
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