Why is keeping skin supple and plump past your 20’s more challenging?
In a nutshell, skin loses its ability to retain oil as it ages.
Cosmetics companies are quick to offer synthetic “solutions” that are often formulated to further weaken your skin so that “miracle ingredients” can be transported under the skin for a short-term fix. Unfortunately, many of these ingredients are derived from petroleum and actually make it past your pores and into your bloodstream.
The irony is that what your skin actually needs for it to retain its youthful glow can easily be found in your kitchen.
Skin wants to be fed substances that closely resemble its own natural oils. Fortunately, these are freely available in your local health food store and don’t cost a fortune.
And best of all?
You know exactly what’s going onto your skin.
Here is a very simple, light weight moisturizing oil you can make at home in less than a minute.
30 ml (1 oz) Organic Jojoba Oil
60 ml (2 oz) Organic extra-virgin Olive oil
7 drops therapeutic grade Rosemary essential oil
3 drops therapeutic grade Geranium essential oil
4 drops therapeutic grade Lavender essential oil
Why these ingredients?
Rosemary essential oil improves the skin’s circulation. It is invigorating but gentler than some of the more “minty” oils like eucalyptus and peppermint. Rosemary is also a great tonic for sagging skin, helping it to regain its elasticity.
Geranium essential oil helps regulate the skin’s natural oil production, keeps it supple by moisturizing it, and improves skin tone.
Lavender essential oil stimulates the skin’s natural healing process and encourages cell regeneration, speeding up the formation of new, healthy skin.
Jojoba oil and olive oil are both very soothing and conditioning for mature or dry skin. If you don’t like the olive oil smell, you can replace it with coconut or almond oil. Use organic and virgin oils where possible.
Mix and store the oil mixture in a little glass jar or container made from recycled plastic (the non-toxic kinds are numbered 2, 4 or 5). It will keep for a month in your bathroom or longer in the fridge.
Apply to a cleansed face and neck at least once a day for optimal results
Always shake the jar of of oil before applying. Put half a teaspoon of the oil in the palm, rub hands together, and very gently massage over your face for a few minutes.
Take care to avoid the delicate area around the eyes. If you have sensitive skin, be light with the touch.