Nourishing Face Oil Recipe

As crazy as this sounds, oil is amazing for your face even if you have oily skin!  Since I have always struggled with oily skin I always opted to buy the harsh face wash and moisturizers that stripped the oils of my skin, but by mid-day my face was a shiny mess.  I always had to blot my skin with tissues throughout the day to absorb all the excess oil.

When I got pregnant in my late twenties my hormones went crazy and the skin on my face went from oily to oily with acne and cystic acne.  I didn’t even want to look at myself.  I went to dermatologist and bought all the expensive stuff recommended to me to no avail.  After learning about all the harmful chemicals in most products these days, I went to my local health store and asked for their recommendation.  What do you know – they recommended a face oil.  I was shocked – really, oil for oily skin with acne?!  Well, that was one thing I haven’t tried and it had ingredients I could actually read, so I bought it. I went home and looked up the ingredients, which solely consisted of essential oils and carrier oils, and found that they are amazing for your skin and full of vitamins, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids. In addition, I read that the reason my face got greasier with the products I was using before was because when oil is stripped from your face it is the skins reaction to produce more oil. After years of using face oil, and now making my own face oil, my skin has greatly improved (changing to a healthier diet helped, too, I’m sure).  Yes, I have a slight layer of oil, but I consider that a moisture lock and a barrier to aging skin. Also, someone once said to me that I was lucky to have oily skin since it will keep me looking younger longer, so I guess it does make sense to have some oil on my skin. 

Below I have provided a basic recipe that works well and is an all-natural, preservative-free, chemical-free face oil.  Because we all have different skin types you may need to replace some of the oils I use with others.  I have offered some suggestions below.

My favorite carrier oils to use as the base:

Meadowfoam – full of fatty acids and super nourishing for your skin. It also has UV protection properties.

Jojoba – this oil is similar to the sebum of the skin and full of Vitamin E. 

Rose Hip – high in fatty acids and high in Vitamin A. This oil is a great addition to assist with aging problematic skin due to its cell regeneration properties.   Although it is said to help with dry skin, this oil on its own can feel drying since it has a high absorption rate.  I always like to add this with other carrier oils. May not work with sensitive skin types.

Grapeseed – this oil absorbs into the skin nicely and is great for those with acne and/or oily skin.

Camellia Seed – full of antioxidants, which is healing and great for mature skin.  It absorbs into the skin beautifully leaving it hydrated and smooth.  It also protects your skin against environmental pollution, making this a great anti-aging oil.

Almond Oil, Hemp, Advocado & Sea Buckthorn are good, but I would only use a little of this with another carrier oil since it tends to leave a greasy feeling due to it’s slow absorption rate.  They are better for those with dry skin.

My favorite essential oils based on skin type:

Dry & Mature skin: Carrot seed, Geranium, Lavender, Palmarosa, Ylang-Ylang, Bergamot

Oily skin: Ylang-Ylang, Geranium, Palmarosa, Lavender, Frankincense, Chamomile, Lime, Grapefruit, Bergamot, Clary Sage.

Sensitive skin: Rose, Chamomile, Carrot Seed, Jasmine, Ho Wood

Acne: Frankincense, Tea Tree – they kill bacteria

Normal skin: Any of the above, but my favs are Palmarosa, Ylang-Ylang, Carrot Seed, Bergamot, Frankincense

Basic Face Oil Recipe (Fills a 15ml bottle)

8 ml Meadowfoam Oil or Camellia Seed Oil (or combination of both)

4 ml Jojoba Oil

2 ml Rosehip Oil

5 drops Carrot Seed Oil

4 drops Frankincense Oil

2 drops Ylang-Ylang Oil

3 drops Palmarosa Oil

3 drops Lavender Oil

Instructions: Fill glass container with all oils and mix well.  

To use: Moisten hands with water then shake the bottle well and squirt a few drops onto your hands and rub into your face well.   I use face oil after every time I wash my face – day or night.  Every skin type is different, so if you find it drying add more of a thicker oil that doesn’t absorb as quickly like Jojoba, Sweet Almond, Avocado, or Hemp oil.  If you find it too oily, add more Rosehip, Meadowfoam, or Camellia Seed.

Please Note: I like to reuse amber glass bottles that oils typically in come such as a used oil of oregano bottle or any used essential oil bottle. Essential oils should always be stored in a dark glass container.  You can also buy these from Amazon or health stores.

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