Sunday, May 29, 2016

DIY Face Oil – minimalist skincare

I never really enjoyed putting too many things on my face. As a teenager, I felt pressured to implement a regimen of lotions and potions; meanwhile my skin had always behaved perfectly normal, with me washing it with soap and water.

After having horrible breakouts for misusing harsh products that my skin didn’t need, it became quite dry and dull looking. I learned that rich, natural moisturising products really helped out with these problems and I have stuck to brands like Lush and Weleda for years.

In our journey towards a more zero waste lifestyle, we have eliminated face washes, scrubs, toners and pomades and now we stick to 2-3 items for our faces.

Paul and I have different skin types, but we have found a routine that works great for us both, which is great, because it means we can share every product!

We will go into detail about our skincare routine at some point, so with no further due, here’s the 'recipe' for the face oil we use as our day and night moisturiser:


Carrier oils (the majority of the oil, with moisturising proprieties):

15ML (fill half the bottle) of Evening Primrose oil
10ML Avocado oil

Essential oils (oils with targeting proprieties):
10 drops of Lavender oil
12 drops of Geranium oil

This oil mixture is great for anyone with dry and combination skin. Evening Primrose has great anti-acne agents and helps to reduce eczema and psoriasis symptoms. Avocado oil is very hydrating and good for sensitive skin.

Geranium is a potent anti-aging oil and helps with fine lines, while Lavender oil helps to sooth troubled areas and calm redness.

The great thing about making your own face oil is that you can change it around until you find the perfect one for your skin. The initial cost of all the ingredients comes up to £20-30, but you will have enough product to refill your bottle at least 4 times – much cheaper than buying the ready made stuff.

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