When it comes to my beauty routine I like to keep things really simple. I feel that a few trustee products is all one needs in their toolbox of everyday items…plus it makes mornings that much easier for this mama. I have never really been one to fuss over beauty products, it’s just not my thing, but I do love a good moisturizer. And a good mascara! About three years ago I stopped using store-bought face creams and lotions and started using coconut oil as my after shower all over moisturizer. I had read dozens of magazine articles about this new hippie craze and my fellow mama friends were telling me how I must try the stuff. Of course, they were right on. Coconut oil was a wonderful all-natural product I could use on my skin as well as a healthy addition to many wholesome recipes.
Coconut oil is a very light moisturizer that absorbs quickly, making it ideal for those who want to give a little moisture here and there. I liked that my new skin routine consisted of one ingredient (the fact that I could pronounce it was a bonus!) and that it was much more cost effective than the other serums that I had been purchasing at beauty stores. However, over the course of a few months after applying it everyday, it was clear I needed something else to keep my skin looking healthy without clogging my pores. I am prone to this and I did not know that coconut oil can actually exacerbate this problem with certain skin types! I read more about this issue and found out that depending on your skin type this oil on its own has a range of effects and is not necessarily the best option for those with very dry or oily skin. We no longer use this on it’s own with Theodore who has eczema because it was making his delicate skin worse, poor guy.
I loved the idea of using a green product from the earth and wanted to stay away from putting harsh chemicals on my face. I looked into essential oils and other helpful skin oils and came up with the following recipe with help from a friend who had been using oils far longer than I. It includes other moisturizers like jojoba and vitamin E, and gives the option to add shea butter or cocoa butter if your skin is prone to dryness.
This blend is currently sitting on the shelf in our bathroom, the one beauty product I use on both my face and neck after showering. It’s a serum I travel with and use each and everyday. I have noticed my skin looking healthier than it ever has before, free of blemished and dry patches. Dear ones, I simply cannot recommend this remedy enough to you! I have made this recipe in both big and small batches and sometimes give little containers away to friends to bless them for their birthday. My mother in law swears by the stuff and has passed this recipe on to her friends and so on. You could call it anti-aging. You could call it cell-resotriative. It’s indeed both of those. It’s also just really wonderful healthy glow face serum because it does just that…it gives your skin a healthy all-natural glow. This recipe should last you a long, long time dears!
Healthy Glow Face Serum
- 1/2 cup Organic Coconut Oil – You’ll want the solid coconut oil for this so when it cools it hardens a little bit and making it easier to apply. I buy my organic coconut oil at the market, you can find it everywhere nowadays. *If you’re wanting more moisture and more of a cream rather than a serum for the winter months, cut this amount of coconut oil in half and replace that with 1/2 cup of organic shea butter OR 1/2 organic cocoa butter.
- 1/8 cup Organic Jojoba Oil – This is not actually an oil but a liquid wax packed with vitamins. Jojoba oil is the only oil that closely resembles human sebum – an oily substance naturally produced by the oil glands below the skin surface, so its uses and benefits to the skin and hair are high. It is a perfect choice for those who want to use natural products for their skin, hair and face care. I buy this at natural goods stores.
- 1/8 cup Organic Vitamin E Oil – Praised as an antioxidant that can help reduce scaring.
- 20 drops Frankincense Essential Oil – Refining and grounding as it nourishes your skin with rich, deep, balsamic like overtones. It’s my go-to skin oil and can repair your damaged skin cells. It’s ability to smooth the skin is why it is a beauty routine favorite.
- 10 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil – Helps reduce the appearance of blemishes while maintaining healthy looking skin.
- 10 drops of Lavender Essential Oil – Soothes your skin while helping clear and brighten. This is my second favorite skin oil and one we use on the kids skin to help give moisture when the air is dry. Lavender oil balances the body in so many ways, traditionally known to work where it’s needed…the swiss army knife of the essential oil family.
To make, melt the coconut oil in a double boiler over medium heat with the jojoba oil and vitamin E oil. You could go ahead and just mix them without melting the coconut oil down, but your serum will have small solids in it which can be rather annoying. Once the coconut oil is melted, add in your essential oils and sit in a cool place so it can set. Your serum should be stored in a cool, dark place.
For those wanting to start using essential oils as a part of their all natural wellness routines, it’s nice to know that all three of these essential oils are included in the Premium Starter Kit. You can read more about joining our wellness family here and read about more essential oil remedies here.
So do you use coconut oil on your face? Do you like it? Tell me what works for you!