I am eternally on the hunt for organic skin care products that have minimal ingredients and don’t irritate my skin. I have dry, sensitive skin and I break out easily. So my lifelong hunt for face products is fueled by vanity and the desire to have that clear beautiful skin that so often eludes me.
I have been doing pretty good with my routine of Dr Hauschka Soothing Milk Cleanser, Simple Micellar Water, and Pai Geranium and Thistle Rebalancing Day Cream. All of which I still love….especially the Micellar Water in the summer.
However, nothing is perfect. I still break out and as I am getting older, the clogged pores are getting deeper and I am getting milia; little white bumps that are keratin-filled cysts, or simply little globs of protein under the skin. Harmless enough but I don’t like things on my face. So now I am trying to find ways to minimize these new imperfections. Yes, I should just embrace them but I cannot.
A friend, who has the most beautiful skin, told me she uses a homemade mixture of Avocado and Castor Oil and the follows with Carrot Seed Oil with Frankincense and Myrrh. Water based cleansing products don’t work as well because water and oil don’t mix, they cannot “dig out” the oil in small little pores. They would just stay on the top because the oil will repel it. Oil attracts oil, so an oil can remove the oil from your pores. However, if my face gets oily, I break out. It’s like a catch 22. Or at least I thought.
I must say I was intrigued and desperate so I tried it. I mixed 2 parts Castor to 1 part Avocado and mixed in an empty glass herb jar. I rubbed a little on my face (dry or wet) and then removed with a warm/hot face cloth. The mixture is luxurious feeling. I actually enjoy using it. Follow up with moisturizer if needed…I need it.
Moisturizer tip: add 1-2 drops of Frankincense and 1-2 drops of Myrrh to about 1 ounce of your moisturizer. The Frankincense is one of the best anti-inflammatories for skin (and other conditions) and Myrrh is a natural antiseptic antimicrobial. You can also the oils to Carrot Seed Oil and use as your moisturizer or add 1-2 drops of this new mixture into your favorite moisturizer as you need it. This is what I am doing right now. (1 squirt of Pai with 1-2 drops of Carrot Seed Oil compound).
NOTE: The Carrot Seed Oil also seems to be absorbed much better than Olive Oil or Vata Oil..2 other oils I have also tried using on my face and still do at times.
The result….my face was soft and my imperfections started to clear up. I had this one area that just kept filling up like a cyst and I would try to leave it alone but it would fill up again. This new routine stopped the madness.
I cannot say this would work for everyone but if you are struggling like I do, it might be worth a shot. Use brands you are comfortable with.
I also don’t know which of these is having the most effect but I really don’t care. Its working!
I also tend to change my routine based on the seasons and my skin’s needs. We’ll see if this new routine will need to be changed or if it’s good for all year round.
- 1 parts Avocado Oil
- 2 parts Caster Oil
- 1 oz bottle of Carrot Seed Oil
- 1-2 drops of Frankincense
- 1-2 drops of Myrrh