I have been researching oils lately. I love to use straight Jojoba oil out of the bottle as my facial moisturizer. In the shower, right before I get out I take a teaspoon or two of grapeseed oil and rub it all over my wet skin. I have tried Coconut oil in the past, but i find it too drying of an oil for my delicate skin. Recently I was asked to develop the perfect homemade anti-wrinkle cream, so I have been doing a lot of reading on the subject.
First of all, once you have wrinkles there is no magic potion that is going to make them disappear. Your best bet is prevention. That said, you can definitely reduce the appearance of wrinkles by staying properly hydrated, eating plenty of healthy fats (mmm butter!) exfoliating gently, and protecting your skin from the sun with an organic mineral makeup. I will post on mineral make up later, and my exciting discovery.
While many people spend small fortunes on external skin care—creams, potions and facials— healthy skin must start on the inside, nourished by a healthy diet. A diet low in refined carbohydrates and high in animal fats, rich in fat-soluble vitamins and the proteins that support skin and collagen integrity, is the basic recipe for skin health. Bone broths and stews rich in collagen help make skin thicker and healthier; lacto-fermented foods support intestinal health and gut integrity.
Just keep in mind that your skin absorbs 60% (at least) of everything that you put on your body. So put down that mineral oil laden bottle of junk from Walmart and lets get cooking on some homemade eye cream.
There are several oils that are excellent for the skin. The first is Rosehip Seed Oil. It is the best oil available for anti-ageing and skin rejuvenation.
Rosehip seed oil is extracted from the seeds of a native rose plant which grows wild in Chile. The oil has been used by native people in Chile for centuries, and has only been validated by scientists fairly recently. The first major confirmation of its capabilities came in 1983, when the University of Santiago conducted research on 180 individuals. These tests studied people with extensive facial scarring, acne scarring, deep wrinkles, UV damage, radiation damage, burn scars, surgical scars, premature aging, dermatitis, and other skin related problems. In these tests, rosehip seed oil regenerated the skin, reduced scars and wrinkles, prevented the advancement of wrinkles and aging, and helped skin to regain its natural color and tone. Since this time, other universities and labs have also completed studies, also yielding positive results. Another well-known study in 1988 was conducted on twenty women between the ages of 25-35 with extensive premature aging to their skin. Their skin was wrinkled, and had sun spots from overexposure to the sun. After four months of applying rosehip seed oil daily, their wrinkles and sun spots had almost completely disappeared, and the skin had a fresher and healthier look. Today, rosehip seed oil is exported around the world, and is used by the medical community, as well as in fine facial and cosmetic care products.
Rosehip seed oil contains Vitamin A, which helps to delay the effects of skin aging, assists with cell regeneration, and promotes collagen and elastin levels to increase. This results in firmer, smoother, and more youthful skin with greater elasticity. Rosehip seed oil also contains a high amount of essential fatty acids and Vitamin E, which further promotes healthy skin. In particular, it is rich in linoleic and linolenic acids, which are important skin nutrients. Rosehip seed oil has been used successfully to treat the following skin problems:
- Stretch marks
- UV damage from overexposure to the sun
- Scars from surgery, burns, and acne
- Wrinkles and premature skin aging
- Burns, including those from radiation and sunburns
- Age spots
- Brittle nails
- Dry and damaged hair
Directions for Use
Rosehip seed oil is considered a “dry” oil, meaning that it soaks into the skin easily, and does not leave a greasy residue. It is a wonderful hydrator, and penetrates dry or damaged skin immediately. This oil may be used straight from the bottle as a moisturizer, or can be incorporated into a cream, lotion, facial oil, or massage oil. Because it is so gentle, rosehip seed oil may be used undiluted on the skin, even on sensitive skin. Rosehip seed oil is a safe, inexpensive, effective, and non-invasive product for preventing and healing damaged skin.
I ordered a bottle of Rosehip seed oil from Mountain Rose Herbs and I can’t wait for it to arrive. I am going to use it for 2 months and then post about my results. Maybe I should use it on only half of my face and take pictures. What do you think?
Homemade Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream
3 tsp jojoba oil
3 tsp apricot kernel oil
3 tsp Rosehip seed oil
5 drops carrot-seed essential oil
1 1/2 tsp beeswax pastilles
5 tsp rose-water (optional)
Place beeswax, jojoba, rosehip and apricot oils in a double boiler (I put my hillbilly glass jelly jar right into a pan of warm water). Heat very gently to melt wax. Stir well, remove from heat. Slowly stir in remaining ingredients. Place in fridge until set. Makes a small 2.5 oz jar. Use under eyes in the morning and evening.
I think this would make an excellent gift don’t you?