How to make a natural cleansing oil for dry, irritated skin
Our skin is covered by up yo 60% of natural oils. In dry skin this percentage is lower ans in oily skin is higher. This blend of natural oils occurring in our skin protect the most exterior wall cells, called epidermis, helps to fight against bacterial infections, alleviates inflammation and prevents the evaporation of moisture in our skin.
When we wash our skin with detergents (water soluble foaming agents) products, we are stripping part of our skin barrier. When we use the oil cleansing method, we both clean dirt and make up and help to maintain or skin hydrated and supple.
Greeks, Romans and Egiptians used oils to clean their skin. This was applied and massaged generously in circular movements on face and body to dissolve the excess of oil and impurities from their skin.
Olive oil has been, always, the preferred Mediterranean oil. It is rich in oleic acids (perfect for dry skin), squalene, Vitamin E, K and phytosterols.
Chamomile has clinically proven anti-inflammatory and repairer properties. It is also considered bactericidal, anti-itching, soothing, antiseptic, puryfing, refreshing and hypoallergenic with the ability of neutralizing skin irritants.
100mL olive oil
25g chamomile extract (can take it from a tea bag)
1. Use a heavy pot that heats evenly. Place the chamomile extract in the pot and pour the oil over it.
2. Heat over low heat for 5 to 10 minutes. You want the oil to warm but not simmer.
3. Turn off the heat and let the rosemary infuse in the oil for 1 hour.
4. Strain into a clean, dry glass bottle or jar .
Cover tightly and store away from direct light or heat at room temperature for up to 2 months, or in the refrigerator for 6 months
You can add 10-20 drops of your favourite essential oil to the blend, once cold.
I personally like to use citrusy aromas for my cleansing oils, like sweet orange.