I’ve been creating my own skin care products with essential oils for quite a while now. One of the first things that I started to play with was face cream. I pored through countless recipes and tried a good number of them. They are all different and many of them are quite lovely! My problem though was that they always made me break out. I had never really considered myself to have oily skin because I hadn’t had many issues with breakouts since I left my teens. (Thank goodness those days are over!! lol!) But when I started to make my own face creams everything changed.
The pimples OMG!! They were everywhere! lol! I read the articles saying that you just need time to adjust and your skin will get used to it, but it never did. A lot of the recipes I’ve found seem to be for people with dry skin and tend to use a lot of carrier oils with higher comedogenic ratings like coconut oil, which is probably fine for a lot of people, but not so much for me. Learning about comedogenic ratings really helped me figure out what was causing the breakouts. In case you are wondering what that means here is the definition according to google:
tending to cause blackheads by blocking the pores of the skin
Comedogenic ratings are how various oils and emollients are categorized based on the degree to which they’re likely to clog your pores. Or, in simpler terms, comedogenic oils have a higher tendency to produce or aggravate acne and blackheads. So the lower the rating the better, especially for people who tend to break out. Coconut oil, which is a very popular ingredient in many home made skin products, is rated at a 4 which is fairly high. Facial skin is different than the skin on the rest of your body and has to be cared for specially. It tends to be a bit more delicate and pickier for a lot of people. As you can see here in this nifty chart there are many different ratings, and my goal was to create something with as low a rating as possible.
And so the quest for the perfect face cream began! It took many batches and many failures before I started to get it right, but I finally found something that works for me! I also tend to need more moisturization in the summer when I’m outside and swimming a lot, so I figured I’d add a little bit of sun protection into the mix just for some extra protection. There are many natural ingredients that have a bit of sun protection in them, and carrot seed is supposed to work well!
Ok, so to be honest there is a bit of debate as to whether carrot seed oil actually has as much spf protection as some people claim. I have seen claims that say around 28 spf but can’t find any actual research specifically on carrot seed essential oil. I had been testing out my carrot seed sunscreen quite a bit last summer and found it to work pretty well for me, but I don’t usually burn too easily once I have a base tan. So until I see some hard data I don’t want to claim it’s something that can’t be proven. Whether or not it actually has much spf, carrot seed EO’s are good for your skin anyway, so it can’t hurt to add a little! It does seem to have a bit of protection at least.
The melaleuca EO is well known for it’s powerful antiseptic properties and ability to treat acne; in fact most of the oils I’ve chosen for this recipe are antiseptic, cleansing, well known for their skin healing benefits, and help keep the blemishes away and your skin looking it’s best!
I’ve been using this blend for a while now and it’s been working great! Everyone’s skin is different though, so what works for me may or may not work for you. If you have been having issues with breakouts as a result of the home made creams you are making try this one out and see how it works for you. I hope you like it!
If you want a little more info, you can read about the comedogenic and irritant tests and ratings here:
Please note that they did test these on cute little bunnies.. and I’m totally not cool with that! Be warned it’s kind of sad for that reason, but if you like scientific data it’s very informative.
Here is a link to an article about animal testing and how to fight it by The Animal Alliance of Canada to make you feel better afterwards! lol! I’d love to hear about how your concoctions turned out! Don’t forget to come back and let me know if it worked for you!