When we suffer from spots or acne, we tend to reach for abrasive products, believing that they will be the most effective for removing “dirt” and “oil”. However in reality, by trying too hard to scrub the skin, the skin defends itself by producing more oil still, obstructing the pores even further, and aggravating inflammation. In short, you get the opposite effect to what you were hoping for! Clean your skin gently with a suitable product, and pamper it afterwards with this serum.
The advantage of this serum is that it will penetrate the obstructed pores, treating them and soothing them at the same time. What’s more, the roman chamomile essential oil calms irritation and inflammation, while the aloe vera hydrates the skin and promotes healing. In short, nothing but goodness!
Which oil to choose?
Today’s serum is oil-based. This may seem counter productive, but certain oils are very good for acne-prone, oily skin. Before you get started, choose your oil from the four options suggested below.
Hazelnut oil doesn’t block the pores, it deeply penetrates the skin and helps regulate the production of oils. It is great for acne-prone skin, as it soothes and softens the skin, without leaving a greasy layer. It is rich in vitamin E (which is antioxidant and good for the skin) and in phytosterols (which reduce inflammation, promote healing and skin repair).
It is a little dry to the touch and resembles the sebum naturally produced by the skin, which is why the skin tends to react well to it. It is hydrating, anti-inflammatory and softening. It effectively rebalances the skin and regulates the production of oils, without irritating sensitive skin. It calms and heals the skin.
Hemp oil doesn’t block the pores and has effective anti-inflammatory properties. It equally protects the skin from free radicals, and promotes skin elasticity and softness. It is ideal for more mature skin, as it also has firming and anti-ageing properties.
As well as grapeseed oil’s ability to regulate the production of oils in the skin, it also has great cleansing properties. It can fight against inflammation and add a bright glow to the skin, thanks to the vitamin C it contains. It is also softening and antioxidant.
How to make it!
What you need:
- One of the above oils (hazelnut, jojoba, hemp or grapeseed)
- Roman chamomile essential oil (can be replaced with tea tree, frankincense or lavender essential oil)
- Aloe vera gel
- A dark glass flask (to protect the mixture)
1) Mix the essential oil with your chosen base oil, in a ratio of two drops of essential oil per 30 mls of base oil.
2) Transfer the mixture into the dark glass flask.
3) To use it, pour a pea sized amount of the mixture into the palm of your hand, and add a few drops of aloe vera gel.
4) Mix it in your hand and apply it to your face and neck.
Note: putting a little aloe vera gel on your hands rather than adding it directly to the bottle allows you to avoid having to add preservatives to the mixture. This reduces your list of ingredients!