Jojoba, Rosehip and Lavender Face Oil is my favourite evening moisturizer for face and decolletage (particularly for more mature skins) and it is so easy to make for yourself that I thought I’d share the ‘recipe’. All of these oils can be put directly on the skin and have wonderfully healing properties:
Jojoba is a fabulous oil that closely resembles human sebum, an oily skin moisturiser produced by the sebaceous glands, and penetrates the skin extremely well. Jojoba comes from the seed of a shrub (Simmondsia chinensis) that is native to southern Arizona, southern California, and northwestern Mexico. Native Americans extracted the oil from jojoba seeds to treat sores and wounds and today it is often used to treat cold sores, acne and psoriasis.
- Rosehip oil comes from the seeds of a specific variety of rose, Rosa aff. rubiginosa or Rosa moschata and has the properties of being anti-aging, combating photo aging, reducing scarring and promoting skin regeneration. The anti-aging benefit from using rosehip oil on your face comes about due to its antioxidants and the oil’s ability to penetrate into deeper layers of skin. Photo-aging on the face from skin damage due to UV rays vary from spots to wrinkles and discoloration; the combination of properties in rose hip oil seems to combat the damage. The essential fatty acids in rosehip seed oil can help reduce scarring and promote skin regeneration.
- Lavender is considered the most useful and versatile essential oil for therapeutic purposes. It is most often used for burns and healing of the skin, but it also has antiseptic and analgesic properties which will ease the pain of a burn and prevent infection. Lavender also has cell protecting properties which promote rapid healing and help to reduce scarring. Lavender’s calming and soothing properties mean that it is also commonly used as a sleep aid.
You can purchase all of these oils from Go Native or other stockists.
I use a 30ml pump bottle that I have previously bought Jojoba oil in but you can use any bottle you like – a decorative one if you are making this for a gift.
The recipe is simple: use a ratio of about 10% rosehip oil to jojoba oil and then add about 30 drops of lavender oil. Shake and it is ready to use.