Using Plant Based Oils

May 2019

Facial oils/serums are having a massive increase in their popularity and many high end companies are charging a lot of money for their oils. Having run a large number of Botanical Skincare workshops recently, I thought that I would share some of my insights that I have discovered from watching lots of women trying out lots of different oils on their skin.

Firstly and most importantly, everybody’s skin is different and reacts differently to oils. Actually, this might seem pretty obvious but it never fails to surprise me at the workshops how different the response is. We will be trying out an oil and someone will be expressing delight at how well the oil is being absorbed and how it is feeling, and the person next to them will be shaking their head and saying that the oil is still sitting on the skin not absorbed at all. This is an extremely important thing to think about when buying that expensive serum with all those wonderfully exotic ingredients – it might not be the best combination of oils for you. I had feedback recently from one of my workshop participants, who said that the facial oil she created at the workshop was the only facial product that she had ever been able to use without getting a reaction from it and she had spent a fortune buying different products over the years.

Secondly. Oils can be used on all types of skin. When I first started using oils, I thought that they were so effective because my skin was very dry and aging. In fact, at the start (and now sometimes in the winter), I would find my skin seemed to just keep absorbing as much oil as I kept putting on it. From my workshop experience, I have now seen women with all sorts of skin make a facial oil that suited them perfectly. My 21 year old daughter who has very oily skin has been my latest convert. She had bought a face cream from Lush (at least they are natural – she said) and I took that as a challenge to create something that she could use. We created a facial oil using grapeseed oil, argan oil and some other oils and she is very happy with it. Well, actually, what she said was that her skin feels much the same as it did on the Lush cream, but that it doesn’t get the awful dry feeling she used to get in the afternoons. So, I am taking it as a win!

Thirdly. I love, love , love hemp oil. We have only just recently been able to buy hemp seed oil in New Zealand and so I have been experimenting with it lately. It absorbs so well in to almost all skins and is great for mature and dry skin and eczema. In fact, it is probably the only oil (out of the 18 that we try at the workshop), that works well for everyone (so far).

Fourthly. If you can work out an optimal facial oil recipe then you can create your own facial serum for a fraction of the cost of buying one.