Friday January 27th 2012

Aromatherapy Skin Formulas For Summer Skin Care

Space explorers once considered plant oil extracts as a protectant for the skin from powerful sun rays in outer space. Thankfully we don’t need rockets for the tests!

It’s really easy to make yourself an after-sun, antioxidant, inflammation reducing formula that will prevent the premature aging that we’re aware summer sun is known to do. These formulas can be used in conjunction with your sunscreen if you like.
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The plant oils that can have the greatest effect are the CO2 extracts of Sea Buckthorn Berry, the deep orange carrot root CO2 oil calendula (which we didn’t mention in the recipes, but certainly could be used, German chamomile, German blue chamomile, chamomile, rosemary oil high in antioxidants and rose hip (not the carrier, but that’s good too!) The reason these oils are so interesting is that they’re all very gentle, and won’t irritate the skin, or make your eyes tear, and have a higher concentration of important nutrients that can help the skin stop, or at least slow down the skin’s aging process that sun can create.

Their gentleness allows them to be used in high concentrations in your recipes without the intense feeling steam distilled oils can cause. Each of these CO2 oils contains a great natural balance of phytonutrients that that may halt 2 important skin aging processes: oxidation and inflammation.

Damaging oxidative molecules are created when light rays alters the structure of healthy molecules in the skin. The molecule which has lost an electron becomes an oxidative radical and removes particles from other molecules(a simplified explanation, yes, but pretty well sums it up).
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The anti-oxidants found in these carbon dioxide distilled oils stops this process by giving up an electron to the oxidative radical.There are several “classes” of oxidative radicals, and that’s one reason a blend of antioxidant oils can be useful.

Inflammation is also a factor of sun exposure that is important to address. German chamomile CO2, and many carrier oils are also known for their inflammation-reducing effectsas are the CO2 extracts, but the Chamomile may be the strongest, It’s helpful to choose base oils with these properties for your recipes.

Don’t limit yourself if you don’t have all the oils mentioned; just using a couple potent antioxidant extracts can really help your skin after sun exposure.

Apply these blends right after you’ve been in the sun, and perhaps again later in the day for best results. They will leave a little color on your skin, but will absorb fairly quickly. ALSO, you can use these BEFORE sun exposure, as well as after, for even better protection.

Here are some recipes: For each ounce you make, start with a base of 1/3rd each Virgin Coconut, Tamanu and Rosehip Seed Carrier Oils. Then add the following: 35 drops (or 1ml) seabuckthorn berry extract, carrot root, 7 drops of rosemary antioxidant oil, plus 11 drops German chamomile, German blue chamomile, chamomile.

You can also mix and match the oils listed — as what are called “supercritical CO2 extracts”, they will not burn or irritate the skin as some essential oils can, and have very potent therapeutic properties. These blends also are at least as good, if not better, than anything you’ll find in the store, and you can make enough to last all Summer long on a fairly limited budget.

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