GRAPE SEED OIL
ELINA ORGANICS SKIN RENEWING OIL BLEND
You can create different aromatherapeutic blends using certain plant oils as carrier oils and blend them with essential oils. For face formulations, I do not suggest to exceed the amount of essential oils over 1%. To simplify, use 99 parts of carrier and 1 part of essential oil, combined. We need to remember that essential oils should not be used topically without dilution (except tea tree oil). So, in this particular interview, I would like to discuss the properties of plant oils (carrier oils) used in beauty formulations as an emollience.
Oils can be beneficial not only for dry complexion but for normal and even oily skin. Some oils can be universally used for every complexion. For example, cold-pressed grape seed oil is light when you apply it on your skin. It penetrates easily and does not leave a greasy film. It contains Omega6 fatty acids and Vitamin E which are powerful antioxidants with skin-restoring and anti-aging properties. Omega6 fatty acids are very important for skin health. They nourish the skin and support its protective barrier. Grape seed oil contains Linolenic Acid which is a known beauty nutrient that helps to not only improve the appearance but also helps to heal and calm the skin.
Overall, grape seed oil helps not only to condition the skin but also to heal, calm, reduce hyperpigmentation and discolorations from scars and stretch marks. Into grape seed oil, you can add different essential oils to create formulas for different complexions. For example, if you wanted to make a face oil blend for dry and aging complexion, you could add up to 1% of essential oils like rose, ylang-ylang, and sandalwood. All which have rejuvenating, anti-wrinkle, and skin firming properties.
In the Elina Organics formula of Skin Renewing Oil Blend I use Grape Seed oil infused with Rose Hips and White Truffles. Rose hips are the best natural source of Vitamin C. White Truffles are high in antioxidants that deliver anti-aging, skin protective benefits and also helps to hydrate and heal the skin. I also use in this formula Sea Buckthorn Oil which nourishes the skin with beta certain (pre-cursor of Vitamin A), and other skin-restoring phytonutrients. I complete this formula with the classic anti-wrinkle blend of essential oils of jasmine, chamomile, and ylang-ylang, which delivers a soothing and sensual aroma.
ELINA ORGANICS SAHARA SOUFFLÉ
I also would like to make sure that people understand that oils by themselves can not hydrate the skin because oils are 100% fat. Very often people say that you can moisturize with oils. Oils can not moisturize but they can help to seal your moisture into the skin and protect it from being stripped by cold winds, excessive heat, and other environmental hazards. That is why I don’t believe it is a good idea to completely substitute your moisturizer by using an oil blend. However, oils can enhance the property of your moisturizer by applying the oil over it to seal and protect your skin if you are in harsh conditions. For that reason it is best to choose heavier oils which do not penetrate the skin well and will stay on the surface to produce a protective oily film over your skin, I suggest avocado oil.
Avocado oil contains over 20% of essential unsaturated fatty acids. It is a blend of beauty nutrients like beta keratin, lecithin, Vitamin D and E, Linoleic and Oleic Acids. It helps to increase the water-soluble collagen content of your skin. It even offers moderate protection from UV exposure. I like to use avocado oil in transparent masks which people can leave on for an entire day and night for more hydration and nourishment.
In the Elina Organics Sahara Souffle, I use avocado oil in combination with hydrating and restoring ingredients like Camels Milk, Snow Mushrooms, Shea Butter, and Almond Oil infused with Carrot Seeds. I suggest using this leave-on mask for dry and delicate complexions.
ELINA ORGANICS RESTORING DEW ELIXIR
When it comes to oily skin many people for a long time tried to stay away from oils. You can even find that claim on many labels that say “oil-free”. I am glad that more and more professionals are starting to understand that is not the right approach. If you do not nourish oily complexion properly and over-dry it, your oil glands in the skin will compensate and overproduce oil which will cause breakouts and excessive shine. People with oily complexion need to be careful with the application of heavy oils like olive oil, cocoa butter, etc. However, they can really benefit from lighter oils like almond oil.
The carrier oil of almond contains up to 60% of Oleic Acid and 25% of essential unsaturated fatty acids. It also has up to 1% of sterolins and vitamin E. Sweet cold-pressed Almond Oil is lightweight and offers antibacterial and anti-fungal properties which is helpful for acne-prone complexion. It is a beautiful carrier oil and aromatherapeutic blend for any complexion. If you use just a couple drops of this oil over the oily skin, it will not clog your pores. For problem complexion, I suggest to use it in combination with Tea Tree Oil, Peppermint, and Turmeric essential oils. As a formulator, I never exceed oil content in formulations for oily skin above 20%. I like oily people to be able to nourish their skin with light and breathable lotions which do not leave a greasy film over the skin but still support the epidermis with beneficial oils.
In Elina Organics Restoring Dew Elixir I use Almond and Grape Seed oil in combination with Fulvic and Mandelic Acids which helps to energize the skin, prevent breakouts, and improve skin texture while reducing scarring. It is also enriched with skin-restoring hormone-balancing botanicals like red clover and antibacterial willow bark extract.