Creating a Rosehip Facial Oil
Rosehip...how I love thee...thou hast a lot of Vitamin A and doth makest my face so sweet.
But seriously, I have struggled with my facial skin ever since I hit puberty at 12.
I used Clearsil brand products like it was going out of style...any acid that promised to burn off all my blemishes (OK the commercials weren't quite that honest) would get purchased and then used. I pretty much destroyed my skin.
Then, when I joined the military, I just ignored my skin. Don't get me wrong I probably did some damage with those microbead soaps (not just to my skin but to the oceans) and some convetional make up...but actually nourshing my skin? Nope.
Thankfully, I grew up a bit more and decided it was time.
Enter Rosehip oil. This is packed with Vitamin A....the vitamin for healthy skin (if we wish to classify vitamins that way). It nourishes the skin and helps repair damage.
I love to use Rosehip oil when I wash my face. By infusing it with herbs, we get a power packed oil ready for action.
I chose Calendula and Lavender as my herbs because they are very soothing herbs...and I have redness on my face, which they will help combat.
When infusing Rosehip oil it is crucial to do a slow, solar-ish infusion. Heat can damage some of the healing properties of Rosehip oil, so it isn't suited for a heated method of infusion.
- 4 ounces Rosehip Oil
- 2 tablespoons dried Calendula flowers
- 2 tablespoons dried Lavender buds
- 1 tsp Vitamin E oil (option but provides additional benefits)
Place herbs in glass jar. Pour Rosehip oil over herbs. If needed, use a spoon or chopstick to ensure the herbs are covered. Put on lid and store jar warm place (but not hot...and not in direct sun). Shake every week for 4-6 weeks.
Strain the oil through a cloth (toss the herbs, they can't be composted with oil on them) and add the Vitamin E oil. Store in a dark amber glass bottle.
Face wash- put a dime size drop in your hand and rub on your face in small circle. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
Moisturizer - Use a dime size amount and cover your face.
Now, Rosehip oil can be quite pricey but your face deserves it! You can also try avocado oil or jojoba oil. You just want a nourishing oil that replenishes your skin.