☆ January 17, 2011
This post is so overdue. Like three years overdue! I get a lot of email from people wondering what I do for my skin and how I keep it moisturized in this dry clime. The answer is ridiculously simple and cheap. I don’t use commercial face creams or lotions. None at all. I moisturize with cold-pressed oils in their raw and purest form.
My daily moisturizer is cold-pressed pure jojoba oil (pronounced ho-ho-bah). Jojoba oil has a molecular structure that is extremely similar to the oils our bodies naturally produce. Thus, jojoba assimilates into the body smoothly and is absorbed quickly. My skin loves it. So does my wallet ~ it’s extremely inexpensive. And so does the planet, because I buy it in bulk and don’t go through all those little jars and plastic bottles like I did when I used regular face creams and body lotions.
I started using cold-pressed oils as my primary moisturizer when I was 24, so…. NINE years ago. This has been my regimen for nine years. Gah, that makes me feel old. And yet I look young!
I have experimented with several different brands along with different oils and would suggest anyone do this to find the right match for their skin. Jojoba oil from Mountain Rose Herbs is my main standby. I have also used apricot kernel oil and currently use kukui nut oil on occasion ~ these are slightly heavier oils that I use when I need a deeper, richer moisturizer, usually at night in the wintertime. Cold pressed olive oil is a great everyday moisturizer, too. I promise, you won’t smell like food.
I also use cold-pressed shea butter on my face after a sunburn (rare) or windburn (sometimes it can’t be avoided). Shea butter is a thick butter that melts as it hits the skin, and it is absorbed more slowly. It’s not something I’d put on my face right before work or a date, but it’s a very nourishing treatment when you’re just sitting around watching a movie or something. Sometimes I use it just around my eyes and on my lips for a deep moisturizing treatment. It’s also great for hands and cuticles. Though the best cuticle treatment, which I recently discovered, is Liquid Lanolin. I put this stuff on Daisy’s teats to help keep them moisturized and conditioned in the wintertime, and found it has done wonders for my cuticles, too!
Cold-pressed oils have not been heated, and these are the only oils I will use on my skin. They have not undergone heat treatment during the extraction process, nor been heated as a result of friction during the extraction process, nor heated after extraction during processing. They are pure, raw oils. We are pure, raw beings, and to me, it only makes sense to use a similar product on my skin. Our skin is our largest organ, and the popularity of dermal patches proves that what we put on our skin goes into our body. I don’t want synthetics, dyes, artificial fragrances, or petroleum products in my bod! And, contrary to what the commercials will tell you, I know I don’t need any of that stuff to have great skin.
Because they are cold-pressed, these oils are not inert and “stable” ~ they will spoil if left in the heat or sunlight for long periods of time. I keep the bulk bottles in my fridge (I usually buy the 16oz bottles which last a very long time), and have small amber and cobalt glass bottles out for daily use which I refill as necessary.
I often add a few drops of essential oil to these bottles to create natural, custom scents. While I keep a bottle of jojoba oil unscented for my face, I have bottles with spray diffusers which I infuse with essential oil and use on my body (I don’t use commercial lotion on my body, either). I love the scent of jasmine and bought a teeny tiny vial of jasmine essential oil ~ it’s crazy expensive! But it, too, lasts for ages. Three drops of jasmine in one of the larger glass bottles infuses the oil with a gorgeous, discreet fragrance. NOTE: Before using essential oils on the skin, do read up on safety and dilution ratios. Here’s a place to start.
See? So simple! So easy! Budget-friendly and luxurious all at once! So, go forth and moisturize. And don’t forget your neck. Every time you moisturize your face, moisturize your neck as well!