With the cooler months now upon us we are spending more time indoors in heated rooms. We also enjoy the daily hot shower for longer or even take a deep soak in a lovely bath tub while the mist outside lingers on the doorstep.
I have certainly noticed that my skin feels dryer than usual and I find myself applying our KoruKai Face & Body Balsam every morning instead of the much lighter Elderflower Face Cream to provide extra nourishment for my dry skin.
I have compiled three nourishing oils that provide your skin with the extra care it needs over the winter months and give you some tips about making herbal infused oils.
Coconut oil has become a popular choice both in the kitchen and the bathroom. You can also use coconut oil as a general face and body moisturiser. It’s excellent on dry, flaky skin and can be used on irritated skin without any issues – it has natural antibacterial properties due to its high levels of lauric acid. Use as a lip balm or natural deodorant. We have incorporated it into our Men’s Lotion.
Avocado oil is widely renowned for being an effective treatment for various skin conditions. The oil has extremely good moisturising and nourishing compounds, making it an ideal treatment for dehydrated, sun-damaged, and climate-damaged skin. These regenerating and rejuvenating qualities lend themselves to avocado oil being a useful agent in relieving dryness and itching. It is the hero in our Avocado Face Cream along with Avocado Butter.
Studies in Japan have revealed that avocado oil can significantly increase the levels of collagen found under the skin. Our natural collagen becomes under attack as we grow older, and thus avocado oil has great potential in helping us fight the signs of ageing.
Our Face & Body Balsam contains Avocado oil as well as Rosehip oil.
Rosehip oil is known for its anti-ageing and repairing properties. It replenishes, rebuilds and hydrates the skin making wrinkles less visible and improving the skin tone and elasticity. Rosehip oil can nourish and hydrate brittle nails, making them stronger and healthier. Just massage your nails every evening during one week with Rosehip oil before going to sleep and see the wonderful difference it makes! We are a fan of Rosehip Oil and use it in a number of products: Face & Body Balsam, Rose Face Cream, Mum & Bubs Massage Oil and Rosehip Body Lotion
Herbal infused oils
We are a big fan of herbal infused oils. You capture the healing, softening, beautifying, nourishing properties of herbs and transfer them into a carrier oil of your choice.
We love to use certified organic oils and have found that sunflower oil works a treat and is not too pricey to break your bank. A small part of the oil is lost when you strain the oil after the infusion period, therefore go for a cheaper oil rather than rosehip oil for example.
Choose herbs according to your needs. Calendula, sage, rosemary, lavender, St John’s Wort, chamomile, kawakawa, kanuka are great herbs to infuse into a carrier oil. Some have antiviral (great for cold sores and shingles), antifungal (to fight athlete’s foot), skin healing (after a cut or for wounds use kawakawa and calendula) and beautifying properties.
We love the lavender for its beautiful subtle scent and calming qualities. It makes a great massage oil before bedtime. We used to rub it onto our children’s feet when they were younger to help them fall asleep easier.
Make your own facial oil
Making your own facial oil is pretty easy. All you need to do it combine your favourite oils, add an infused oil (optional) and a few drops of essential oils that you fancy. Fill it into a pump or dropper bottle and away you go.
I recommend using small amounts of essential oils first and see how you like it, you can easily apply a few more drops later on. For sensitive skin use an infused oil that gives you a subtle scent like lavender or rosemary rather than an essential oil and combine this with your favourite skin oil.
Pure Nature has an easy recipe for a nourishing face oil and they have all the oils on their website to get you started.