The term Comedogenic as it pertains to carrier oils and essential oils is a determination of whether or not certain oils with a rating of 0-5 will cause your skin to breakout because of clogged pores. My skin is pretty resilient and I use Coconut Oil and Shea Butter in most of my skincare recipes. Essential oils on their own are non-comedogenic, but in most cases you will be using them with some sort of carrier oil. The types of commonly used carrier oils have comedogenic ratings from 0-5 based upon how likely they are to clog pores and cause breakouts.
Here is a breakdown of the ratings:
Here is a list of the most commonly used carrier oils and their comedogenic ratings:
If you end up with clogged pores and breakouts you can always use a deep pore cleansing mask on occasion and/or sugar scrubs or salt scrubs. The sugar and salt scrubs that I use contain a small amount of coconut oil, which helps prevent the sugar and salt from irritating my skin. The coconut oil can be replaced with Argan Oil or Fractionated Coconut Oil too. I alternate using them throughout the week.
Who doesn't love getting a facial from time to time? Did you know that you can do them at home with all-natural ingredients and essential oils? I didn't either, but I did some research and found a combination of several recipes that work great for doing an at home DIY facial. From start to finish, it will take about an hour to do. Enjoy!
Make sure that you face is washed using a gentle scrub. I like using a sugar scrub, you can use any combination of gentle essential oils for your skin type with the scrub. You will probably want to pull your hair back with a headband so that you don't get stuff in it too.
Then proceed to using a pumpkin enzyme peel to remove dead skin and unclog the pores. The consistency of the pumpkin puree, milk and honey should be thick enough to spread evenly over your skin. Let the peel sit on the face for 15 minutes and then drape a hot/warm washcloth over your face and hold it there so that the enzymes and steam will open your pores.
Use a deep pore cleansing clay mask that cleanses the pores and removes any impurities from skin.
Let the mask set for 15 minutes, but don't let it get crumbly on your face. You may need to adjust the balance of the apple cider vinegar and bentonite clay. Please note that the container and utensils used need to be non-metal because otherwise it will interact with the clay. After 15 minutes, hold the cloth over your face so that the steam will open the pores
A Honey Hydrating Mask after a clay mask allows for the moisturizing properties to better penetrate the skin, since all the impurities have been removed. Allow mask to dry on face for 15 minutes and then rinse it off with cool water.
After using a hydrating mask seal it in with a moisturizer. Use your normal moisturizer and massage it on your face by moving the hands up, never down. You never want to pull at the skin either. Even if you really want to, ignore the urge to squeeze or pop any blemishes.
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