When you have sensitive skin, you need to be careful what touches it. You can't just use any beauty product, because the wrong one will leave your skin angry and irritated.
Still, you want to up your beauty routine. Something that will give you skin a healthy glow. Have you tried using a face oil?
A facial oil could be the missing component in your skin care regimen. More specifically, you need to try using a chamomile face oil because it is ideal for sensitive skin.
The good news is that you don't have to spend a lot of money on a fancy store bought face oil. Instead, I will explain how you can make chamomile infused face oil at home with only a few ingredients.
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Why Use a Face Oil?
You may be thinking, "I already use a cleanser, moisturizer, toner, and mask, so why do I need to add a facial oil to the mix?" The answer is because they are more effective than many other beauty products.
Oils are lipophilic, so they can penetrate deep into the skin. They help to fortify and strengthen your own natural skin barrier. Water and other moisturizing goodness is sealed in, while toxins and other bad stuff are kept out. Some of these toxins can be a source of unwanted wrinkles.
Benefits of Chamomile Face Oil
You are probably familiar with some of the benefits of chamomile from drinking chamomile tea. It's soothing and helps you relax, but what can it do for your skin?
When you use chamomile topically on your skin it has a soothing affect. Its anti-inflammatory properties calm your skin and reduce redness and irritation in a matter of seconds.
In addition to its anti-inflammatory effects, it also has antiseptic properties. This helps fade spots, eliminate acne scars, and protect against breakouts. It also helps to treat skin conditions like psoriasis, dermatitis, and eczema.
Chamomile is packed with antioxidants which helps boost your skin health. This helps protect the skin from free-radical damage, accelerate cell and tissue regeneration, tighten pores, and slow down the aging process.
German vs Roman Chamomile
There are actually several types of chamomile, the most common being German (also sometimes called Blue) and Roman. Which one is best to use for your facial oil?
Both varieties are pain relieving, antibiotic, anti-bacterial, and sedative. They have similar uses including:
- Soothing skin
- Relieving inflammation
- Calming the nervous and digestive systems
- Flushing out toxins and allergens.
If you can it's best to use German chamomile. It contains chamazulene, which gives the oil its deep blue color and makes it more effective treating irritated or damaged skin.
Allergies, Drug Interactions, And Other Safety Considerations
Most people use chamomile without any issues, but there are circumstances where you need to be cautious. If you have any concerns, it's best to speak with your doctor.
Some people (especially those allergic to pollens like ragweed) are allergic to chamomile. Additionally, chamomile can also worsen those pollen allergies.
Chamomile also has the potential to cause adverse interactions or reduce the effectiveness of some herbal products and prescription drugs like:
- Anticoagulant agents and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
- Sleep-enhancing herbal products and vitamins
- Aspirin or non-salicylate NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)
- Hormonal birth control pills
Don't use chamomile if you have had cancers of the breast, ovary, uterus, endometriosis, or uterine fibroids. Roman chamomile also shouldn't be used if you are pregnant because it has been known to cause uterine contractions that can lead to miscarriage. It is not known whether chamomile passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby, so avoid using it if you are breast-feeding.
Read more about the risks here.
Chamomile Face Oil Recipe
Chamomile face oil is easy to make but it does take time for the leaves to infuse into the oil. Don't worry it will be worth the wait.
I've included Vitamin E oil to help make the oil more moisturizing and add lavender essential oil to give it a pleasant scent. Feel free to tailor the recipe so that as you see fit. It's fine to use different carrier or essential oils and you don't have to be exact with the measurements.
For homemade chamomile oil, you will need:
Put your dried flowers (1/2 cup) in the jar and pour in your carrier oil (suggested mix is 1/4 cup jojoba, 1/2 cup grapeseed, and 1/4 cup sweet almond oil). Make sure the oil covers the flowers. Close the lid securely.
Fill your pot about halfway with water and bring it to a rolling boil. Place the mason jar with the oil mixture inside the pot. The water should be going about halfway up the outside of the jar. Turn the temperature down to more of a simmer. Leave the jar in the simmering water for 30 minutes.
This simmer time shortens the time that the chamomile oil will need to infuse. If you don't do the simmering, the oil would need to sit and infuse for 1-2 weeks.
When it is time to remove the jar, be careful as it will be very hot. You will want to use an oven glove or thick towel. Shake it gently then set it aside. It needs to infuse for at least 24 hours.
After you have waited for the oil to infuse, you need to strain out the dried flowers. Line the strainer with the cheesecloth and pour the oil through to your bowl. The flowers will remain in the cheesecloth. Give it a squeeze to get out any excess oil. If you see any debris in the oil, it's best to strain it again.
Add your vitamin E (a dime-sized dollop) and essential oils (8-10 drops) to the bowl and mix. Then pour the oil into the bottles with eye droppers to store. If stored properly the oil can last 6 months to a year.
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How to Use Chamomile Face Oil
The first time you make the chamomile infused oil for the skin it's best to do a test to make sure you don't have an allergic reaction. Simply pat a couple drops on your wrist and wait 24 hours to make sure it doesn't bother your skin. You should do this test anytime you alter the recipe, just to be safe.
You don't need to use much of the chamomile oil on your face to notice a difference in your skin. Even a few drops once a day will make a difference.
Wash your face first. Use your normal facial cleanser or try this Chamomile face wash. You can use you hands to gently pat the oil on freshly cleansed skin.
You can also use the facial oil as a chamomile massage oil for your face or body.
Other Homemade Beauty Treatments
If you enjoyed making your own Chamomile face oil, you might also enjoy making other beauty products at home. These are simple to make and will save you money.
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