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Essential Oils in Skincare

shutterstock_136205948At Mary Elizabeth we take great care in choosing all the ingredients we use in our products.  We always use vitamin rich plant oils and organic essential oils, all chosen for the specific purpose of the product

But why do we include essential oils in our blends? Well, throughout history, essential oils have been used to clear complexions, reduce wrinkles and to leave the skin beautiful and healthy. The properties in the oils haven’t changed over the years, and fortunately many of the oils are readily available, although some do come a significant price!

There are many beautiful oils with amazing skincare properties.  Over the coming months we will be looking at these essential oils, and at many plant oils, in some details in our blog feature “Oil of the Month”.  Tody I just wanted to briefly introduce you to a few of our favourites

1 Lavender Essential Oil

We just love Lavender and think it is one of the very  best  essential oil for great skin.  It is  versatile and safe, and so is suitable for most skin types.  It tones and revitalizes and can help with all sorts of  skin problems including acne, oily skin, dry skin and sunburns.

2 Geranium Essential Oil

This lovely essential oil has a beautiful floral scent, making it popular in natural beauty products. Not only does it smell great, but it’s also wonderful for oily skin, acne, cellulite and dull skin.

3 Rose Essential Oil

Rose Oil is one of the most expensive essential oils.  However due to it’s wonderful skincare benefits and amazing fragrance we just had to blend it with other great oils in our Frankincense and Rose Moisturiser.  Rose essential oil is one of the very best oils for  ageing skin and is also really beneficial for several skin conditions such as eczema and very dry skin.

3 Chamomile Essential Oil

Chamomile essential oil can be effective for conditions such as acne, eczema, dermatitis, very dry skin, inflamed skin and allergic reactions.  It is a key ingredient in our Juniper and Jojoba Hand Cream and gives the products its lovely woody/ herbal aroma which so many of you just love

4 Rosemary Essential Oil

Not only can this essential oil help promote better skin, it may  also ease congestion and is great to use in cleansers

5 Tea Tree Essential Oil

Tea Tree Oil is a real powerhouse of an oil.  Antibacterial, antifungal , soothing and nurturing . Our award winning Spearmint and Tea Tree Nurture Balm makes the most of its skincare properties

As with any Plant Oil or Essential Oil we cannot guarantee that your skin will like it!  Every skin is different and so you should always try any new product on a small patch of skin first .    Here at Mary Elizabeth we ensure that all our ingredients are on the label, not on a fancy box which you just throw away.  This means that you know exactly what you are putting on your skin

Do look out for further information on these, and lots of other lovely oils, in future Blogs

Take care

Cecilia & Claire x




Oil Cleansing method – How and Why


It seems that everywhere you look there is  advertising for oil-free skincare and cosmetic products   Whilst In some cases, this is for the best, and you should be careful in choosing which oils to put on the skin, using certain oils in skincare actually promotes clear, healthy skin.

Adding oil to skin that is already burdened with oil, makeup, and grime seems counter-intuitive.  However our skin actually needs oil to be healthy. Oil conditions skin, and, when your pores aren’t blocked, oil flows  out of them, cleansing the pores and lubricating the skin in the process. Unfortunately many skincare products  strip our skin of its protective coating of oil

We all know that oil and water don’t mix (try smoothing oil over your hand and sprinkling a few drops of water over it!) The water will roll off your hand and away, without being absorbed into your skin. Water is however is a key ingredient used to help cleanse the skin, and, although combining water with a lathering cleanser does clean the skin, it may also strips it of moisture further drying up clogged pores

While oil and water may be enemies, oil loves oil. When they meet two oil molecules will grasp each other in a tight embrace—they will bond to each other. The daily grime uses the heat of your body to blend with the natural oils produced by your skin, which then soaks into your pores and is difficult to completely remove with soap-and-water cleansers.

But introduce oil into the picture, and, amazingly, each newly introduced oil molecule will bond to what is already on your skin and help pull it out of your pores and away from your face, with the help of a clean, damp towel.

Using the right oils you have ideal cleansers. They condition the skin, making it feel more supple, and soften the hardened debris found in pores i.e. blackheads which are accumulations of oil and dirt that have darkened over time due to oxidization. Supple skin is less prone to dehydration and, in turn, less likely to develop fine lines.  Well-cleaned pores appear smaller and are less likely to become clogged or infected, which may lead to whiteheads and spots.

So,  this is how to use the oil cleansing method (OCM):

1. Select your oil or oil blend. Jojoba oil is a great oil to use in cleansing as it is most similar to the oil naturally produced by our skin and will not clog pores. Almond, Apricot or Grapeseed could be combined with Jojoba or with a little Avocado or Olive Oil.  The blend will depend on your skin but you could try   65% Jojoba oil for oily skin,  75% jojoba oil for combination and 85% jojoba for very dry skin with and 5% avocado oil, and 10% grapeseed oil, or extra virgin olive oil

Many different oils can be used. Oils that are unlikely to clog pores and cause breakouts (non-comedogenic oils) are best used for oily or acne-prone skin. Oils that are heavier are more nourishing and better-suited for dehydrated or dry skin types. (See our earlier blog “Pouring Oil onTroubled Skin for comodegency levels of some popular oils)

2 Combine oils in a clean glass bottle. Shake well before each usage as the different weights of the oils will cause separation.  This bottle can be stored in cool area away from bright light for about  6 weeks.

3. Cleanse. Often, it is enough to use the OCM once a week, but two or three times a week can produce superior results for oily, clogged, skin or for those who wear makeup daily

For skin with makeup:

  • Begin with dry skin.
  • Massage a few drops of OCM blend all over your face using clean fingertips and      moderate pressure. Be sure to massage over eyes as well—oils are excellent      for removing eye makeup.
  • Massage OCM blend into the skin ( we will blog soon on face massage techniques)  and then wash hands and let sit for about 30 seconds on skin. This will allow the oil to more fully break down makeup and grime.
  • Rinse 1: Use a clean washcloth dampened with warm water and gently wipe away oil and      makeup in a downward motion (to avoid pushing debris into your pores). Onceshould be enough.
  • Massage a few more drops of OCM blend all over face using clean fingertips and firm      pressure, focusing on heavily-clogged areas of face, such as the nose,      chin, and forehead.
  • Rinse 2: Be sure that your washcloth has been well-rinsed (or, use a clean washcloth      if you prefer), and soak it under warm-to-hot water. Gently sweep away oil      and grime using a downward motion, rinsing your washcloth as you go.      Usually two sweeps of each area is sufficient to remove all traces of oil,      makeup, bacteria, and oil.
  • Pat dry with      a clean towel.

For skin without makeup just one OCM blend application should do, using the technique for Rinse 2 above.

Your skin should then be left feeling soft, supple, and very clean.  Well worth the effort!

Hope you enjoy using this technique.  Obviously every skin is different so it may not work for you, or it may take a couple of goes before you see the benefits.  Do let us know your thoughts.

Take care

Cecilia & Claire x