Homemade Night Body Oil with Natural Plant Based Oils

Hello, everyone! Hope you’re day is off to a great start.

Okay, I’m going to start doing this as a weekly thing because I love helping people. Every Friday will now become DIY Friday! I will be sharing some of my favourite and trusted recipes for get skin, wellness, and everything in between.

As a person with extremely dry skin, I really need as much moisture as possible. However, I dislike the feel of body butters because they’re pretty thick. This night body oil is jam-packed with nourishing properties like omega fatty acids and antioxidants that protect the skin barrier from dryness. It also lightens pigmentation and scars, quickens the healing process of wounds, and leaves skin smooth and insanely soft. I suggest putting it on at night because some of these oils need a little extra time to really sink into the skin. But it’s so worth it.

Below I have included two versions of the body oil-a short one and a long one. The short one is cheaper to get the ingredients because oils can get a little pricey.

So, for this body oil to work, it should be used alongside a lotion. I love this one from skinfix because it’s lightweight and crazy nourishing.

As I also hate long intros, here are my secret formulas!

Short version of Night Body Oil

  • 4 oz dark amber glass bottle

Full Ingredients List for Night Body Oil

  • 4 oz dark amber glass bottle
  • 1/2 oz Avocado oil -smooths skin, high in vitamin E
  • 1/2 oz Macadamia nut oil- locks in moisture
  • 1/2 oz Safflower oil -heals wounds, soft skin
  • 1/2 oz Tamanu oil -Heals wounds, protects skin, tones body, helps with hyperpigmentation
  • 1/2 oz Hemp seed oil -antioxidants, omega fatty acids
  • 1/4 oz Kukui nut oil -smooths skin, gives nice glow
  • 20 drops Lavender essential oil -anti-bacterial
  • 20 drops Grapefruit essential oil -anti-inflammatory, natural preservative
  • 10 drops Cypress essential oil -reduces appearance of cellulite
  • 5 drops Carrot essential oil -helps with hyperpigmentation

Don’t laugh…I know the full one is pretty extensive. But this is my secret to soft skin. The order really doesn’t matter because they’re all oils. I also like to close the bottle and gently swirl it upside down rather than shake it.

And although this oil will last you a few months, you might be wondering why or how it’s any better than store bought ones.

Well, store bought ones tend to contain fillers and preservatives and you spend a lot of money on them. With this, you have at least enough to refill your 4 oz bottle two or three times. Or you can use the rest on other places like your hair!

Side note, if you want some nice lingering scent, I suggest using a few drops of geranium essential oil because it’s beautiful and fresh smelling.

And here is what the finished product looks like. It’ll look the same despite which recipe you use.

What are your thoughts? Do you already use a body oil?

This is Why Dry Brushing is Amazing for Your Body

Good morning everyone! I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend. Time to get back at it (for me, that would be school).

It’s also time to take your detox game to a whole new level.

Now, I’ve spoken about the amazing benefits of chlorella for detoxing the inside of our bodies but what about the outside?

What’s the largest organ in the body? Skin. What probably doesn’t get as much love as it deserves? Skin. What organ visibly reflects the results of toxicity?

That’s right. Skin!

How can you give your body some love while increasing blood circulation, reduce the appearance of cellulite, and get some soft silky skin?

By dry brushing of course.

With winter comes dry and flaky skin. And who likes that? As someone with severely dry skin, dry brushing has helped a lot. It’s exfoliating but without the mess. It’s the key to getting naturally softer skin.

What is Dry Brushing?

Dry brushing is the practice of brushing the skin with a specific type of brush. The proper way to dry brush is to start at the feet and move upwards to the heart. This process naturally tones, softens, and detoxes the skin.

The Benefits

Lymphatic Support

Dry brushing releases toxins caught in the blog and naturally detoxes the skin.

Exfoliation

By running a firm brush over the body, it removes dead skin cells and leaves skin soft and smooth without disturbing the delicate layers beneath. After dry brushing and a nice shower, applying lotion, oil, etc. sinks into the skin faster for better absorption. This type of exfoliation can be safely done daily because it’s not abrasive.

Fades Appearance of cellulite

Ah. Those pesky signs that show the world that we are human. How I hate those!

But all joking aside, brushing increases circulation to the skin which releases toxins. Cellulite is toxic material accumulated in your body’s fat cells. This will roll the, smoothing out their appearance and potentially reducing them appear smaller. (Fat cells do not disappear. They can only be smoothed out).

Increases Blood circulation

Once you start dry brushing, you’ll feel this warm rush flow throughout your body. It’s exhilarating and a great pick me up in the morning!

Tones the body

While it won’t give you amazing definition, it will tone the body enough to notice a nice outline and more defined muscles and curves. Why? Because it’s all about circulation!

How to Dry Brush

With short yet firm strokes, divide the body into parts (eg. foot to knee, thigh to hipbone). Always start from the feet upwards towards the heart. The stomach should be done in a circular motion as well as the chest. Skip over the boobs if you have them! This delicate area is too fragile for that firm brush and might lead to micro tears which are never fun. In the future, I will be posting a great recipe for what to do for increasing the circulation for this delicate area. For the arms, start out but brush inwards.

Taken from The Health Nut Mama

The best time to dry brush is right before getting into the shower/tub because the water will wash off any lingering dead cells and give you a nice, thorough clean.You can also add some essential oils like grapefruit to the bath to get a nice hydrated feel before going in with lotion. It will also let you apply lotion better!

I love going over each part of my body two or three times. This way I can make sure I’m hitting every part and getting rid of some dry skin.

How to Properly Clean Your Brush

Simple is always better. I clean mine once a week because I use it everyday. I use Dr. Bronner’s soap with a few drops of tea tree oil. Make sure to only soak the bristles for about ten-fifteen seconds face down in the solution. After this, hang it (again, face down) over a ledge. I use my makeup brush drying rack to dry it.

Last Note: Please do not dry brush your face. Your face is super delicate and does not need the same firm touch as the rest of the body.

I use this one because it’s made from plant fibres rather than boar.

This essential step in a great skincare routine will do wonders. It will change your life whether done daily or simply three times a week. It’s also a crazy cheap alternative to regularly buying exfoliators.

Top 5 Oils for the Face (and Why you Need Them)

 

Oils are your best friend. Or at least, they should be. With so many options, each high in vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, and other properties; they can aid your skin in any situation. 

In this post, I will tell you about some of my favourite oils to put on my face, and when I use them. Please be careful when buying oils–you always want something that is cold-pressed. This way, they keep all their good properties. Also, if you can, look for unrefined because this does not remove the colour, smell, and acids contained in the oils. 

1. Rosehip Seed Oil

Rosehip is first on my list because it has helped my skin for years. It was the first oil I have ever used and really got me into oils. 

As a natural derivative of vitamin A, it helps with pigmentation and general skin damage. This oil is pressed from the rosehip bush. The colour should be a beautiful reddish-yellow colour. It’s great for all skin types, especially mature skin and inflammation because it slows the process of wrinkles and redness. Because of its large amount of antioxidants, minerals, and acids–anyone can use and benefit from this great oil. 

Since rosehip is a dry oil, I love to use it in the morning. This stuff is pretty expensive, but it really does work. It’s amazing! I have tried a few brands but ultimately trust Kosmea Australia. If the oil doesn’t smell awful, it’s not pure rosehip. 

2. Tamanu Oil

If you have hyper-pigmentation or acne, this oil will be perfect. In all honesty, this oil is great for everything–cuts, rashes, bites, dehydrated skin, etc. I use Tamanu oil in my hair and all over my body.It’s just that good.

Tamanu oil is found in Vietnam from the Tamanu nut. It’s a powerhouse, completely covering scars, rashes, and wounds and in my opinion, is ten times better than coconut oil in about every aspect (except for consumption!).

Since it’s a viscous oil, it takes some time to sink into the skin which is why I usually only use it in my nighttime routine. Moreover, I actually buy a majority of my oils from a wholesaler because I use a large amount of them. But retail sizes can be found here.

3. Raspberry Seed Oil

If the smell or feeling of sunscreen does not sit well with you, raspberry seed is here to help! This oil is the only natural oil that protects the skin from both UVA and UVB rays with a minimum SPF of 28.

Bursting with fatty acids and vitamins, raspberry seed oil protects from free radicals the body is exposed to daily. 

As a natural sunscreen, I use this oil in conjunction with rosehip in the morning. 

4. Hemp Seed Oil

This oil is perfectly balanced and insanely moisturising. It’s great for consumption, roughly 70% is polyunsaturated fats and protects the skin’s outer layer. 

Hemp seed oil is so moisturising! I love using it in my morning cleanser (post on it coming soon). It’s perfect for dry winter nights like right now and also giving the chest area a little more love. 

Hemp seed oil contains omega fatty acids, protein, and even a little sun protection. The oil has a nutty smell to it, but has a deep green colour. It helps with the appearance of scars and if consumed, can boost the immune system. 

Depending on my mood, I use this oil day and night but generally during my night routine (I like to match colours). 

 

5. Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil is truly the best for mixing with other oils. Because it’s so mellow, and calming, it’s awesome to dilute essential oils like helichrysum and frankincense with. I absolutely love it.

As jojoba oil is noncomedogenic and the closest to our mimicking our skin, our bodies are more accepting towards this oil which makes it great for putting it on wounds. 

Generally, whenever I need a strong essential oil in order to get my body back into place, I dilute it with this. I also use it like crazy during the summer with some grapeseed oil. 

These are my top five oils that I consistently use on my face. What are yours?