I had just about given up on using the oil cleansing method until I mixed the oils with clays. Now, my face has found a wonderful, dirt cheap (no pun intended) way to wash the day off my face. However, I was still struggling to find a moisturizer that I could use at night before bed and in the morning mixed in with my mineral foundation. The answer came in the form of non-nano zinc oxide.
Zinc oxide is what you'll find in sunscreens and diaper cream. It has around a 20 SPF, and it acts as a wetness barrier. The non-nano aspect makes it a lot safer because the particles aren't so small that they sink into your skin. Apparently, this is bad for us when the particles are microsized. Because zinc oxide is a wetness barrier, it gives it a thickness when the summer heat is trying so hard to melt down your butters. Plus, it makes it dry faster in your skin and leaves you with a smooth, silky feeling instead of a greasy one.
When I started using my homemade sunscreen on my face while out swimming this summer, I began noticing that it wasn't drying out my face. In fact, it was doing the opposite. It was sealing in moisture and providing the SPF benefits. What a great way to moisturize. Lots of companies carry moisturizers and foundations with SPF, so why couldn't I make one for myself? My mineral foundation already has zinc oxide in it, so why not carry that on into my moisturizer? So that's what I did. Luckily, this also works as sunscreen, so it's the best of both worlds. :)
1/4 c. coconut oil
1 tbsp. beeswax
1 tbsp. Rose-infused jojoba
1/2 tbsp. non-nano zinc oxide
2 drops Lavender
1 drop Frankincense
1 drop Geranium
If Rose Absolute is too expensive for you like it is me, use rose petals in your work. Make your own rose hydrosols and infuse your oils to get those benefits from rose. Women have been using rose water and salves for hundreds of years to soothe their skin and manage aging. If you don't have rose, lavender, calendula, or chamomile blossoms would be perfect, too.
The essential oils of Lavender, Frankincense, and Geranium are perfect for nourishing the skin. They reduce inflammation and help prevent/manage the appearance of scars. They are also soothing and calming oils that aid in immunity. What a better way to incorporate your oils into your day?