My son’s had a very dry skin ever since he was born. It has always been a real headache to find products that would protect and repair his skin so that it didn’t turn into atopic skin. Just imagine what it looked like when he came back from summer camps and hadn’t applied any lotion for 2 weeks!
Of course one of the first products I formulated was for him! A change of body cleanser and this oil took care of the problem and since he’s been using it for several years, I can safely say that the benefits last.
If you only want the formula, let’s meet there.
For the ones who like details, I’ll explain first what we need to know to formulate for dry skin, then how I chose my ingredients.
Our skin acts as a barrier: it prevents the water in our body from evaporating and it blocks external aggressions like allergens. The barrier looks exactly like a brick wall with a lipidic cement.
Dry skin can be caused by external factors or a deficiency in essential fatty acids and it is characterized by an impaired skin barrier which causes transepidermal water loss and desquamation. In other words, the deficient wall lets the body moisture evaporate and it lets allergens in.
As a result, the skin not only dries out and flakes off but it also gets inflamed with red patches, swellings and itching. If nothing is done to stop the process, it might suffer from atopic dermatitis.
We act on several points:
- We can ingest borage and evening primrose oil to restore the essential fatty acids balance. Check with your doctor first, of course!
- We avoid aggravating external factors such as drying cleansers.
- We help repair the skin barrier with a topical application of lipids.
- We soothe the inflammation.
- We choose ingredients that will soften your skin and bring comfort.
- We seal hydration with an occlusive layer.
SWEET ALMOND OIL
Caution : it might not be for you if you’re allergic to nuts
Hemp seed oil
It’s one of my favourite oils – you’re going to see it often in my formulas! It’s rich in linoleic acid and alpha-linolenic acid and has an outstanding anti-inflammatory action. On top of that, it’s rich in phytosterols that will help repair the skin barrier.
It has many interesting benefits for a dry, damaged skin: antibacterial activity, regulation of sebum production and soothing action. Chaulmoogra oil has been used to treat leprosy, so it’s not going to be impressed by a dry or even atopic skin! Now, it has a strong personality and its herbaceous, spicy scent is not to everyone’s taste. The challenge is to formulate an oil that is effective yet smells good!
Patchouli essential oil
Well, the obvious reason is its scent but it has many, many other benefits:
- it helps with minor inflammation management,
- it has an antibacterial activity,
- it helps boost a compromised immune system,
- it’s skin nourishing and helps heal minor scars, sores, eczema, and surface wounds,
- it can help balance overthinking and worry and ease anxiety.
Sweet orange essential oil
Again, the obvious reason is its sweet, fruity scent but its action is also interesting:
- it helps with minor inflammation too,
- it has an antibacterial activity,
- it brings positivity and relieves tension.
Formula for 100 gr.
- sweet almond oil – 50%, that is 50 gr.
- hemp seed oil – 25%, that is 25 gr.
- chaulmoogra oil – 23,9%, that is 23,9 gr.
- tocopherol (vitamin E) – 0,5%, that is 0,5 gr.
- rosemary extract – 0,1%, that is 0,1 gr.
- patchouli essential oil – 0,35%, that is 0,35 gr.
- sweet orange essential oil – 0,65%, that is 0,65 gr.
Ingredients: Prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, Cannabis sativa seed (hemp seed) oil, Hydnocarpus laurifolia (chaulmoogra) oil, tocopherol, Rosmarinus officinalis leaf (rosemary) extract, Citrus aurantium dulcis peel (sweet orange) oil expressed, Pogostemon cabli leaf (patchouli) oil, citral*, geraniol*, farnesol*, limonene*, linalool*
* naturally occurring ingredients of essential oils
- Disinfect your work table.
- Disinfect your material and let it air dry.
- Weigh the oils and stir with a mini whisk or a glass rod.
- Add the essential oils.
- Add the rosemary extract and the vitamin E. Stir.
- Pour into the bottle.
- Make a patch test 48 hours before use.
The oil is fast absorbing and doesn’t leave any oily residue on the skin. Apply it on the skin after your shower when your skin is still damp and you can dress immediately after.
It has a fruity and spicy scent that both my son and I love. Mission accomplished!