When I was in my early 30’s I went to Paris on a long holiday. I was sitting outside a bistro when I noticed this extremely lovely woman sitting across from me. She was so lovely it was almost intoxicating. She was dressed casual but still looked as though she was from royalty, her mannerisms were delicate and yet firm, her skin was bare but it glowed as though she were a Greek Goddess … I simply couldn’t help but stare and take in her beauty. I really studied her thinking why can’t I have her kind of grace, her mannerisms and what about that beautiful glowing skin? I guess what intrigued me the most was she wasn’t a young woman but she also didn’t appear to be an older woman either.
Unfortunately , I’m not a very sly people watcher. She noticed me gazing at her with my mind just flowing with questions. She walked past me and then returned with a coffee and pastry. She set them both on my table and asked if she could join me? I nearly fell out of my chair with embarrassment. I apologized profusely for staring and offered her a seat. In her thick flowing French accent she asked me if I had a few questions for her … I was speechless. My tongue would not move and my body froze. She chuckled at me and told me to relax she will not bite. I sipped my coffee and managed to get one question out … “What do you do that makes your skin look like velvety ivory?”
In French culture, a lady should never use soap above the shoulders. A lady should anoint her delicate skin with lovely oils to protect and nourish it to bring out it’s natural beauty.
She further went on to tell me she was 70 years old! All I could say was I hope I look like you at 70 years old. We finished our coffee thanking each other for the company and went about our way.
This encounter has stuck with me ever since! That day, I decided that I was going to throw away my facial cleanser and anoint my skin so I, too, could glow like a Greek Goddess. While I was never able to achieve the glow of a Greek Goddess my new facial regimen had definitely made some dramatic changes in the texture, softness and yes, the natural glow of my skin.
What I Changed in my Daily Facial Care Regimen
I stopped using facial cleanser and started to cleanse my face with an organic, extra virgin coconut oil while I was in the shower. I applied a dollop of oil on my face, massaged it in using small circular motions and rinsed with warm water. After patting dry, I followed up by applying a blend of oils I mixed up to compliment my skin type. While my oil mixture has changed throughout the years I have yet to return to using commercial facial cleansers and moisturizers.
Are you interested in what my oil blend is?
A Nourishing, Anti-Aging Facial Oil
1 part Coconut Oil
1 part Avocado Oil
A few drops of Pure Organic Lavender Essential Oil
A few drops of Organic Eucalyptus Oil
Place all ingredients into the bowl of your KitchenAid and whip for approximately 6 to 7 minutes to make sure the oils have been incorporated. Place finished product in a dark glass jar.
Coconut Oil has been used for skin care since the dawn of time. It has been used by Asian women in Thailand and the Philippines for centuries as a facial moisturizer. The combination of anti-inflammatory, antioxidant (from polyphenols), anti-bacterial and hydrating properties help repair the skin barrier, traps moisture hydrating delicate facial skin.
Avocado Oil was used by Ancient Aztec, Mayan and Inca women who touted it nourishes from without as well as from within. The combination of omega-3 fatty acids, sterolin, antioxidants, lecithin and potassium help to heal sun damage, is excellent for dry and aging skin, softens skin and aids in age spots.
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender Essential Oil has antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Eucalyptus Essential Oil has anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties.
Nourishing, Anti-Aging Facial Oil is easily absorbed into the skin without leaving a greasy feeling and leaves skin feeling, soft, smooth and supple.
The Multiple Uses of my Nourishing, Anti-Aging Facial Oil
A Facial Exfoliant
1 TB of Sea Salt
1 TB Nourishing, Anti-Aging Facial Oil
In a small bowl combine ingredients and gently apply to face using small circular motions massage into skin. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
A Healing Facial Mask
1 TB Organic, Raw Honey
1 tea Nourishing, Anti-Aging Facial Oil
In a small bowl combine ingredients. Apply to face, cover with a damp, warm towel, close your eyes and relax for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
Have you tried making a facial oil just for you? I’d love to hear about it!
See you in the comments,