The complete guide to homemade organic skin care part 2

DIY organic skin care for normal, mature, and sensitive skin!

Make your own organic skin care using 100% pure, effective ingredients.

In this post, I’ll take you step by step through which products you really need for a complete skin care routine (less than 5!), and which ingredients can help you customize a routine for your specific skin type.

If your skin is normal, mature, or sensitive, you’re in the right place. Suggestions for your skin type are below.

If you have acne-prone skin, combination skin, or oily skin, hop over to Part 1 of this skin care guide to find recommendations for your skin type. Part 1 also goes into more detail about making your own organic facial cleanser, skin toner, and natural moisturizer.

Here’s a quick summary of this article:

3-STEP ORGANIC SKIN CARE

Your skin may be your largest organ, but that doesn’t mean caring for it has to be complicated.

Skin basically wants to be kept clean, toned and moisturized.

That means your organic skin care routine can consist of:

  1. Facial Cleanser – Remove dirt, impurities, and dead skin so pores don’t become clogged, and skin can “breathe.”
  2. Skin Toner – Condition and tighten pores, so they don’t collect dirt or impurities and don’t produce too much oil.
  3. Natural Moisturizer – Replenish skin’s vital nutrients, essential fatty acids, and vitamins so it has the “building blocks” to keep itself healthy.

Before we get into which ingredients to use to make these products, let’s touch on something very important!

SAFETY NOTES: USING ESSENTIAL OILS FOR ORGANIC SKIN CARE

Essential oils can do so much to help protect, soothe, and even restore the skin… if you know how to use them safely.

Essential oils are highly concentrated. Safety is important if we’re going to experience therapeutic benefits without causing negative reactions (such as sensitization, phototoxic effects, or irritation).

Please don’t apply undiluted essential oils to your face (or anywhere on your skin).

I usually recommend using 3–6 drops of essential oil for every 1 oz (30 ml) of carrier. That’s a 0.5–1% dilution.

It may not seem like a lot of essential oil, but remember these are highly concentrated plant substances.

consider it takes about 50 roses to make a single drop of rose essential oil

When you think about it from that perspective, it makes sense to use a low dilution. A single drop of essential oil can create powerful effects!

Even at this low dilution, remember to keep essential oils (and organic skin care containing them) away from your eyes and mucous membranes.

And one more safety note before we move on to specific ingredients for your skin…

If your skin says, “I don’t like this!” in response to a certain ingredient or product, please pay attention. There are plenty of nourishing, organic options to choose from, so do yourself the kindness of finding one you resonate with.

Now let’s go over some specific ingredients that will nourish your skin type!

You can click on each ingredient mentioned below to learn more about it.

DIY ORGANIC SKIN CARE FOR NORMAL SKIN

5 Essential Oils for Normal Skin

Trust these five essential oils to keep your skin protected, and help it repair itself quickly when damage does occur. (It happens! Things like the sun, harsh weather, and environmental toxins can take a toll—even on healthy skin.)

Consider them your shields against issues like irritation, redness, fine lines, and wrinkles.

  • Lavender Oil (Lavandula angustifolia) – Perhaps the most famous skin care essential oil of all! Lavender contains linalool and linalyl acetate, components known to help skin maintain peak health and beauty.
  • Elemi Oil (Canarium luzonicum) – Steam distilled from a resin, elemi is helpful for small areas of skin damage. It’s excellent for restoring smoothness, an even tone, and for small scars.
  • Clary Sage Oil (Salvia sclarea) – Clary sage also contains the two main components in lavender (linalool and linalyl acetate), and can help clarify and tone the complexion to reduce breakouts.

Dilute these essential oils at 0.5–1% or less (3–6 drops per 1 oz of product) in facial cleansers, skin toners, and natural moisturizers.

Aloe vera gel and hydrosols are water-based ingredients. If you’re making a water-based product with no carrier oil in it, add Solubol dispersant to keep the essential oils dispersed through the product and protect the skin.

3 Carriers for Normal Skin

If your skin is “normal,” that means it’s well-balanced.

You need organic skin care that helps maintain that balance—keeping it moisturized, conditioned, and healthy.

These carrier oils do just that! They offer luxurious moisture that absorbs quickly.

Skin recognizes these carrier oils as “food.” They offer skin the building blocks it needs to keep itself healthy, strong, and resilient… so your skin stays balanced.

  • Rosehip Seed Oil (Rosa rubiginosa) – Rich in vitamins C and E, as well as essential fatty acids, rosehip seed oil helps protect skin from environmental damage such as sun, dehydration, and irritants.
  • Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis) – Jojoba is naturally balancing. It closely resembles the skin’s natural oil (sebum), so skin recognizes it easily and seems to drink it right in!

Use these carrier oils in a facial cleanser with aloe vera gel, castile soap, or hydrosols.

You can also use them alone, or blend them together to make natural moisturizer.

3 Hydrosols for Normal Skin

These hydrosols strike the right balance of hydration and oil control.

They’re cooling and calming (for things like heat and redness), while also supporting the skin’s natural repair process. The result is a hydrated, toned, and glowing complexion—even on very hot or stressful days.

  • Myrrh Hydrosol (Commiphora myrrha) – Myrrh helps us find strength and peace. It brings this quality to organic skin care, building skin’s health from within so it stays resilient, supple, and glowing.

Use these hydrosols in a facial cleanser with aloe vera gel, castile soap, or a carrier oil.

You can also use them alone, or blend them together, to make organic skin toner.

DIY ORGANIC SKIN CARE FOR MATURE SKIN

5 Essential Oils for Mature Skin

These essential oils for aging skin can help restore a fresh, supple, energized appearance.

On a deeper level, these oils work “behind the scenes” to encourage skin to repair itself, layer by layer.

They help you create organic skin care that targets issues like fine lines, wrinkles, a tired and lusterless complexion, redness, discoloration, and more.

  • Carrot Seed Oil (Daucus carota) – Carrot seed essential oil is one of organic skin care’s most popular stars! It’s used to restore a beautiful complexion as it energizes the skin’s natural repair process.
  • Myrrh Oil (Commiphora myrrha) – Protective and gentle, myrrh essential oil helps infuse tired skin with suppleness. Its sesquiterpene content gives it an affinity for reducing fine lines.
  • Helichrysum Oil (Helichrysum italicum) – Also known as “everlasting” and “immortelle,” helichrysum essential oil is used to help repair vulnerable, compromised skin. Deeply rejuvenating for fine lines!

Dilute these essential oils at 0.5–1% or less (3–6 drops per 1 oz of product) in facial cleansers, skin toners, and natural moisturizers.

Aloe vera gel and hydrosols are water-based ingredients. If you’re making a water-based product with no carrier oil in it, add Solubol dispersant to keep the essential oils dispersed through the product and protect skin.

3 Carrier Oils for Mature Skin

Skin needs essential fatty acids to rejuvenate itself, but the body can’t produce them on its own.

Carrier oils offer those nutrients—as well as vitamins and luxurious moisture—to help replenish a depleted complexion, restoring a firm, supple texture.

I often include these carrier oils in organic skin care blends for targeting fine lines and wrinkles, helping skin repair itself, and infusing very dry, chapped skin with moisture.

They’re even great for discolored areas and scar care.

  • Moringa Oil (Moringa oleifera) – A thick, rich oil that contains over 84% oleic acid! Moringa oil helps repair the skin’s health and create a smooth texture.

Use these carrier oils in a facial cleanser with aloe vera gel, castile soap, or hydrosols.

You can also use them alone, or blend them together to make natural moisturizer.

3 Hydrosols for Mature Skin

When the skin’s resources are depleted, it asks for support throughout the day—a regular flow of hydration and repair.

The hydrosols in this list give mature skin a “drink.” They’re rich with soothing properties that help it stay energized, dewy, soft, and healthy. Germs aren’t attracted to these hydrosols, either… a big plus in organic skin care.

I love using these as cooling spritzes on hot summer days!

Use these hydrosols in a facial cleanser with aloe vera gel, castile soap, or a carrier oil.

You can also use them alone, or blend them together, to make organic skin toner.

DIY ORGANIC SKIN CARE FOR SENSITIVE SKIN

5 Essential Oils for Sensitive Skin

Sometimes it seems like sensitive skin can react to just about anything.

And essential oils are highly concentrated. Using the wrong ones for your skin could cause irritation.

I’ve selected extra-gentle essential oils for this list! These five oils have a special affinity for the skin, and aren’t known to cause reactions. (I often include them in blends for children.)

  • Carrot Seed Oil (Daucus carota) – Carrot seed’s rich sesquiterpene and sesquiterpenol content contributes to its ability to gently, persistently even out skin’s complexion.
  • Frankincense Oil (Boswellia carterii) – Frankincense is a champion of organic skin care! It’s purifying to help reduce acne and encourages the skin to repair itself through and through.
  • Rock Rose Oil (Cistus ladanifer) – If your skin reacts easily to irritants, rock rose essential oil can help. It’s comforting for immediate and ongoing issues… even old, lingering ones like scars.

Dilute these essential oils at 0.5–1% or less (3–6 drops per 1 oz of product) in facial cleansers, skin toners, and natural moisturizers.

Aloe vera gel and hydrosols are water-based ingredients. If you’re making a water-based product with no carrier oil in it, add Solubol dispersant to keep the essential oils dispersed through the product and protect the skin.

3 Carrier Oils for Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin asks for a tender touch.

Carrier oils for sensitive skin should be light and silky, and rich with essential fatty acids, vitamins, and nutrients that give your skin the resources to protect itself from irritants and restore itself quickly after any light damage.

Here are three deeply moisturizing carrier oils that sensitive skin can recognize as friendly and replenishing.

  • Argan Oil (Argania spinosa) – Argan oil offers vitamin E to help smooth and strengthen skin. It does not clog pores and is my first choice for nourishing and repairing sensitive skin.
  • Cranberry Seed Oil (Vaccinium macrocarpon) – Cranberry seed oil’s balanced ratio of Omega-6 and -3 fatty acids, as well as vitamin E content, make it deeply nurturing, and useful for cooling and calming irritation.
  • Rosehip Seed Oil (Rosa rubiginosa) – An excellent anti-aging carrier, rosehip seed oil is rich in vitamins C and E, as well as essential fatty acids. It helps restore complexion and suppleness.

Use these carrier oils in a facial cleanser with aloe vera gel, castile soap, or hydrosols.

You can also use them alone, or blend them together to make natural moisturizer.

3 Hydrosols for Sensitive Skin

As you go about your day, your skin encounters all kinds of potential irritants… like the sun, wind, cold weather, pollution in the air, dehydration, and more.

Sensitive skin might even turn a bit red and uncomfortable if you eat something it doesn’t like!

Calm your skin with these hydrosols that soothe and gently moisturize.

  • Comfrey Hydrosol (Symphytum officinalis) – Comfrey hydrosol moisturizes very dry, cracked skin, and gently strengthens its natural ability to repair itself. Perfect for fine lines, scars, and discolored areas.

Use these hydrosols in a facial cleanser with aloe vera gel, castile soap, or a carrier oil.

You can also use them alone, or blend them together, to make organic skin toner.

I’d love to know how your organic skin care blends work for you!

If you make any of your own organic skin care using these ingredients, will you leave a comment and share your experience with me?

I’d love to know what’s working for you! Your comment could also help others who are making their own organic skin care and looking for insights.

Thank you!

About the Author: Karen Williams

Karen Williams, our head aromatherapist and lead product sourcer.

Throughout her 35 years as a registered nurse, Karen Williams was passionate about using plant-based medicine to support health & well-being. After extensive study in the field of aromatherapy, Karen made a career transition to become the co-owner, lead product sourcer and head aromatherapist at Aromatics International. She loves sharing the benefits of essential oils and natural living with others – and is proud to work together with her grown children and a wonderful team to deliver the highest-quality organic and wildcrafted products directly to your door.