D | Ever since I was a little girl, I have always been interested in the magic of plant medicine. When I about eight or nine, we lived in a house with bushes around it that looked like small christmas trees with red berries. I would collect the berries everyday after school, mix them with water and pebbles, and bring them into the house, claiming it was my “Magic Potion.” Little did I know, I would really be making healing potions years later.
My own journey with my skin, acne, and post-hyperpigmentation always has me on the lookout for new ways to heal. In the last few months, I have been practicing (key word: practice) the philosophy, “Less is more”. My incredible facialist, Melanie Herring, and I always discuss how the skin knows exactly what to do to heal, we just have to stop interfering with the bodies incredibly regenerating abilities. Using less will allow the body to get in tune with what it needs to do and get the job done. With that said, I have recently been experimenting with using serums that contain less than three ingredients in them. My current favorite is a mix of only two ingredients, Evening Primrose and Sea Buckthorn Oil.
Sea Buckthorn Oil is one of my favorites. It balances and harmonizes the skin. One of its amazing qualities is that it is balanced in omega 3, 6, 7 and 9 oils, delivering a rich dose of essential + anti-inflammatory fatty acids, which also help to reduce redness. Sea Buckthorn is also potent in antioxidants and is known to regenerate skin cells to revitalize the skin. Containing high amounts of Vitamin C, A, B, and E, this oil packs a powerful healing punch.
Evening Primrose Oil stole my heart the moment I learned of its hormonal balancing properties. It’s also high in linoleic acid, an important unsaturated fatty acid that helps to keep our skin in balance and helps to prevent breakouts. When experiencing acne, we want to make sure that we are only using oils high in linoleic acid, and remove oils with oleic acid, as the lovely blogger Dawn Michelle teaches us at Minimalist Beauty. Our lipid layer needs to be in balance and often times when dealing with skin issues, particularly acne, there is a deficiency in linoleic acid, which in turn will cause our pores to become clogged. Evening Primrose is also known to balance the hormones, something many of us can benefit from.
DIY: Sea Buckthorn + Evening Primrose Radiant Skin Serum
Fill a one-ounce bottle with Evening Primrose oil, which you can buy at Mountain Rose Herbs. Add 30 drops of Sea Buckthorn Oil.
Use in the evening, mixing 3-5 drops of the Serum with 5 sprays of a plant-based Hydrosol to help the oils absorb into the deeper layers of the skin.
NOTE: Sea Buckthorn is quite pink and can make your skin look like an oompa loompa, so this is not the oil you want to use during the day. The color will disappear by the morning. Make sure to dab your face with a cotton ball before getting into bed and turning everything pink!