I have a severe couperose problem, not acne prone, no swellings, but just sensitive skin with varicose veins. I have noticed that my skin is not as dry as it used to be, but it is certainly aging as I am 42.
Also, I have lots of blackheads around my nose and chin area. Thus, in addition to oil blends I would like to make some cream to treat couperose.
I wonder whether candelilla wax suits better than beeswax, or any other emulsifier in my case? I like thicker formulas like ointments and salves.
Any personal experience which oils are most helpful for spider veins treatment? There are myriad of oils different sources list for for broken capillaries (such as rose geranium, juniper, helicrysum, cypress, rose, lavender, roman and german chamomiles, neroli, cypress, hyssop, evening primrose, rosehip, parsley).
Also, when I google the most potent oils for this problem, there is a controversy, and I get lost. I still get 6 to 7 different most potent. Is it true that it does make sense to blend only 4 oils and not more? Any suggestions for making an oil blend or cream to help my problems?
Many, many thanks in advance.
I think a salve could be a good choice for your skin. Here's a recipe you could try and see how it works for you...
- 1/4 cup Shea Butter
- 1 tablespoon Beeswax, grated
- 1 tablespoon Jojoba oil, Kukui Nut oil, Rosehip oil or Sea Buckthorn oil
- 1/4 teaspoon (or 1 capsule) Vitamin E
- 3 drops Helichrysum essential oil
- 3 drops Lavender essential oil
- 1 drop Roman Chamomile essential oil
- 1 drop Rose or Geranium essential oil
- Place the shea butter, beeswax and oil in the top part of a double boiler, warming slowly over a low heat until they're melted
- Remove from heat and add the lavender essential oil and vitamin E.
- Pour into a dark glass or PET plastic jar. Store in a cool, dark place.
Note: Increasing the beeswax will make the salve more solid, while increasing the oil will make it softer.
I have never had any success using natural waxes like beeswax to emulsify a lotion. That's why I suggested using the salve recipe above - you don't have to worry about it separating because there's no water in it.
The number of oils you use in a recipe is completely up to you. I myself find that a blend 3 or 5 oils seems to work best for me, but it's a very personal choice.
One of the great things about using essential oils is that, as long as you buy good quality oils and dilute appropriately, it's hard to go wrong. They're gentle and healing without any side effects or toxins. So don't let the choices scare you. Just try one thing, stick with it for a few months, and if it's not working, switch up the oils and try something different.
I hope that helps. Good luck!