Two months ago, I wrote a post about bath and body products for dry, sensitive and eczema-prone skin where I mentioned briefly about my skin condition and how I've been living with eczema for years. I also mentioned about using topical steroid ointment to provide fast healing of the dry patches but soon realized its side effects of thinning skin and easily irritated skin. Luckily for me, I have found a more natural and organic solution from a local store called Organic Supply & Co.
I have heard about using natural ingredients such as oils and magnesium sulfates in order to provide temporary relief and reduce eczema inflammation. Believe it or not, there is no pre-packaged bath salt sold in any grocery store or drugstore here and I've been looking for one online until I came across Organic Supply & Co, an Indonesian based store who sells natural and organic cold-pressed oils, raw materials and ingredients such as cosmetic bases and clays, additives and extracts, wax and butters. They even sell dried herbs, hydrosols and of course, bath salts as well — particularly pink himalayan and epsom salts. The moment I came across their page on Instagram, I couldn't help but to say perfect, this is the kind of store that I've been looking for!
For a beginner who never used oils before, I kinda sorta did a splurge...
First off, let me say that it was difficult for me to decide on which oils to buy. Their site has so many selections that makes me want to try every single thing. I finally settled down with my purchase of 3 carrier oils and a package of epsom salt. At first I wanted to buy 2 carrier oils and 1 essential oil but decided to do that for my next purchase instead. Why, I'm not sure. Maybe because I want to find the perfect carrier oil first before getting the essential oil that I personally enjoy.
Anyway, let's move on to the products I have purchased and been using for several days now.
Epsom Salt500gr Technical Grade
- A mineral compound known to provide a few health, beauty and even household benefits, epsom salt is known to reduce swelling and inflammation, relieves stress and pains, helps in detoxification and many other things. It can also be used as face exfoliating scrub and may help reduce acne. [/one_half]
- Add 2 cups to warm bath water and soak for 10-20 minutes. You can also add essential oils, 1/2 cup of olive oil or baby oil for added hydration. I usually add a few drops of carrier oil into my bath water and then use the water to rinse. Since I don't have a bathtub at home, I only use the water bath to rinse. I've incorporated this routine 2-3 times per week and have seen significant changes in my skin.[/one_half_last]
Hemp Seed Oil
100% pure cold-pressed oil, food grade
Type — carrier oil
- Perfectly balanced in ratio of essential fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, hemp see oil supports heart health and weight management, improves blood flow, boosts metabolism and improves immune system. Hemp seed oil moisturizes and heals dry, sensitive skin, hair and nails. It can also be used to treat acne, eczema and psoriasis.
- Skin suitability — dry and sensitive skin
- Can be used as massage or moisturizing oil or mixed into your favorite beauty products to add more hydration and enhance its effectiveness.
- For skin treatment, rub onto the affected area for fast relief and healing — this is how I've been using the product alone.
- 100% cold-pressed pure hemp seed oil has a weird smell that I find discouraging at first. It sure takes a while for me to get used to it. It is still not the best smelling though.
- I once tried using it as night time treatment-slash-moisturizer when I had breakouts on my T-zone. Although it calms my acne, I think this oil is a little too thick for my combination skin.
100% pure cold-pressed oil, food grade
Type — carrier oil
- Borage oil is said to be the richest source of GLA (Gamma Linoleic Acid), an essential fatty acid known to cure dry and itchy flare-ups caused by psoriasis and eczema.
- Borage oil can be applied topically or taken internally. Yes, you can consume it. I personally don't want to because the thought of it grosses me out.
- Can be used to treat short and long-term illnesses and skin disorders, PMS and menopause symptoms, fatigue, joint paints, stress and inflammation, etc. It can also be used to treat acne, hydrate and prevents wrinkles.
- Skin suitability — mature, acne prone, oily and damaged skin
- Like hemp seed oil, borage oil can be used as massaging or moisturizing oil or mixed with your favorite beauty products. It can also be used as night-time treatment especially if you need a quick TLC during the cold season. For people with oily skin, don't worry because I don't find this to clog my pores or anything but it does feel a liiiiittle bit greasy since it's not a dry oil.
- Likewise, for topical treatment, it can be applied onto the affected area several times daily because it sinks into the skin faster than hemp seed oil. It isn't drying by any means, though.
- I sometimes mix a tablespoon of borage oil and hemp seed oil for intense hydration and even faster healing.
- This oil must not be heated.
- Avoid internal usage aka consuming borage oil if you have liver disease.
- You might want to consult a GP first before taking borage oil internally.
- May cause allergic reactions in some individuals.
- Is colorless and a little bit lighter than hemp seed oil.
- Routine uses of borage oil will improve skin texture, suppleness and moisture content.
Rosehip Seed Oil
100% pure cold-pressed oil
cosmetic grade, unrefined
Type — carrier oil
- Unlike the first two carrier oils, rosehip oil is a cosmetic grade oil that has a lot of benefits when added to your skincare routine. Rich in vitamin A & E and essential fatty acids, rosehip oil is dubbed as the regenerative oil that can help not only relieves itch and dryness of eczema and dermatitis but also improves skin texture, reduce scarring, burns and skin discoloration. It can also be used on brittle nails and for acne.
- Makes a perfect addition to anti-aging products to help smooth out wrinkles and lines while providing moisture and hydration.
- Skin suitability — all skin types but is especially excellent for sensitive, dry and mature skin.
- Apply the oil all over your face as part of your skincare routine or only use it on the affected area. I personally don't slather this all over my face and only apply a drop or two on my acne and blemishes as well as dry, itchy eczema patches.
- By mixing a few drops of rosehip oil into my body lotions, I can assure you that they feel even more moisturizing — it's still light in texture but it leaves a hydrating feel on my skin which is really cool because daytime lotions tend to sink into the skin fast and sometimes, the hydration doesn't really stay.
- I also like to add a few drops of rosehip oil into my epsom salt bath water and dilute them altogether.
- Rosehip oil is a dry oil therefore it is light and quickly sinks into the skin. It is the driest oil among the three that I have. I find that the non-greasy formula makes it suitable even for combination and oily skin.
- Even though rosehip oil works on me, it may not work on you. Therefore, if you have oily/combo skin, it might be best to first test whether the oil clogs your pores or not.
- Make sure to pick cold-pressed rosehip oil instead because a cold-pressed one retains more nutrients.
- It is a delicate oil and can easily go rancid thus it is suggested to keep rosehip oil stored in the fridge or in cool, dark places.
- Even though it can reduce sunburns and wounds, rosehip oil does not protect you against sunburn.
Overall, these products work great and provide fast relief and healing for my dry, itchy flare-ups. Even though these oils work great in relieving my itch and inflammation, they may or may not be fitting for you because as always, different oils will work on different people and on different skin. The only thing I can validate is that oils do work on eczema and psoriasis-prone skin and it's definitely better to use natural ingredients instead of topical steroid ointments all the time — read more about the side effects of steroid ointments here.
The price of Organic Supply & Co. products may not be very cheap from but since they are made of pure and organic materials, I guess it's safe to say they are priced accordingly.
By the sound of it, I foresee myself in the future as someone who is going to be addicted with essential oils, maybe not for my face but for my eczema. Oils are magic! I'm not sure why I never tried them before, probably because the thought of slathering myself with oils is just....gross. Nevertheless, I have to say that experimenting with DIYs and oils will be an interesting thing I'm going to do often now. In fact, I'm thinking of purchasing lavender, spearmint, evening primrose and jojoba oils next.
* keep in mind that unlike carrier oils, essential oils need to be diluted first and may cause skin irritation when used undiluted
Below are some useful links for those who are interested:
- Rosehip Oil: Why you should buy a gallon of it immediately
- 20 Best Oils For Treating Eczema
- How To Treat Eczema With Epsom Salt
- Essential vs Carrier Oils
Your turn: do you use essential oils? If yes, are they a staple in your skincare routine? What kind of oil do you like?