Calendula Face Oil Recipe for Natural Anti-Aging Skin Care
Learn how to make a natural calendula face oil recipe and discover calendula benefits for skin. This easy skin care recipe helps moisturize and nourish the skin and can help prevent acne and the signs of aging. Customize your calendula oil for your face based on your skin type by using different carrier oils and essential oils for their specific benefits for the skin.
It’s now easier than ever to add plant based skin care products to your daily beauty regimen! Better yet, when you craft your own calendula face oil, you can also customize your skin care products to match your skin type — so you always have beautiful, glowing skin!
The first time I heard about using a face oil I thought that it must only be for people with dry skin and who have never had a zit in their lives. My skin is prone to acne, especially hormonal acne, so the thought of adding extra oil made me cringe a little.
However, the more I read about it and the more I learned about carrier oils and essential oils, the more I was willing to try it. I’ve been using my own homemade skin care recipes or buying natural skin care products for many years now. I take very good care of my skin, which is probably why I look a lot younger than I actually am.
I added a single oil to my daily skin care routine several years ago. The results were almost immediate, and now I can’t imagine not using an oil twice a day. The oil helps keep my skin feeling and looking better. If anything, it has helped reduce my acne when I choose the right carrier oils and essential oils for my skin type.
The first time I made a face oil, I just used one carrier oil so I could try it. Then I started adding essential oils and mixing carrier oils. Finally, I tried infusing the carrier oils in herbs. This calendula face oil is one of my favorite DIY natural skin care recipes. I hope that you enjoy it as much as I do!
How to Make A Calendula Face Oil for Its Benefits for Skin
Why A Face Oil Should Be Part of Your Skin Care Routine
You probably use a moisturizing cream or lotion at the end of your skin care routine. These are a must for most women to keep the skin moisturized. Both creams and lotions are made with oil and water, so the oils are very diluted versus using just a carrier oil on your skin.
Carrier oils have different fatty acid compositions, and the oils have different benefits for your skin. When you apply a few drops of a carrier oil directly on your skin, you get more of the benefits of the oil than you do when it’s diluted in a moisturizer.
Carrier oils also have vitamins and minerals in them, which can promote skin health. When you apply an oil, it forms a barrier on top of your skin. This barrier helps lock in moisture and keeps the vitamins and minerals from the oil in your skin for longer periods of time.
The top layer of your skin is oil based. This helps trap water in your skin and prevents germs from entering. When your skin doesn’t have enough natural oil, your skin can look dull, dry, and may even be sensitive or red.
Some carrier oils are dry oils, so they soak into your skin quickly. I prefer to use dry oils because they soak into the skin quickly so I can move on to the rest of my skin care routine and apply my makeup without waiting for them to soak into my skin.
How to Use a Face Oil
There’s some debate in the skin care world as to when you should use a face oil, before or after moisturizer. Both sides agree that you should wash your face and tone your skin first. You can then use a serum, moisturizer, and then add oil to lock in all of your ingredients. The other side says to use a face oil after your serum and then use a moisturizer. Personally, I add it to my serum and let it soak into my skin before I use a moisturizer.
It’s recommended that you use up to 4 drops of this calendula face oil twice a day. I use 2 drops twice a day in the summer and 4 drops twice a day in the winter when my skin gets dry.
Calendula Benefits for Skin
I use calendula often in natural skin care recipes. It has some natural antiseptic properties and can kill bacteria and fungi, so it may help prevent acne. It’s also naturally anti-inflammatory and can promote skin healing. It’s a gentle herb, and it’s well tolerated by most skin types, including sensitive skin. Therefore, a calendula oil infused face oil makes a lovely addition to your natural skin care routine. (Be sure to check out my other calendula infused skin care recipes at the end of this post for more ways to incorporate the calendula benefits for skin into your daily beauty regimen.)
Carrier Oils You Can Use to Make a Calendula Face Oil
I mixed three carrier oils to make my calendula oil infusion to create a calendula face oil. Each oil has specific benefits that I wanted for my skin. You can use just one of these oils or combine them like I did.
I like using grape seed oil for my skin because it’s a light oil that soaks into the skin quickly. It’s naturally antimicrobial, so it can help prevent acne and blemishes. It has vitamins A and C, both can help improve skin elasticity to reduce the signs of aging.
Jojoba oil is an excellent oil for acne prone skin. It’s actually a wax, and it’s very close to the sebum that your skin naturally produces. It “tricks” your skin into thinking that it has enough sebum, so it produces less. This can help reduce acne because you don’t have excess oil to clog pores. Jojoba is said to boost collagen production to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
Argan oil is also a dry oil, so it soaks into the skin quickly. It’s high in antioxidants that can neutralize free radicals to prevent the signs of aging. It’s anti-inflammatory and antibacterial, so it is an excellent carrier oil for acne prone skin.
These are my favorite carrier oils for my skin, but you can choose other oils based on your skin’s needs. Don’t be afraid to mix oils, too. I like to mix a dry oil like grape seed oil with a heavier oil like jojoba for the benefits of both oils without being too oily for my skin.
You can also mix oils to save money with expensive oils. Jojoba is a more expensive oil, but grape seed oil is fairly inexpensive. Combine them to make your expensive carrier oils last longer.
Rosehip seed oil is a popular carrier oil for the skin, especially the face. It’s a great oil for anti-aging or for dry skin because it is said to promote skin regeneration and nourish the skin. It’s said to firm the skin and boost elasticity to combat the signs of aging. I’ve used rosehip seed oil to create an anti aging serum recipe for maturing skin, acne and eczema with great results.
Tamanu oil is not a common oil, but it’s great for acne prone skin. It has essential fatty acids that deeply moisturize the skin. It’s naturally antibacterial and helps reduce inflammation.
Evening primrose oil has linoleic acid to unclog pores by dissolving oil and other debris that gets trapped in pores. It can also reduce redness.
Avocado oil is a heavier oil, so I like mixing it with other oils. It’s high in vitamins A, D, and E to moisturize the skin. It’s also high in antioxidants to prevent the signs of aging. The sterolin in avocado oil can help heal damage from the sun and reduce age spots.
Pomegranate seed oil isn’t a common carrier oil, but it can help promote skin cell regeneration. It also helps prevent damage from UVB rays from the sun.
Sweet almond oil is an inexpensive oil. Like the food, the oil is full of good fats that help moisturize your skin. It’s high in proteins, fatty acids, proteins, and vitamin E for skin health.
How to Infuse Calendula With a Carrier Oil
To create my calendula face oil recipe, you’ll first need to make calendula infused oil. Do this by filling a mason jar about half full with dried calendula. Cover the dried flowers with a carrier oil.
You’ll need 2 ounces of infused oil to make this calendula infused face oil, so make sure that you infuse at least 3 ounces of oil to allow for some waste when you strain it. Let sit for two weeks to infuse. Gently shake it every day to ensure that it infuses well. After two weeks, strain out the oil through cheesecloth. Reserve the oil and discard the flowers. (You can discover more detailed instructions on how to make a calendula infused oil here. There are directions for making a calendula oil infusion using both a warm infusion method and the solar infusion method.)
I used two parts of grapeseed oil to 1 part jojoba oil and 1 part argan oil. These don’t need to be exact measurements; you just want to be sure that you have more oil than you need. You can use leftover calendula infused oil in other recipes.
If you don’t want to make your own calendula infused oil, there are various options to buy it instead. Here are a few:
- Calendula Infused in Sweet Almond Oil
- Calendula Infused in Grapeseed Oil
- Calendula Infused in Sunflower Oil
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Using Essential Oils to Customize Your Calendula Face Oil
Simply Earth Clear Skin Essential Oil Blend
I used the Simply Earth Clear Skin Blend. It was formulated to reduce redness and keep the skin looking clear.
It’s a blend of:
- Tea Tree
- Juniper Berry
I love using blends because it’s just easier. This is a great blend from Simply Earth that I use often for skin care recipes. Just a heads up that they have free shipping a $29, so if you get the Clear Skin blend plus one more oil, you’ll get it shipped free.
Beauty Within Essential Oil Blend
I also really like their Beauty Within Blend. It’s formulated to promote anti-aging and reduce the appearance of fine lines and brighten skin.
It’s a blend of:
You can also use a single essential oil or create your own blend. If you do use a blend, be sure to create a master blend in a separate container or use only the recommended number of drops so that your calendula face oil is properly diluted.
Other Essential Oils You Can Use to Make Calendula Face Oil
Lavender essential oil is one of the most common essential oils for skin. It’s naturally anti-inflammatory and can reduce redness and promote skin healing. It’s a gentle oil, so it’s safe for more skin types.
German chamomile essential oil has azulene, which is a natural substance that can reduce inflammation and boost moisture levels in the skin. Like the plant, chamomile essential oil can trigger ragweed allergies, so do not use it if you are allergic to ragweed.
Although it’s not a common essential oil for skin, sandalwood is also a good choice. It helps add moisture to your skin and reduces inflammation.
Clary sage essential oil is good for oily skin. It has geranyl and linalyl acetate to control oil production. It can help reduce acne while reducing the signs of aging.
Along with lavender, frankincense might be the most common essential oil for skin. It’s good for most skin types because it has lipids to moisturize the skin while also helping to combat oily skin and prevent acne.
Neroli essential oil is one of more expensive essential oils, but it’s amazing for skin. Neroli is antibacterial, which can reduce acne breakouts. It also helps balance sebum to help reduce blemishes. It’s high in antioxidants that neutralize free radicals that cause the signs of aging.
Lemon essential oil is a natural anti-inflammatory. It helps reduce free radicals and it acts like a natural degreaser for the skin. Lemon can cause photosensitivity, so always use sunscreen when you use it on your skin. Or opt for steam distilled lemon essential oil, which doesn’t have the same issues with photosensitivity as cold pressed lemon essential oil.
Tea tree oil is also a common essential oil for the skin. It’s an excellent natural antiseptic, so it can kill the germs that cause acne. It also helps reduce inflammation. If you’re sensitive to tea tree oil, manuka essential oil has similar properties but doesn’t cause skin irritation. (You can learn more about manuka essential oil and grab my multi-purpose, manuka essential oil salve recipe here.)
How to Dilute Essential Oils for the Face
You have to dilute essential oils when you use them topically. You normally use a 2 to 3 percent dilution for your skin, but your facial skin is more sensitive. You should use a 0.5 to 1 percent dilution for your face when making this calendula face oil.
This means that you should use 3 to 6 drops of an essential oil or blend for each ounce of a carrier oil. I used a two ounce bottle, so I used 6 to 12 drops of essential oils.
Calendula Face Oil Recipe
Tools and Supplies:
To make this calendula face oil, place two ounces of calendula oil in a 2 ounce dropper bottle.
Then, add 6 to 12 drops of Clean Skin essential oil blend.
Mix the ingredients together by shaking the closed bottle to combine the carrier oil and essential oil.
To use, apply up to 4 drops to your skin twice a day as part of your daily anti-aging beauty regimen. Shake before use.
- 2 ounces calendula infused oil
- 6-12 drops Clear Skin essential oil blend
- Dried calendula
- 2 ounce dropper bottle
- Place two ounces of calendula oil in a 2 ounce dropper bottle.
- Add 6 to 12 drops of Clean Skin essential oil blend.
- Shake to mix the ingredients together and combine the carrier oil and essential oil.
Apply up to 4 drops to your skin twice a day to use as part of your daily beauty regimen.
Where to Buy Calendula Face Oil
If you aren’t quite ready to tackle crafting your own calendula face oil, you can also buy artisan made face oil with calendula. Here are a few options:
- Calming Chamomile & Calendula Facial Oil
- Buttercup & Jake Golden Calendula Oil
- Renew Calendula Skin Oil
- Love Your Face Herbal Infused Face Oil
- Balancing Complexion Face Oil with Calendula
- The Triple Threat Facial Oil with Calendula
More Natural Calendula Skin Care Recipes
Want to discover more natural ways to enjoy calendula benefits for skin? In addition to my calendula face oil recipe, make sure you try some of my other natural calendula skin care recipes. These plant based beauty recipes are easy ways to boost your natural beauty regimen and fight aging.
- Calendula Soap Recipe with Calendula Infused Oil
- Natural Calendula Soap Recipe with Calendula Hydrosol
- Chamomile Calendula Bath Salts Recipe with Calendula Flowers
- Calendula Balm Recipe with Calendula Infused Oil
- Sensitive Skin Facial Scrub Recipe with Calendula
If you like these plant based beauty recipes, then also try my anti aging serum recipe for maturing skin. Made with borage oil, this face oil recipe also helps to hydrate skin, fight acne and calm eczema and inflammation. You can also infuse calendula flowers in the carrier oils called for in this recipe for a super charged, calendula face oil recipe for anti-aging skin care.
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