As winter approaches, I become concerned about protecting my skin against the cold wind and other drying elements. This gets me thinking about natural ways to protect and moisturize my skin. What can I use that is natural, not too expensive, and will fortify my skin? What do I already have in my cupboard that could be used as a base oil for aromatherapy? I took a survey of the saturated and unsaturated fats in my kitchen.
What are saturated Fats vs. Unsaturated Fats?
Saturated fat is one of the two main categories of fats that appear in foods. It is distinguished from unsaturated fat in that there are no double bonds between carbon atoms in its chemical makeup, so that the fatty acids are saturated with hydrogen. Naturally occurring saturated fat, such as the fat found in animal-based foods, congeals when cool, while naturally occurring unsaturated fat, such as olive oil, remains fluid. Saturated fat is less likely to spoil than unsaturated fat and more stable during cooking.
The two Saturated Fats I have in my kitchen are:
The unsaturated fats are:
Flax Seed Oil
Toasted Sesame Oil
Using Olive Oil and Sesame Oil as the carrier oils in my study, I used a 2% Dilution Ratio (2 tablespoons carrier oil to 12 drops Lemon essential oil).
I used the two oil-mixtures as a pre-bath moisturizer. The Lemon-Sesame Oil was used on one side of my body and the Lemon-Olive Oil on the other. After dry skin brushing, I applied the oils, and then took a bath. The bath ran a bit warm and was almost hot. Having the oils on my skin prior to taking the bath, added some protection from the hot water. I settled in and read a book. After falling asleep and almost dropping the book in the water, I decided it was time to dry off and go to bed.
After the bath, I blotted my skin dry. I notice that in addition to the emollient feeling I have from dry skin brushing, my skin was still protected from the hot water by the oils. I felt moisturized, but being 57 years old, decided a little extra oil would not hurt. I applied more of each of the oils to the respective sides of my body and went to bed.
This morning, my skin still felt clean and moisturized. I am not sure I have a preference one way or the other for the oils. I like the way the olive oil carrier feels and I like the way the sesame oil carrier feels. However, after reading about the qualities of the oils, I am leaning toward using the Sesame Oil in future skin treatments.
The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy – Salvatore Battaglia