How To Make Your Skin radiate thanks to Essential Oils
Essential oils have potent antibacterial and antioxidant properties which result in multiple benefits for the skin. A lot of modern day beauty-&-hygiene products may contain traces of Essential Oils for scents and color. However, very few contain pure, unadulterated essential oil that has the healing and rejuvenating capacity to give skin the beautiful glow not found by using over the counter brands.
Here are many ways to incorporate Essential Oils into any beauty regimen:
- Essential Oils can be blended with base creams and oils such as coconut oil or cocoa butter.
- Essential oils can be applied using a carrier oil.
- Essential oils used on the skin are frequently combined with a vegetable carrier oil to:
- Slow evaporation,
- Allowing more time for the Essential Oils to penetrate the skin.
- Maintain a lipid barrier of the skin because most essential oils will tend to dry the skin.
- Enhance the effect of the Essential Oils, as many oils work synergistically well in a vegetable oil.
Below are some of the most important Essential Oils if you are serious about skin care!
- Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is recognized as the Universal Essential Oil. It is beneficial for skin conditions such as burns, rashes, and psoriasis and prevents scarring and stretch marks. It is relaxing, grounding and fights depression.
- Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) has been used for centuries for skin care. It revitalizes tissue and nerves and has relaxant, anti-inflammatory, anti-infectious effects. Geranium oil helps in the treatment of acne, dermatitis and skin diseases. Try mixing a teaspoon of coconut oil with five drops of geranium oil, then rub the mixture onto the infected area twice a day until you see results. You can also add two drops of geranium oil to your daily face or body wash.
- Rosewood (Aniba rosaeodora) is comforting and nourishing to the skin, enhancing skin elasticity, and is antibacterial and antifungal.
- Lemon (Citrus limon) Lemon oil is a wonderful natural astringent and antibacterial. As such, it is extremely beneficial to those with oily and acne-prone complexions. It also helps tone the skin and reduce the appearance of pores. It increases microcirculation and lymphatic function. Its fragrance is stimulating, invigorating and antidepressant. (Komori, et al., 1995).
- Jasmine (Jasminum officinale) is helpful for dry, greasy, irritated, or sensitive skin. Also brings out femininity and helps with depression and nervous exhaustion.
- Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) combats restlessness, insomnia, muscle tension, and inflammation.
- Bergamot (Citrus bergamia) is simultaneously uplifting and calming, with a unique ability to relieve anxiety, stress, and tension.
- Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata) Known as a natural regulator of sebum, can be applied to equal effect on mature & youthful skin due to its balancing
effect on both skin types. That makes it an excellent ally for all skin types, from oily to dry skin. It also restores confidence & equilibrium. It increases relaxation; balances the energies of both sexes. Balancing and stimulating, ylang ylang oil tends to even out the sebum production. This makes it a wonderful ally for all skin types, from oily to dry skin. It also restores confidence and equilibrium.
- Palmarosa (Cymbopogon martinii) combats candida, rashes, and scaly and flaky skin. It stimulates new cell growth, as it moisturizes and promotes healing. It is antimicrobial. It also helps reduce tension and helps recovery from nervous exhaustion.
- Rose (Rosa damascena) has been used on the skin for thousands of years. Rose is especially great for dry or aging skin. Researchers have found that it contains several therapeutic compounds known to promote healing, especially antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory compounds. As a result, rose essential oil helps refine skin texture and tone, and can be helpful with managing skin conditions such as psoriasis and dermatitis. Interestingly, one study even found that inhaling rose essential oil inhibits water loss in the skin and lowers the concentration of the stress hormone cortisol in the body (stress has a profound impact on your skin!).It promotes healthy skin, reduces scarring, and favors elasticity.
- Tea Tree Essential Oil: Tea tree essential oil is one of the more well-known essential oils for acne-prone skin. Its antibacterial properties help ward off acne-causing bacteria. It also helps to regulate oil production, which can decrease the severity and incidence of breakouts.
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Warning: Lemon essential oil is phototoxic and should not be used on the skin if one will be exposed to sunlight, as it can alter skin pigmentation. Most citrus oils as well as Bergamot, which ironically used to be added to sun screen products, are also phototoxic. The recommendation is to limit face oils to 10% (10 drops to every 100 drops of carrier oil, which is 1 tsp.) This is a better ratio for more sensitive skins. Remember that with essential oils, unlike mass market consumer goods, less is more!