You may be thinking, “Wait, I thought oily skin was bad!” Yes, oily skin can be problematic; however, using essential oils for skin conditions has been shown to have amazing effects on the health of your skin as well as providing anti-aging benefits.
First, let’s talk about what essential oils are. Essential oils are pure oils extracted from plants that have been used for treating skin conditions from acne to scars to elasticity for centuries. The most well-known essential oils are tea tree, lavender, peppermint and rose, but the list of essential oils used in skincare is impressive and growing in popularity.
As we turn more toward organic ingredients and treatments for our skin, essential oils have become, well, essential components of a relaxing and effective skin treatments.
Think back to your last facial. Did the esthetician begin the session with an aromatherapy treatment…asking you to close your eyes and inhale deeply? Did you smell lavender, rose, or maybe a citrus scent?
Inhaling certain oils like lavender can have an immediate effect on the mind and body, putting both more at ease by activating the nervous system that sends signals to the brain to relax.
Frankincense, geranium, lavender, myrrh, neroli, patchouli, and rose are excellent oils for supporting skin that is beginning to show the first signs of aging. Mixed with a carrier oil (more about these in the next paragraphs), these essential oils can be used daily to fight dryness, loss of elasticity, refine skin texture and tone, retain water in the skin, and regenerate skin cells.
Before stocking up on essential oils, it’s important to understand your own skin and what it needs. Is it dry, showing the first signs of aging or oily and acneic? Schedule a facial consultation with your esthetician and discuss what essential oil would be best suited for your skin.
Doing a patch test is a necessary step to make sure you’re not allergic to an oil and all essential oils should be diluted in a carrier oil such as olive oil, grapeseed oil, or almond oil.
Not only used for skin care, essential oils are also an excellent way to keep your home clean without having to use toxic chemicals. Peppermint on cotton balls tucked inside closets, under the bed, or sprayed around windows and doors will keep spiders away.
Being that I’m an arachnophobia, I always have peppermint oil fully stocked in my home! You can also use essential oils diluted with apple cider vinegar or distilled vinegar to create flea and tick repellents for your four-legged friends.
The bottom line is that essential oils can be used in a number of ways, incorporated into your life to make it safer, cleaner, and in our skincare to heal, improve, and strengthen the skin. For specific recipes using essential oils to cleanse, hydrate, exfoliate, and renew your skin, check back later this month for a follow-up post!