As you read in Essential Oils Part I, essential oils such as frankincense, tea tree, and rosehip have been used for centuries all around the world to heal the skin. There are thousands of recipes that people from east to west rely on to care for their unique skin types and specific skin conditions. Since we, as a society, are increasingly looking to more natural and organic ingredients and actives in our skincare products, I’ve put together a short list of essential oil recipes to give you an idea of how these oils are being used to treat acne, sun damage, dry patches, oiliness, cell regeneration and signs of aging.
An important note: as you begin to work with essential oils and experiment with different recipes, please remember to never place essential oils directly on your skin. They should be mixed with into a serum, a moisturizer, a foundation or into one of several carrier oils.
As with any new skin care product, make sure to do a patch test and steer clear of any oils that are not cold-pressed or that are mixed with other ingredients that you cannot pronounce. Remember, we want pure essential oils without preservatives or other additives.
Rosehip: The Firming, Toning and Anti-Aging Super Star
Rosehip seed oil is perfect as an anti-aging oil because it penetrates deep into the skin, much like a serum. Its molecules are small enough to travel through many layers of skin and make a real impact on the skin’s elasticity. It aids in collagen production and cell regeneration, which in turn helps to plump the skin!
Did I mention rosehip seed oil also fades age spots and tiny red lines (capillaries that appear most prominently around the nose, chin, and cheeks)? Here’s a perfect little recipe to mix up and add to your daily skincare routine.
- 2 tbsp rosehip seed oil
- 2 tbsp sweet almond oil
- 10 drops geranium oil or cypress oil
- 7 drops frankincense oil
Mix ingredients in a small airtight bottle/vial (preferably darker in color to keep the sun out).
Each morning and night, apply a few drops to your fingertips and sweep across your entire face. You’ll love the scent and within a few weeks (depending on your age, as cell turnover ranges) you’ll notice a more youthful, tighter and brighter appearance to your skin.
*Recipe from Pinterest
Acne Away Essential Oil Recipe
- 6 drops frankincense essential oil
- 4 drops lavender essential oil
- 2 drops tea tree essential oil
Add ingredients to a 1-ounce amber bottle of jojoba oil. Apply a few drops to acne prone spots before bed as needed. Visit earthroma.com for more information and recipes.
Dark Circle & Brow Lines
- Sweet almond oil
- Organic rosehip oil
- 10 drops of frankincense oil
- 15 drops of Roman chamomile oil
- 20 drops of lavender oil
Add the frankincense, Roman chamomile and lavender oils in the bottle. Add the almond oil and rosehip oil as a 50/50 ratio until the bottle is filled. Screw the lid on and shake. Apply a few drops under each eye and between brows at night. Recipe from the SpoilsofOils.com.
As always feel free to speak with your esthetician about the benefits of essential oils in your skin care routine. Feel free to email questions and comments to me at firstname.lastname@example.org!