Essential oils are a plant’s essence – its flavor and scent – extracted from herbs, flowers, fruits or any other plant. Technically, essential oils are not oils at all as they lack fatty acids. They’re actually highly concentrated plant components that have a healing effect physically and emotionally.
These ‘oils’ have been used for millennia in many cultures, be it as a remedy for different health problems, for hair, aromatherapy, and even for spiritual rituals.
But you know what else you can also use essential oils for?! For skin. Yup, essential oils for skin. Most of our skin care products are loaded with toxic chemicals and cost a fortune, while essential oils are free of chemicals and all natural which makes them a top choice when it comes to skin care. Your skincare routine is incomplete without a few drops of essential oil.
While all essential oils are rather effective, it all comes down to choosing one that works best for your skin.
Before indulging in the world of essential oils, there are a few facts to establish.
First, all essential oils have to be diluted with a carrier oil before use because they can cause irritation, especially if you have sensitive skin. Diluting the oils will not lessen their effect, quite the opposite, the skin actually absorbs more essential oil through the process of diluting, according to “Essential Oil Safety.”
Secondly, not every skin is the same so the oils might have different reactions in different people. The trick is to find what works best for your skin type. Oh, and never use more than it’s needed.
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Now let’s explore the best essential oils for clear and healthy skin complexion.
Best Essential Oils For (Your) Skin
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is best known for treating and controlling acne, as well as preventing additional breakouts. Moreover, it has antiviral and antifungal properties, making it one of the best remedies for warts, fungus, and ringworm. Tea tree oil also has a mild sedative which works perfectly for cuts, burns, boils, and calluses. The oil can be used topically using a cotton swab and applying it to the affected areas.
Recipe: StyleCraze suggests mixing 5-6 drops of tea tree oil with a tablespoon of honey and leaving it for about 15-20 minutes before washing it off.
There are many reasons why you should add lavender oil to your skin care routine, and its enchanting scent is the last one. Being a stimulant, lavender oil increases blood flow to the skin which carries nutrients and oxygen, thus improving the skin’s appearance. But most importantly, lavender helps the body produce glutathione, catalase, and superoxide – all powerful antioxidants – which minimize the damage done by free radicals, according to research, says NLI. Lavender oil works for all skin types.
Recipe: Mix 2-3 drops of lavender oil with aloe vera gel and apply it to your face. Leave it for 20 minutes then rinse with water, says StyleCraze.
Because it’s non-toxic, non-irritant, and non-sensitizing, geranium oil is used widely in skin care products and it’s ideal for pretty much all skin types. It’s a great remedy for different skin conditions like eczema, dermatitis, acne, and others, because it fights off bacteria, soothes the skin, and reduces inflammation. You can even apply geranium oil to bug bites to stop itching and pain.
Recipe: StyleCraze recommends combining three drops of geranium oil with one tablespoon of coconut oil and leave it overnight.
Often used in hair care products, rosemary oil is just as effective for skin. It has antimicrobial and antiseptic properties and helps with dermatitis, eczema, acne, and oily skin. What’s more, rosemary oil contains oxidative defenses which prevent free radicals from harming your skin.
Recipe: Take six drops of rosemary oil and mix them with one tablespoon aloe vera gel, and gently massage it to your face. After 15-20 minutes, rinse it with water.
Lemon oil is a skin-refreshing oil with antiseptic, antibacterial, antioxidant properties. It nourishes damaged skin and reduces cell and tissue damage caused by free radicals, claims NLI. Lemon oil fights off wrinkles due to its astringent properties which also help with skin infections like acne and boils.
Recipe: Mix 20 drops of lemon oil with ½ cup safflower oil in a bottle, and massage your face and neck every night before sleeping. Massage other body parts as well, your choice. Leave it overnight and wash the next day, says StyleCraze.
Essential oils are rather effective as long as you follow the safety guidelines. When misused, they can be harmful. Always dilute the oils before use or before adding them to the bath. Remember that some essential oils can cause irritation, allergies, and sensitization on some people.
*For further questions or concerns, please consult with your doctor.
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