Five Essential Oils for Skin Care


Woman Receiving Spa TreatmentThe skin on our body not only plays a part in our appearance, it also plays an important role in our overall health. It is one of  our body’s first lines of defense against the elements as well as any foreign invaders such as virus, bacteria, and fungus, all of which can cause damage or infections. That is why it is very important to properly take care of our skin.

There are many commercially available skin care products to help us maintain our healthy skin. Many of these products, although they appear to be natural, can contain synthetic chemicals that are unnatural. These ingredients can cause skin irritations, allergies and side effects that could be harmful and more damaging to the skin. Since many of us are searching for natural ways to keep the skin healthy, finding the best skin care treatment does not need to be complicated. One great thing about Mother Nature is that it provides us with natural skin care ingredients such as pure essential oils which have proven to be very valuable in achieving healthy skin.

Pure essential oils are good for our skin and can become part of any skin care regimen. These pure natural oils come from herbs and plants and can be used on the skin as spot treatments, acne solutions, anti-wrinkle creams, facial toners, moisturizers, and softeners. They can also provide nourishing properties that can help to heal, protect, and even rejuvenate your skin. Although many skin care products say they  contain essential oils, you should be aware that many of these essential oils may not be pure essential oils, they may be altered to be used as more of a fragrance oil. These types of oils are not as effective as pure essential oils since they have lost some of their therapeutic properties. It is therefore much better to purchase your skin care products from someone who has done the research for you and has experience in this area, or learn how you can add the the following essential oils to your current skin care treatments.

Below are the essential oils I feel work great for skincare. This is not an inclusive list, but a great place to start. You should know your skin care needs before you begin because it will help you choose where you might want to start. Several of the essential oils listed below are gentle enough for all skin types but there are some oils that can be used for specific skin conditions. As a general rule, it is recommended to dilute all essential oils before applying them to your skin. It is also best to do a test patch on your arm before applying products that contain ingredients and pure essential oils new to you, to avoid any adverse reactions and irritation.

The following are some of the best essential oils when it comes to skin care:

Lavender: Lavender essential oil is one of the most widely used oils in aromatherapy. It is one of the safest and gentlest essential oils and works great for many things, including skin care. Lavender oil is great for all skin types and works especially well for maturing skin. It has the therapeutic properties giving it the ability to reduce the appearance of age spots, scars and acne marks. It can also help the skin achieve an even tone while providing nourishment. It has anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, antibacterial as well as antiseptic properties that help with acne, abscesses, boils, burns, wounds, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, ringworm, athlete’s foot, sores, sunburns and even insect bites.

Clary Sage: Clary sage essential oil is also a valuable oil when it comes to skin rejuvenation. Its therapeutic properties can naturally stimulate the growth of healthy skin cells making it a great skin treatment for acne, wrinkles and fine lines. To benefit from this oil you can simply add a few drops of Clary Sage essential oil to your favorite moisturizer. You can add it to the bottle, or add a drop of oil with a dab of lotion.

Tea Tree: Tea Tree essential oil has the amazing ability to help your body properly regulate the production of natural oil on the skin. This oil will work wonders on oily and acne prone skin. Many are able to directly dab tea tree essential oil on the affected pimple or acne area to help clear up blemishes and breakouts, while others find it best to dilute it in some aloe vera gel, witch hazel or your favorite facial toner. Tea Tree Essential Oil has soothing properties that helps our skin in relieving congestion. It also has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties which is why it is so great for blemished and tired skin. Most users notice visible results after 3 days of spot on treatment.

Geranium: Geranium essential oil works very well in keeping the skin looking young which is especially beneficial for maturing skin. Geranium essential oil has the properties that promote skin firmness and elasticity thus helping to prevent sagging skin. Geranium essential oil may also help in the treatment of broken capillaries and help to prevent varicose veins. It can also help to regulate the normal skin oil or sebum production. It is great for sensitive, oily and aging skin. You can simply add 2 drops of Geranium to every ounce of distilled water and make your own facial toner.

Carrot Seed: Carrot seed essential oil is full of nutrients that can help the skin stay healthy. It can revitalize and tone the skin while providing hydration which can reduce signs of skin aging. It is also helpful in promoting skin healing in certain skin conditions like dermatitis, psoriasis, rashes and eczema. Carrot seed essential oil is one of my favorites and for these reason I incorporated it in my Rejuvenate Skin Cream!

References:
“The Top 5 Essential Oils for Beautiful Glowing Skin” by Revitalise Your Health;
“My Top 5 Essential Oils for Skin by Leah Patterson;
“Essential Oils for Beautiful Skin” by Victoria Anisman-Reiner