Nowadays, almost every beauty enthusiast heard
about the benefits of using essential oils in skin care. And since the use of harmful
chemicals in beauty products has been brought to life in the past few years,
it’s no wonder that many of us began turning to natural ingredients to care for
our skin. However, not all essential oils have the same effect and even more so
- not all oils are good for your skin. Thus, before you start including them
into your daily routine, you should learn how to use them safely and to your
Check if your chosen essential oil is
appropriate for skin
The most important rule when choosing the correct
oil is to determine wheter it can be used on your skin at all. The general rule
of thumb that the only oils you should use are those that are also allowed for
internal consumption. This information can be found on the bottle or the websites
of the brand. Make sure you’re buying the oil from a trusted and reputable
company, that has quality standards for their oils.
Even if the oil is safe for your skin, most of
them should be diluted before you apply them. Pure oils can develop uncomfortable
skin reactions so you should always dilute them. Although you can simply mix
them with water or a moisturizer, to enjoy even more benefits mix them with a
carrier oil. Popular carrier oils are coconut, argan and olive oil. A few drops
of essential oil are usually enough, but to be sure, check one of the many
dilution charts online.
essential oil based on your skin type
If you have an established beauty routine, you
already know your skin type. If you don’t, it’s something quite easy to determine,
and you can also check with a beauty professional if you’re not sure. The main
skin types are oily, dry, combination and sensitive skin. Every skin type comes
with its own needs and challenges, so it is crucial to choose the correct oil.
Once you found the oils that match your needs and skin goals, you can also mix
them for even better results.
Those with dry skin generally have more issues
with redness, visible lines and in severe cases even flaking and peeling of
skin. The best oils for them are gentle and hydrating. Some of them are
Geranium, Patchouli, Neroli, and Frankincense, just to name a few. These oils
are also an excellent choice for those with combination skin.
It may seem counterproductive to use oils if you
already have oily skin, but essential oils can actually balance out the oil
production. It’s important to use light oils such as Sandalwood, Palmarosa or
Petitgrain. You’ll be surprised at how quickly your skin starts to improve.
If you have sensitive skin, you know how hard it
is to find a product that doesn’t cause breakouts, irritations or redness.
German Chamomile, Neroli, and Rose are all very gentle and appropriate for
sensitive skin. Just make sure you dilute them before use.
Essential oils are a gift from nature, that can
help you balance out your skin and combat wrinkles, redness, dehydration and a
huge number of other skin issues. However, if you’re completely new to this
area, we would advise you to consult an expert before you use them. Also, make
sure you’re buying your oils from a trusted source and that you always dilute
them before use.