How to safely use essential oils in your beauty routine
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 maximum advantage.
Check if your chosen essential oil is appropriate for skin
The most important rule when choosing the correct oil is to determine whether 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.
Choose an 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.