Beautiful Clear Skin with Essential Oils
There are countless products for beautiful, clear skin. So, why choose essential oils? One big advantage is that they help you avoid the harmful ingredients in so many skincare products on the market today. Along with their beauty benefits, essential oils can also uplift your mood and soothe stress, taking your skincare routine to the next level.
Finding the perfect essential oils for your skin
There’s no one-size-fits-all approach with essential oils. They can be incredibly beneficial if they’re right for you, but if they’re not, they can cause irritation and make your current skin issues worse.
So, when choosing an oil, or a blend of several oils, follow these tips to ensure beautiful and clear skin. This is especially true if you have allergies or sensitive skin already.
Blend with a carrier oil
Combine your essential oil(s) with a carrier oil, such as coconut, jojoba or olive oil. The dilution should be around 1 to 3 percent.
For moisturizing formulas with the essential oils, combine 10 to 20 drops of essential oil(s) with one tablespoon of carrier oil. And for facial serums, start with two tablespoons of carrier oil, and mix with 30 drops of essential oil(s).
Before applying the essential oil blend directly onto your face, test it on the inside of your elbow, or on your wrist to see how your skin reacts.
Top carrier oils: coconut oil or jojoba oil
There are several carrier oils you can try, but coconut oil has its own skincare advantages. Because it can penetrate the skin more deeply than other products, coconut oil hydrates and nurtures the skin.
Jojoba oil is another great choice because it protects and cleanses the skin by fighting the bacteria which contribute to breakouts. So, if you’re skincare goal is to fight acne, using jojoba oil, along with essential oils like Clary Sage (see below), can boost your skincare protocol.
Essential oils for mature skin
Rose essential oil is a wonderful oil to soothe and soften skin. Geranium essential oils, like rose geranium and geranium bourbon, can help to balance your skin’s pH levels, while also fighting fine lines and wrinkles. If you like the sweet aroma of orange blossoms, you may enjoy neroli essential oil, which helps to balance skin’s moisture levels.
Essential oils for acne
There are many essential oils to choose from when it comes to acne. To start, there’s helichrysum, which has antimicrobial, antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties. On top of this, it may help reduce acne scarring. Consider blending it with a carrier oil, and using it as a nighttime serum.
Clary Sage is a natural antimicrobial agent, and one study found that it actively fights against bacteria that causes skin infection and acne. Thanks to one of its compounds, linalyl acetate, it also helps regulate the skin’s oil production.
Lavender essential oil can also help address acne – especially if you flare up during stressful times. The cells that produce sebum also have receptors for stress hormones. So, when we’re stressed, our sebum cells may also produce more sebum, leading to acne. Therefore, consider lavender to sooth and reduce both acne and stress levels.
When using essential oils for acne, be sure to avoid direct sunlight exposure for up to 12 hours. Your skin may be more sensitive to UV rays, which can irritate your skin.
Essential oils for irritated and damaged skin
Lavender essential oil is great for calming angry skin, along with Roman chamomile, which can sooth itchiness and redness. Meanwhile, German chamomile is appropriate for wounds that are slow to heal, like hives and eczema.
Juniper berry essential oil can be used as an anti-acne topical solution to calm and quiet irritated skin. Three of its compounds – alpha-pinene, p-cymene and beta-pinene – give juniper berry oil its antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, and help to fight skin irritation and infection.
Finally, don’t forget frankincense. The calming properties of this essential oil can extend to your beauty routine, too. It’s anti-inflammatory, and can reduce skin irritation and redness, along with healing scars and lightening dark spots.
Essential oils for oily skin
If you deal with oily skin, consider lemongrass. It has anti-fungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties, and it helps remove toxins and debris from your skin. Plus, it works as an astringent to balance the skin’s sebum production.
Yarrow essential oil is another astringent that can cool and soothe inflamed skin. Other top picks for oily skin types are orange, lemon, lime and bergamot. Because these last four oils are photosensitive, remember to avoid direct sunlight for 12 hours after application.
Essential oils for aging skin
Essential oils are wonderful for delicate and aging skin, including some we’ve already mentioned, like lavender, frankincense and rose.
In addition, you can also apply German chamomile, which when diluted with a carrier oil, is very nourishing for fragile and dry skin. Because German chamomile is a photosensitive oil, remember to avoid direct sunlight for 12 hours after application.
Your skincare needs will fluctuate, but no matter what your current skincare needs are, there are many lovely essential oils you can include in your beauty routine for clear, beautiful skin.
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