Are you looking for a natural way to take care of your face? Essential oils are a great way to naturally take care of your skin. Using man made products can dry the skin, stripping them from the natural oils they need or cause reactions sometimes making the problem worse.
With all the information circulating around regarding the harmful components of some of our favorite skin care products, you may be a bit concerned and are now looking for a safer alternative. Much can be done to help make the skin clearer and smoother, using safe essential oils for skin care.
Nature has provided us with some of the finest skin care ingredients – natural oils. Cosmetic companies have been using them for years, the only problem is they add so much extra stuff! So there is no reason why we can’t use these same essential oils for skincare and cut out all the unnecessary ingredients.
Which Essential Oils are Best for Your Skin?
The answer depends on the type of skin you have or problem you are trying to solve. Here is a guide on some of the best oils to use for a variety of skin ailments as well as general care tips.
1. General Skin Care
Applying essential oils directly to your skin is far better and safer than using any commercial skin care product in the market. For the purpose of general skin care, including boosting collagen production and increasing blood flow, you can use these essential oils: Lavender, Rosehips & Rosewood, Carrot Seed Oil and Chamomiles
2. Acne Prevention and Care
There are some essential oils that will interests teenagers and adults as well, and these are essential oils that combat acne. The main problem with acne is that while you are treating the outbreaks, new ones pop out. This gets you into a situation where you will be applying treatment well throughout your teen years.
Commercial acne treatment can be incredibly damaging to your skin. A better alternatives is using a natural acne cleanser. The best essential oils for skin acne breakouts include: Tea Tree Oil, Lavender, Grapefruit, Sandalwood, Mints and Chamomile.
3. Clearing Blackheads
Blackheads are a common problem for many teens (and some adults). The problem is caused by a blockage of debris in the pores. These blackheads can also become pimples if not treated. To clear blackheads naturally, you can apply the following essential oils can help: Lavender, Lemongrass, Geranium Oil and Peppermint.
4. Astringent for Oily Skin
If you want a natural astringent to clean your face and rid it of excess dirt-filled natural oils, look for something that contains the following essential oils: Grapefruit, Yarrow, Rosemary and Lime
5. Chapped Lips and Skin
As we age, we can’t avoid losing some of the natural oils that once plagued us with acne. When dry skin is overexposed to UV rays, the damaging effect is doubled.
If you are exposed to extreme weather conditions like cold or the salty sea air, the skin can become too dry. Our lips also become chapped and are in desperate need of moisture.
The best way to moisturize the skin is by applying the following natural oils: Coconut, Sandalwood, German Chamomile, Lavender and Frankincense.
6. Cleansing with Natural Oils
At the end of the day, we have to wash off all the dirt that got stuck in our skin before we sleep. Being unable to remove dirt will result to infections. But then again, regular soap will dry up your skin. Instead you can try the following essential oils for skin cleansing: Sweet Basil, Juniper, Lemon, Lemongrass, Peppermint
7. Freshen Dull Skin
Dull or devitalized skin is often the result of toxins in the body and unhealthy eating. Though age is a factor, dull skin is aggravated by lifestyle abuses. The best way to bring nourishment back to your skin is by applying one the following: Eucalyptus, Myrtle, Basil, Juniper, Lemon, Lemongrass, Peppermint, Pine, Oregano, Rosemary, Spearmint, Geranium and Grapefruit
8. The Best Essential Oils for Dry Skin
While oily skin is susceptible to acne breakouts, dry skin will bring about facial lines and wrinkles or even cracking. There are commercial moisturizers that can remedy dry skin but, most contain harmful chemicals that will not only damage the skin but, your internal health as well for everything that you apply on your skin will eventually be absorbed by your body.
Essential oils also penetrate deeper into the skin which keeps it hydrated longer. If you want safe and effective natural moisturizers, you can try: Carrot Seed Oil, Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Chamomile, Calendula Infused Oil, Geranium and Lavender.
9. Soothing Eczema and Skin Rashes
For skin rashes such as eczema, the following oils may be as effective as any commercial creams in the market with the safety feature of being an all-natural remedy. Try these essential oils to treat skin rashes:Juniper, Myrrh, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Cranberry Seed Oil, Roman Chamomile and Tea Tree Oil.
10. Treating Skin Infections
Anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral commercial topical creams have non-organic preservatives that are harmful not only to the skin but to health in general.
Before heading down to your local pharmacy or surfing the internet for commercial topical antibacterial creams, be safe and try these essential oils first: Cypress, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Geranium, Myrrh, Peppermint and Tea Tree Oil.
11. Aging & Unwanted Wrinkles
Aging is a fact of life, but we’d like to put off the wrinkles as long as possible. To deal with wrinkles and facial lines, apply the following essential oils: Lavender, Rose Hip, Carrot Seed Oil, Rosewood, Geranium and Myrrh.
Disclaimer: The content on this page is intended to provide helpful and informative material, it is not medical advice. Please consult with a physician for the treatment of any condition of disease.
How to Apply Essential Oils to your Face
Essential oils should always be mixed with a carrier oil before applying directly to your skin. A dilution of 3- 5% is common in most over the counter skin essential oil products. Many organic beauty shops also have the oils premixed to make application easier. Once you have the diluted oil solution ready, application is very easy.
- Place 2 drops on the palm of your hands.
- Rub them together to warm the oil and make it easier to apply.
- Take a moment to inhale a bit of the oil & appreciate it’s fragrance.
- Gently apply over the whole face with your hands. This will create a nice light and even layer.
Many people ask if using essential oils will make skin oily? The answer is no – you only need a very small amount of oil. After applying it, the oils will be fully absorbed leaving your skin feeling very soft, not oily at all.
Why Use Natural Skincare Products?
It is very tempting to go to the pharmacy or surf the net and read all of the tempting sales pitches, marketing presentations and customer testimonials on various skin care products that promise everything including the best seat to Utopia.
All of these commercial products will boast of only using natural ingredients. Of course, the main ingredient will always be from a natural source. But, this will have to be packaged or bottled and stored for a long period of time before they are sold. And, so they have to be preserved.
The most common preservative that’s being used commercially is paraben which is something to be avoided. These are used to prevent bacteria growth, but it has also been linked to various cancer diseases. The FDA has yet to establish a clear link, but are you ready to risk it?. We have already seen a trend in some companies stating they are “paraben free”.
With no legal confirmation on the harmful effects of commercial cosmetic and skin care products, you have to ask yourself: Are you willing to take the risk or, would you rather use all-natural essential oils for your skin care needs?