Do you want your skin to glow and feel healthy? Do you want to be admired and envied for how beautiful your skin looks? Essential oils are one of the easiest, cheapest and most effective ways of obtaining excellent skincare results that everybody will notice.
What Are Essential Oils?
Essential oils, also known as aromatherapy oils, are made by distilling plant parts (leaves, flowers, roots) and have been known for their health-related benefits for centuries. Because their concentration is very powerful, essential oils should always be diluted in a different type of oil, called a “carrier”, before being applied to the skin. Oils such as Sweet Almond oil, Avocado oil and Olive oil work very well as carriers and will make sure that your skin does not get irritated. Additionally, these carriers have their own skin benefits, for example Jojoba oil is nourishing and excellent for softening mature skin, and Rosehip oil is recommended for lessening the visibility of scar tissue.
[wp_ad_camp_1]Choosing The Right Essential Oils For Your Skin Type
There are hundreds of essential oils, many of which are inexpensive and abundantly available; choosing the right essential oil for your skin depends primarily on your skin type. If you have never used essential oils before and you want to maximize their benefits, start by identifying your skin type: dry, sensitive or oily. The distinction between skin types is very important: while some oils can work efficiently on any type of skin (namely Lavender), most will lose their effectiveness if applied incorrectly and may even result in skin damage.
Essential Oils For Dry Skin
Dry skin, characterized by flaky and oil-less patches, will benefit from the use of warm essential oils such as Lavender, Jasmine and Rose. Other beneficial oils for dry skin include Sandalwood, Cedarwood and Neroli. If you suffer from eczema or patches of dry skin, coupling an essential oil with a rich carrier oil like Avocado, Sweet Almond or Olive oil will provide the maximum benefits.
Essential Oils For Oily Skin
Requiring the opposite treatment to dry skin, oily skin prefers astringent essential oils such as Peppermint (watch this one near your eyes), Grapefruit, Lemon and Chamomile. If you use citrus oils like Lemon on your skin, you must wait several hours before exposing your skin to direct sunlight. Citrus oils are phototoxic (toxic when exposed to sunlight) and have been known to cause sun sensitivity, sunburn and pigment discoloration. This phenomenon explains why some people achieve natural hair highlights by applying lemon juice before going out in the sunshine. Lavender is suitable for use on all skin types, making it very popular in skincare products. Oily or combination skin sufferers will need to pick their carrier oils carefully and stick with the lighter oils like Grapeseed and Neem.
Essential Oils For Sensitive Skin
Sensitive skinned people are usually the most careful when applying chemical or store-bought solutions. Caution must still be applied when using essential oils and it is best to test new oils on a small patch of skin before proceeding with a full treatment. Rose and Chamomile oils are the most soothing essential oils on sensitive skin and have been known to clear up many minor skin conditions. In addition, these oils smell absolutely fabulous!
By rejecting chemical skincare products and choosing natural essential and carrier oils, your skin will, over time, become softer and more radiant. Combining natural skincare with facial exercises is the surest path to excellent skin and youthful looks. Not only that, with the money you save by not purchasing the latest ‘must-have’ face cream or skin lotion, you will have plenty of pennies left over to treat yourself to something special.