Essential oils have been around for centuries. They have all sorts of uses, including health enhancement, spiritual practices, and improving general well-being. Their aromatic scents and natural healing and cleansing properties also make them a perfect supplement for your beauty routine. Here are some ideas about how to integrate them:
No matter what type of skin you have, there’s an essential oil that can enhance and balance your complexion. Dr. Kac Young, PhD and author, suggested the following:
Dry Skin: Lavender, Olive, or Coconut
Oily Skin: Geranium, Aloe Vera, Ylang Ylang, or Roman Chamomile
Normal: Rose, Sandalwood, or Patchouli
Dr. Young emphasizes the importance of diluting any of these oils in a carrier oil before applying them. Never put pure oils directly on your skin. “Carrier oils that are wonderfully nourishing for the skin are macadamia nut, kukui nut, rose hip, sweet almond, and avocado (in winter),” she said. Some oils even help banish wrinkles. “Use myrr, clary sage, geranium, or lavender,” said Young.
There are also countless ways to integrate essential oils into your body care routine. The simplest way to do this is to drop a bit of the oil into your favorite unscented or lightly scented body products.
Lotions and Creams: Aloe, lavender, and frankincense are the best oils to blend into moisturizers for extra soft skin, according to Aura Cacia Aromatherapist and National Educator Charlynn Avery. “For a skin-smooth combo, these essential oils can’t be beat.”
Exfoliant: Adding sweet orange and geranium essential oil to a mixture of 1/8 cup of baking soda and water creates a mild, gentle body exfoliant according to Avery. “Sweet orange is toning to the skin, while geranium is balancing and clarifying.”
Dr. Young warns that citrusy oils, like sweet orange, are phototoxic, which means that they can create irritation on the skin when exposed to the sun. “Avoid using them in any skin-care regimen if you plan to go out in the sun. Wait 8-12 hours before going outdoors if you use a citrus oil.”
Perfume: You can buy pre-diluted roll-on essential oils that can act as a natural perfume. The scent will last all day and provide a natural grounding effect for you throughout the day.