Essential Oils for Skin – In addition to making you look beautiful, your skin plays other important roles including protection of your body from harm and the production of vitamin D which converts calcium for healthy bones.
It is, therefore, needful that you take good care of your skin. And one good way you can achieve that is through the use of essential oils for skin.
Numerous evidence proves that essential oils are extremely versatile in function and can be used as a remedy for a number of skin conditions. Aging, dryness, sunburns, cold sores and acne are some of the major skin problems and thank goodness that essential oils can be used to remedy these problems.
Even the ancient Egyptians used essential oils for aromatherapy, healing and for vibrant skin. So the use of essential oils for healthy and attractive skin is really not a new gig. And if you have not been maximizing the benefits of essential oils for skin, you can begin today. Trust me, you stand to gain a lot.
In this article, I have described 10 essential oils that you can use for healthier and more radiant skin. You will also find anti-aging, skin tightening and acne removal recipes with essential oils.
1. Lavender Oil
Lavender oil when applied, activates the production of antioxidants that reduce the skin damage caused by stress, pollutants, UV rays, and other free radicals.
It also has anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce skin irritation and inflammation. This means that lavender oil can be used to treat acne, eczema burn, and insect bites.
Additionally, this oil can also lighten age spots. It also has a soothing moisturizing effect on the skin. It is a circulatory stimulant and as such it has the capacity to improve the appearance of the skin since it increases the flow of blood to the skin. Plus, this oil has an enchanting aroma.
2. Tea Tree Oil
This oil is a sure remedy to ringworm, toenail fungus and warts due to its antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. Tea tree oil can also serve as a mild sedative for boils, cuts, calluses, corns, and burns.
It can be used also as a pain reliever for bug bites. Some users also claim that it is effective in the treatment of pimples and acne.
3. Sandalwood Oil
Sandalwood essential oil is popular for its moisturizing and soothing effect on the skin. When your skin is well hydrated, wrinkles and fine lines become less obvious. Studies also show that sandalwood essential oil has anti-inflammatory properties.
So you can also use it to treat inflammation from pimples and insect bites.
4. Carrot seed Oil
I have observed that many high-quality skincare products have carrot extracts listed among the ingredients. This essential oil provides your skin with antioxidant protection. Also, carrot seed oil helps renew your aging skin within a short time of use.
It also has a moisturizing effect on the skin. If your skin has been under stress from the environment, this oil can help soothe it. And just like the lavender oil, this oil has a sweet aroma. It also reduces the appearance of scarring and wrinkles.
5. Lemon Oil
Lemon is popular for its antiseptic and astringent properties and as such it benefits individuals with oily skin or acne-prone skin. This oil also stimulates and harmonizes the skin. Studies also show that lemon oil can also cushion the negative effects of free radicals on skin tissues.
Due to its vitamin C content, it can boost the immune system indirectly. It is also used in many skincare products usually advertised for wrinkles reduction. Lemon oil also boasts of antimicrobial, antibacterial, antioxidant and anti-aging properties.
The benefits of this oil notwithstanding, you should avoid going under the sun several hours after applying it because it makes your skin sensitive to sunlight. Better still, you can apply it before bedtime.
6. Pomegranate Oil
You may be familiar with pomegranate because it is used as a nutritious and tasty additive in most healthful drinks and foods. This oil can also minimize the appearance of sunburns and inflammation when applied to the skin. It can also limit the growth of cancer cells.
Some studies have also shown that pomegranate essential oil can help relieve oxidative stress which eventually prevents the formation of new wrinkles.
7. Rosemary Oil
Massaging your body with rosemary essential oil offers the benefit of healthy toned skin while reducing dryness. Though many individuals use this oil mostly in hair care, it also does the skin a lot of good when given the chance to.
With its charming scent, you cannot resist the inclination to apply it to your skin. Plus, it has antimicrobial and antiseptic properties and as such can treat dermatitis, eczema, and acne. It also contains antioxidants that prevent wrinkles by limiting the impact of free radicals on the skin.
8. Chamomile Oil
This popular essential oil has a soothing and calming effect on the skin. It has a blue color as a result of its azulene content. Due to this azulene content also, applying chamomile oil can help prevent sun damage on the skin.
The oil facilitates skin moisture retention thereby preventing dry skin. It also has anti-inflammatory properties. This essential oil is a good option for sensitive skin.
9. Frankincense Oil
This oil is gotten from the resin of the Boswellia sacra tree. It can serve as a remedy for age spots, sun spots, un-harmonized skin tone, and sagging skin. It can also make scarring and stretch marks appear less obvious.
Applying this oil will also facilitate the growth of new skin cells. It is a good option for oily skin, acne-prone skin, and aging skin.
10. Peppermint Oil
The Peppermint essential oil has antiseptic and antimicrobial properties which help deal with blackheads, ringworm, dermatitis, sunburn, inflammation, scabies, and oily skin.
It has both a cooling and stimulating effect on the skin. It also helps to soften and tone the skin. You can also apply it to hot rashes for relief.
Apart from the essential oils described above, there are other essential oils that offer similar benefits. They include Jojoba oil, Geranium oil, Rosehip oil, Ylang Ylang, Bergamot oil, Neroli oil, Myrrh, Tangerine oil, Cypress oil, Patchouli oil, Eucalyptus oil, Wintergreen oil and Clary sage oil.
So depending on your preference and or the advice of your dermatologist, you can purchase essential oils for skin from nearby drugstores, naturopathic outlets, natural food stores, and even online stores like Amazon.
Now as I mentioned earlier in the article, I will share essential oil recipes for specific skin conditions that you can start within your journey towards a healthier skin.
The first skin condition we shall be considering is aging skin. Here, I have described two recipes that you can use.
Recipe #1 for Aging Skin
You will need:
Organic Rosehip oil – 2 tbsp
Rose geranium – 5 drops
Lavender oil – 2 drops
Frankincense – 2 drops
Sandalwood oil – 1 drop
Carrot seed oil – 1 drop
Helichrysum oil – 2 drops
Amber bottle with an eyedropper – 1 glass
Instructions: Simply mix all the ingredients and put them in Amber bottle for easy usage and storage. You can also use a cobalt Boston round bottle with a black pump if you prefer. After cleaning your face every morning, apply 5 drops of the mixture and massage well.
Continue Luke this for 6 months to see the desired results.
Recipe #2 for Aging Skin
For our second recipe for aging skin, you will need:
Glass bottle with dropper – 30 ml
Jojoba oil – 10 ml
Rosehip seed oil – 10 ml
Frankincense – 20 drops
Lavender oil – 8 drops
Vitamin E oil – 5 ml
Instructions: Just like the first recipe, mix all the ingredients in a bottle and shake gently. Using the dropper, collect the oil mix on your fingertips, apply and massage your skin with it.
Apply it twice a day, in the morning before wearing makeup and at night before retiring to bed. Use it consistently for six months to see the desired results.
Recipe for Skin Tightening
Say you are looking to tighten your skin, this is a recipe you can use. You will need:
Glass bottle – 30 ml
Fractionated coconut oil – 15 ml
Vitamin E oil – 15 drops
Frankincense – 30 drops
Geranium oil – 30 drops
Grapefruit oil – 30 drops
Rosehip seed oil – 2 tbsp
Instructions: Just like the previous recipes, mix all the ingredients together in a bottle and shake gently. Ensure that you add in the ingredients in the order they were listed. Apply the mix to your skin as needed. I recommend two or three applications a week after you shower.
Recipe for Acne Removal
Indeed, acne can prove really stubborn to get rid of even with over-the-counter medications. Sometimes, the chemical composition of these medications may have an unwanted impact on the body.
However, with a natural treatment like a recipe with essential oils, you have a safer chance of a clearer and yet healthier skin.
To prepare this recipe, you will need the following ingredients:
Roll-on bottle – 10 ml
Tamanu carrier oil – 6ml
Lavender oil – 2 drops
Tea Tree Oil – 2 drops
Ylang Ylang – 1 drop
Carrot Seed Oil – 1 drop
Bergamot oil – 1 drop
Frankincense – 1 drop
Instructions: Mix all the ingredients together just like the previous recipes. Twice daily, roll on some amount of this oil blend on blemishes for desired results.
Some Precautions to Using Essential Oils
The benefits of essential oils notwithstanding, there are precautions you must take in the use of essential oils for skin to prevent adverse effects. Some of these precautions are:
- You should dilute essential oils in carrier oils before use. Popular carrier oils include coconut oil, olive oil, grape seed oil, almond oil, and avocado oil.
- You should avoid your eye area, your lips, and mucous membranes when applying these oils.
- While using the oil and you notice any form of irritation please discontinue use immediately. To be on the safe side, apply the oil on a small patch and leave it for 24 hours to check for any irritation before applying it to larger areas.
- You should not apply essential oil on your broken skin.
- If you are pregnant, seek professional guidance before using essential oil.
- Essential oils are for topical use and as such should never be ingested.
There is Something Else that You should Know
Other lifestyle adjustments you can make to avoid aging skin in addition to applying essential oils for skin include:
- Do not smoke
- Do not spend too much time in the sun
- Stay hydrated all the time.
- Always eat foods that are rich in antioxidants
I hope you have found the information in this article very helpful. Let me know the essential oil recipe you chose to start with in the comments section.