Essential oils and Skincare
Are you looking for a perfect skincare product? A skincare product that help keep your skin glowing, smells great, and is easy to apply, has a actual healing effects, and doesn't cost a fortune? Then you have such a product in aromatherapy. Creating the right type of blend for your skin type with the magic of potent natural botanicals is so cool and fun; plus the rewards are numerous. Essential oils are widely used in natural medicine, and a lot are well-known for their skin rejuvenating effects.
Even though some of the most highly regarded therapeutic grade oils may seem expensive at first, they are very effective in small concentrations which really make them valuable. And their effectiveness is well-known; that's why so many laboratory-made preparations use components of essential oils in their formulas. With the purchase of a 1 or 2 ounce bottle to mix in, and an eye dropper, you can easily mix your own blend with the aroma and results you want most.
Essential oils are never applied to the skin undiluted (Lavender is the only known exception). Instead, they are added to what are known as 'carrier' or 'base' oils. Diluting the essential oil in carrier oils not only saves you money, but the oils actually are more effective this way! Studies have shown that most essential oils have the most dramatic therapeutic effects at concentrations of less than 5% of the total blend. Carrier oils also have their own positive effects; besides helping your skin absorb the essential oils, they provide nutrients such as important fatty acids, and vitamin compounds which enhance the skin's health.
I have included a few essential oil recipes. Let’s start with a blend that's for everyday use for all skin types. This recipe was created to improve your skin’s general wellbeing and vitality, while keeping it clean and beautiful:
Pour one ounce of Hazelnut oil into your mixing bottle (double all the ingredients if you'd like to make two ounces). Add fifteen drops (about 2/3rds of a milliliter) Thyme essential oil of the Linalool chemotype (be sure to get this kind, as other types of Thyme are too strong to use on the skin). Then add fifteen drops each of Rosemary verbenone, Neroli oil (or a high-quality Petitgrain – distilled from the same plant as Neroli with a lower cost), Spike Lavender (almost a cross between true lavender and sage – excellent for its antiseptic properties).
For overly sensitive and damaged skin (from chemicals or the environment ) and for skin with weak capillaries (showing spider veins may be a symptom), start with a 5:1:1 ratio of Hazelnut, Rosehip Seed and Evening Primrose oils (3/5 ounce Hazelnut, and 1/5th each of the other oils). Add fifteen drops each of German Chamomile, Helichrysum italicum, true Lavender, and Roman Chamomile. This blend will enhance the regenerative capability of the skin through the action of the Helichrysum and Rosehip seed, provides nutrients through in the Rosehip seed and Evening Primrose, and reduces the inflammation which accompanies any type of damage and aging.
For clearing excessively oily and acne-prone skin, one oz. of Hazelnut oil, add fifteen drops each of Myrtle essential oil (use the green, rather than red, variety), Eucalyptus Dives, Spike Lavender, and Rosemary verbenone. The Myrtle is special in that it dissolves the sebum clogging skin pores, and the Eucalyptus calms the output of the sebaceous (oil-producing) glands.
If your skin has no particular 'condition', but appears tired, lifeless, pale, or 'worn out', try mixing one-fifth ounce of Rosehip Seed and four-fifths ounce Hazelnut oil. Then add 15 drops each of Carrot Seed essential oil (also known as Queen Anne's Lace or Wild Carrot), Lemon verbena (which helps the skin detoxify), Niaouli (gently tightening the skin), and Rosemary verbenone – this creates an excellent invigorating blend. For aging skin needing firming this can be used around the eyes – try this more gentle variety: Mix in five ounces of Hazelnut oil and one ounce of Rosehip seed oil, add fifteen drops of each of Myrtle essential oil (green), Cistus or Rock Rose and Rosemary.
These are a few tried-and-true aromatherapy skin care blends to use in your natural beauty regime. You can easily mix and match the oils described to create your own blend, and add any oils you really like the aroma of (be aware that a FEW essential oils are VERY strong, and should not be used on the skin – the more common of these include Cinnamon, Clove, Oregano, and Red Thyme – consult with a knowledgeable practitioner if you are unsure about the safety of any oil). A word about purchasing oils for your blends – do NOT use anything labeled as a 'fragrance oil' – these are synthetic reproductions of essential oils that will likely cause an allergic reaction.
If you are allergic to any ingredients listed in the above recipes, do not use. Consult your dermatologist if you have any concerns regarding your use of Essential oils as a skin regime.