Essential Oils For Your Skin
Every woman (and many men) wants to have spotless and radiant skin without wrinkles, acne and all those 'little imperfections' that just seem to appear in the most unwanted moment in our lives. If you've been following me for a while, you probably know that what we put on our skin and what we put in our bodies on a daily basis makes a great difference. Too much added sugar, alcohol, dairy or gluten can have a major impact on the appearance of your skin as well as chemicals in conventional skincare. Fortunately, essential oils are here to help our skin glow. Find out below which essential oils should be part of your daily skin care routine.
Essential Oils and Skin Types
Do you remember what were the gifts from the Magi to little Jesus? Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh. These two incenses were used in rituals. It is fascinating to see, that ancient remedies can be used today in almost the same manner. Skin care is a daily ritual, isn't it?
Frankincense EO is good for all skin types. It has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits to the skin, making it great for acne-prone skin. It is also a natural toner, decreasing the appearance of pores and evening skin-tone. It encourages new cell growth, helping to tighten skin and reduce wrinkles and the appearance of scars. It also helps soothe dry skin.
Myrrh - greatly benefits aging skin. It has strong anti-inflammatory properties that help improve skin tone, firmness, and skin elasticity, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Myrrh can also help heal sun damage, chapped skin, rashes, and eczema.
Geranium - helps regulate oil production and reduces acne breakouts. It also helps improve skin elasticity and tighten skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles. It also promotes blood circulation to the areas where it is applied, helping to heal bruises, broken capillaries, burns, cuts, dermatitis, eczema, ringworm, and other skin conditions.
Lavender - helps regenerate skin cells so is great for mature skin, sun spots, and scarring. I use it behind ears to repel head lice during back-to-school months.
Tea tree oil is one of the top antibacterial essential oils. It is extremely powerful for acne and other inflammatory skin conditions, including eczema and psoriasis. It is also used for itchy hair scalp. Tea tree oil has also the ability to fight recurrent herpes virus (which causes cold sores).
Remember that EO must be always diluted (tea tree oil and lavender EO can be also used undiluted). The rule of thumb is: for every 1 ml (20 drops) of carrier oil, you would add 1 drop of EO.
If you don't want to, or are afraid to use essential oils for topical application, try Epsom Salt baths. As oil and water don't mix, first mix few drops of desired EO with three cups of Epsom Salt, put it in your bathtub and enjoy!