Essential oils are usually affordable, great for you, all natural, and can be used for so many purposes! Several essential oils can be used for skin care. Remember that all essential oils need to be diluted in a carrier oil before use on skin. For every 1 ml of carrier oil, add 1 drop of essential oil of choice. Don’t forget to do a patch test on the skin on your inner arm to check for adverse reactions first!
If you have oily skin, acne, dermatitis or eczema look for essential oils that are balancing, astringent and antiseptic to help balance the pH. Consider using lemon, cedarwood, cypress, and juniper! If you choose lemon (which smells great!) be sure to also use sunblock as lemon essential oil can increase sun sensitivity.
For those with sensitive skin and dry skin, use essential oils like rose, lavender, neroli and geranium. These all smell lovely! Chamomile essential oil is a great choice for men with sensitive or dry skin due to the less floral aroma.
Mature skin requires cell growth stimulation. For wrinkles or mature skin, try frankincense, myrrh, clary sage, lavender and neroli. Frankincense, rose and neroli are great for wrinkle treatment.
To treat scars, herichrysum and neroli essential oils are best.
When purchasing essential oils, be sure that you are not purchasing fragrance oils (which are chemical compounds created in labs) and look for the specific label “essential oil (which is a plant based compound).” Essential oils can be used for many purposes, such as placing in a diffuser to lightly scent a room, or added to unscented dish soap or cleaning products for enhanced cleaning and scent. Be sure to check the essential oils to make sure you like the scent before you purchase.
Consider adding essential oils as a natural component to your healthy skin care regime.