Why not renew things for the better this season and take your beauty routine to the next level with all-natural essential oils. Essential oils extracts are effective in solving many beauty needs. All you have to do is add a couple of drops of your favourite essential oil to your moisturizer, serum, or shampoo, and you will start seeing the results in a matter of days.
But with more than a hundred essential oils available, finding the one for your needs can be a bit overwhelming. So here are some common essential oils that you can add in your daily beauty routine for that extra glow in your skin.
Sandalwood Oil: For combination skin
Sandalwood essential oil takes care of difficult-to-manage combination skin needs. This balancing oil minimizes large pores and blurs oil spots while renewing skin.
For a home spa experience, fill a large container with boiling water. Then apply one to two drops of sandalwood essential oil to your face and cover your head with a towel. Put your face on the steam. Your skin will feel nourished and rejuvenated.
Frankincense Oil: For Anti-Aging
You can use Frankincense essential oil as it helps new cell formation, tighten skin, and minimize wrinkles. It also evens out skin tone and reduces the appearance of those pesky large pores and blemishes.
Much of our beauty routine is dedicated to the face, leaving aside other parts of our body that also need specific care. The appearance of our hands is another factor that can trigger our true age. Add a couple of drops of Frankincense oil to the moisturizer of your choice to hydrate and rejuvenate your hands and nails.
Rosemary Oil: For hair
Rosemary essential oil can work wonders for hair. Whether you are looking for voluminous, soft, and abundant hair, or you have problems with hair loss, rosemary oil is your best option.
If you are looking for a thick mane, do not hesitate to use rosemary essential oil when massaging your scalp. For best results combine it with Melaleuca oil.
Geranium Oil: For oily skin
Derived from the geranium flower, this essential oil helps to improve and regulate oil production in our bodies. It promotes smooth and healthy skin while giving hair a healthy and vibrant shine.
Add a drop to your moisturizer for a smoothing effect. Its alkalinity levels make geranium the ideal complement to your everyday soaps, as it is useful to equalize hydration levels.
Tea Tree Oil: For Acne
Tea Tree is one of the most popular essential oils used for acne-prone skin. It has cleansing and purifying qualities that promote clean, rejuvenated skin. Also, it helps regulate oil production and has properties that fight acne-causing bacteria.
When occasional skin irritations occur, apply one or two drops of tea tree essential oil to the affected area.
Add a drop or two of Tea Tree oil to your daily facial cleanser to add cleansing properties.
Blue Tansy Oil: For stains
Blue Tansy essential oil is extracted from the flower of the same name. It is a valued ingredient in high-end skincare products thanks to its ability to promote even skin. This is due to the main chemical component of Blue Tansy called Sabinene, which helps reduce the appearance of spots, fine lines, and wrinkles. It has anti-inflammatory action and contributes to dermal asepsis.
Add a drop to your favorite cleanser or moisturizer and apply to help reduce the appearance of blemishes or to relieve skin irritation.
Rose Oil: For dry skin
Rose essential oil not only smells beautiful but also offers tons of benefits for your skin. Also, it is positioned as the most searched scent, according to google statistics. Helps balance skin moisture levels and reduces the appearance of skin imperfections. It promotes an even skin tone, a healthy-looking complexion, and, is moisturizing.
Combine a drop or two with the moisturizer of your choice and apply to the face, neck, and décolleté.
For blemishes, apply one drop to the affected area twice a day
General precautions while using essential oils
In case you are using essential oils by inhalation, through humidifiers or diffusers, the risks are almost non-existent. In some cases, indoors, they could give you dizziness or headaches, but this is not so common.
If it is used orally, it must be taken into account that some oils contain high levels of toxicity. So, in no case should they be given to children or pregnant women.
The use of essential oils on the skin of some people, who have sensitive or damaged skin, such as eczema, skin problems, or atopic dermatitis can cause some side effects and hence you should always perform a skin patch test or allergy test before using them.
Also the quantity of essential oils should be very restricted (usually a drop or two is enough) and it should be diluted with carrier oil or with some moisturizer before the usage.
FAQs about essential oil:
Q1: Are essential oils all natural and safe?
Essential oils are derived from natural plant-based sources, and usually obtained through distillation process. Many plants contain very powerful and concentrated chemicals in their roots, seeds, flowers, fruits, or bark. These natural compounds are essential oils. They are the essence of a plant, a gift from the earth, distilled and prepared to offer you the power of nature into your living.
However being natural does not mean being safe as well. Not all essential oils are safe and some can cause serious side effects, especially if they are used in wrong dosage.
Q2: Do I have to dilute essential oils?
It is often recommended to dilute if you want to apply them on the skin. If it is for diffusion or aromatic use, they can be used pure as well.
Keep in mind that pure essential oils are much more powerful than the very plants from which they are extracted. Some essential oils are considered mild and generally safe to apply to the skin, such as lavender or copaiba. But other oils are considered “hot” and must be diluted with a vegetable carrier oil before applying to the skin. Such as cinnamon bark, peppermint, and oregano.
A standard dilution measure for adults to apply on the skin might be 1 drop of essential oil for every 1 ml of vegetable oil.
Q3: Can I also use them during pregnancy?
As with babies, essential oils can aid your self-care throughout your nine moons of pregnancy.
The essential oil of rose or geranium can be a great ally to relax, pamper yourself, help you connect with your baby, both diffused and in the massage.
But, it is recommended that you consult with a trained health professional with experience in the use of available essential oils. Not all essential oils can be safe to use during pregnancy and hence a consultation with a trained health professional will help.
Q4: Is there a risk of allergies?
Yes, even though they are natural products. It is advisable to first do a skin tolerance test in the crease of the elbow for 48 hours. Some, like essential oils (ET) of citrus fruits, are photosensitizing (skin reactions due to UV). This is why it is better to apply them in the evening, and never in the sun. Or use an EO from which the photosensitizing molecules have been removed (for example, bergamot).
Q5: What precautions need to be taken?
Avoid putting it near the eyes. The skin is very thin at this location. It is, thus, more sensitive to essential oils, which risk irritation. It is also better to label your care to avoid any risk of error. And write the date of preparation. After two months, the oil can turn rancid, even in a closed bottle.
Q6: What time is the best to use essential oil?
In the morning and evening, or only in the evening if you find the effect to be too greasy for the day. In the morning, you can dilute them in a neutral cream which serves as a base. If the skin is oily, opt for a neutral cream with a mattifying effect to avoid shine.
Q7: Will I be all oily after applying the essential oils?
No, essential oils are volatile substances, so their composition is more similar to that of alcohol. Essential and vegetable oil are different. Due to this same volatile composition of essential oils, our skin absorbs them immediately when we apply it. Also, they must be kept closed and well stored.