Essential Oils for Skincare

Essential Oils for Skincare: Tips for Healthy and Radiant Skin

Achieving radiant and glowing skin is a dream for many. However, the route to attaining healthy skin can seem confusing, complex, and haphazard with the gravity of information coming from all walks of life. But, with proper research and using tried and tested methods, healthy skin is within reach. One such age-old method that has been applied in skincare for hundreds of years is the use of essential oils. These time-tested miracle oils have been a part of history and were even used by our ancestors for various purposes and beautification is one among them.

Using essential oils is a great way to enhance one’s skincare routine in a natural and effective way. Apart from their delightful fragrances, essential oils are rich in skin-loving properties that can help one achieve a healthy and radiant complexion. From calming irritated skin, and minimizing blemishes, to nourishing the skin with vital nutrients, they offer myriad benefits.

So, without further ado, let’s dive into the world of essential oil skincare benefits, and some tips and tricks on how to effectively incorporate them into your skincare regime for best results. Read the full blog as the tea is piping hot!

Essential Oil Skincare Benefits:

Essential oils extracted from plants are loaded with a unique blend of beneficial compounds. These natural blends can help to:

Control oil production: Due to excessive sebum production from skin glands some skin types face breakouts due to clogged pores. Essential oils like tea tree, eucalyptus, lavender etc can work wonders to balance out sebum levels, reducing acne.

Improve skin elasticity: Aging is a natural process, and essential oils are just the perfect addition to your natural skincare regime to help you age gracefully as they can help boost the growth of new skin cells. Essential oils like Bergamot, Sandalwood, Lavender, Frankincense etc can promote skin regeneration for youthful skin.

Reduce skin inflammation: Some skin types are easily sensitized to irritants and essential oils can help with these issues as they naturally have anti-inflammatory properties. Thyme, Patchouli, Geranium etc are known for their skin-healing properties and can help soothe irritated skin.

Fight bacterial infections: Essential oils are anti-bacterial too and are an effective toll to combat skin infections. Adding Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Frankincense oils into your skincare routine can be a great way to overcome bacterial infections.

Offer antioxidant protection: The secret to glowing skin is incorporating as many antioxidants in your skincare as possible. As they are plant-based essential oils are loaded with antioxidants that help to fight back radical damage. Oils like clove, myrrh, marjoram etc can help protect the skin from environmental damage.

How to Use Essential Oils for Skincare

As essential oils are highly potent and concentrated, they must be used under proper guidance. Here are a few simple things to remember on how to incorporate them into your natural skincare routine:

  1. Dilution is the key: Essential oils should be diluted with a carrier oil before topical application. For beginners a standard safe dilution for facial care can be 1%, which equates to 6 drops of essential oil per 1 ounce of carrier oil. However, for people with sensitive skin, 0.5% is advised.
  2. Always perform a patch test: To get the best of essential oils, it is recommended to perform a patch test on a small area of your skin. Wait for a few hours to see how your skin reacts to the oil.
  3. Go for Therapeutic Grade Essential oils: It is best to choose high-quality essential oils when it comes to topical application. They come from reliable sources and are rejuvenating for the skin and body alike.
  4. Store them safely: Always store your essential oils away from direct sunlight in cool, dark places to preserve their integrity and potency.

Best Essential Oils for Different Skin Types

  • People with Oily Skin: Try Tea tree, Geranium, Lavender. These essential oil combinations can help regulate sebum production and reduce symptoms of acne-causing bacteria.
  • People with Dry Skin: Try Sandalwood, Chamomile, Ylang-Ylang. They can help balance the moisture levels of the skin.
  • People with Sensitive Skin: These skin types should avoid phototoxic oils and consult a trained professional for best results. Try lavender, rose, frankincense essential oils to soothe skin irritation.
  • People with Combination Skin: Try essential oils like rosemary, neroli, cedarwood etc. They can help cleanse the skin while providing proper hydration too.

Essential oil for skincare recipes:

Try these DIY Skincare Recipes and let us know about your experience:

  1. The Clear Skin Blend for Acne-Prone Skin:
  • 2 drops tea tree oil
  • 5 drops lavender oil
  • 20ml jojoba oil (carrier oil)

Mix all the ingredients and transfer them to a glass container. Keep applying every day in your night care routine till you see a difference.

  1. The Youthful Blend for Aging Skin:
  • 2 drops rose oil
  • 3 drops rosehip oil
  • 20ml argan oil (carrier oil)

Combine all the ingredients and store them in a dark glass bottle. Apply to your face and neck and massage well till it’s absorbed properly. Repeat each day.

3. The Hydrating Blend for Dry Skin:

  • 2 drops chamomile oil
  • 2 drops sandalwood oil
  • 30 ml distilled water

Mix all the ingredients well and transfer them to a spray bottle. Spritz on your face after cleansing.

Incorporating essential oils into your skincare routine can not only enhance the overall health and radiance of your skin but also provide a luxurious and sensorial experience. Whether you use them in facial serums, moisturizers, or homemade face masks, these natural skincare essentials can elevate your skincare ritual to a truly indulgent and effective practice.

Have you tried essential oils before? Tell us in the comments down below!

R.A.Arom(London), Aromatherapy Practitioner and Perfumer, Founder & Creative Director – Wikka
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