How to Use Essential Oils for Healthy Skin
Essential oils can help you achieve great skin, which is well moisturized, soft and elastic. A healthy glowing skin will contribute to your self confidence and appearance, and you can get all these with the help of aromatherapy. Essential oils have great penetrative properties that make them excellent moisturizers.
Whereas most moisturizers sit on the surface of the skin, essential oils penetrate to the inner skin layer. The essential oils need to be mixed with base oil, such as sweet almond, apricot kernel and jojoba. The good thing about essential oils is that they are light enough to be absorbed by the skin without clogging up the pores.
Skin types can vary, for example skin may be drier in winter or more oily around the time of your period, and it can change several time between puberty and menopause, so review the oils that you use and change them according to your changing needs.
Essential oils for normal skin: chamomile (also for dry/sensitive), fennel (also for oily), geranium (all skin types), lavender (all skin types), lemon (also for oily), patchouli, rose, sandalwood (all of them also for dry/sensitive).
If you have combination skin (oily on the forehead, nose and chin area, and normal or dry elsewhere), use oils for oily skin on the greasy areas and oils for normal skin on the rest of the face.
You can use either clay or oatmeal which are ideal for any face mask. If you use powdered clay, mix it into a paste with a hot water (read more about clay in my previous article how to use clay for body detox and great skin). Cool and then add yogurt for a smoother consistency. Alternatively, you can use finely ground oatmeal mixed into a paste and leave to cool. Add 15 drops of essential oils to suit your skin type per cupful of paste. Apply the mixture on your face, leave to dry slightly and then sponge off. If you have particularly dry or sensitive skin, add one tablespoon of evening primrose base oil for a more moistening mask. Avoid the eye area when applying.
Essential oils are a gentle way to tone up the skin. Ideal bases for fresheners are rose water for normal or dry/sensitive skin, or witch hazel for oily skin. You can apply them with cotton wool or spray them on the face for a more refreshing toner. Herbal tea infusions are also excellent toners. You can use herbal tea bags if you can’t get hold of the herbs. Boil a cup of water and infuse chamomile, marigold, rosehip or nettle teas. For normal skin add two drops of orange or lavender essential oil ans leave to cool. For oily skin use juniper or lemongrass essential oils, and for dry skin use rose or sandalwood essential oils.
If you want a soothing steam add five drops of chamomile or lavender essential oil, or for a stimulating steam use peppermint, thyme or rosemary. You can use comfrey or fennel essential oils for their healing properties.
Choose the correct essential oils for your skin type and blend them with an ordinary unscented cleanser, mild liquid soap or tissue-off lotion/cream and they will rebalance the skin.
Common Skin Problems
Essential oils have anti bacterial and anti inflammatory properties, hence are good treatments for acne sufferers. If you suffer from acne, use a daily sensitive skin type cleanser and moisturizer and add two drops of tea tree essential oil which has antiseptic properties. Apply a deeper clay type mask once a week, adding a few drops of the essential oil to heal and sooth the skin. Tea tree and lavender essential oils are commonly used to treat acne as they have anti-bacterial properties. Both oils can be applied directly to pimples with a cotton swab for an effective and natural acne treatment. Leave for a few hours or overnight. If you find that pure, undiluted essential oil is a little too harsh or drying on your skin, simply mix a couple of drops of the essential oil into a few teaspoons of aloe vera gel or carrier oil or honey and apply directly onto the pimple you wish to get rid of.
These are small blisters on the lips and around this area which are caused by the virus herpes simplex. Any persistent lip sore should be treated medically, but if you have a common lip sore apply undiluted tea tree oil.
These are small and red spider like veins that appear on the surface of the skin around the chick area, and affect usually people with delicate skin type. The solution is to protect the skin from losing excess moisture and to apply essential oils such as parsley, geranium, chamomile, lavender, rosemary or cypress in a heavy base oil.
If you are interested to learn more about essential oils you can find useful information in my e-book Magical Aromatherapy. This book will help you to discover the power of essential oils and the most effective ways to use them: