During quarantine I’ve had the privilege of being able to read up on all the topics that I’ve been curious about and that includes essential oils. In fact, I was this close to registering for an online course and I might actually still do it. When you want to go down the road of natural skincare, essential oils become quite significant so what exactly are essential oils, what are they used for, and what are the ones most popular for skincare?
What Are Essential Oils?
Essential oils as the name suggests are extracted from the oils of plants. They share certain characteristics with fragrance while retaining the qualities of plants. Their methods of extraction vary from steam distillation which is the typically used method, to solvent extraction and expression. Essential oils are usually quite fragrant and very concentrated and effective and some of them can get quite potent.
Do We Need To Take Any Precautions When Using Them?
The only reason essential oils have to be handled carefully is due to their concentration levels. They’re considered the closest natural thing to medicines and they should be treated as such, paying close attention to dosage and use. In most cases, if we’re dealing with pure essential oils then we should dilute them in a carrier oil before applying them directly to our skin. Otherwise we risk causing burns, rashes, or pigmentation.
What Are Carrier Oils?
Carrier oils are oils that can help ‘carry’ the essential oil and deliver it gently to our skin. They’re usually cold pressed oils that are derived from fruits and nuts and they have a penetrative quality that allows them to carry essential oils. In certain cases, the essential oils are diluted down to one part essential oil versus seven parts carrier oil, and in some cases up to 25 parts carrier oil.
The Most Popular Essential Oils For Skincare:
Sandalwood or Lavender Oil:
These two oils are great for calming down the skin, treating irritation, inflamed skin and spots. Do a patch test first to determine that you’re not allergic to anything especially lavender. Use grapeseed oil or jojoba oil as a carrier oil with them.
Rose Essential Oil:
It’s used for dry skin to help it retain its natural moisture without clogging pores. We should combine rose essential oil with avocado oil or coconut oil as carriers.
Frankincense is the most powerful essential oil to promote cell regeneration, restore elasticity, and prevent sagging of the skin. It should be combined with either pomegranate oil or argan oil. Both having vitamin E in them but pomegranate oil absorbs quickly yet is pricier.
Tea Tree Oil:
This is among the most popular as it tackles acne-prone skin and inhibits bacterial overgrowth without drying out the skin. It should be combined with jojoba oil which is good for oily skin since it can trick the skin into thinking it has produced enough oil and therefore it wouldn’t start producing oil excessively.
Because of its abundant amounts of Vitamin C, this essential oil tackles dullness and pigmentation like no other, it also heals dryness and cracking skin. Rosehip seed oil is perfect to be combined with it since it has vitamin A which complements the vitamin C and helps with cell regeneration.
To shrink your enlarged pores you need chamomile oil in your life. The natural occurring compound azulene is responsible for helping in cellular turnover and in clearing up dead skin. Chamomile oil should be combined with pomegranate oil because of it’s ability for quick absorption.
Clary Sage Oil:
Dry out oily skin naturally without over-drying it by using clary sage oil because it can balance sebum production. Use it with grapeseed oil which also has great anti-inflammatory properties and can help calm the skin that’s breaking out.