Have you tried using essential oils for skin care? Are you a bit confused about how to use essential oils for skin care? Then keep reading, because this post is going to give you the ultimate guide to essential oils and skin care. Some of the questions that I’m going to answer include:
Which essential oils are best for skin care? Which essential oils should not ever be used for skin care? How are the best ways to use essential oils for skin care? How can you make your own skin care products with essential oils?
First, which essential oils are best for skin care? While you can use a variety of essential oils for skin care, here are the top 5.
Frankincense- This is considered the king of essential oils by a lot of people. If you had only one essential oil then frankincense would be it. Frankincense is great for helping to reduce aging and helping your skin to look more youthful. If you pay close attention to ingredients, you will notice that frankincense is often used in very high-end anti-aging creams and other high end skin care products.
Melaleuca- This classic essential oil is great for helping to sooth all kinds of skin irritations and helping to cleanse and purify skin and nails.
Lavender- Probably the most well known of essential oils, (other than maybe peppermint) lavender is a must have essential oil to help with many common skin issues including helping to soothe the skin after a day with too much sun and helping with bee stings or other similar challenges.
Rose- a favorite in many skin care products, rose water has been used for thousands of years as an anti-aging and beauty tonic.
Rosemary- great for helping with hair and nails and helping to cleanse the scalp.
Second, which essential oils are not a good idea for skin care? While there are some practical uses for these oils that may have an effect on your skin, these essential oils in general are not recommended for skin care, because they are hot oils and can burn you. If you do ever use any of these on your skin make sure to dilute them first with a carrier oil such as coconut, almond or jojoba oil.
Oregano- While this oil can help with things various skin irritations, it is a very hot oil and can cause severe burns when applied neat to the skin, so never ever do this.
Cassia- another very hot oil, applying it directly to the skin will burn so don’t do this.
Cinnamon Bark- Similar to cassia- although usually a bit less burning, not good to apply directly to the skin.
Clove- a great oil for teeth but not good for direct skin application.
You also want to be careful with citrus oils as they should never be applied to the skin while outside or for at least 12 hours prior to going in the sun.
Third, How are the best ways to use essential oils for skin care?
While you can apply any of the essential oils listed in the best essential oils for skin care section above to your skin for any skin issue or need, the best ways to use essential oils for skin care, are to use them to make your own natural products.
Here are some of the best options:
Deodorant- you can mix a few drops to some baking soda and apply under arms, or make a roller bottle with a carrier oil and rub on, or add a few drops to some arrowroot powder and apply directly.
Sun Screen- this one is tricky but I’ve found that applying lavender multiple times throughout the day can help reduce sunburn, however, in order to make a real sun screen, you need to also add in zinc oxide.
Lotions- shea butter by itself makes a great lotion and adding in some essential oils of your choice can make it even better.
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