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Essential Oil Facials

Updated on November 9, 2010

Essential Oil Facials

Everyone wants to have young looking, clear, and flawless skin, right?  Well, sad to say, no one is blessed with flawless skin.  We all had porcelain skin when we were still babies, but the texture and quality of our skin change as we mature.  The skin becomes more prone to pimples when the age of puberty comes.  There are also who are still suffering from acne and blemishes and the conditions worsen when they are under stress.  The most common cause of rough, zit-infested skin is the stuck-up toxins and dirt living in the skin pores.  Those unsightly skin growths can be attributed to stress, problems, etc.  Purification through essential oil facials can be a great way to remove the dirt and toxins found in one’s skin.

Methods of Application

Pure essential oils are known for their innumerable therapeutic benefits.  Remember that no essential oil can be applied to the skin neat.  2.5% is the standard dilution of pure essential oils.  It is equivalent to 15 drops of essential oil.  You can also make a synergistic blend, a term called for the dilution of the essential oil(s) to carrier oil. 

You can look at some books or search the Internet if you have no idea about mixing the blends properly.  It would be better if you have an idea how to mix the blends properly so that you can make an effective synergistic blend.

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Aromatherapy Massage

The most accepted way of administering the essential oils is through the practice of aromatherapy massage.  You mix your chosen blend or oil into your choice of carrier when you decide to use aromatherapy massage.  The gentleness and warmth of the aromatherapy massage, together with the soothing and calming scents of the essential oils make it very relaxing and enjoyable for the one who is being massaged.  Aromatherapy massages can relieve tension, alleviate stress and relax strained muscles. 

From a Scientific Point of View

The usual path that essential oils take to relieve the body of stress and other ailments is through the olfactory system.  When one breathes in the aromatic chemicals composed of natural essences of the oils, the blood-brain barrier and the central nervous system are affected. 

Ever since time immemorial, aromatherapists believed that essential oils enter the skin deeper through massage and gentle kneading.  Nevertheless, there are still aromatherapists that also believe that essential oils can also enter the body effectively by inhalation.

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Caring for the Skin Using Essential Oils

If you are very conscious about your skin, you can make your own facial steam using essential oils.  Simply mix 5 drops of the essential oil of your choice in a pint of water.  If you have a facial steamer at home, you can also add the essential oil inside the facial steamer.  If you want to make your own facial mask at home, simply mix egg, honey, moistened clay, mashed avocado, oatmeal and other organic ingredients known to promote beautiful skin.  Mix a few drops of rosemary or chamomile on the mixture that you have already prepared and apply the mush on your skin.  Let it dry for a few minutes and then rinse it off with soap and water. 

Facial Spa at Home

Having a facial at a spa or beauty salon can be quite expensive, so knowing how to do treat yourself to a facial at home using essential oils is a wonderful thing.  You simply have to remember three simple things in facial care: you should cleanse, tone and moisturize your skin (in that specific order).

Stimulating the Skin Through Dry Brushing

You can stimulate the lymphatic system and the skin by using a bath brush with natural bristles.  Add 3 to 5 drops of essential oil on the brush and then brush the bristles with oil  on your skin.  Make sure that your brushing direction starts from your extremities towards your heart.  Just brush with light strokes; there’s no need for you to use forceful brushing especially when you have sensitive skin. 

Other Uses for Essential Oils

If you are stressed after a hard day’s work, take a relaxing and soothing bath by dropping 10 drops of essential oil in your bath tub or in your body wash.  You can also add a small amount of milk, cream or honey to make your bath time more pleasant.

You can also use essential oils when you are having menstrual cramps and strained muscles.  They are known to release muscle tension, making you relieved from the pain that your feeling.

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Spritz Your Stress Away

You can make your own facial and body spritzer using essential oils rather than buy those artificial facial mists in the market.  Aside from being expensive, they are also loaded with chemicals that can ruin your skin in the long run.

You can use Polysorbate 20 to easily dissolve the essential oils of your choice.  The number of drops or the amount of essential oil that you mix with water and carrier oil will greatly depend on your chosen container.  You can use your prepared sprtizer on your face, to refresh yourself or to freshen up a room.

Essential Oil Facials During Bath Time

You can also give your face a treat when you take a bath.  Simply mix the essential oil of your choice in a bowl of oatmeal, and leave it on while you are soaking yourself in the tub.

If you’re lucky enough to own a Jacuzzi, simply add 5 drops of essential oil and swish the water until the oil becomes evenly distributed.  Just be careful in using oils in your bath tub or Jacuzzi because some have reported that some oils can bring damage to plastic plumbing.

The samples mentioned above are just some of benefits and uses of essential oils.  Purification through essential oil facials, whether by topical application, steaming or inhalation will help you acquire younger-looking and flawless skin as well as feel a sense of calmness and serenity after a difficult and stressful day at work.

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