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Essential Oils and Skin Care

Updated on November 9, 2010

Natural Skin Care

Why spend large amounts of money for synthetic skin care products that risks your skin from developing infection or rashes as side effect? Indeed, nature provides the best source of products that will nourish and improve your skin condition.

Essential oils extracted from plant sources contain natural ingredients and properties that have led essential oils to become one of the most versatile products available in nature. And the best part about essential oils is that it provides holistic instead of a single benefit.

Essential OIls for Skin Care

Check out below for more of the suggested essential oils ideal for skin care.

Geranium Essential Oil

Geranium is considered a wonderful oil for it helps in treating troubled and sensitive skin. However, it does suit various skin types including dry or oily skin and individuals with wrinkled skin. That is the beauty of geranium and other natural essential oils as it is versatile in treating all types of skin conditions.

If you just want to enrich your skin, you can add geranium essential oil to your moisturizer or toner. If you do not have one ready, you can make one water and apple cider vinegar for people with oily skin. For every ounce of toner or moisturizer, you will need 3 drops of geranium oil. It helps in creating balance among your hormones and promote circulation for a more radiant glow on your skin.

Tea Tree Oil

To extract tea tree oil, you will need the leaves of the tea tree plant. Tea tree oil contain antibiotic and antibacterial properties that has rendered this oil as a natural skin care product. If you are trying to treat a spot, then that is when tea tree oil is most effective. Whenever a pimple appears on any area of your face, you can apply a few drops of tea tree oil directly on the skin. Make sure to avoid picking at the pimple to prevent further damage on the skin surface. In two days or less, your pimple should be gone. And because it also contains anti-inflammatory properties, the possibility of that pimple recurring is further lessened.

As with the geranium essential oil, you can make a toner using tea tree oil. Prepare 2 cups of warm water and add 3 teaspoons of dried yarrow. Once cooled, you can add 12 drops of tea tree oil into the mixture. Store it in a bottle and you now have your own tea tree oil toner.

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Sandalwood Essential Oil

Sandalwood is another effective oil in promoting healthier skin while also treating skin problems. To be specific, sandalwood essential oil is ideal for skin infections and acne. Sandalwood essential oil contains antifungal and antibacterial properties that help treat and prevent acne formation.

The most common application of sandalwood essential oil for skin care is to create a clay mask base. Prepare the following ingredients: one teaspoon of bentonite clay, half teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, and 5 drops of sandalwood. Simply combine all ingredients together and if you are aiming for a more creamy consistency, you can add more of either vinegar or clay. Once you have the mask ready, simply put it over your face and neck. Let it stay there for at least 5 minutes before rinsing it off. For better results, perform this once weekly.

Natural Skin Care : What Is Lavender Oil Used For?

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender is one of the more common and versatile oils in aromatherapy. However, it is probably most known for its benefits on the skin, including children. What makes lavender essential oil a good type of oil for skin care is the fact that it is a balancer. Meaning, it balances the oil production on your skin such that it is neither oily nor dry. This balanced production of oil ensures that your skin have enough moisture to produce an even skin tone and prevent blemishes from forming.

Lavender essential oil is also effective in keeping your skin hydrated and suits all skin types. If versatility is what you want, there are various methods of application for lavender essential oil including mask, toner, moisturizer, scrub, and several others. And since it is mild and gentle enough as an oil, you can apply lavender essential oil directly on the skin without causing harm or irritation.

A general word of caution would be to take the same precautionary measures when handling lavender essential oil as you would any other types of oil. Then, you can benefit from the use of lavender essential oil in treating various conditions including bruises, burns, scabies, allergies, inflammations, acne, dermatitis, eczema, wounds, sores, and spots.

Aloe Vera Oil

Aloe vera is most known as a natural ingredient that can strengthen and improve appearance of your hair. But not too many are aware that aloe vera oil is also beneficial in skin care due to its astringent qualities. This property facilitates in the process of cell regeneration and effectively soothes the skin.

Aloe vera is most commonly used in aromatherapy massage for its rejuvenating effect on the skin. Among the skin conditions it is able to treat include eczema, wounds, sunburn, psoriasis, acne, skin irritations, and dermatitis. Although it is effective, some people have reported allergic reactions from using aloe vera oil directly on the skin. Hence, you must perform the skin patch test first before using it.

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Chamomile Oil

Chamomile oil is one natural ingredient that is used for baby skin care products because it is gentle yet effective. One reason why chamomile essential oil is quite common in aromatherapy application is because it suits all types of skin.

Chamomile oil contains anti-inflammatory properties that helps in skin regeneration through topical application. You can also prepare facial steam using chamomile essential oil to clean the pores of your skin for a healthier and more vibrant looking skin.

Ginseng Oil

Ginseng oil is used as main ingredient in several cosmetic and facial products due to its rejuvenating properties. Aside from that, it also contains several other beneficial properties that make it ideal for use in nourishing creams that treat various skin conditions such as aging, wrinkles, and many other related skin conditions.

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    squid4u 7 years ago from hub pages, squidoo, blogger

    Great hub - I love essential oils too !!! Would like to see more !!! Yes they are very relaxing and healthy- everyone should try some .

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    Sioux Ramos 8 years ago from South Carolina

    Another good article, and presentation of more uses for essemtial oils. They are so versatile, aren't they?

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