This is part of an ongoing educational series on essential oils. Today’s topic is all about Essential Oils for Skincare. In later parts of this series I will be talking about essential oils you can ingest, grades of essential oils and much more. I recently talked all about Manuka Essential Oil and how to use it. Stay tuned for more!
The Top Essential Oils for Skincare
- Tea Tree essential oil also know as Melaleuca alternifolia is know from it’s cleansing properties. This is an oil that you find yourself using everyday on your face or body. I use it for two specific reasons. First it helps with blemishes. Second, it helps keep my sinuses clear and functioning well. This is how I personally use it- I take one drop of tea tree and drop it onto my left hand (I am right handed). With my other hand I take a small part of the drop with my finger and dap it directly on any blemishes I have. I also will rub the oil around places I am prone to breakouts. Next with another part of the drop I rub it down both sides of my neck. I rub a straight line from my ears lobes to the top of my shoulders. This is supporting natural drainage through my lymph system. I do all this with just ONE drop. For some people tea tree oil is too strong and may cause a bit of skin irritation. If that is the case for you, dilute the single drop of essential oil with 2 drops of a carrier oil, like coconut oil or jojoba oil.
- Myrrh Essential Oil has a long history of use in skin care for its moisturizing properties, it is perfect for dry skin. Myrrh essential oil is a great oil to add to your nighttime face regime. You will probably find the oil to be very gentle and beneficial to your skin. I personally use myrrh oil straight on my skin every single night. First- always try hard not to get essential oils in your eyes. If it happens to get into your eye you need to take a drop of carrier oil like coconut, and put it right in the corner of your eye. This will dilute the oil and stop it from hurting. Okay now that my disclaimer has scared you for life. Here is what to do with the myrrh oil. First the oil is very thick, totally unlike the tea tree oil. It can take a second for it to come out of the bottle, especially if your house is cold! I drop one drop on my hand, and then I spread it all around my eye, just like you would and eye serum. I do not have dry skin, but the skin around your eyes is so thin and fragile, I find this is helping me keep you skin and face looking young. Any extra oil I apply between my eyes and on my forehead area. The oil is shiny, so I apply before bed and it works perfectly. If you wanted to do it in the morning it takes a couple minutes to soak in.
- Frankincense Essential oil is the absolute best oil of all time. You will love this oil, not only does it smell amazing, it has some serious power behind it. If I could only pick one essential oil for skincare- this would be the one! Not only does it support normal cellular function within the body, the aroma is calming and has this old, slightly woody scent to it. This in combination with myrrh oil are my “baby face” combination. They both keep me looking young, so I will never stop buying them! To use frankincense oil on your skin, take 1-3 drops and mix with your favorite carrier oil. For dry skin I suggest olive oil, for combination skin, jojoba oil and for oily skin rosehip seed oil is a great pick. Mix with an equal amount of carrier oil and rub into your face and neck. Since I added this oil to my nightly regimen I have noticed my skin is incredibly smooth.
- Lavender essential oil is called the Swiss Army Knife of essential oils, because it can help with all sorts of stuff, it has hundreds of used. I have a client who was using lavender oil nightly for calming before sleep. Every night she would apply a couple drops to her hands with some carrier oil and inhale deeply. She would then apply the lavender oil over her chest. Finally as an act to calm herself she would lay back with her hands on the sides of her face and breath the relaxing scent in deeply and slowly to relax her mind and body before bed. Her routine was working beautify and she was getting the rest she needed. After about a month she had lunch with a friend she had not seen for a while. Her friend was blown away and asked her right away, what have you done to your skin, it looks amazing? Just the simple act of lavender oil on her skin each night had made her glow with healthy, clear skin. I highly suggest using lavender oil in a moisturizer regularly, especially when you get out of the shower as your pores are open!
- Carrot Seed Essential Oil has a very strong herbaceous scent, but it is a powerful oil for your skin. Carrot seed oil promotes smooth skin and proper cell function within the skin. It is rich in antioxidants which help keep your skin looking young. I usually apply carrot seed oil in the summer before a day in the sun. I mix with coconut oil to protect my skin and nourish it. Apply 2 drops with a small amount of coconut oil and rub into your face and chest.
I only use and trust one brand of essential oils. The brand where I can walk onto the farm and see the process myself, and see the care and love put into each and every bottle. Learn more about these oils here.
I really hope this post helps you on your journey to beautiful skin! I know that these oils have helped me turn my skin around and they can help you too!
P.S. Another favorite skin oil is Manuka. Here you can learn all about Manuka Essential oil!
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