Aromatherapy’s been around for a long time and is considered to be a form of alternative medicine or complementary therapy to medicinal practice. We all know how it helps in improving the psychological well-being of patients since the oils have been an important instrument to lessen anxiety, improve mood and help those with insomnia to sleep better, among others. But not all knows that essential oils could also be incorporated in our skincare routine.
Before trying, ask for the professional advice of your dermatologist and make sure that you are not allergic to any components.
Perfect for those with dry skin and wrinkles, argan oil is known for its extremely hydrating qualities. It has Vitamin E and fatty oleic and linoleic acids that nourishes and is easily absorbed by the skin that the effect is instantly noticeable. Since it is moisturizing, it could also be administered to dry and flaky skin conditions such as eczema.
Similar to argan, geranium is also recommended for those with dry skin. It is also an exfoliant that helps remove dean skin cells, revealing a fresher, younger looking skin. This is also used by those suffering with acne since exfoliating dead skin cells invigorates a clearer complexion.
Grapefruit based pure essential oils on the other hand, is recommended for those with oily skin and scalp. It is also used to treat acne because of its antibacterial and antioxidant properties that hasten the skin’s healing from acne.
Known to help reduce stress, fatigue and muscles and joint pain, peppermint oil is also beneficial for those with itchy skin since it is minty and has cooling effect that soothes irritated and inflamed skin. It could also be used to treat acne but not as a stand-alone treatment. Peppermint oil is also used to treat dandruff and cuticle oil for nails but must be diluted first with a base such as grape seed oil.
For minor skin irritation or sunburns, lavender oil is the best choice since it is calming and nourishing. It also minimizes the appearance of blemishes and gives your skin a youthful glow. It also helps prevent wrinkles, detoxify your skin and prevent acne.
Filled with Vitamin C, rosehip oil has anti-aging properties and similar to argan oil, has fatty acids for nourishing the skin. This oil also has retinoids which helps in brightening the skin and fighting off acne.
Tea tree oil
Celebrated by most beauty gurus, tea tree oil with its antimicrobial properties is considered to be a “little cure-all" oil that fights off a small breakout, dandruff and other conditions that is caused by bacteria. It is even used by others to treat a mosquito bite to alleviate the itching.
When using essential oils, you have to remember that the oil must be diluted first with a carrier oil or moisturizer. If it is your first-time using essential oil, start small by adding few drops first to make sure you would not have any adverse reaction.