The essential oil craze is ever growing, and for good reason. Essential oils are not only great for enhancing your mood and making you feel more relaxed, but can be used to keep you feeling young and beautiful as well. There are many essential oils that can be incorporated into your daily beauty routine, and here are some scents to get you started.
Before you pick up some new essential oils, though, make sure you become familiar with the safety rules around these products. For example as essential oils are highly concentrated, most essential oils should not be applied to the skin undiluted; therefore, make sure to blend essential oils with proper carrier oils or use them in combination with other ingredients. Knowing your skin type and your skin’s individual needs will allow you to choose the proper oils and ingredients to combine with essential oils. For instance, if you have dry skin, rose hip seed oil may work. Different essential oils, as well, are effective for different skin types and conditions. Below we’ve listed 5 essential oils that could help you stay radiant.
Originally an offering to the gods, frankincense has many beneficial properties. As a skin care product, it’s good for multiple skin types, including preventing wrinkles in aging skin. Therefore, it can be used as part of a moisturizer to improve the appearance of skin. Frankincense is also useful for acne-prone skin, including as a spot treatment, as well as to prevent further blemishes and reduce scarring. With its stress-reducing and skin-improving tendencies, it also could be an ideal essential oil to use in a facial massage, a good addition to your face care routine which removes toxins and stimulates blood flow, among other benefits.
Although some find the scent of German chamomile to be a bit overpowering, it is widely used in combination with other ingredients in the skin care industry. As well as being useful for skin conditions such as eczema, it also works well for dry and sensitive skin. German chamomile is also an effective addition to hair moisturizer or toner.
Lavender essential oil is one of the most common oils we hear of, probably because it has so many uses, which range from treating colds to insomnia. In terms of beauty, lavender is useful in hot oil treatments for your hair, as it both treats dandruff and improves alopecia. Simply combine with a heated base oil, massage into your scalp, wrap your hair in plastic wrap and a towel, and leave it on your hair for at least two hours before shampooing twice to wash off. With its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties it’s also good for most skin types, making it an ideal oil for a facial steam.
With its antiseptic, antiviral, and immune-stimulant properties, tea tree oil is well known for its medicinal uses. Essential oils can also be used in the bath and in massage, and tea tree is especially good for those with weak immune systems. In terms of perfecting your skin, it is especially useful for acne-prone skin as a spot treatment, including in combination with frankincense. Also when taking care of your skin in the summer, tea tree oil is quite effective in treating insect bites.
Useful for minimizing the appearance of scars and for helping dry skin, jasmine can certainly be used in facial treatments as well as body scrubs. With its romantic associations, this scent can make you both look and feel beautiful.
So, are essential oils soon to be an essential part of your beauty routine? Give them a try and see if they work for you! You can also come to Greenhouse Spa and give a few of our treatments a try.