If you want to do an aromatherapy facial at home, this article offers one simple approach. The recipes sometimes leave the choice of essential oils to you. You can use a balancing oil that's good for all skin types, such as rose, neroli, lavender, or geranium, or see specific suggestions for dry skin, normal skin, or oily skin.
If you don't have sensitive skin, start with an exfoliating aromatherapy face cleanser such as this one:
12 drops geranium essential oil
1 cup finely ground oatmeal
1/2 cup ground almonds
2 teaspoons sweet almond oil
1 tablespoon clear honey
Dark glass jar with cap
Place oatmeal and almonds in a medium bowl.
In a small bowl, blend the oils and honey.
Add the oil/honey mixture to the dry ingredients, stirring until well blended.
Transfer mixture to a sterilized dark jar. Cap tightly and store in a cool, dark place.
To use: Take a teaspoon of the mixture and moisten it with a little rose water (distilled water works too). Rub the mixture gently over your face, and then rinse off with warm water.
After cleaning your face, use this facial steam:
Add 5 drops of essential oil to a bowl of steaming hot water.
Cover your head with a towel or cloth, creating a tent.
Keep your eyes closed as you place your head over the steamy bowl, being careful not to get close enough to burn yourself.
Steam for 3 to 5 minutes or as is comfortable.
Gently pat your face dry.
Apply a Green Clay Aromatherapy Facial Mask
Estheticians use green clay to tighten pores, remove dead skin cells, and create a smoother complexion. Green clay has absorbent properties that tone and firm the skin while pulling out impurities.
How to use the mask: First, clean and dry your skin. Apply the mask and leave it on for at least 15 minutes. Wash off the mask with lukewarm water and then pat your skin dry. Apply moisturizer.
How To Make the Mask
1. Make the mask base by blending the following ingredients: