Using essential oils for skin care is a natural way to avoid the possibly toxic ingredients in many commercial skin care products. Essential oils may have the following effects:
First, let's look at the structure of the skin, followed by precautions for using essential oils. Then, we'll get into specific suggestions for different skin types.
Skin is your body's largest organ, making up 16 to 20 percent of your body weight. The skin has three structural layers: epidermis, dermis, and subcutis (also called subcutaneous fatty tissue).
The epidermis is the outer layer of skin cells. It protects the body from the invasion of bacteria, viruses, and other foreign materials. It's continually shedding cells, as newer cells push their way to the surface. The epidermis completely replaces itself every 35 to 45 days. So, with any new skin care routine, allow that much time to see significant visible results.
The dermis is the supportive connective tissue between the epidermis and the underlying subcutis, which is an important layer of loose connective tissue and fat. Collagen in the dermis gives skin strength and resiliency and also helps hold in water. Elastin in the dermis gives skin its ability to stretch. Both collagen and elastin production tend to decrease with age, leading to issues such as wrinkles, sagging skin, and dry skin.
Most essential oils are generally safe, although some may cause a skin reaction for a few people. Check the cautions of essential oils, as a few are not recommended for skin use. Here are precautions for general aromatherapy skin care:
The best essential oils for skin care depend on your type of skin. If you have combination skin, then you may need to treat each area separately, using the appropriate essential oils.
However, almost any type of skin can benefit from these balancing essential oils:
For specific aromatherapy recipes for skin care, see the following articles on this website.
Essential oils for face skin care:
For skin conditions:
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