Basics Of Using Skin Care Essential Oils

Woman Cleaning Face Using Cream Containing Skin Care Essential Oils

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:

  • Help stimulate the production of new cells to help heal sun damage, burns, wrinkles, or wounds
  • Reduce bacterial and fungal infections, acne, and related skin problems
  • Soothe sensitive, inflamed skin
  • Regulate oil production

First, let's look at the structure of the skin, followed by precautions for using skin care essential oils, and then get into specific suggestions for different skin types.

Structure of the Skin

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.

Structure of the Skin

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.

Cautions For Using Skin Care Essential Oils

Essential oils are generally safe, although some may cause a skin reaction for a few people. Here are a few precautions for using aromatherapy skin care:

  • Spot test an essential oil or aromatherapy skincare recipe to make sure you aren't sensitive to it.
  • Make sure you use only authentic, high-quality essential oils. Low-quality or adulterated oils may irritate your skin, or you may not receive the desired benefits.
  • Store homemade aromatherapy skin care products in a cool, dark place or in the refrigerator for longest life (at least a month for most products). Throw out any product that starts to smell bad.
  • Most citrus essential oils (orange, lemon, bergamot, etc.) make your skin more sensitive to sun, so avoid sun exposure or tanning beds after using those oils. 

Essential Oils For Skin Care

The best skin care essential oils 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 the following balancing essential oils:

  • Geranium
  • Jasmine
  • Lavender
  • Neroli
  • Rose

For specific aromatherapy recipes for skin care, see the following articles on this website.

For Daily Skin Care:

For Skin Conditions:

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