Every since I moved to a natural approach to my skincare, I have enjoyed using essential oils in my skincare routine. I love that essential oils can have such an anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effect on my skin. Essential oils are made of numerous compounds, that are terpenes and oxygenated compounds. According to Abundant Health:
All pure essential oils have some anti-bacterial properties. They increase the production of white blood cells, which help fight infectious illnesses. It is through these properties that aromatic herbs have been esteemed so highly throughout the ages and so widely used during the onsets of malaria, typhoid, and of course, the epidemic plagues during the 16th century. Research has found that people who consistently use pure essential oils have a higher level of resistance to illnesses, colds, flus, and diseases than the average person.
Clearly, some people believe that essential oils have incredible benefits for our bodies, and skin. Others are worried about how oils can irritate your skin, so if you are going to explore using oils on your skin, make sure you know how to dilute them and test them so you do not experience an irritation. My few of my favorite skincare oils to include:
Lavender – I add a couple drops to my moisturizer at night and it calms my body and mind.
Tea Tree – My ultimate pimple spot treatment.
Bergamont – Another great spot treatment and another one to blend into my moisturizer. I only use this in the evening as citrus oils can increase sun sensitivity.
Geranium – When added to my morning moisturizer, geranium seems to give my skin an overall healthy glow.
Frankincense – I use this one to help even out my skin tone and scars.
Neroli – Use this in my neck area to tighten skin and decrease scarring.
Cedarwood – To tame any oily area of skin
Juniper – to decrease healing time when I do have a nick or wound on my face.
Don’t forget to dilute your oils in a carrier oil, such as jojoba, almond, olive or other oil. There are many others that you might enjoy, but here is a good start if you are looking for cleaning, smoothing, and healing.