Best Essential Oils for Skin Care
Most of today’s skin care products contain harmful petrochemicals that can cause skin irritation or allergic reactions. This is why so many women are turning back to nature and looking at the best essential oils for skin care. With skin being the largest organ of our body, it makes sense to care for it with what nature provides in pure extracts from plants versus chemical additives and preservatives. Essential oils are easily absorbed into the skin and can oxygenate your skin and re-hydrate your complexion. While treating skin conditions, essential oils in your homemade products not only promote wellness but also enhance beauty.
Essential oils are particularly useful for regenerating skin cells that has suffered damage from accidents, surgery, or other scarring. Essential oils can speed healing time, reduce or eliminate scars, and even greatly diminish the appearance of old ones. For best results, refer to this chart to see which essential oils are suitable for your skin type to help you keep (or get back) that youthful glow.
For normal and combination skin, the best essential oils for skin care include: Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Rose, Calendula, Rosemary, Geranium, Rosewood, Cypress, Ylang Ylang, Cedarwood, Jasmine, Neroli, and Angelica.
For dry skin, the best essential oils for skin care include: Carrot Seed, Marjoram, Roman Chamomile, Geranium, Rose, Myrrh, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Lavender, Orange, Palmarosa, Rosewood, Petitgrain, Ylang Ylang, Sandalwood, Neroli, Mandarin, Jasmine, Spikenard, Patchouli, and Helichrysum.
For oily skin, the best essential oils for skin care include: Bergamot, Mandarin, Tea Tree, Grapefruit, Lemon, Nutmeg, Niaouli, Lavender, Cypress, Geranium, Clary Sage, Juniper, Lemongrass, Basil, Cedarwood, Peppermint, and Cajeput.
Carla Oates, in her book, Feeding Your Skin suggests the following essential oil combinations for different skin types. You can use these essential oil blends in a facial serum, body lotion, bath gel, or body scrub, for instance. The dilution rate for a skincare product is 2% in your carrier, whether it is lotion, cream, or oil. (This means you will be adding 12 drops of essential oils per one-ounce (30ml) carrier. The suggested essential oil drops below are for adding to one ounce of carrier.
Normal Skin – 6 drops lavender, 4 drops geranium, 2 drops ylang-ylang
Oily Skin – 3 drops sandalwood, 6 drops lemon, 3 drops lavender
Dry Skin – 6 drops sandalwood, 3 drops geranium, 3 drops rose
Sensitive Skin – 6 drops chamomile, 4 drops rose, 2 drops neroli
Dehydrated Skin – 4 drops rose, 6 drops sandalwood, 2 drops patchouli
Mature Skin – 4 drops neroli, 4 drops frankincense, 4 drops ylang-ylang
Acneous – 6 drops lemon, 2 drops cypress, 4 drops lavender
Devitalized – 6 drops geranium, 4 drops rose, 2 drops cypress
Broken capillaries – 4 drops rose, 4 drops chamomile, 4 drops cypress