Essential oils are great for the skin. Many cosmetics contain harmful chemicals that are being absorbed into the skin everyday which is why it’s important to consider a safe alternative that is not only non-toxic but nourishing and replenish. Essential oils have properties that can sooth, moisturize, tone, exfoliate and heal the skin. They minimize the appearance of wrinkles by rejuvenating and hydrating mature and damaged skin. When combined with a good base oil of which there are many to choose from you can keep your skin moisturized and give it a more youthful appearance. Essential oils help to tone the skin as they have an astringent effect. A toner made with essential oils will replenish moisture, minimize the appearance of wrinkles, hydrate damaged skin and balance the pH level of the skin. It will also shrink the skin pores and tighten the skin. If you have acne essential oils have antiseptic, antibacterial & anti-inflammatory properties that treat the infection and control excessive production of oil. The anti-inflammatory action also helps to sooth dry skin and conditions such as eczema and dermatitis.
Some essential oils that are beneficial to the skin are:
German, (or Blue) Chamomile oil (Matricaria recutita) is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and helps itchiness.
Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) is antifungal, antibacterial, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory.
Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) oil is antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and balances the production of oils from the sebaceous glands.
Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum) helps to regenerate the skin tissue, heals bruises and can prevent scarring.
Frankincense (Boswellia sacra) helps protect skin cells and encourages new cell growth which restores elasticity which is lost as we age.
Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha) is great for aging dry and chapped skin.
Pomegranate seed oil (Punica granatum) is high in antioxidants that can help combat the drying affects that come along with aging dry skin to help give it back its glow.
Carrot Seed Oil (Daucus Carota) is high in vitamin A and helps produce collagen which plumps up the skin and reduces the appearance of wrinkles.