Natural skin care products and remedies are becoming more and more prevalent in today’s society. Beauty products and skin care products are advertising their use of organic and natural ingredients to promote the change. More and more women prefer these organic and natural ingredients and products because we have seen the harmful effects that chemicals can have on our skin, body and appearance. Essential oils are the next great natural skin care product. Essential oils are extracts from plants and herbs that contain the essence, smell and properties of the plan from which they were extracted. In regards to skin care, essential oils are natural, non-greasy oils that tone, rejuvenate, and enhance the natural beauty of skin. Essential oils can treat acne, eliminate scarring, reduce blemishes, smooth wrinkles, and make age marks disappear. Essential oils can be added to creams, lotions, shampoo, moisturizers or carrier oils to be applied to the skin. When used on a daily basis essential oils can eradicate eczema, psoriasis, inflammation, infection, acne, discoloration, sunburns, and almost any skin condition, problem or irritation that you may have. Here is a list of helpful essential oils for your skin care needs.
Lavender-Lavender oil is coined the “universal oil” because of its ability to treat almost any skin problem for any skin type. It is good for almost anything which includes calming, soothing, enhanced mental capability, energy, mood, etc. For skin it has the same soothing effects and heals burns, blemishes, acne, eczema, and psoriasis. In addition it promotes growth of new cells and balances the production of sebum to even skin tone.
Tea Tree Oil – Tea tree oil is another wonderful oil because it has great medicinal properties such as antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antiseptic and analgesic. Therefore it has the amazing abililities to heal, clean, and sooth irritated, inflamed skin conditions. It is fast acting and can clear up acne, blemishes and pimples quickly.
Sandalwood – Sandalwood is an extremely moisturizing oil that is good for dehydrated or dry skin. Sandalwood can remove wrinkles, scars, and fine lines. It is also an antibacterial and antifungal which can reduce the occurrence of acne and skin infections.
Lemon oil – Lemon oil and other citrus oils are great for clearing up acne fast by removing the excess sebum and oil on the face. It has great healing and restorative qualities especially when applied to skin care. lemon oil can brighten ones complexion by removing dead skin cells. However, it can cause skin discoloration when exposed to direct sunlight, therefore its imperative to stay out of the sun immediately after applying lemon oil.
Clary Sage Oil – Clary sage is helpful for skin problems that are caused by hormone imbalances such as acne, wrinkles and fine lines. Clary Sage has a similar structure to human hormones therefore it can be used to supplement for imbalanced hormones when exposed into the body. It also acts as an antibacterial and astringent to kill infections and cleanse wounds.
Eucalyptus Oil – Eucalyptus oil is a strong oil that can be used as an antibacterial, antiseptic and anti parasitic. It cleanses the skin and has been known to reduce skin problems such as acne, eczema, and burns. It can clear blackheads and blemishes and reduce redness and irritation. Eucalyptus can smooth out uneven skin tones.
Myrrh Oil – Myrrh oil has been used for centuries and in ancient times used in a balm to treat almost any ailment. It has been known to treat chapped skin, wrinkles, rashes, blemishes, eczema, and bacteria in the skin.
Patchouli Oil – Patchouli oil is very fragrant and is known to treat all types of skin conditions. It is helpful in healing rashes, scarring, cracked and inflamed skin, acne, dermatitis and eczema. It can be used as a moisturizer to tone and tighten the skin as well as removing wrinkles.
Sarah Labdar, “Essential Oils for Skin Care”, Everyday Health