Aromatherapy can be used for relaxation, for invigoration, or it can be used just to make the atmosphere smell better. Aromatherapy can also be used to ease an upset stomach, clear the sinuses and make the human body healthier, inside and out. Using aromatherapy for skin care is not only beneficial for healthy and radiant skin, but it is also helpful to the bodies inside, as the aromas are inhaled.
Using aromatherapy in skin care can be as simple as just adding a few drops of your chosen essential oil to your facial product or body lotion. Add the oil that best suits your skin type, which can be found below. With most essential oils just a few drops (3 or 4) go a long way. Mix them in facial masks, toners and even shampoos to help the scalp.
For normal skin you can use German chamomile, neroli, or geranium. German chamomile is soothing, calming and balancing, not only for the skin but for the nerves too. Use it in your facial treatments on hectic mornings for a calmer and easier day. Neroli is a tonic for the skin, cleansing the pores. It is also great for easing anxiety. Geranium is an astringent, which is also great for cleaning the skin. Use geranium in your toner/astringent for a fresh face and a fresh mind.
For dry skin use sandalwood, lavender or jasmine. Sandalwood has both tonic and astringent qualities and can aid in healing the effects of dry skin. Use this musky scented oil in your skin care to ease depression too. Lavender is one of the most amazing, and most popular, essential oils out there. Use lavender to balance out dry skin and a hectic mind. Jasmine is mild, but it nourishes dry skin and it can help with insomnia, so it is great for nighttime skin care regimens.
For sensitive skin use melissa or Roman chamomile. Melissa is an antiseptic and should be used in very small amounts. It helps cleanse and calm the skin. Roman chamomile is one of the gentlest oils, which is why it is perfect for sensitive skin, it is also very relaxing.
For mature skin frankincense, myrrh or patchouli. Use frankincense to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, a much cheaper alternative to some of the skin care products out there. It is also anti-inflammatory and can help reduce age spots. Frankincense is also very uplifting. Myrrh has somewhat the same properties as frankincense and it also inspires peace and tranquility, so where frankincense is great for the morning routine, use myrrh in the evening. Patchouli is an acquired scent, it can be too strong for some people. For those who are particular to it’s scent it can help produce new skin cells, treat eczema and reduce the appearance of scars. It’s hypnotic properties can help with sleep and relaxation.
For oily skin use cedarwood, tea tree or ylang ylang. Cedarwood is not only great for oily skin, but also for dandruff and acne. It can relieve skin stress and mind stress. Tea tree is very healing, it is highly recommended for acne sufferers. It also helps to balance out oily skin and it’s scent is quite invigorating. Ylang ylang is often used as a massage oil and can balance the oils in the skin, use it all over the body. It is also very sedative, but only use it in small doses, as it can be overpowering after a while.
As you can see aromatherapy is perfect for the health of the skin and the mind. It is a very balancing alternative therapy that combines healing properties with holistic sensibilities.
Reference: The Aromatherapy Bible by Gill Farrer-Halls, 2005