The 8 Best Essential Oils for Your Skin
You may have seen the phrase “essential oils” on the ingredients list of your favorite shampoo, body wash or hand lotion, but aren’t really sure what this means. Basically, an essential oil, or “essence,” is a botanical extract taken from a variety of organic materials, including herbs, trees and flowers.
Essential oils can have a profound effect on your mood, behavior and skin’s appearance. If you’re suffering with any number of issues, from dry skin to acne and even eczema, there’s an essential oil that can help. If you’re planning to create your own home remedies for acne, dry skin, oily skin or eczema, here are eight essential oils to consider adding to the mixture.
Above all others, lavender is the best essential oil for oily, sensitive, combination and dry skin. It can be used to treat acne breakouts, an eczema flare-up, oily patches, dermatitis, insect bites, blisters, athlete’s foot and even a nasty sunburn. Aside from its benefits, lavender is also a soothing, calming fragrance that can help you relax after a long day of kids, commutes and aggravating co-workers.
If you suffer from oily or dry skin, consider purchasing products or creating your own moisturizer and body cream featuring ylang-ylang. The ylang-ylang tree grows throughout portions of Asia and the oil is extracted from the plant’s aromatic yellow-green flowers. This essential oil helps balance sebum production, making it ideal for dry, oily and combination skin. A little bit goes a long way when it comes to ylang-ylang oil, so add it thoughtfully to your homemade products.
Just like a cup of steaming chamomile tea can help soothe you after a long day, so can a product containing its essential oil heal your skin. Ideal for dry and sensitive skin, chamomile can also treat a variety of skin conditions, including eczema, rashes and contact dermatitis.
Chances are, you’ve never heard of carrot seed essential oil, and might have trouble finding it listed on the ingredients of commercially-produced health and beauty products. Effective in treating both eczema and psoriasis, carrot seed oil is also ideal for dry, irritated skin. If you’re looking for a safe, natural way to combat fine lines and wrinkles, add a few drops of carrot seed essential oil to a homemade facial moisturizer.
Once again, you’ve probably never heard of neroli oil, which is an extract of the bitter orange tree. It features a sweet, soft fragrance and is a soothing way to treat acne, wrinkles and stretch marks. The essential oil works by speeding up cell turnover, but be aware that it does feature a slightly metallic odor, so add it sparingly to your homemade beauty products.
Far and away, one of the most effective essential oils to combat oily, acne-prone skin is tea tree. A pale yellow oil that features a slightly camphoraceous odor, tea tree helps eliminate excess oils without over drying your skin. The oil also features mild antibacterial properties, which also helps prevent future acne breakouts.
A popular ingredient in many over-the-counter beauty products, geranium features a light, pleasant fragrance, making it ideal for use on sensitive skin. On top of smelling amazing, geranium can also treat your oily, acne-prone skin. Years of applying makeup or subjecting your face to endless beauty treatments can leave your skin looking dull and lifeless. If this is the case, create a simple mixture of cocoa butter and a few drops of geranium oil. Apply the mixture to your face daily to invigorate your skin’s appearance. You can also use a homemade product containing geranium to combat your stretch marks and cellulite, as well.
If you’re suffering from painful acne, create a homemade moisturizer with eucalyptus essential oil. Be warned eucalyptus oil extract features a strong odor, although it’s well worth the smell to reap its health benefits. If your little one suffers a scraped knee or minor skin infection, rub a little cream featuring eucalyptus oil over the affected area.
From the exotic ylang-ylang to the softer, sweeter geranium or lavender; there is an essential oil to treat almost any skin type and ailment. If you’re considering making a homemade lotion or moisturizer featuring any essential oil, remember that less is always more and don’t be afraid to blend fragrances to create a unique product for your skin type.
About the Author: Jessica Monroe is a blogger and stylist. Jessica always keeps essential oils on hand and is especially fond of lavender for its calming effects and for treating her sensitive skin.
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