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Essential Oils in Skin Care

Essential oils are used regularly for their aromatherapy benefits, but they can also be used in skincare. Not only will you reap the benefits of soothing the mind with aromatherapy, many essential oils clear blemishes, tone, balance and moisturize the skin.

The skin is the largest organ in the body, and treating it with pure, natural ingredients, such as essential oils, is a great way to keep skin looking and feeling its best.

Here are some beneficial essential oils for the skin:

In aromatherapy, rose oil inspires emotional calm and stability without sedative effects, and the aroma is considered powerful and comforting. But, rose essential oil also works well on a variety of skin types due to its mild anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties which help tone and balance the skin. Rose oil and rose water can also be used to hydrate skin and is perfect for use during drying winter months and on dry, mature and aging skin.

Although expensive, this essential oil does more than just smell exquisite – it deeply relaxes, lifts depression and boosts confidence.

As a skincare treatment, Jasmine essential oil tones and improves skin elasticity, while helping to reduce stretch marks and scars. It tones dry, greasy, irritated and sensitive skin and is often used to assist with stretch marks and to reduce scarring.

It’s non-toxic, non-irritant and generally non-sensitizing, although some people do have an allergic reaction to the oil, and it should not be used in pregnancy.


Ylang Ylang
Considered a somewhat masculine-scented essential oil, Ylang Ylang has been traditionally used in beauty and skin care since its plant hormones promote cellular regeneration. Its moisture balancing effect on the skin’s natural sebum production makes Ylang Ylang oil suitable for sensitive, oily, dry and mature skin types.

Ylang Ylang also has antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-seborrheic properties and works well as a skin care treatment for normal-combination and oil-rich stressed skin. It is also beneficial for those suffering from acne, broken capillaries, scars, seborrhea and varicose veins. Because it is bactericidal, Ylang Ylang also functions well as a deodorant.


Tea Tree
Tea tree oil has a unique fragrance that some may found overpowering. But, it makes for an effective natural acne and oily skin treatment due to its antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiseptic, and germicidal properties.

Testing the oil on a small patch of skin is recommended before using it over a larger area. As with any product or treatment, if a rash develops, discontinue use. You can also dilute tee tree oil (or any essential oil) with a base oil of Jojoba or Almond Oil.

For those with acne, tea tree oil can be applied to skin once or twice daily by directly dabbing it onto a pimple with a cotton swab. A few drops can also be applied to the oily T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin) or to the entire face. But, be sure to keep it away from eyes and out of the nose.

Many essential oils should be used with a base oil such as Jojoba or Almond. A general guide is 5 drops of essential oil per 25mL of base oil.


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