Get Oiled Up: Best Essential Oils For The Skin (ALL Skin Types)

Get Oiled Up: Best Essential Oils For The Skin (ALL Skin Types)

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Essential Oils

 

Like many traditional anti-acne/anti-aging/general skincare products, essential oils contain anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties.

Most of these oils are also filled with vitamins (A, B, C & E), and anti-oxidants which make them perfect for protecting, hydrating and healing the largest and probably the most delicate sense organ—the skin!

Made from the extracts of plants (leaves, barks, woods, resins, fruits, flowers, and seeds), these natural oils are a “Go-To” for many health-conscious individuals and/or natural beauties…and not just due to their amazing aroma.

A lot of us are sleeping on the versatility (used in perfumes, cosmetics, soaps, for flavoring food and drinks, aromatherapy, and for adding scents to incense and household cleaning products…et cetera) and value of the oils that Mother Nature has bestowed upon us (haha!) simply because we are consumed with what is forced down our throats in mainstream media, even though these products are not necessarily the most affordable nor the best for us.

The beauty community and the population at large are turning more and more to organic personal-care products (which is a great thing!), and since you’re here I am assuming you are too.

You rock!

In today’s post, I want to shed a bit of light on the benefits of using Essential Oils for your skin, and the best types of oils that are suitable for the various skin types: whether it’s oily, combination, dry, or sensitive skin.

 


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There are a few (if not many—depending on how you look at it) essential oils that are tested and proven to work wonders for your skin. And you don’t have to worry, they work their mini magic (yes magic!), when used properly, without clogging a single pore or damaging your skin with harsh compounds; unlike a few of the more popular products that we know and use!

Besides the main “suspects”: Coconut oil, Olive oil and probably Castor oil, a lot of people don’t realize that there are many other oils in the arsenal that are just as powerful if not more powerful, and whose effectiveness highly depends on the skin it’s catering to.

It is never usually a “See an oil, buy an oil” scenario.

I know it can be tempting at times!

Have you ever stepped into a “natural” store?

Let’s be honest, the aroma-filled environment alone will tempt you to spend all of the coins that you do not have!

From the smell of Cinnamon, Almond, to Lavender and Chamomile (Oh, don’t even talk about sweet, sweet Chamomile!) we just might lose our senses as our skin anxiously itches. I can’t say I blame you.

However! Before you go and blow a gold mine on every essential oil known to man (and Google), you first need to identify your skin type! (Just to be on the safer side of the tracks, it’s best to consult with a dermatologist or holistic health expert before you make any decisions regarding what may or may not work for you.)

If you’re not too serious and you’re just experimenting, you can try out the following DIY Skin Test to determine where your skin fits best.

 


DIY Skin Test| How Do You Know Your Skin Type?


How to know your skin typePhoto: Bennie Lukas Bester| Pexels

 

Les Instructions:

 

  1. START off by washing your face with warm water and a mild scrub/face wash.
  2. After washing, pat dry with a soft, clean towel and wait for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Observe your skin.

How does your skin feel?

Does it feel dry and tight? Not too dry but not too oily either? Or is it oily?

  • If it feels dry, does it feel flaky, stiff, and/or itchy? Yes? Then you likely have dry skin.

 

  • Is there visible redness, blotches, or are you experiencing overall discomfort (irritation)? Then you may consider your skin to be sensitive.

 

  • If your skin does not feel too dry, however, it’s not too oily either, is smooth in texture with normal size follicles, then you’re one of the lucky few with a normal skin type.

 

  • On the other hand, if your skin feels oily (having a thicker shinier appearance with large follicles) you fall into either one of these two categories:
  1. Combination Skin: Oily/shiny T-zone, with dry or normal cheeks.
  2. Oily Skin: Excess oil secretion; all over the face.

Now that you’ve successfully (I hope 🙂 …)  identified your skin type, let’s do a mini refresher course on some of the benefits of using essential oils.

 


8 Great Benefits of Using Essential Oils On The Skin


Woman throwing oil in her palm for oiling the skin
Photo: Unsplash| Christin Hume

 

We all wish we could look like our sweet sixteen selves forever!

We spend so much time on social media, under our favorite celebrities’ posts (of them in bikinis displaying toned abs and glowing sun-kissed skin, or even that one rare selfie of them barefaced and looking scrumptious and their skin as if kissed by the Gods) typing #Goals and #Skingoals.

While the more fortunate of us all spend thousands of dollars on the same products that these celebs claim to be responsible for their amazing  #nofilter skin, and the results? Nil!.

We all know that despite having the best genes in the world, healthy skin requires a lot more than just drinking water!

But if these top-notch, super expensive, dermatologist-approved products aren’t cutting it, what am I possibly to do to get rid of these pesky flakes, acne scars, dark spots, eczema or hyperpigmentation?

Have you ever considered adding essential oils to your beauty care toolkit?

No?

Well now is the time, sweetie!

There are so many benefits of using essential oils as a part of your skincare routine.

Here are 8 fantastic reasons why you should do so today:

>Essential Oils—

  1. Provide gentle exfoliation for more radiant skin.
  2. Help reduce acne and excess oil from the skin.
  3. Combat dryness, rashes, and flaskes.
  4. Help reduce signs of aging and the appearance of wrinkles.
  5. Refine pores and minimize pore size.
  6. Help to alleviate skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, and rosacea.
  7. Keep the skin looking firm & youthful.
  8. Are great moisturizers.

 


Essential Oils| Application 101


 

Just as important as knowing which essential oil to use for treating your skin condition or for your skincare needs, is knowing how to apply these oils to your skin the correct way.

Here are are few tips to consider:

🙁 Don’t use directly on the skin — Essential oils are most likely to work better for treating skin conditions when applied topically. NEVER apply essential oils on your skin if they are not significantly diluted. This may cause irritation and other damages! DO NOT INGEST.

🙂 ALWAYS use a carrier oil — Active essential oils cannot penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin so they should always be contained in a carrier oil, for example, Jojoba.

🙁 Patch test the mixture — Begin by testing skin sensitivity on a small area of your own arm, or the most sensitive area on your body (usually the area right below the ear on your jaw). Observe the area after about  5 to 20 minutes to see if any negative reaction occurs. If you’re a worrisome freak like me, go 24 hours! Make sure that you stop using the oil(s) immediately in case of any negative reactions, and see your doctor.

🙂 If you wish to add the essential oil(s) to other products (for example to your lotion, moisturizer, or shampoo) add it with a carrier oil.

SNAP FACT: A few drops of an essential oil such as Tea Tree oil can be added to each application of shampoo to treat dandruff.

🙁 Be careful with sun exposure! Especially with oils like Lemon, Lemongrass, Grapefruit and other citrus-based oils.

 


Some of the Best Oils For Your Skin Type


 

essential oil ingredientsPhoto:  Daria Shevtsova| Pexels

 

->Normal Skin:

  • Lavender Oil
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Ylang Ylang Oil
  • Apricot Kernel Oil**
  • Olive Oil**
  • Jojoba Oil**
  • Grapeseed Oil**
  • Sunflower Oil**
  • Almond Oil**
  • Sweet Almond Oil**
  • Coconut Oil (extra virgin)**
  • Hempseed Oil**

 

-> Dry Skin:

  • Chamomile Oil
  • Geranium Oil
  • Lavender Oil
  • Helichrysum Oil
  • Rose Oil
  • Ylang Ylang Oil
  • Frankincense
  • Tamanu Oil**
  • Olive Oil**
  • Avocado Oil**
  • Sweet Almond Oil**
  • Rosehip Seed Oil**
  • Apricot Kernel Oil**
  • Sunflower Oil**

 

-> Acne-Prone Skin:

  • Basil Oil
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Basil Oil
  • Geranium Oil
  • Lemongrass Oil
  • Lemon Oil
  • Jojoba Oil**
  • Sesame Oil**
  • Argan Oil**
  • Grapeseed Oil**
  • Evening Primrose**

KAREMA SAYS:  Please be careful with how much oil you use if you suffer from acne, and how the oil is applied to your skin as oils could clog your pores and make your acne worse (God forbids!). While there is no hard and fast rule as to the amount of oil that should be used, your skin will tell you when enough is enough. Listen to it!

 

-> Sensitive Skin:

  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Lavender Oil
  • Chamomile Oil
  • Frankincense
  • Sandalwood
  • Sunflower Oil**
  • Jojoba**
  • Sweet Almond Oil**
  • Apricot Kernel Oil**
  • Avocado Oil**
  • Rosehip Seed Oil**
  • Argan Oil**
  • Grapeseed Oil**
  • Evening Primrose Oil**

 

-> Oily Skin:

  • Neroli Oil
  • (Roman) Chamomile
  • Lemongrass Oil
  • Lemon Oil
  • Lavender Oil
  • Ylang Ylang Oil
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Grapefruit Oil
  • Eucalyptus Oil
  • Jasmine Oil
  • Patchouli Oil
  • Rosemary Oil
  • Cedarwood Oil
  • Sunflower Oil**
  • Jojoba Oil**
  • Argan Oil**
  • Grapeseed Oil**

 

-> Aging/Mature Skin:

  • Rosemary Oil
  • Rose Oil
  • Sesame Seed Oil**
  • Rosehip Seed Oil**
  • Jojoba Oil**
  • Sweet Almond Oil**
  • Apricot Kernel Oil**
  • Avocado Oil**
  • Sunflower Oil**
  • Evening Primrose Oil**
  • Tamanu Oil**

 

**Commonly classified as Carrier oils.

 


A Cautionary Tale — An Essential Take Away


 

We cannot deny the power of essential oils as a personal care product.

However, NO specific claims are being made that the use of any of the essential oils mentioned above will lead to the exact effects as stated. Additionally, please be aware that none of the information provided has been reviewed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and is therefore not intended to diagnose, cure, mitigate, treat or prevent any skin disease or medical condition.

I urge you to consult your dermatologist and/or health care professional before using essential oils, especially for the treatment of conditions such as psoriasis, rosacea, eczema, or if you’re pregnant.

Similar to traditional medicine, do not abuse the dosage and be sure to stop using the oil(s) immediately if you experience adverse results.

 


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Do you use essential oils?

If yes, which ones? How have they been working out for you?

If no, which ones from the list are you willing to try?

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