Favorite Essentials Oils for your Skin
Essential oils are becoming increasingly popular especially for DIY products or added to your favorite skincare routine. David Pressley has reviewed a handful of the oils and here are some of our favorites and what each one helps with for your skin. Please also review the best way to use the oils at the end of the article to ensure proper and effective use of oils.
Lavender is an amazing multipurpose oil and great for sensitive skin. This is an anti-inflammatory that can help reduce redness while also hydrating and repairing your skin. This is a great oil to begin the journey with if you are just starting to dabble with oils.
Chamomile oil contains azulene, known for increasing moisture and reducing inflammation. This one you have to be a little more careful with because it can cause allergies since Chamomile is similar to ragweed allergies. Despite it having great properties and calming your skin it might clog your sinuses.
Sandalwood contains compounds known for reducing inflammation while promoting moisture in the skin. When applied topically, Sandalwood can minimize the appearance of skin imperfections. Sandalwood is great to create an even smooth complexion.
Lemon oil helps with inflammation associated with acne helping remove redness and swelling from your terrible pimples. Be careful with your sensitive skin because it can also cause dryness and irritation. This is more helpful for those who have oily skin versus dry or sensitive skin.
Lemongrass can help fight pimples, while also cleansing your skin by removing dead skin from your face.
Tea tree oil is such a common one and has a lot of uses because of the natural properties tea tree oil has. It helps fight bacteria and inflammation, both of which can contribute to acne breakouts. Just as a side note, this agent is used for surfaces from floors to your face creating a wonderful smell and cleaning many items. It is however toxic in a diffuser for pets. Be mindful when using this.
It promotes healthy-looking, glowing skin and reduces the appearance of skin imperfections. It can also be applied to the scalp to help nourish the skin.
When using essential oils it is best not to dab directly to your skin because of how strong they can be or how sensitive your skin is. I would recommend doing a small test area on your wrist and use it in your lotions when applying. Just use one to two drops in your daily lotion when applying to your face. Also, stay clear from internal use or around your mouth or eyes. It is meant as an external topical application for your skincare use.
(Just as a reminder we are not medical professionals and these are just products we have used that have helped us. Please use at your discretion.)
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