25 Enticing Essential Oils For Skin And Beauty

Essential oils have become a big part of my life after being introduced to them a few months ago. They’re great and have a wide range of benefits! An essential oil is a natural oil typically obtained by distillation and having the characteristic odor of the plant or another source from which it is extracted. There are many oils that can be used for your skin and beauty routine, which is awesome!

Skin Care With Essential Oils

Our skin is the largest organ of our body. Its main function is to protect the underlying muscles, bones and internal organs.

Guidelines:

If you are new to using essential oils please make sure you research what oils suit you and how to use essential oils safely. When using potent oils, or if you have sensitive skin, dilute one drop of oil with three drops of carrier oil before applying to the skin. A good carrier oil for beginners is fractionated coconut oil and is the most used carrier oil. A carrier oil is a base oil that you need to dilute your essential oils because they are so pure and very potent. Some of the oils can cause irritation to the skin so it is best to dilute your oils before pplying to the skin.

If you do not want to apply the oil directly to your face, put a dollop of the product you want to use in the palm of your hand, add one drop of an essential oil, and then apply.

Oils for your skin:

  • Arborvitae
  • Basil
  • Bergamot
  • Cedarwood
  • Clary Sage
  • Coriander
  • Cypress
  • Grapefruit
  • Helichrysum
  • Jasmine
  • Juniper
  • Lavender
  • Melaleuca (also known as Tea Tree Oil)
  • Myrrh
  • Eucalyptus
  • Frankincense
  • Geranium
  • Patchouli
  • Rose
  • Sandalwood

We all have different types of skin so it’s very important that you know what skin type you have and what base oil and essential oil you can use in regards your skin type! Here are some ways to help you figure out ypur skin type if you are uncertain. Dry skin leads to your skin feeling tight. Having a noticeable shine on your nose and forehead can mean that you have normal or combination skin. If you have shiny cheeks as weel as your nose and forehead this means that you may have oily skin.

Normal Skin Base Oils Or Otherwise Known As Carrier Oils

Jojoba: This oil has so many benefits.It is a carrier oil also known as a base oil.  Jojoba can play a role as a serum and also moisturizes the skin when our bodies stop doing it naturally. It can also help to remove sticky build up or an excess of oil, restoring oil level balance.

I recently snatched up a bottle of jojoba oil on sale, and I have been using it for my skin. These are the benefits that I have noticed:

  • It doesn’t clog your pores.
  • It protects and cleanses skin
  • Removes dirt, makeup and bacteria from the face.

I have been loving it and you should definitely try it too!

Sesame: Sesame oil is an excellent moisturizer and it helps to soothe dry skin. Wet your face, apply the sesame oil and leave it for ten minutes before finally rinsing it. This oil also contains a natural mild SPF that can protect the skin from sun damage caused by free radicals. It also helps to fight blemishes and promotes a clear, flawless complexion.

Pomegranate: Pomegranate seed oil stimulates “keratinocytes”, major cells found in the outer layer of the skin. This helps to reverse skin damage, revive skin and reveal a more youthful appearance.

Normal Skin Essential Oils  

Rose Geranium: This oil stimulates new cell growth, balances sebum production, tightens and tones skin tissue and balances hormones.

Roman Chamomile: Roman Chamomile has a warm and sweet scent that relaxes the mind and the body. Its gentleness makes it especially valuable for children. It can be used to soothe the skin.

Patchouli: Patchouli helps to reduce the appearances of wrinkles, scars and stretch marks. It also helps to soothe minor skin irritations for a smooth glowing complexion.

Lavender: This oil has powerful antioxidants which help to prevent ageing and it promotes cell regeneration which makes your skin soft and firm.  

Combination Skin Base Oil

Jojoba: As mentioned above, this works wonders at restoring balance by ridding the skin of excess oil.

Hemp: Hemp oil can help revitalise your skin and help to retain its moisture. It can also inhibit overactive oil production without drying it out.

Pomegranate: Works well on combination skin as well to give a more youthful appearance.

Combination Skin Essential Oils

Rosewood: This oil has tissue regenerating properties that can help prevent wrinkles and premature wrinkles.

Ylang Ylang: This helps to regenerate and revitalise your skin and acts as a barrier against all the free radicals you come in contact with throughout the day.

Rose Geranium: This oil stimulates new cell growth, balances sebum production, tightens and tones skin tissue and balances hormones.

Oily Skin Base Oils Or Otherwise Known As Carrier Oils

Melon Seed: Contributes to a blemish-free complexion.

Sunflower:  Sunflower oil can help to lighten dark spots and pimple marks you may have on your skin.

Evening Primrose: Daily use of evening primrose oil can help maintain the skin’s natural moisture barrier.

Oily Skin Essential Oils  

Bergamot: This can help to clear skin infections and ease skin irritations.

Frankincense:  Its rejuvenating properties makes it an excellent choice to reduce the appearance of long term sun damage.

Grapefruit: Improve the appearance of your skin with vitamin C. It has natural antiseptic properties to help clean and clear your skin.  

Hair Care With Essential Oils

The same cleansing, nourishing and beautifying properties that make essential oils useful for skin care also make them useful for hair care. Using essential oils during your daily hair care will provide a number of benefits that can help improve the overall look and feel of your hair.

Guidelines

There are multiple ways to use essential oils for hair care:

Combine essential oils with coconut oil for overnight hair treatments and leave in conditioners.

Use a small amount or use a spray bottle combined with your chosen carrier oil  when applying to your hair because it can make your hair look greasy or oily.

Incorporate essential oils into your daily hair care routine by adding a few drops into your shampoo or conditioner.

  • Clary Sage
  • Lavender
  • Melaleuca
  • Peppermint
  • Roman Chamomile
  • Rosemary
  • Sandalwood
  • Thyme
  • Ylang Ylang  

Essential Oils For Dry Hair

Chamomile: Chamomile oil is one of the most effective natural agents for treating dandruff. It works by hydrating the scalp, which helps reduce itchiness and irritation. Another key use of this oil is to moisturise and soften the hair. It strengthens the hair and retains moisture to make hair strong but soft.

Cedarwood: This oil is used to soften the hair and is also used in many beard oil products for men.

Lavender: Massaging your scalp with lavender oil helps to nourish your roots and promote hair growth.

Rosemary: Rosemary essential oil is used to prevent premature greying and dandruff. It helps promote growth and will help with a dry and itchy scalp.

Essential Oils For Oily Hair

Peppermint: Peppermint is nourishing, healing, moisturising and soothing. Peppermint can also help to promote hair growth. Peppermint oil is good for both greasy and dry hair. The cooling effect will provide a tingle to the scalp, as the blood flow increases to the areas applied. It’s said to open up pores, and promote a balanced flow of oils too.

Final Thoughts

The above oils are only a small number of oils that can be used for skin and hair. Essential oils are not just for making your house smell good, although it does that amazingly well. They can also be used to improve individual health and that of the whole family.

With Love,

Anne xxx

About The Author…

Anne is from Ireland where she is taking time off after school to focus on her mental health. She is also an assistant at Quiet Nonsense and runs her own blog www.foreverthewanderer.ie with topics including travel, mental health and so much more. Anne dreams of/ is working towards becoming a professional blogger.

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