As I have mentioned in my other blogs I have extremely sensitive skin. I have used a variety of commercial skin care products with varying degrees of success. Let’s just say that I know which stores have the best return policies.
I have also been using my own essential oil products for years. I have a variety of blends that I use at different times, for different reasons.
Our skin is the largest organ of our body; the total area on an adult’s body is approx 20 sq feet. It protects our inner organs from damage & infections from microorganisms like bacteria, fungi, etc. Our skin is sometimes referred to as our 3rd kidney because it helps the body remove up to 30% of the body's “wastes” (like excess moisture & toxins) thru perspiration. It also helps to regulate body temperature, & the nerves in our skin allow us to feel physical sensations.
Your skin is made up of the:
Epidermis or the top layer of skin
Dermis which contains supportive tissue, hair follicles & sweat glands.
Hypodermis which contains connective tissue & fat.
Our skin is also a good gauge of how we live our lives. Stress, not enough sleep or an unbalanced lifestyle will show up on your skin in the form of dark circles under your eyes, dull skin, acne, rashes or hives.
Essential Oils & Hydrosols are wonderful to use for skin care. Hydrosols are the by-product of the steam distillation process of essential oils. They are much milder, have their own set of properties & work really well as toners. If you choose to use Essential Oils & Hydrosols as part of your skincare routine, be sure to use the appropriate ones for the age & health of the client or family member as well as the proper dilution.
Facial Skincare (Adult): Use a .05% - 1% dilution (4 - 9 drops of essential oil per 30 ml of a carrier oil, an unscented lotion or gel or an organic liquid soap)
Skincare for the Body (Adult): Use a 1% - 2% dilution when moisturizing or massaging your whole body. (6 drops of essential oil per 30 ml of a carrier oil or unscented lotion or gel)
Hydrosols for Skincare (Adult): May be used undiluted for most skin types. (Can be used at a 50% dilution with distilled water for sensitive or irritated skin if need be)
Skincare for a child age 5 & up or the Elderly: Use a .05% – 1% dilution when moisturizing face & body. (3 up to 6 drops of essential oil per 30 ml of a carrier oil or unscented lotion or gel)
Hydrosols for Skincare for a child age 5 & up or the Elderly: use at a 25% – 50% dilution (with distilled water)
When using Essential Oils & Hydrosols for skincare, it’s important to choose the appropriate ones for your skin type or skin condition.
Normal or Combination Skin: Cedarwood (Atlas), Chamomile (Roman), Geranium, Lavender, Neroli, Rose, essential oil. Hydrosols: Lavender, Neroli, Rose Geranium.
Dry Skin: Carrot Seed, Chamomile (Roman), Frankincense, Geranium, Mandarin, Sandalwood, essential oils. Hydrosols: Rose, Neroli.
Mature Skin: Carrot Seed, Clary Sage, Cypress, Frankincense, Geranium, Neroli, Rose, Sandalwood essential oil. Hydrosols: Carrot Seed, Helichrysum, Rose Geranium.
Oily Skin: Cedarwood (Atlas), Chamomile (Roman), Cypress, Lavender, Patchouli, Petitgrain, Tea Tree essential oil. Hydrosols: Clary Sage, Melissa, Rose Geranium.
Sensitive Skin: Carrot seed, Chamomile (German), Frankincense, Helichrysum, Neroli, Rose essential oils Hydrosols: Chamomile, Rose, Yarrow.
Acne: Cajeput, Chamomile (German), Clary Sage, Helichrysum, Lavender, Sandalwood, Tea Tree essential oils. Hydrosols: Helichrysum, Rose Geranium, Yarrow.
Eczema: Chamomile (German), Geranium, Helichrysum, Lavender, Sandalwood essential oils. Hydrosols: Carrot Seed, Helichrysum.
Itching: Chamomile (Roman), Helichrysum, Peppermint, Tea Tree essential oils. Hydrosols: German Chamomile, Helichrysum, Lavender, Witch Hazel.
Stretch Marks: Helichrysum, Lavender, Mandarin, essential oils.
Wounds: Geranium, Helichrysum, Lavender, Myrrh, Tea Tree, essential oils. Hydrosols: Carrot Seed, Helichrysum,
Because essential oils have so many different properties, when you use them in your skincare you are nurturing your body, your mind & your spirit. Taking care of the skin you’re in is one of the best forms of Self-Care…
*** If you use Citrus Oils in your skincare or body care products, it is best to use them at bedtime or in products that get washed off your body like body wash & shampoo. If these essential oils aren’t properly diluted, they can react to the UV light from the sun or tanning beds. Exposure can cause a photosensitive skin irritation like redness, swelling, and/or blistering of the skin, that may react up to 24 – 72 hours after using a citrus essential oil topically.
Always dilute essential oils before topical use. Use sun safe essential oils like cold-pressed Sweet Orange, Red Mandarin, Tangerine or steam distilled bergatene free Bergamot FCF, or steam distilled Lemon or Lime.
My Blog is for Information Only, & is not meant to diagnose or replace Medical Advice. Essential Oils should not be ingested & always need to be diluted before topical use.
* Always check contraindications before using essential oils topically. Use caution if you have a medical condition, are pregnant & for children under 6 years of age.
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