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Essential Oils and Healthy Skincare

Using essential oils to care for your skin

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There are many skin types and conditions, depending on your age, diet and general condition. Skin types are generally broken out into three main categories: oily, dry and combination. No matter what the skin type, there are essential oils to help keep skin healthy, clean, refreshed and radiant.

Essential Oils and Skin Care

Essential oils are produced by distilling plant material and then separating the resulting oil from the water. Each of essential oils is made of the naturally occurring plant hormones, natural chemical compounds and an aroma. Some essential oils are more appropriate for skincare use as they can help oxygenate, heal, rejuvenate and nourish the skin. Unlike most skin care products that use synthetic ingredients essential oils penetrate through the subcutaneous tissue layer and into the bloodstream.

Essential Oils for Pimples

Tea Tree hydrosol is an excellent daily skin cleanser for anyone who is having trouble with pimples. Tea Tree essential oil can be used to deal with individual pimples by putting a drop of tea tree essential oil onto a cotton ball or q-tip and placing it directly on the affected area, trying to avoid the healthy skin around the blemish. A difference should be noticed within two days.

Essential Oils for Oily Skin

People with oily skin have over productive sebaceous glands, which produce more oil than is required. Not only does this make the skin appear oily but it often causes blackheads and other blemishes. Oily skin can have many causes including heredity, diet and hormones. Keep oily skin clean with a daily cleanse of Witch Hazel - its natural antioxidant and astringent properties are gentle enough not to damage the healthy skin but astringent enough to remove excess oil.

To nourish and feed oily skin use a blend of Geranium essential oil and Grapefruit essential oil in a non-greasy carrier oil. Emu oil has natural anti-inflammatory properties, is non greasy, does not clog the pores, is highly penetrating and does not promote the growth of bacteria.

A clay mask with a few drops of Sandalwood essential oil used twice a month will keep pores clean and get rid of excess oil. Follow up this treatment with a light base cream with some Cedarwood essential oil and Geranium essential oil added to it and lightly massage the face.

Essential Oils for Dry Skin

There are many causes of dry skin including: weather, genetics, excess bathing and overusing soap. To cleanse dry skin use Rose hydrosol which is very gentle but effective and the aroma is wonderful.

Regular massage on the face will increase the circulation of the tiny blood vessels that feed the growing layer of skin. Add a few drops of Sandalwood essential oil and Geranium essential oil to a good cream and massage the face every night before bed. These particular essential oils have a balancing effect and will help to increase the amount of sebum secreted by the little glands beneath the skin.

Apply a mask once a month for deep cleaning. Because dry skin tends to be delicate, use only natural ingredients and be very gentle. To create a healthy mask for dry skin mix 1 egg, 1 teaspoon of honey, and half a teaspoon of Evening Primrose oil. Apply to face.

Essential Oils for Combination skin

Combination skin is reported to be the most common of all skin types. For those people who have combination skin – a combination of oily and dry – different skin care procedures must be considered. Most often it is the T zone (across the forehead and down the nose and chin) which is oily and the cheeks which are dry.

Neroli hydrosol works well as a general cleanser for the whole face. The T zone needs deep cleansing and a clay mask with Geranium essential oil and Grapefruit essential oil added to it should do the trick. In the T zone use the mask quite thickly and use only a thin layer on the cheeks. As the clay begins to dry remove the clay from the cheeks first.

Massage the face with a rich cream that has Sandalwood essential oil and Geranium essential oil added to it. It is wonderful general nourishment for the whole face. Massaging the face should become a nightly routine. Also consider massaging the cheek areas with Shea butter at night occasionally.

No matter what skin type you have, essential oils can and should play a part in your daily skin care regime.


This article was first published at Suite 101 on October 21, 2009 and is republished here as per the terms of our agreement with Suite 101. Visit Suite 101 to read all of our articles.

*This is educational information and any opinions expressed here-in do not replace professional medical advice. If you are ill, see a suitably qualified medical practitioner.*

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