Although essential oils have roots in ancient beauty rituals, their popularity continues to shoot up, especially among those who seek natural skincare ingredients. They provide marvelous benefits for the skin, without causing any underlying damage.
Here is a list of our favorite essential oils:
Lemon Essential Oil
As is the case with many citrus oils, the scent closely mimics that of the fruit from which it is derived: bright, light, zesty, and clean. Diluted lemon oil can be extremely effective when it comes to skin care because of its high concentration of D-limonene, a compound that assists in diminishing the appearance of wrinkles, promoting circulation, and toning the skin. In fact, recent research showed that D-limonene has skin-repairing and anti-inflammatory properties. The scent of lemon has an effect upon your mood as well. It stimulates the senses and uplifts moods.
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender is an all-around great pick for an essential oil to use on your skin. It is great for the skin because it is so calming, gentle, and nourishing. It nurtures the skin from deep within. Lavender oil can reduce the appearance of blemishes and give your skin a youthful glow. It can also help if you are prone to skin irritation or sun burns—use it to soothe and cleanse minor skin irritations.
Rosehip Essential Oil
This essential oil comes is reportedly used by Kate Middleton in her daily skincare routine, so it has the Duchess of Cambridge’s seal of approval. Rosehip oil is filled with vitamin C, which has anti-aging properties, and fatty acids that help hydrate your skin. The oil also contains retinoids, which help brighten your skin and can fight acne. Just add a few drops of the oil to your skin and you'll have Duchess-worthy complexion in no time.
Peppermint Essential Oil
Refreshing peppermint oil is typically used to relieve muscle or joint pain. A study has revealed that the oil can reduce the severity of pruritus, a chronic itchy skin condition, and help calm irritation. Breathing in peppermint oil can help reduce stress and fatigue as well.
Frankincense Essential Oil
Frankincense essential oil is an anti-aging powerhouse. This oil can reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines while leaving you with a radiant, youthful glow. The use of frankincense goes back to Ancient Egypt when it was used to keep the skin looking youthful and supple. Therefore, it is a must-have addition to your skincare routine.
Sweet Orange or Neroli Essential Oil
Sweet orange, or neroli, oil is known for its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, but the oil can give your skin a much-needed vitamin C boost too. Try adding a few drops to your moisturizer or to a body scrub to help your skin glow and brighten.
Chamomile Essential Oil
If you are prone to dry or dehydrated skin, using diluted chamomile essential oil can help revitalize and hydrate your skin. Chamomile is also excellent in an essential oil blend. For instance, you can mix chamomile with lavender and cedarwood oils diluted with a jojoba or coconut oil if you have particularly sensitive skin.
Antioxidant and vitamin rich, argan oil is extremely hydrating and nourishing, making it the perfect oil to work into your routine if you suffer from dry skin and wrinkles. The combination of vitamin E and fatty acids is easily absorbed, which means you will notice the effects of argan oil almost instantly.
Cedarwood Essential Oil
If you have ever been stuck with an unrelenting pimple, the potent cedarwood oil is just what you need. Add a few drops to a noncomedogenic oil and you have got yourself an acne-fighting formula for even the most stubborn of spots.
Vetiver Essential Oil
For those who live in areas with high pollution, vetiver is your saving grace. Not only is it known to have anti-aging properties it also has regenerative properties that can reduce the appearance of acne scars and stretch marks.
Geranium Essential Oil
Great for those who suffer with dry skin, geranium is known for removing dead cells, leaving your face feeling tight and clean. Geranium oil is especially helpful for those suffering with acne, as the removal of dead cells often promotes a clearer complexion. Plus, its floral and minty aroma can ease feelings of nausea.
Caveat and Final Thoughts
Talk to a dermatologist before trying out any of these essential oils – you should know what suits your skin type and what doesn’t. We are not making any medical claims to treat, cure, or diagnose any ailments. These are strictly for informative purposes only. While there are some known benefits to essential oils, there are not enough medically studied trials to conclude on this, so make sure you do your research before trying out these essential oils.