Oils that Benefit the Skin

Essential oils are highly concentrated products derived from plants. The oils contain a powerful aroma, therapeutic compounds from the plants chemical makeup, and plant hormones. Used for many reasons throughout the centuries including healing, ceremonial uses, and for aromatherapy, certain essential oils are also very good for the skin.

Usually, essential oils are diluted for use in skincare products and anything for application on the body. This is done with carrier oils like avocado, jojoba, soybean, olive, hazelnut, and almond. It usually only requires a few drops of concentrated essential oil to make a treatment.

Some essential oils help heal the skin while others oxygenate. And, unlike other artificial skincare products, essential oils have the capability of sinking down into the subcutaneous tissue layer, well underneath the top surface of the skin. This enhances the potential benefits to the health of the skin.

Some of the most effective essential oils for skincare include: German Chamomile (Matricaria Recutita), a bright blue essential oil that taints most mixtures teal. It has both anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties. Carrot Seed Oil (Daucus Carota) is yellow-orange and smells spicy and sweet. With its concentration of beta carotene, it can stimulate skin elasticity.

Lemongrass (Cymbopogon Citratus) essential oil is yellow-brown with a perky lemon scent. Lemongrass can help the skin eliminate toxins and re-moisturize. Lavender (Lavandula Augustifolia) can be used without dilution and is the safest of essential oils. Lavender helps soothe sunburns, bee stings, and minor burns. Tee tree oil (Melaleuca Alternifolia) is a powerful antibacterial agent and is often used to treat acne. Using essential oils instead of synthetic products can greatly benefit the health of the skin.
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