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Aromatherapy Skin Care: The Basics

Aromatherapy Skin Care: The Basics

Essential oils are a great way to keep your skin at its best in regards to health. While they say that beauty is only skin deep, it should be obvious to all of us that what we do for our insides is the basis for the health of our outside. You should choose an aromatherapy skin care routine designed for your specific needs. We have articles on Dry, Oily, Normal, Combination, Mature, Acne and Other Breakouts, Chronic Skin Conditions, and All-Over Body Care for your perusal.

This means eating right with lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, exercising your whole body, giving your mind a regular workout, and keeping an upbeat attitude about your life. After these things are started, essential oils are the best way to keep skin soft, supple, and smooth in an aromatherapy skin care routine.

Because of its primary job of protecting the rest of the body, taking care of the skin with pure essential oils will pay off as you defend your insides from the toxins and stress of modern living. Using essential oils is a valuable way to improve your skin care and stimulate the circulation, relieve anxieties and other stressors, and a host of other benefits.

Ten Tips for An Awesome Complexion

Here are ten simple things you can do for a clean, clear, healthy face (7)

  1. Eat a balanced diet full of fiber, fruits, and vegetables.
  2. Keep your hands off of your face and keep your cell phone and headphones clean.
  3. Drink plenty of clear liquids and water and avoid drinking too much soda, which is full of sodium, and usually caffeine, sugar, and artificial ingredients.
  4. Always protect your skin from the sun!
  5. Never go to bed with a dirty face. Always remove all make-up and wash your face with a mild cleanser before bed. Especially after a night out. Your skin will thank you in the morning.
  6. Always get your “beauty sleep.” Lack of sleep can add to stress and cause breakouts.
  7. Never squeeze or pop a pimple.
  8. Use a facial mask appropriate for your skin type weekly.
  9. Gently exfoliate dead skin and surface debris weekly or biweekly, depending on your skin type.
  10. When it comes to make-up, less is definitely more. And again, your skin will thank you.

So feed yourself correctly. Then choose the right oils for your skin type as well as your own personal preferences. The following are several essential oils best suited for the different skin types:

  • Normal skin: Roman Chamomile, Fennel Seed, Geranium, Lavender, Lemon, Patchouli, Rose, and Sandalwood
  • Dry skin: Roman Chamomile, Geranium, Lavender, Hyssop, Rose, Patchouli, Sandalwood, and Ylang-Ylang
  • Oily skin: Bergamot FCF, Cedarwood, Cypress, Lavender, Lemon, Geranium, Juniper Berry, Frankincense, and Sage
  • Sensitive skin: Roman Chamomile, Lavender, Neroli, Rose, and Sandalwood

Tea Tree oil is widely used for skin care because it helps oxygenate skin cells while helping to repair damaged skin. It can be used with any skin type.

To make a cleanser, choose the oils for your skin type and blend them with an ordinary, un-perfumed brand of cleanser, liquid soap or a lotion/cream. Ones using all natural ingredients are best so check your labels. 4-8 drops oil per 1 ounce of cleanser, lotion, etc is best.

For an astringent, mix 4-8 drops of the oils you choose with 1 ounce of Witch Hazel.

Well-moisturized skin has a soft, supple look to it, creating a luminous, healthy glow. An easy way to have a natural moisturizer that will absorb rather than sit on the surface is to add six drops of the oil or oils of your choice to 2 tablespoons of carrier oil. For this blend, it’s best to use a maximum of only three different oils.

Recipes

Here are a few ideas to help you get started. We have other articles focusing on more specific skin types, like oily skin, dry skin, and mature skin. Be sure to check them out as well.

Basic Cold Cream and Make-Up Remover

  • 1 tablespoon Jojoba
  • 7 tablespoons Virgin Coconut Oil
  • 10 drops Lavender or Roman Chamomile oil (or 5 drops each)

In a double boiler, warm oil and shortening together until completely melted.  Remove from heat and allow to cool for 5 – 10 minutes. Add the essential oil(s), then begin stirring slowly with a small spoon or whisk until the mixture thickens and becomes opaque. Pour into a glass storage jar and cap. Allow to completely set up and attain a thick, creamy consistency. Using a soft cloth, cotton pad, or your fingers, apply approximately 1/2 – 1 teaspoon to cover face and throat. (6)

Skin Cleanser and Soother

  • 4 drops Chamomile
  • 6 drops Geranium
  • 6 drops Lavender
  • 4 drops Lemon
  • 2 drops Tea Tree

Mix oils together. Use in one of the following ways:

  1. Put 4 drops of blend into 1 cup of water. Use a spray bottle to apply spray to your face for toning and refreshing. Leave on for a few minutes and then gently wipe face with cotton balls. (Some have found a light mist of this blend is very affective in treating diaper rash and prickly heat)
  2. For dry skin, put 12 drops of blend into 2 tablespoons of a carrier oil of your choice (F.C.O., Jojoba, or a good quality Olive Oil are usually best) and massage affected area. Quite effective for chapped hands. (1)

 Facial Sauna

  • 2 drops Fennel Seed
  • 2 drops Lavender
  • 2 drops Lemon
  • 2 drops Orange

Mix oils together and pour blend into a bowl of steaming water.  Lean over bowl with a towel draped over head. (1)

Anti-Wrinkle Remedy

  • 2 drops Roman Chamomile
  • 2 drops Fennel Seed
  • 1 tablespoon witch hazel
  • Jojoba

Mix all together. Wrap an ice cube in a soft cotton towel, dip into blend and place over closed eyes. Leave in place for a few seconds. While skin is still wet, apply a small quantity of Jojoba oil to the area. (1)

Winter Skin Care

  • 1 drop Cedarwood
  • 3 drops Clary Sage
  • 1 drop Geranium
  • 1 drop Lavender
  • 3 drops Rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons F.C.O. (Fractionated Coconut Oil)

Massage entire body with this formula. Don’t forget extra-dry areas like elbows, knees, and ankles. (1)

More suggestions

Here are a few ideas from our RMO family members on facebook.

  • MT: “I absolutely LOVE Reclaim oil and use it on my face nightly. I’ve recommended it to others and the love it too.”
  • RLP: “I use Lemon and Lavender. Just a few drops on my face mixed with Rosehip seed oil.”
  • TL: “I like to use any light carrier oil with a few drops of Rosemary oil on my face.”
  • SGK: “I use Carrot Seed oil on my face.”
  • SR: “I use a few drops of RMO’s Black Cumin in 100% pure Emu oil.”
  • DSP: “Frankincense!!! Smells good and I mix it with Dr. Mercola’s organic cream and put it under my eyes. It’s anti-inflammatory.”

And Finally,

What do you like to do in your aromatherapy skin care regimen? What recipes do you like to use?

 

References

  1. Seasons of Aromatherapy by Judith Fitzsimmons and Paula M. Bousquet
  2. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Oils in Aromatherapy & Herbalism by Julia Lawless
  3. Medical Aromatherapy: Healing with Essential Oils by Kurt Schnaubelt
  4. The Art of Aromatherapy: The Healing and Beautifying Properties of the Essential Oils of Flowers and Herbs by Robert B. Tisserand
  5. The Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy by Chrissie Wildwood
  6. Organic Body Care Recipes: 175 Homeade Herbal Formulas for Glowing Skin & a Vibrant Self, by Stephanie Tourles
  7. Ecobeauty: Scrubs, Rubs, Masks and Bath Bombs for You and Your Friends by Lauren Cox and Janice Cox
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