Essential Oils for the Face
In my 20s, I would buy affordable skin care products at a regular pharmacy and as you would have it – the choices are aplenty! Every skincare product I contemplated using would be scanned for the words “oil-free” before consideration or purchase. I mistakenly assumed that putting oils on my face would instantly clog my pores and contribute to acne breakouts. However, I was lucky enough to have reasonably good, low maintenance and low cost skin care regime until my children came along.
Pregnancy itself caused havoc with my hormones and also my skin. It became sensitive, reacted and reddened for no apparent reason and I had to resort to buying the simplest, most basic skin cleanser, toner and moisturizer I could find in the market. Post pregnancies, my skin improved but never to the youthful, easy skin I was so accustomed to taking care of.
Now, I am fully aware of the saying ‘you get what you pay for’ and was prepared to fork out a bit more to pamper my neglected skin (hormone changes, lack of sleep, lack of care… not a good combination). My problem was, what should I use and where do I start? I wasn’t prepared (nor had the time) to go the expensive skin care counters to ask for samples or to purchase a bottle to trial so I stuck to my simple, non-allergenic skin care products but realized that I really wasn’t doing my skin any favors as it looked tired, dull, patches of sensitive areas and was starting to break out.
After I had ‘essential oiled’ everything I could think of for my kids and my home, I decided to look into doing something to my biggest problem: my face. If you had have told me 10 years ago to put oils on my already oily face, I would have said ‘No Way!’. You can imagine my surprise when I was informed by authority that my skin was actually DRY under the OILY superficial layer.
So, after researching the beauty secrets of Cleopatra, the most beautiful woman of the ancient times, I decided to give Essential Oils a go. Here my list and the reasons why these oils made it to my
Top 7 Essential Oils for the Face:
Sacred Frankincense and Frankincense has unique healing and potent anti-inflammatory properties. They both help to reduce wrinkles and tighten the skin to giving it a rosier complexion (you could probably do away with one of the Franks but seeing as I have both and a bit ‘kiasu’, I use both in my serum.
Geranium balances sebum (the glands in our skin that excrete oil). This keeps the skin supple and reduces acne breakouts
Lavender known for its relaxing and calming properties helps sooth tired and exposed skin. Great for mature skin and scarring
Myrrh is a powerful anti-oxidant with anti-‘everything’ properties (anti-tumoral, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-parasitic.) Another exceptional oil for the aging skin as it diminishes scars and pigmentation (once you get used to the smell)
Ylang-Ylang has a rich floral fragrance and also helps to control oil production. Its fragrance is said to help balance the hormones and restore confidence and peace. Important if stress is a contributor to those breakouts
Sandalwood has been used for centuries (in Aryuvedic medicine) for skin revitalization and whitening. It helps regenerate skin cells and improve skin elasticity
NOTE: The top 7 on this list are my personal pick of Essential Oils for the Face, suitable for my COMBINATION Skin type.
Essential Oils for the Face and Skin
Seeing as I’ve already done all the homework on Essential Oils for the face, I’ve put the rest into a table as a future reference for myself and for you to decide what oils potentially suits you the best
|Essential Oil||Scars||Dry Skin||Sensitive Skin||Oily Skin||Elasticity||Wrinkles||Non-cystic acne|
|Mel. Alternafolia (Tea Tree)||x||x|
*Indicates Photosensitivity: Avoid direct sunlight and UV rays after application to skin.
There you have it…
the comprehensive list of essential oils for the face. To make your own face care products however, would require a greater understanding of carrier oils, some basic recipes and an element of patience.
Using the information I have provided in the Chart, you need to decide what skin issues you would like to address and choose accordingly. To make your own face care products however, would require a greater understanding of Carrier oils and some basic Recipes (I’ll discuss this is a separate article – hopefully up next week, before the school holidays)
Important guidelines to remember:
- Do not apply pure, undiluted essential oils on the face until you are certain of your tolerance to it.
- Each person’s skin in different, so apply oils to a small area first.
- Apply one oil at a time to determine sensitivity.