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What are the best essential oils for every skin type?

Guest writer Karen Lombardo

Essential oils have been used for centuries to heal the body, treat skin conditions, and soothe the mind. Essential oils can also be very beneficial to skincare, however, you should be aware of the type of essential oil you are purchasing in terms of where it is from, what the concentration is and what it indeed contains.

What are essential oils?

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Simply put, essential oils are compounds extracted from plants that allow them to retain the scent and taste. The oil captures and holds the essence of the plant in a liquid form of encapsulation that maintains it’s scent and oil for a period of time depending on the plant form. Essential oils are created through a distillation process, using steam or water, or via mechanical methods, such as cold pressing.

An article from Harper’s Bazaar warns, "do your homework about using essential oils". Many essential oils can be very to the skin, however because of their potency or concentration it’s important to dilute them in a carrier oil such as argan oil or coconut oil or black seed oil depending on your skin’s preference, so that the concentration is diminished and are safe to apply causing less irritation.(Or, alternatively, use only products that are pre-blended for personal use on skin to further decrease the risk of irritation.) Read labels carefully, too. “Always look for blends created with 100 percent essential oils,”says Megan-Rose Talbot Kelly, national educator for Saje Natural Wellness. “Be cautious of unregulated terms like ‘all-natural,’ ‘therapeutic grade,’ and ‘fragrance oil.’”

What is a carrier oil?

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Many essential oils have been shown to be beneficial to the skin, but it’s important to utilize a carrier oil so they’re safe to apply.  A carrier oil is derived from the seeds, nuts, or kernels of a plant. The carrier oil dilutes the essential oil and helpscarry them into the skin. Here are a few of the most widely used carrier oils:

  • Rosehip Oil
  • Argan Oil
  • Avocado Oil

Each type of carrier oil provides a unique property and characteristic of the essential oil and varies depending on the intended use of the essential oil.

Can I mix multiple essential oils together for skincare products?

Yes, you can mix a variety of essential oils together however, as we mentioned, they must be properly diluted in carrier oils like to the ones explained above.  Essential oils are concentrated and can have an adverse effect if not diluted. Mixing essential oils can be fun to explore and can be easily used as an added item into products such as body scrubs, or moisturizers. Bear in mind that each essential oil has a purpose so do a little research before your creative brain takes over!

What are the benefits of essential oils for skincare?

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Essential oils are used differently depending on whether you use them for your overall skincare, on your face, or body. The advantages of essential oils vary from providing antibacterial and antiseptic benefits of peppermint oil or the calming and anti-inflammatory properties of lavender.  

Are there essential oils for different skin types?

Yes, essential oils contain certain extracts that can target specific skin types and conditions. Let’s look at some of the most common skin types and the best essential oils for healthy results.

ESSENTIAL OILS BY SKIN CONDITION

ACNE

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If your skin is susceptible to acne, removing excess oils without drying the skin is vital. The most effective essential oils combine both anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Essential oils have also been used to help fade acne scars and facial discoloration.

  • Rosemary destroys acne-causing bacteria and decreases irritations such as redness and puffiness.
  • Frankincense treats acne with antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory benefits.
  • Clary sage is used for acne and on oily skin. 
  • Lemon offers oil absorption with a balancing toner. 
  • Tea tree oil treats and clears acne without the dryness and irritation of commercial products.

DRY SKIN

What are the best essential oils for dry skin? 

Dry skin can occur naturally as you age and is heightened through menopause. Seasonal temperature changes, and your environment, especially if you use those dry air heaters or don’t use a humidifier in the colder months, can also create dry skin and dry skin patches. Essential oils that can be used along with their primary benefits for dry skin are:

  • Lavender is an anti-inflammatory that can be used to reduce redness. It is also a natural hydrator.
  • Chamomile is made of azulene and can be used to reduce inflammation and increase moisture. Avoid chamomile if you are allergic to ragweed.
  • Sandalwood also is known to reduce skin inflammation and promote hydration.

SENSITIVE SKIN

Can you use essential oils for sensitive skin? 

Sensitive skin encompasses a wide range of both oily and dry skin.  Sometimes allergies and eczema can contribute to skin sensitivity. If you have sensitive skin, be aware of acidic oils, such as lemon and lemongrass. The following oils are considered safe for all skin types, but if you have very sensitive skin at  Caire we recommend you use unscented products and skip essential oils:

  • Lavender
  • Frankincense
  • Sandalwood

Essential oils can also help to alleviate pain and discomfort with a skin allergic reaction, itchiness, and rosacea. Eucalyptus, peppermint, patchouli, and lavender are commonly used remedies for these types of reactions. 

OILY SKIN

What are the best essential oils for oily skin? 

Women with oily skin may have overactive sebaceous glands that create excess oil on the skin. Hormones and environmental conditions most certainly come into play so it’s best to use essential oils sparingly especially since they are placed in a carrier oil that may not be the best for oily skin.

  • Rosemary is helpful to keep excess sebum at bay. (It can also help with greasy hair). Excess sebum can be triggered by a hormonal imbalance or decline such as what happens with menopause.
  • Neroli is an essential oil that can be safe for your face. It can balance sebum without drying out your skin.
  • Geranium, high in alkaline, is also said to help to balance out your skin’s oils.

AGING SKIN

Which are the best essential oils for aging skin? 

Essential oils cannot get rid of wrinkles, but they can help to improve and minimize them. Rosemary, lemon, sage, and wild carrot essential oils can help smooth wrinkles, moisturize, and rejuvenate the skin. However, there are no essential oils that will outperform effective scientifically formulated clean products such as  Caire Beauty’s serum and mask skincare products made specifically for women’s skin as it ages and loses hormones. 

MENOPAUSAL SKIN

What are the best essential oils for your menopausal skin?

Embrace aging naturally with the products you need to keep your skin healthy and vibrant.  These can include aging and menopausal skin that has many hormonal effects such as dryness, acne, redness and more.   

Caire Beauty combines the best of science and a commitment to advanced natural chemistry. Caire’s products are plant, tree & sea derived only and never ever use phthalates, parabens, polyvinyls, polyethylenes, palmitates, or the like.

Celeste Lee and Lorrie King are midlife women and beauty industry veterans. Together, they founded Caire Beauty specializing in skincare for pre to post menopausal women. Skin becomes smoother, softer, firmer and healthier as you age because these products are made for women who are experiencing declining hormones that provide more than just surface glow. 

 Resources - HealthlineHarpers Bazaar,  Medical News Today,  WWD


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