Essential Oils and Your Skincare Routine
Essential oils have different therapeutic benefits, but did you know that there's an oil for almost every stage of your skin's life? Your 20-year-old's self had very different needs from your 40-year-old's self, and so on. Your skincare regimen should change to reflect that.
If you've got dry skin, we recommend shea or cocoa butter for their deeply nourishing properties, blended with a few drops of cedarwood, German or Roman chamomile, myrrh, palmarosa, or geranium. All of these oils are suited for dry skin types. Rosehip seed oil is another great carrier oil, especially if you're looking for a facial moisturizer.
If you're skin is oily, we'd recommend jojoba oil blended with cypress, geranium, or citrus oils like lemon, lime, orange, or bergamot. These essential oils contain properties that can regulate your skin's oil production.
if you're suffering from an acne breakout or have blemishes on your skin, try adding tea tree, lavender, or vetiver to your moisturizer or favourite carrier oil (try black cumin oil for the added benefit of soothing irritated skin, but beware it's stronger odour).
If you're looking to rejuvenate aging skin, try rosehip seed oil blended with a few drops of ylang ylang, frankincense, lavender, or palmarosa, which are all skin boosting oils. Plus, rosehip seed oil is deeply nourishing, and it's high in vitamins A and C.
If you've got combination skin that's both oily and dry (it's actually super common), try blending jojoba oil, which is known to mimic the skin's own lipid layer, with lavender, orange, or patchouli.
We recommend blending a few drops of essential oils per tablespoon of your favourite carrier oil (we love jojoba and rosehip seed--check our blog post on carrier oils to learn about their uses and benefits!). You can also make moisturizers with cocoa butter or shea butter (check our DIY Kits section for ideas!).
Always dilute essential oils before applying them to your body, and it's always a good idea to do a small skin test before putting any oil on sensitive skin.
Have a skincare routine that includes essential oils that you can't live without? Tell us about it in the comments!