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7 Powerful Essential Oils For Flawless Skin

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Last updated: July 27th 2016

Did you know the benefits of essential oils go far beyond mere relaxation and stress reduction? Have you ever tried using essential oils for skin treatments?

Well, it’s your lucky day!

Due to their antimicrobial, antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties, it is being discovered that essential oils can be used for everything from skincare to migraines.

When trying to determine which essential oil is best, it is important to consider that different oils will work differently with various skin types and conditions.

Each individual will have to experiment and find the best oil for his or her skin type. It is also important to note what the essential oil is being used for.

Some oils are wonderful for their anti-aging qualities and improving complexion. While others promote fast healing.

However, because essential oils are non toxic and all natural, they tend to be safer than many of the manufactured skin products on the market which contain a plethora of harmful toxins.

Frankincense Essential Oil

Frankincense essential oil will not only help protect skin, it offers antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties making it ideal for those with acne-prone skin.

It reduces blemishes, prevents wrinkles, and decreases the size of large pores. And by decreasing the pore size, it evens the skin tone and essentially acts as a natural toner.

It also lifts and tightens skin which help mitigate the appearance of aging by protecting existing cells and encouraging new cell growth.

Because frankincense is cytophylactic, it is also known to reduce the appearance of scars making it a perfect supplement to anyone who has had surgery and is looking to heal faster.

It also aids with:

  • Dry skin
  • Applied to feet or elbows to rejuvenate dry and cracked skin
  • Eye wrinkles
  • Jowls to help tighten the skin.

Application:

For every ounce of water, add five drops of frankincense essential oil, and apply it directly to the skin.

As with any new skin product, make sure to test on a small area of skin prior to determine any possible allergic reactions.

Geranium Essential Oil

Geranium essential oil’s first recorded use was by the Egyptians. They used the nontoxic oil to regulate the skin’s own oil production and promotes a radiant complexion.

It is extracted through steam distillation of the stems and leaves of the geranium plant.

Geranium oil reduces acne booth by healing and treating the skin.

Geranium oil reduces inflammations and promotes blood circulation to any area of the skin where it is applied.

The therapeutic properties of geranium oil help with all kinds of diverse dermatological problems.

It is antiseptic, and when applied directly to the skin, the oil has been known to help heal everything from black and blue marks to burns and cuts.

Geranium oil may also be one of the best oils to treat:

  • dermatitis
  • eczema
  • ringworm
  • balancing hormones
  • improves the skin’s elasticity to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

Application:

For general use, add five to ten drops of geranium essential oil to half a cup of coconut oil, and apply it directly to the skin.

To promote healing, it can be applied directly.

As with any new skin product, make sure to test on a small area of skin prior to determine any possible allergic reactions.

Also be sure to check out Dr Mercola’s amazing article on Geranium which can be found here.

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender essential oil not only offers amazing benefits for the skin, but helps you relax and reduce stress just by virtue of its amazing smell.

Lavender oil is perhaps best for older individuals looking to regenerate their skin and reduce age spots.

Its antimicrobial elements have earned it a reputation over generations for being used to prevent infections and increase the healing of burns, cuts and other wounds including canker sores.

Lavender is a universal essential oil for all skin types and conditions.

Application:

When used in a 1:1 ratio with other essential oils such as clove or tea tree oil, lavender’s ability to heal has been proven to be enhanced.

Use a 1:5 ratio of lavender and coconut oil to treat burns or eczema.

For age spots, use lavender oil with a 1:1 ratio of frankincense oil and apply it to skin first thing in the morning and last thing at night.

Neroli Essential Oil

Neroli essential oil is great for repairing and rejuvenating oily, sensitive, and aging skin.

Neroli helps to smooth pores and lines by balancing oil production and toning the skin without drying it out.

This is the oil to use if you wish to prevent and heal stretch marks because of it antiseptic properties.

It is all natural and contains the chemical citral which rejuvenates and regenerates cells by improving the elasticity of the skin.

Because of its ability to balance the oil production of the skin, it can be used by all individuals regardless of skin type.

Neroli has the ability to work on a cellular level allows it to prevent and heal wrinkles and scar tissue.

 

Application:

Mix a drop or two of neroli essential oil with an unscented face cream of your choice and apply as normal.

Rose Essential Oil

Rose essential oil is particularly effective with dry or mature skin.

Its ability to refine skin tone is due to its inherent antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties which contain elements known to stimulate healing. Like most of the essential oils listed here, rose oil reduces stress.

This is not only good for your body and mind, it is good for your skin.

By inhaling essential oils such as rose oil, you lower the production of the stress hormone cortisol which leads to acne and other skin conditions such as psoriasis and dermatitis.

In fact, research has proven that just a few drops of rose oil applied to the skin could destroy the bacteria which causes acne in under five minutes.

Application:

Put a few drops of rose oil in the unscented lotion of your choice and apply as normal.

For acne, use a sterile cotton swab and dab one drop of pure rose essential oil on blemishes three times a day.

By adding rose to your existing creams and lotions, you open your skin up to absorb more. As a result, be sure to use nontoxic products with nurturing ingredients.

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

Ylang ylang essential oil is great for both treating acne prone skin types and for stimulating cell growth to combat the effects of aging.

What ylang ylang is best known for, however, is in the treatment of Seborrhoeic Eczema. Seborrhoea is a disease caused by a dysfunction of the sebaceous glands.

This unfortunate condition results in a irregular production of sebum which results in the inevitable infection of the epidermal cells.

At its best, Seborrhoeic Eczema can be very unattractive. At its worst, it is extremely painful when the pale, discolored skin starts peeling off.

It generally occurs in the areas of the skin where there are hair follicles such as the scalp, eyebrows, arms and legs.

Ylang ylang essential oil helps reduce inflammation and irritation by both combating the infection, reducing irritation while regulating sebum production.

Application:

Mix a drop or two of ylang ylang essential oil with an unscented face cream of your choice and apply as normal.

To treat Seborrhoeic Eczema, mix ylang ylang oil with a carrier oil in a 9:1 ratio.

Apply to skin and allow to sit for five to ten minutes before cleaning off with a warm washcloth.

Basil Essential Oil

Most people do not associate basil with skin care. However, basil essential oil is wonderful for sensitive skin.

It is most commonly used to to soothe insect bites or stings.

As a natural anti-inflammatory, it can also be used to help combat fatigued muscles. By rubbing into your skin, Basil oil can restore both your skin and your aching muscles.

Application:

Apply basil essential oil directly to any insect bite or sting.

For sore muscles, add a couple drops to an unscented massage oil and massage deeply into skin.

Conclusion

 

When applying to the skin, however, be sure to learn how best to apply the essential oils, and how much they should be diluted prior to application.

Determine which oil is best for your particular needs and skin type, and discover what what these incredible plants can do for you, and your skin.