Skin care industry is growing big these days. With many suffering from skin allergies, irritations, chronic skin conditions and stress-related skin disorders, taking care of one’s skin involves a lot of complexities – you need to act by your skin type, you need to apply what suits you and above all, your skin treatment should be longstanding and fruitful. Essential oils are widely used in skin treatment and care nowadays. Thanks to the recognition aromatherapy and plant oils have gained in the world of alternative medicine, essential oils play a huge role even in cosmetics and skin care products in the popular market.
Skin is a dynamic organism that keeps changing from time to time. It reacts to both internal and external influences, developing sensitivities, problems and irritations. Your skin type can vary depending on the seasons too. Sometimes you can have oilier skin in summer and drier skin in winter.
Since skin involves so much, before you proceed to choose the right kind of oils for your skin, you need to understand and act according to certain things:
1. Identify your skin type: This is necessary to treat your skin. Skin types can be generally of seven different types – dry skin, oily skin, combination skin, problem skin, sensitive skin, dehydrated skin, and mature/aged skin.
Dry skin tends to age faster than other skin types and is susceptible to flaking and other irritations in hot or cold conditions. Oily skin may have problems like blackheads, acne but it tends to age slower than dry skin. A combination skin is a combination of both dry and oily skin. Problem skin is a skin type with extreme skin problems like eczema or psoriasis. Sensitive skin can result in irritation or itching flare-ups even with slight allergens. Dehydrated skin is different from dry skin and has a lot of flakes, crinkles and dull appearance. Mature or aged skin type is marked by a lot of fine lines, wrinkles and sagging looks.
2. Get to know about essential oils: Once you have clearly identified your skin type, you need to get to know about essential oils. Not all skin types are compatible with all oils and there are specific oils to particular skin types. So, if you are planning to try essential oils on your skin, learn about the nature of your skin type and the essential oils that can be used for your skin. You can even consult your dermatologist if you have problems in choosing oils.
3. Essential oils for skin types: Below is a list of recommended essential oils for various skin types. You can use the oils compatible with your skin in cleaning, toning or moisturizing skin surface.
Dry and Mature skin essential oils: Almond, carrot seed, cedarwood, palma rose, neroli, castor, extra virgin, jasmine, geranium, ylang-ylang, vetiver, clary sage etc.
Oily skin essential oils: Geranium, lavender, cedarwood, frankincense, peppermint, niaouli, cajeput, sandalwood, juniper, melisa, coriander, rosemary, eucalyptus, myrtle, neroli and lemon oil.
Combination skin essential oils: Rosewood, geranium, ylang-ylang, rose geranium hydrosol, palmarosa, chamomile, sandalwood, carrier oils – sweet almond, jojoba, evening primrose and apricot kernel.
Problem skin essential oils: lavender, mandarin, bergamot, cedarwood, cypress, juniper, carrier oils – jojoba, grapeseed, carrot-seed
Sensitive skin essential oils: chamomile, rose, palma rosa, neroli, rosewood, carrot, angelica, jasmine, mandarin, petitgrain, frankincense, carrier oils – jojoba, sweet almond, calendula-infused oil and evening primrose.