Healthy, glowing skin is just a few drops away when you add essential oils to your daily routine. Rich with natural astringent, antioxidant, and hydrating properties, essential oils have been shown to help prevent wrinkles, zap acne, and smooth out your skin.
For centuries, people have used essential oils for skin health. Plus, using essential oils for skincare is surprisingly uncomplicated. Simply add a few drops to your favorite moisturizer or carrier oil and watch your skin transform.
When using essential oils, safety is everything. They are highly concentrated aromatic compounds and need to be properly diluted before applying to the skin. If you’re using essential oils on your face, dilute at 1% which is 4 drops per ½ ounce (15 mL).
Some essential oils, especially citrus oils, contain constituents that can cause photosensitivity. To avoid direct sunlight, it's best to apply essential oils during your nighttime skincare routine. Additionally, always perform a patch test when applying a new oil to the skin to make sure you don’t have any adverse reactions.
Without further ado, we’d like to share our favorite essential oils for skincare with you! No matter your skin type, there are likely essential oils that’ll help tighten and tone. There are dozens of oils that offer soothing, purifying, cleansing and illuminating benefits but these are our absolute top picks. When applied to the skin, these essential oils have the power to help rejuvenate and restore your skin without the use of synthetic chemicals. Why not look good naturally?
Packed with antimicrobial and antibacterial properties, Grapefruit essential oil can help promote smoother, clearer skin by specifically targeting acne bacteria. One study found it effective against p.acnes, a bacteria associated with the development of acne.
Along with eliminating pore-clogging bacteria, Grapefruit’s antioxidant activity can help fade dark spots and scarring while promoting overall brightness. You know that natural glow you’ve been trying to achieve? Grapefruit can help get you there.
Another acne-fighting powerhouse, Tea Tree essential oil is a favorite amongst dermatologists and aromatherapists alike. There a numerous Tea Tree oil benefits for skin. Naturally antibacterial and anti-microbial, it helps clear away skin bacteria and fungus for lasting health. Just a few drops of Tea Tree can help support the healing of athlete’s foot, dandruff, burns, and rashes too.
It’s important to note that not all Tea Tree essential oils on the market are equal in benefits. Some have higher or lower levels of specific constituents. Our Tea Tree essential oil has a high level of Terpinen-4-ol, a naturally occurring monoterpene. You want a high level of Terpinen-4-ol because it is responsible for Tea Tree’s antibacterial activity. Without it, Tea Tree doesn’t pack the same punch against acne and skin bacteria. Our Tea Tree is specifically grown for its effectiveness in promoting clear, healthy skin.
Endlessly versatile, Lavender essential oil is one of the most popular essential oils for beautiful skin. It can help smooth wrinkles, clear acne, brighten the complexion and soothe dryness. Lavender is packed with antioxidants, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antifungal properties that work hard to keep your skin healthy and smooth.
Numerous studies have noted Lavender’s remarkable ability to help heal the skin and prevent free radicals. A 2016 study demonstrated that Lavender promotes wound healing by accelerating the skin’s production of granulation tissue and collagen production. Granulation tissue is part of the wound healing process that actually helps prevent further damage. This serves both medicinal and cosmetic uses for the skin. Why not look good and feel good too?
Adding a few drops of Lavender essential oil to your face moisturizer can help reduce redness and discoloration for a more even tone. If you’re looking to reduce blotchiness or hyperpigmentation, Lavender is a tried-and-true favorite. Its antifungal activity can help relieve dryness, itchiness and roughness caused by eczema and psoriasis. Always dilute it with a carrier oil (like Coconut oil) or lotion before applying it to your face and body.
Deeply cleansing, Bergamot essential oil can help unclog pores and balance the skin’s oil production (sebum levels). Its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial activity can help clear away blemishes, pimples and acne. A popular treatment for teenage or hormonal breakouts, Its analgesic properties make it especially effective for helping to treat painful cystic acne.
As is the case with all essential oils, quality is everything. A high-quality Bergamot should have a significant level of Limonene, one of the main constituents responsible for the antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial qualities of Bergamot. Otherwise, you may not see the desired results. Bergamot has also shown promise in helping to detoxify the skin from free radicals and impurities.
You may have heard about the incredible benefits of vitamin C for the skin, including its ability to help reduce dark spots and blemishes. Orange essential oil oil is basically pure vitamin C in a bottle. Orange oil for skin can help soothe inflammation and treat skin conditions like acne and rosacea. Plus, there are numerous studies to back up its efficacy.
Rich in d-Limonene, a terpene (aromatic compound) known for its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, Orange oil helps eliminate the pore-clogging bacteria that causes pimples. Its antiseptic properties deeply purifies and detoxifies the skin. Although Orange essential oil is considered safe to sun exposure, we recommend using a SPF to help keep you're skin looking fresh.
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