Are Essential Oils Beneficial for your Skin?
– Contributing author
There has been a lot of talk regarding the benefits that essential oils can bring to your physical and mental health but there hasn’t been a lot of discussion regarding the use of essential oils directly on the skin. Typically, when people employ the use of essential oils throughout their home, they use diffusers so they breathe in the effects and they aren’t putting them directly on the skin. Some people might ingest essential oils by using them in cooking, drinks or a combination of both – once they have been diluted by a carrier as pure 100% essential oils can be damaging in the long run for internal organs at full strength.
Even those who are using diffusers or humidifiers with an essential oil compartment built-in are basically diluting the oils with water. What would happen if they came into contact with the skin? Are some essential oils better than others when it comes to skin contact? Let’s figure it out together.
Essential Oils on Skin: Side Effects
People who have used essential oils directly on their skin reported experiencing some or all of the following:
- Red spots on the skin where the oil was directly placed
- Tenderness or swelling due to a negative reaction from the essential oils
- Rash-like symptoms with itchy patches that could break open
- Dry, flaking patches of skin that were in direct contact with essential oils
Those with sensitive skin should always use a carrier oil, such as coconut or sunflower seed oils, before using essential oils on the skin. While you may not experience a reaction to essential oils being placed directly on the skin; it is a possibility to consider. If you do not want to use a carrier oil, simply place a couple drops of your chosen essential oil into water and mix vigorously to dilute the full concentration.
Avoid essential oils that have no known skincare benefits and those whose strength lies more in internal issues (circulation, mental health, chronic pain, etc.). Try to avoid any citrus-based essential oil on your skin (bergamot, lemon, etc.), any mint-based oil (peppermint, pennyroyal, etc.) and essential oils such as cinnamon or pine as they have no benefits for skin.
What Essential Oils are Beneficial to Skin?
If you want to use all organic skincare during your daily routine, there are some essential oils that would be more beneficial to your skin and provide help rather than harm. It should always be remembered that essential oils should never be placed directly on an open wound or picked skin regardless of the dilution method used (water or carrier oil). Below is a list of the essential oils that could be beneficial to your skin and what problem areas they can target:
- Tea Tree Oil – when used properly with dilution, can decrease the level of inflammation of the skin and help clear up acne issues on the face and body.
- Lemongrass Oil – when diluted, can reduce the level of inflammation in the skin and clear up acne issues all over the body.
- Rosemary Oil – after being diluted, can be used over the entire body for inflammation and acne issues.
- Lavender Oil – after dilution, can decrease redness, inflammation and relive itchiness or irritation. It is also naturally antibacterial; so, it can treat minor wounds due to skin issues (eczema, ingrown hairs, etc.).
- Juniper Berry Oil – can reduce the levels of oil in the skin, especially the facial area, while promoting healthier skin because of its natural antibacterial and antimicrobial agents.
- German Chamomile Oil – over time, will reduce the look of dark spots, scars and aging when used in combination with a skincare routine tailored for your skin type.
- Vetiver Oil – when used properly will reduce the level of dry, flaking skin. Best results come from using a carrier oil such as coconut oil for additional moisture.
If you want to incorporate an organic skin cream or face cream into your routine that can be made right at home, featuring essential oils as one of the key ingredients; then take the time to search the web and use only legitimate sites featuring numerous DIY recipes for skincare creams.
Essential oils can be used directly on the skin as long as they are not applied directly to the skin, unless they are on the list of essential oils that are good for your skin. Using only essential oils that will not harm skins delicate tissues and membranes can allow you to reap the benefits of essential oils without causing further affliction to yourself.
Always consult with a medical professional or speak to an expert at your local organic health store before introducing any essential oils to your skincare routine. Some prescribed medications can cause skin sensitivity and the use of essential oils can burn the skin or damage it unless they are diluted properly.