Essential Oils & How They Work
For those that struggle with acne or oily skin, essential oils seem out of the question. FALSE. Essential oils might just be the key you need! Many essential oils have varying properties that make them great for clear skin or curing acne. Tea Tree, for instance, has a anti-fungal property that is great for clearing acne. (Rosehip is also great for promoting clear skin) What if you have dry skin? No worries! Try essential oils such as Vitamin E, that promotes hydrated skin and helps lock in moisture without clogging pores! Youtuber Curly Penny gives us a look into what essential oils she uses in her daily routine:
Essential Oils Featured:
It is high in GLA, and helps reduce the signs of ageing, especially the fine lines around the eyes (crows feet) and lines around the mouth, the drying effects of the sun and climate, as well as assisting with attenuating both accidental and surgical scars. It helps the skin heal and regenerate and prevents the formation of ugly keloid scar tissue (thickening of the skin when forming scar tissue) and is helpful in healing burns, scars and stretch marks.
Peppermint oil is often used in aromatherapy, or the use of essential oils to support health. Studies have found that aromatherapy is effective in relieving anxiety, pain, and vomiting, as well as improving memory. The aroma of peppermint oil has been shown to improve memory and raise alertness. According to findings, peppermint oil exhibits antiviral, antimicrobial, antifungal, antioxidant, analgesic, radioprotective, and antiedema properties
Argan oil comes from the argan tree. Argan Oil is frequently used for hair but also helps with skin conditions for example eczema, psoriasis, dry skin, calluses, acne, protection from sunburns, sun damage, wrinkles and mature skin. It is also used as a carrier oil for the essential oils blends and the main ingredient in Moroccan oil. Argan oil will help cure skin lesions and has antimicrobial properties. It is used to fade and reduce stretch marks and scars brought on by acne and chicken pox. It is also beneficial for dandruff and baldness. Argan Oil helps with elasticity loss and helps hydrate skin.
Tea Tree Oil:
Some tea tree oil benefits include its antimicrobial and antifungal properties. Over-the-counter acne treatments containing tea tree oil are now widely available, and evidence indicates that they are a common choice among people who self-treat their acne. If you’ve ever experienced the powerful and antiseptic scent of tea tree oil, then you probably won’t find it hard to believe that tea tree oil contains some serious antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties. I regularly use tea tree oil to thwart any acne flare-ups before they get nasty. Usually I take a cotton swab, dip it into a jar of tea tree essential oil and dab it on my breakout. Don’t do this if you have extremely sensitive skin. Also keep in mind that tea tree oil can dry out your skin—fast. If you haven’t used it before, I’d recommend diluting the tea tree oil with another oil, like jojoba, before applying.
For best results on finding a wide variety of essential oils visit your local Whole Foods or health store. For a general selection your local pharmacy may have a few!