Do you read the word “oil” and immediately see red? For many us, oil simply means pimple. But it is time we clear up this messy association. True, there are some types of oils, like coconut and wheat germ oil that are highly comedogenic, meaning they clog pores. However, many “essential oils” are actually completely safe for skin. In fact, several essential oils, such as lavender and tea tree oil, can actually help fight against acne and other skin problems.
What are essential oils?
Essential oils come from various glands and pores of plants, herbs and flowers. The liquid is extracted through the extensive process of steam distillation or expression.
How do they affect your body?
When massaged into skin, essential oils penetrate deep and enter the bloodstream, which carries them to throughout your body. They may absorb into your body at different rates, from 20 minutes to 2 hours, so it is best not to shower or wash your face right after application.
Now, the fun part: what essential oils should be used for what and when?
• Clary Sage: Clary sage contains plant chemicals that are very similar to human hormones. These chemicals act as “hormone precursors,” which can be converted to anything your body needs at the time. If hormonal imbalance is the cause of your skin problems, balance your hormone levels with clary sage.
• Eucalyptus: Eucalyptus is known for its healing properties and its sweet, woody scent. It also clears blackheads and blemishes and creates smooth skin. But be careful; it is very toxic, so it must be diluted before use.
• Lavender: Lavender is one of the most versatile oils. It combines well with almost every essential oil. Plus, it is an effective antiseptic, bactericidal, analgesic and antidepressant. Most importantly, you can use it to soothe and calm your skin with a sweet, floral smell.
• Citrus: Citrus oils are excellent for toning and rejuvenating skin. A dab of lemon oil, in particular, is one of the fastest ways to clear up acne. But beware: citrus oils may discolor (like a sunburn) if exposed to direct sunlight within 72 hours of application.
• Myrrh: Myrrh is one of the best treatments for rashes and blemishes caused by warts, eczema and bacteria. Once again, make sure you don’t use an inferior substitute of this thick, resinous oil because it may contain harmful chemicals to the skin.
• Patchouli: Patchouli is beneficial for all types of skin conditions. It treats rashes and scars well because it stimulates new cell growth. You can also use it as a moisturizer to repair cracked and dehydrated skin.
• Bergamot: This oil works great to heal acne and post acne marks. Plus, it has a refreshing scent that works as an instant pick-me-up to your day.
• Rosemary: Rosemary oil works as a great toning agent for skin. It helps control oily skin, while also hydrating deep down.
• Tea tree: Tea tree, or melaleuca, helps to clean and soothe blotchy skin or acne. It promotes sweating and stimulates your body’s natural response to fight against infections.
You can treat your skin by combining multiple oils into your own mixtures. Or if mixing isn’t your thing, try finding skin cleansers and treatments that incorporate quality essential oils into their formula. HappyMe Skincare incorporates lavender, bergamot, rosemary, citrus and other essential oils to provide you with clear skin that radiates happiness. See, not all oils are bad after all.