Oils have long been used in skincare and there's a good reason for that! Here's what you should know.
Treatment oils can be very effective for most skin types. Their main benefit —moisturizing— is something they all have in common. While finding the right oil for you may take some time (and trial and error), it's something worth investing in. Using oils as part of your skincare routine can give amazing results: softer and glowing skin, a better appearance of pigmentation, and acne scars.
As long as you follow the rules for proper application, you will notice that oils are a great addition to your routine.
What are the rules for the proper use of skincare oils?
1. Essential oils shouldn't be applied to the skin “neat” or undiluted. They should always be diluted in a carrier oil like argan oil, jojoba oil, pumpkin seed oil, grapeseed oil, etc. Opinions on proper dilution ratios vary, though most recommendations are between 1% and 2% of the final product.
2. Be sure to do a patch test. This is to make sure your skin does not have an adverse reaction to the essential oils. The inner forearm is a great place to do a test since the skin is delicate, similar to facial skin.
3. Some essential oils cause photosensitivity and so should not be used on the skin. In other words, these essential oils make your skin more vulnerable to UV rays. This in turn makes skin more vulnerable to uncomfortable sunburn as well as premature aging.
Here's a list of the 3 most common skincare oils worth trying
Carrot Seed Essential Oil — aging skin, reducing scarring
Carrot seed essential oil is rich in antioxidants, helping to neutralize inflammation and wrinkle-causing free radicals, according to studies. It has a rejuvenating effect on the skin, helping to keep skin smooth skin and aid cell regeneration. For this reason, it’s prized as one of the best essential oils for aging skin.
Lavender Essential Oil — acne and blemish-prone skin, aging skin, reducing scarring, dry skin
Lavender essential oil should be part of every routine! It smells amazing, helps you relax and it helps your body adapt to stress, and it has great benefits for the skin, obvs. Lavender essential oil is a powder anti-inflammatory, helps speed the healing of wounds, and increase collagen production. This is why it’s so is great for aging, mature skin, as well as blemish-prone skin.
Tea Tree Essential Oil — acne and blemish-prone skin
Tea tree essential oil is one of the more well-known essential oils for acne and blemish-prone skin. Its antibacterial properties help ward off acne-causing bacteria and assist wound healing. It also helps to regulate oil production, helping fight breakouts before they even start.
Are you going to include at least one of them in your routine? Your skin will be grateful!