In our two previous posts on essential oils part 1 and part 2, we learnt about the different essential oils that help with different skin conditions and general skincare. But using these oils the right way is the key to relief and betterment. Want to know more about using essential oils for different skin problems?
We have already mentioned you cannot use essential oils on your skin, directly. So, how do you use them or get started with using essential oils for skincare? What are carrier oils? Are using carrier oils and applying them, the only way to incorporate essential oils in your skincare regimen? These are a few very common questions many have. We are looking to address the most important questions one after the other.
Best Ways to Use Essential Oils for Skincare
Adding essential oils to bath is one of the easiest ways to incorporate them into your skincare regimen. Besides, in a bath, they also have emotional and health benefits.
Topical application with carrier oils is one of the best ways to incorporate essential oils in your skincare routine.
Massage is another way to incorporate essential oils in your skincare routine, though this method comes under topical application.
Using essentials oils in compress is another way to incorporate them for treating skin conditions.
Using a steamer is another way to incorporate essentials oils for skincare and this method also has health benefits.
Though certain oils can be ingested, it is advisable to take up this method only under a qualified therapist. Essential oils are highly concentrated and not many know their potency or uses, correctly. Overdose can be in a mere drop or two differences and can prove harmful to fatal! Also, not all essential oils are edible, only a few brands manufacture oils that can be used internally. That’s another factor to check.
Which Method to Choose?
Depending on your requirement, you can choose a method that’s more beneficial. For example: If you have a skin condition to address, or probably a wound, rash or burn, etc., choose topical application.
However, if you also want to relax, you can choose a bath. Here, you also inhale and feel good and the oils do help your skin.
For removing blackheads, clearing clogged pores or cleaning pores, exfoliation, removing buildup grime and dirt and thorough cleansing, steam works best.
To treat a few skin conditions, wounds and burns, compress is the way to go.
What is a Carrier Oil?
As the name suggests, carrier oils carry the essential oil to your skin. They are extracted from the seeds, nuts or kernels, typically, fatty portions of a plant. There are many different carrier oils and their properties and benefits vary. Depending your skin type and requirement, choose suitable carrier oil. More on choosing carrier oils, later! Stay tuned.
Should all Essential Oils be Diluted Prior to Topical Application?
Like mentioned earlier, essential oils are highly concentrated. A few drops of essential oil require loads of plant parts and that’s why, they are highly concentrated. Besides, they can be extremely irritating, cause photo toxicity or skin sensitivity (allergies or rashes). Diluting them in suitable percentage prevents these issues and ensures you are able to use them to their fullest potential.
Rule of the Thumb
Always, dilute essential oils before use. Do a patch test before applying it on visible or sensitive areas like your face.
Most essential oils last good for 5 – 10 years. However, keep them in a dark glass bottle and away from direct sun light.
Learn about the shelf life of the oils you buy and use within the specified duration. Some oils like Rosehip Seed oil or Apricot kernel, hardly last for a few months and go rancid quickly. So know their shelf life, preservation methods for extending their life where possible, etc.
Always buy organic and natural essential oils for best results.
More on choosing the right carrier oils, choosing the right dilution percentage, essential oils suitable for direct application, essential oils that should be avoided and why and lots more will be added shortly. Till then, feel free to use the essential oils with our Revitol products, or try out the basic recipes we have outlined on essential oils to get started. Like always, feed us back with your results.