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Essential Oils for your Face

by Jamie0liversgirl (follow)
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Rose absolute and rose (otto) essential oils have been in the press as of late because of their skin-softening properties. They are fantastic for your skin, but rose is also expensive. If you are interested in making your skin that bit softer, then here are a few essential oils that will produce a glowing visage, without breaking the bank.

Lavender (lavandula)



lavender, lavender oil


The sleep oil. I like to use lavender oil during the winter, when I have to be up early. It truly encourages sleep, and makes your skin baby-soft. The oils in lavender are similar to the oils of roses - they are both flowers, so have similar properties. It is important to only use a maximum of three drops compared to ten drops of a carrier oil. The beauty is that lavender oil lasts, you only use a small amount, and it really makes your skin soft to the touch. Blend this essential oil with a carrier oil at night, gently rub all over your face, and you'll wake with a soft-to-the-touch visage - not to mention having a deep and peaceful sleep.

The following oils are fabulous for the skin in terms of softening, improving wrinkles and anti aging:

Clary Sage - has antioxidant, antibacterial and antiseptic properties - avoid if pregnant
Neroli - for dry, sensitive skin
Patchouli - benefits all skin types
Rosewood - a natural tissue re-generator
Rose Geranium - for all skin types

When purchasing essential oils ensure they are 100% essential oil - avoid anything with fragrance, natural fragrance, fragrance oil and perfume as these will be synthetic, contain harmful chemicals which are of no benefit to your skin.

Never apply essential oil directly to the skin, dilute them first in a fragrance free cream or carrier oil - the general rule of safety is a 2% essential oil dilution (12 drops essential oil to 30ml carrier oil) and 1% dilution for children and babies.

Almond (prunus dulcis)



almond oil


Almond oil is a carrier oil, which means you can use it as a base oil to mix other oils with. For example 10 parts almond oil to 1 part rose otto. Almond oil alone is a good facial oil that is safe to use on a daily basis without a strong scent because it is so mild.

Moringa (moringa oleifera)



rose oil


Moringa oil is a mild carrier oil, but generally has a stronger scent compared with the other oils listed. It is slightly thicker, which makes it the perfect oil to use before bed - especially during the winter.

Avocado or jojoba carrier oils are also lovely on the skin.

Be aware the oils you use on your face have a difference potency to the oils you can use on your body. The skin on your face has smaller pores, and the molecules in body oils/creams are simply too large to be absorbed, which will leave an oily film on the upper layer of your skin. So remember, never use a body oil on your face, it could irritate, and won't do much to give you the soft, supple skin you desire.

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