Skin is a vital part of the human body which provides protection, regulation of body temperature, receipt of information about the environment by means of nerve endings.
But skin is also an important part of our appearance. How our skin looks depends on many factors including what we eat, how we sleep, and how we take care of it.
Whether skin condition is a result of internal disharmonies or external influences essential oils can treat both due to alterative, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent, cicatrisant (cell renewal), and vulnerary (wounds healing) activities of the oils.
The skin is dry when it shows insufficient activity of sebaceous glands. Dry skin can also be dehydrated. It lacks the ability to retain moisture as oil in the skin acts as a barrier against moisture loss.
Dry skin tends to be thin and overly delicate. Its condition is badly influenced by the sun, wind, and heat. Insufficient skin care especially during the day further worsens the problem.
Powerful essential oils for skin are rose, ylang ylang, palmarosa, rose geranium and helichrysum, as they have excellent emollient, hydrating, antiseptic, balancing moisture, and sebum production, anti-inflammatory, reducing redness, regenerating tissues, promoting the formation of skin cells qualities.
Sensitive skin reaction can express itself as redness, itching and burning. Essential oils such as chamomile and lavender are good for sensitive skin.
Combination skin can be dry, oily, and sensitive. Essential oils such as jasmine, ylang ylang and vetiver have oil and moisture balancing as well as conditioning and irritation soothing properties and are good for sensitive skin.
Essential oils work on the skin healing and renewal. Essential oils such as carrot seed, frankincense, neroli, sandalwood and patchouli are cell regenerating, healing, rejuvenating, moistening and soothing.
As you can see there are many beautiful essential oils good for skin health. They are especially potent when blended with carrier plant oils rich in essential fatty acids. Ask our aromatherapist for a personal advice.
Have a good skin!
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