Essential Oils 🌿What You Need to Know!
Oct. 11, 2020
Natural skincare is a growing market, and not just for skincare. While the general consensus seems to be that natural equals better, this isn’t always the case!
What exactly are natural products? Typically the word “natural” is used to describe products without chemicals and made from naturally-derived ingredients from plants.
Here’s where essential oils come in. Essential oils are compounds extracted and distilled from plants to create a concentrated liquid. They come from herbs such as rosemary, lavender, rose, cedarwood, and tea tree oil, just to name a few.
THE BODY SHOPJumbo Tea Tree Oil
How They’re Made
Essential oils are sold as concentrations that can be diluted and or used as ingredients in other products such as face washes, serums, and moisturizers.
TRADER JOE'SFace Wash with Tea Tree Oil
EVERY MAN JACKCedarwood Body Wash
MAJESTIC PUREGeranium Oil
Many essential oils are used due to their antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. In skincare they are often used as an alternative to synthetic fragrance. Essential oils like tea tree are natural alternatives to actives that treat acne.
The biggest issue when using essential oils is that they can be extremely irritating and cause irritation when not diluted properly. It’s easy to think that more is better, but this is not the case with a concentrated oil! It’s best to buy pre-made products containing essential oils as these will be formulated at the proper concentrations and less likely to cause issues with your skin.
When used at the right concentration, essential oils have many benefits so long as your skin tolerates them well.
There are a myriad of essential oils to choose from, all with their own unique benefits. Tea tree oil is a tried and true staple for acne and can be used at a spot treatment. Cedarwood is another pimple fighting essential oil. Geranium oil helps gently exfoliate dead skin cells and is a great exofliant alternative for those with dry skin.
Are They Right for You?
As with any new skincare product, start slowly and use sparingly until you see how your skin tolerates your products containing essential oils. What works for some may not work for others. As mentioned above, when not diluted properly the most common reaction is irritation known as contact-dermatitis, which can appear as a rash caused by contact with an ingredient causing an allergic reaction. If this happens, stop use immediately and decide if essential oils are right for you!
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