There are a lot of ingredient categories out there in the realm of skincare – Butters, carrier oils, tinctures and many more. There’s no doubt, however, that the group of ingredients that has the most potency and power to make a difference is the essential oils family.
So what are essential oils?
Essential oils are natural compounds extracted from certain plants – Not all plants can deliver essential oils. These compounds are obtained through a distillation process, usually by steaming the plant. In that process, all of the active compounds of the plant are extracted and constitute what we call the plant’s essential oil.
~ A word of caution ~
Essential oils are very concentrated and powerful compounds. Applying essential oils directly on the skin should be avoided under any circumstance. Always dilute essential oils with carrier oils such as jojoba oil, almond oil, etc.
Please note that the maximum dilution ratio that’s considered safe is 1% – 2%. So whenever you decide to prepare an essential oil and a carrier oil mixture, use a precise, electronic scale. For example –
For every 50g of carrier oil, add 0.5 – 1 gram of essential oil
For every 100g of carrier oil, add 1 – 2 grams of essential oil
Nerol essential oil – This E.O contains a chemical called Citral which is known to help regenerate skin cells. This is the reason it’s used to prevent and heal stretch marks, as well as smooth wrinkles and fine lines.
Great for oily, sensitive and mature skin.
Lavender essential oil – Besides the fact that this oil smells fantastic, it is known to help relax the body and reduce stress levels. Lavender essential oil speeds up the healing process of wounds and increases collagen production.
Ylang Ylang essential oil – Best known for regulating and balancing oil production of skin and hair that prevents extreme dryness or oiliness. It soothes irritation and inflammation of the skin. Also, it helps acne condition as it promotes better circulation, encouraging the growth of new skin.
Patchouli essential oil – Similar to Neroli, it promotes new cells generation and smoothes the appearance of wrinkles and lines. It will benefit skin conditions such as ace, dermatitis, and eczema due to its antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic properties.
Tea Tree essential oil – Best known for its antibacterial and antifungal properties. Very effective in removing unwelcome fungal residents around nails. It also helps to regulate your skin’s sebum production, which in turn can fight breakouts before they get the chance to break out.
When creating your oil mix, use an airtight, dark-colored container to slow down the oil oxidation process. This will prolong the shelf life of the oils and make them last longer.
It is advised to apply these oils as a serum, at night or even before bed, for a long-lasting penetration effect.