When we talk essentials oils, we generally think about their benefits to natural hair. Let’s focus on a different aspect today – essential oils for skin care.
My Struggle with Acne
I’m no stranger to problematic skin. I spent many years battling acne and hyperpigmentation when my husband had cancer the first time. I wasn’t blogging then so I don’t have many pictures to show but trust me when I say, my skin was terrible! So bad in fact, a supervisor purchased an acne cream and suggested I give it a try — how embarrassing!
Although I generally blog about hair, skin care rates high on my interests. From the photo above, I’m sure you see why. For some when stressed, it shows up in their waistline. For me, it shows on my face.
My stress levels are through the roof right now with everything that’s going on with my husband’s health so when Hannah Do, founder of Thank You Skin, asked if she could share the 10 best essentials oils to achieve beautiful and flawless skin, I considered it perfect timing. For what its worth, my favorite are tea tree and rosehip seed oil!
Essential Oils for Skin Care Solutions
Essentials oils make a great solution to a number of skin issues. They can treat acne, heal scars, fade blemishes and even slow down the signs of skin aging.
Some oils can moisturize skin more effectively than expensive creams and lotions. Others can even protect from the harmful effects of UV rays. With so many benefits, it’s no longer a surprise to find tons of skin care products being infused with oils.
Shopping for Essential Oils
If this is your first time to incorporate an essential oil to your skincare routine, it’s normal to feel intimidated. As a way to guide you, here are some of the things you need to keep in mind when buying essential oils:
- Because of how loose the regulations are with essential oils, be cautious of what you buy and where you buy it from.
- Buy from a retailer that specializes in selling essential oils to make sure you get a high-quality oil.
- Read product labels, check expiration dates and review complete list of ingredients.
- Know how an oil should look, smell and feel. A change in consistency, aroma and clarity can be a hint of a bad product.
- Do your research, read reviews or ask around to friends who may have tried the oil already.
- Know the source. Oils that are indigenously sourced tend to have a better profile.
- Check its packaging. Essential oils require specific temperatures, air and light exposure to remain potent.
- Patch test before use to make sure you will not have an allergic reaction!