Benefits of Oils
Looking to add essential oils to your skincare routine? Wondering which ones and how!? Let’s take a closer look at the best essential oils for skin by skin type, how to use essential oils on skin safely, and some fun, simple ways to start adding them to your natural beauty routine!
Are essential oils part of your natural beauty routine yet? By the end of this guide, they will be!
Essential oils can help keep skin clear, fight the signs of aging, increase skin elasticity, and so much more.
P.S. Royal Oils oils are made with the highest quality organic ingredients… and so much love by yours truly just for you.
First things first, what are essential oils?
Essential oils are concentrated plant extracts. They capture the plant’s scent and flavor, or “essence,” plus its unique chemical properties. Because of these unique chemical properties and their benefits, essential oils have long been used in herbal and natural medicine, as well as aromatherapy.
The BIG difference between essential oils and carrier oils you must know.
There is a big difference between the two, though they’re most typically used hand-in-hand, blended together.
Carrier oils are vegetable oils that are derived from the fatty portion of plants, usually from the seeds, kernels or the nuts. Examples of carrier oils: coconut oil, jojoba oil, argon oil, sunflower seed oil, rosehip seed oil, evening primrose oil, and many more.
Can essential oils be used on skin?
The answer: yes and no.
Only some essential oils are safe to use on your skin, and even those essential oils must be properly diluted in a carrier oil. You can also dilute them in butters (like shea, cocoa, or mango) or aloe vera.
Remember: essential oils are very concentrated herbal extracts and very strong! So if applied undiluted, essential oils can cause skin irritation and burning, which we of course don’t want.
How to use essential oils on your skin: 3 must-know rules:
Rule #1: Essential oils should’t be applied to the skin “neat” or undiluted
They should always be diluted in a carrier oil like argan oil, jojoba oil, pumpkin seed oil, grapeseed oil, etc.
Rule #2: Be sure to do a patch test
This is to make sure your skin does not have an adverse reaction to the essential oils. The inner forearm is a great place to do a test since the skin is delicate, similar to facial skin.
Rule #3: Some essential oils cause photosensitivity and so should not be used on the skin. In other words, these essential oils make your skin more vulnerable to UV rays. This in turn makes skin more vulnerable to uncomfortable sunburn as well as premature aging.