Why You Shouldn't Be Afraid of Essential Oils
Essential oils have been a huge topic in the beauty community and especially in skincare. Some brands make claims to say that essential oils are all bad and that essential oil causes skin irritation amongst other things. To clarify something about essential oils is that NOT ALL essential oils are bad and NOT ALL essential oils will cause you to break out. There have been some claims that because essential oils are considered a fragrance, it is best to omit them altogether! However, certain essential oils offer numerous benefits for the skin and have been around for centuries! Although it is true that using a highly concentrated amount of any essential oil can cause skin irritation, we must remember that with MOST ingredients, there are guidelines as to how much we must dilute it in order for it to be palatable to our skin. An example would be ascorbic acid (vitamin c) is an incredible ingredient, however, a concentration above 20% will cause skin irritation and for some people, a concentration above 10% will cause skin sensitivity. Since essential oils are highly concentrated, you won't need much in order to achieve the benefits it has to offer and will avoid any skin issues by doing so.
Since you might have heard that even at low percentages, essential oils can be harmful to your skin, essential oils are so highly concentrated that for some, such as orange oil, you will only need a maximum of 0.5% concentration in order to reap the benefits.
The key to using essential oils is to dilute the concentration properly, just like any other key skincare ingredient.
Let's break down some of our favorite essential oils:
Lavender Oil: Has been used for centuries to help heal wounds. It has been said that Ancient Greeks used Lavender oil to help treat skin injuries such as burns and minor cuts. Since it is antiseptic and antibacterial, it helps fight and prevent further infection. Due to Lavender antibacterial properties, it also fights against acne-causing bacteria. Lavender oil is also high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, it helps prevent wrinkles due to environmental stressors and also helps soothe skin and reduce the appearance of redness. Lavender oil is also considered noncomedogenic, which means it will not clog your pores! The lavender scent is also known to help relieve stress which means not only will lavender soothe your skin, but also make you feel better overall!
Tea Tree Oil: Tea tree oil is one of my favorite ingredients to help treat acne as well as cleaning out my pores. Tea tree oil has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, as well as anti-viral properties. This makes it a great ingredient to help treat acne by killing acne-causing bacteria and soothing the skin. Tea tree oil is also known to help with relieving psoriasis and treating eczema. It also helps with dry skin and infections.
Rose Oil: Rose oil is one of the rarest and most expensive oils in the world. It is naturally fragrant because it takes 10,000 pounds of rose petals to create 1 lb of rose oil! Rose oil has antiseptic, astringent properties, and has been shown to be able to kill acne-causing bacteria. This makes rose oil a great treatment for acne. Alongside all of that, rose oil contains high levels of antioxidants which helps regenerate skin tissue making it a great way to reduce the appearance of scars and other skin blemishes
Orange Oil: Orange oil is made from orange peels. It is also an antiseptic with anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antibacterial properties making it great to fight off acne-causing bacteria, calm skin inflammations as well as preventing premature aging. Due to its high levels of vitamin C, it helps reduce dark spots and has been shown to promote collagen production and blood flow. In aromatherapy, the sweet scent of orange essential oil has been shown to act as an anti-depressant and anti-anxiety, helping you uplift your mood.
Remember, when essential oils are diluted correctly, it will NOT harm your skin, but instead, be incredibly beneficial to your skin. The only time you should be concerned using essential oils is if you are allergic or sensitive to the oil itself. For example, lavender contains geraniol, linalool, and linalyl acetate which are contact allergens. If you are allergic to lavender, it is best to avoid skin care products containing lavender oil as it might cause an allergic reaction. And just because you are allergic to one type of essential oil, does not mean you will be allergic to another. They are made up of different plants and therefore skin reactions caused by one essential oil does not mean it will be caused by another essential oil.
Essential oils while also adding great fragrance to your skincare products is also quite beneficial to your skin as well. You know your skin better than anyone else but don't fall for marketing tactics to get you to eliminate these amazing ingredients without giving it a try.