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Natural oils are required to maintain a healthy skin. It must be of the right quantity in the skin. Problems may arise when there is excess oil secretion or even lesser. To combat such issues, including essential oils in the beauty routine is a good idea. Before that, what is an essential oil? It must be surprising, but the fact is that essential oils are not technically oils. They are plant extracts. The concentration is very high and they are potent in nature. This is the reason why essential oils are always diluted with carrier oils for topical applications. This helps reduce any adverse reaction that might happen on the skin.
Now, here arises the question of how to choose the right essential oil for your skin. There are hundreds of them available and probably only a few might suit you. It is always better to narrow down the search, a daunting task, with the help of some criteria which are discussed below.
Know your skin type
There are almost no imperfections on a normal skin. It looks healthy and has visible pores. Another factor is that a person with normal skin type is not prone to sensitivity. Such people are blessed and can go for any essential of their choice according to requirement without any fear.
People with oily skin will have large pores and a shiny complexion. The presence of blackheads and pimples are rampant and they will also be visible. Such people can go for citrus essential oils like orange, lemon, and lime; or cypress, bergamot, geranium, evening primrose, hemp, safflower, and grapeseed oil.
A rough complexion is the main characteristic of a person with dry skin. Dry white patches and line are easily visible on the outside. The pores on the skin are hard to see in this case. The essential oils that can be used are sandalwood, myrrh, German chamomile, cedarwood, geranium, and palmarosa.
A combination skin tone is very sensitive to change weather conditions. The forehead, chin, and the T-zone are very oil, whereas, dry skin can be found on the cheeks and under-eye skin. Patchouli, lavender, bergamot, and orange are said to be the best of essential oils to deal with problems of combination skin.
Deal with the problem on the skin
Aging is literally a nightmare to all. With the current way of lifestyle, aging of skin sets in very much earlier in the thirties rather than in the sixties. The regular and persistent use of essential oils can make a difference. Tangerine, lavender, rose, ylang-ylang, frankincense, cypress, and sandalwood work well.
Acne and blemishes
Even when there is so much of protection on the skin all the time, one hardly stop the breakouts and the resultant scars, especially when young. This has to be regulated from within the body and essential oils seep into the skin creating magic. Tea tree, vetiver, and lavender are the best options.
Red marks and dark spots
The occurrence of these can happen at any time in life and the reasons are numerous. It can be due to sunburn, a fire accident, an insect bite, and maybe even a surgery. In a nutshell, it is the uneven skin tone that has to be treated and the essential oil that will work are lemon, lavender, and frankincense.
Other factors to be considered
Place one drop of the essential oil on a construction paper. The oil must evaporate quickly without leaving any noticeable ring. This vouches for the purity of the essential. If you find that a ring has been left behind, then the purity of it is to be questioned. This test does not work out for myrrh, patchouli, and absolutes.
An essential oil of good quality can be identified to a certain extent with its cost. You will have to shell out a few bucks to get a good one. This is because hundreds of pounds of plants are used to extract just 30 ml of oil. However, this cannot be true in all cases.
Do a patch test
It is highly recommended to do a patch test before using an essential oil. Combine one drop of the essential oil with ½ tsp carrier oil and rub it on the inside, upper portion of the arm. If all goes well even after a few hours, you can very go ahead with the usage.