By Lindsay Reinsmith, with contributions by Karen Roman
If you came of age in the 1990s and early 2000s, you may remember being bombarded with ads for oil-free skincare. As if overly drying synthetic face wash was the miracle solution for problem skin, you filled your cabinets with chemical-laden skincare sporting harsh chemicals, cheap fragrances, and nasty preservatives. For years or even decades, your body absorbed these ingredients through your skin. And unfortunately, most of those products did more harm than good. It’s time to break up with oil-free skincare.
Why essential oils?
As counterintuitive as it may sound, essential oils are great for your skin. Essential oils contain vitamins, antioxidants, and other health properties. They are also known for decreasing your skin’s oil production. When you cleanse your skin, you are stimulating the sebum glands which prompts oil production. Unfortunately, over-cleansing can cause a large amount of oil overproduction. On the other hand, when you put oil on your skin, it has the opposite effect, and can regulate or slow-down oil production.
But, that’s not all!
What else can they do for you?
Essential oils have a ton of different healing properties that can help you get healthy skin without needing to rely on synthetic products. Here are some popular essential oils and the benefits they can provide you:
Carrot Seed Oil
This oil is great for damaged or mature skin. The rejuvenating effects of carrot seed oil helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles and assists with cell regeneration. For this reason, it can minimize the appearance of scars and repair cracked and dry skin.
Can be very helpful for treating acne. Its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties stop bacteria that causes break outs. It can also be used to clean any cuts or skin irritations you may have, and it even helps with the pain!
Jojoba oil can be used to moisturize your body. It will get rid of any flakiness and bring dry, dull skin back to life. This magical oil will also keep your skin hydrated and as a result may minimize the appearance of fine lines.
Frankincense oil can be used as a natural toner causing pores to appear smaller. It also has properties that help protect you skin cells and encourage new cell growth. That means it can help smooth chapped skin and will tighten the skin.
The antiseptic properties of Neroli oil help balance the production of oil and make pores appear smaller without drying out your skin. It can also heal skin that has been damaged, like popped pimples or stretch marks.
Rosehip is great at helping your skin regenerate cells. It also contains Vitamin C which helps heal scar tissue. The retinoic acids help brighten your skin and minimize the appearance of wrinkles.
So the next time you are looking for a top-notch beauty product, reach for an essential oil. They are natural, soothing, and contain more beauty benefits than you think.
Lindsay Reinsmith is the founder and CEO of Kaeng Raeng, a leading creator of natural vegan dietary supplements and cruelty free cosmetics. Learn about Kaeng Raeng’s use of essential oils in their natural skincare products at kaengraeng.com