Essential oils are taking over the beauty scene by storm and it's no surprise that is has been used for years to improve health conditions, skin and body. These natural oils are extracted from plants using various methods, all of which keep it as pure and untainted as possible. (Do however make it a point to read labels to ensure that the essential oil you are about to purchase is as pure as possible).
With its increasing popularity, more and more types of essential oils have hit the shelves of beauty pharmacies and stores. Each type of oil has different benefits and we've taken the liberty of breaking it down for you to make it easier for you to find the ones that will work magic on your skin. Here is a list of our top picks of essential oils for your skin and all the amazing benefits they have to offer.
Tea Tree Oil
This is a really popular essential oil, especially for those with acne problems. The best part is, you don't even need to use much of it as tea tree oil on its own is fairly strong and needs to be slightly diluted to avoid adverse skin reactions. It also helps with healing cuts and sores due to its antiseptic properties. Use sparingly.
This extract from the dainty, delicate and beautiful flower is gentle and mild, making it great for almost any skin type. Looking for a good moisturiser that will not only feed your skin and hydrate it, but help calm it down and reduce redness? Rose oil is just what you need. An added bonus is that it helps prep your skin before you apply other beauty products or makeup.
Need something a little stronger as a moisturiser that will not result in the skin being too greasy or oily? Argan oil is your answer. Packed with vitamin E and vitamin A as well as antioxidants, it not only moisturises and nourishes the skin but also helps reduce any inflammation. Just use two to three drops of argan oil on your palm, and warm it up before applying to the skin.
Not only does lavender oil help with chapped skin (and lips!), it's a great mood booster due to its relaxing and calming properties. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that help with blemishes, acne, as well as cuts.
Similar to lavender oil in terms of being a mood booster, this oil has the ability to remove puffiness from the skin. Perfect to use after a tiring night to soothe your senses and keep your skin looking great.
Known for its fantastic medicinal properties such as nasal congestion, the eucalyptus oil is a game changer in the beauty world. It's great for any skin type, even sensitive skin. For those with acne, its winning anti-bacterial and antiseptic properties help kill germs that cause flare-ups and inflammation.
The cooling and refreshing sensation of peppermint is one that’s well known, but here's a little something you may not have known - it has a calming effect on skin inflammation. It also works on sunburns as it has anti-inflammatory properties which hydrates and relieves the pain while healing the skin. Incidentally, peppermint is also great for alleviating headaches.
What’s your favourite essential oil in your beauty regime?