(Last Updated on : 28/03/2014)
Aromatherapy oils can reach far beyond in terms of their effectiveness to beautify your face, with the perfect properties to match your type of skin. Aromatherapy oils can induce the properties of moisturizing, anti aging, exfoliating, toning, rejuvenating and deep cleansing. While using the products one must be cautious to avoid eyes, mouth and nose. A combination of essential oils can be used simultaneously to uplift the mood and beautify the face. For instance, if you have dry skin you could treat it with rose and lavender oils on a day when you are tense, so you soothe mental worries and your complexion in one go. The soothing, healing, rejuvenating essential oils will have a much more noticeable effect on facial skin than any other oils. The recommended Aromatic Oils are Geranium, Rose, Jasmine, Violet, Lavender, Ylang Ylang and Neroli.
Recommended Therapeutic Oils
(scars, slack skin).
As these oils have the property to penetrate deeply, they can be used for effective cleansing as well. Yet different oils should be applied for different type of skins:
(for dry/mature skin).
(for normal/combination skin).
(for oily/blemished skin).
Just add two drops of aroma oil to a container of lukewarm water.
Disperse the oil in water using your finger.
After thoroughly washing the face with soap and water, just splash the aromatic water on your face.
Leave it there to dry it for itself and enjoy the fragrant and clean feeling that follows.
Replace the oil-based cleanser with three drops of essential oil added to 30ml (1 fl oz/6 tsp) of sweet almond oil.
Store the mix in a dark glass bottle and shake well before pouring some into the palm of your hand and using your fingertips to massage it into skin.
Gently wipe it off with a damp cotton-wool pad.
If any stubborn patches of make-up remain, remove them by dipping a cotton-wool ball directly into the oil mix and gently wiping across skin.
Buy the simplest, fragrance-free cleansing-cream you can find and add four drops of essential oil for every 50ml (1.7fl oz/10 tsp) of product in the jar.
Mix the essential oil into the cleanser using a sterile spatula or teaspoon handle, replace the lid and leave it for three days.
Stir the mixture once a day before you begin to use it.
Apply it and remove, as you normally would for an aromatic treat to an otherwise plain cleansing process.
If you notice that the formulation changes in texture during this three-day period, becoming thicker, thinner or lumpy, throw it away. Occasionally the emulsion of a particular brand of cream becomes unstable if you add extra ingredients and it may eventually lead to bacterial contamination.
Mix three drops of essential oil with 30ml (1fl oz/6 tsp) sweet almond oil and slowly add equal amounts of finely ground oatmeal and coarse desiccated coconut until you have a thick paste.
Massage with the paste in small circular movements all over damp skin, particularly around the forehead, nose, chin and neck, then leave for a few minutes before rinsing off with lukewarm water.
Pat skin dry and moisturize immediately.
Use this gentle essential-oil exfoliation twice a week for truly polished skin, free of dull, dead, flaky surface.
You can mix small amounts of ingredients to prepare moisturizers so the ingredients are always fresh without any wastage. You can mix several different combinations for different parts of your 'face and apply them just-where needed. Since essential oils are so fine and have a natural affinity with skin, they penetrate better than many ingredients found in more traditional face creams. Morning and night application is suggested like any other moisturizer application. But its essential to choose a lighter moisturizer for day, and a heavy one for the night (according to your skin type of course), as rich moisturizer will make the face look greasy and shiny at day. One can also use any essential oil moisturizer for aromatic purpose at day and the night one purely for treatment. Rich carrier based moisturizer should be chosen for night treatment.
Massage is the best way to make sure the oils soak in, as the warmth of skin on skin and the rubbing action both speed up absorption. Spend three minutes minimum gently smoothing the moisturizer all over your face, using fingertips in an upward direction and in circles from the inner to outer corners of the eyes. Remember to mix only enough to last for a few days so there is no risk of contamination. Always store your moisturizers in airtight, dark glass bottles and shake them well before application. The ideal recipe should be:
5 drops essential oil in 30ml (1 fl oz/6 tsp) carrier oil Plus 1 tsp wheat germ oil or the contents of a vitamin E capsule. All facial moisturizers should contain essential oils, carrier oil to dilute, and either wheat germ oil or vitamin E as a natural preservative, and as they are also both excellent anti-oxidants they add an extra treatment benefit to your skincare. Anti oxidants are known to stop the harmful and aging effects of pollutants, sunrays and smoke. The other bonus is that carrier oils, used to dilute the essential oils, are excellent moisturizers in themselves. The oil stops the water found naturally in the body from evaporating into the air. The best carrier oils for the face are fine, light emollients. Some of the heavier oils are too rich and sit on facial skin for hours making the complexion shiny. These are the few guiding points to make your own moisturizers.
Best Carrier Oils for the Face
(for normal/combination skin)
(for mature skin)
(for sensitive skin)
(for dry skin)
(for greasy/irritated skin)
Sunflower or avocado
(for oily/blemished skin)
1. Rich Facial Moisturizers
a) For Mature Skin
3 drops Neroli and 2 drops galbanum in 30ml (1 fl oz/6 tsp) wheat germ oil.
2 drops each rose and frankincense in 30ml (1fl oz/6 tsp) evening primrose oil plus 1 vitamin E capsule.
b) For Dry Skin
2 drops violet and 3 drops rose in 30ml (1fl oz/6 tsp) apricot kernel oil plus 1 vitamin E capsule.
2 drops each Neroli, mimosa and rose in 30ml (1fl 02/6 tsp) wheat germ oil.
c) For Thread Veins
3 drops rose and 2 drops chamomile in 30ml (1fl oz/6 tsp) peach oil plus 1 tsp wheat germ oil.
3 drops orange and 1 drop each lemon and lime in 30ml (1 fl oz/6 tsp) peach oil plus I tsp wheat germ oil.
d) Treating Rashes & Itchiness
2 drops chamomile and 3 drops lavender in 30ml (1 fl oz/ 6 tsp) peach oil plus 1 vitamin E capsule.
1 drop each marigold and yarrow and 3 drops of sandalwood in 30ml (1 fl oz/6 tsp) jojoba oil plus 1 tsp wheat germ oil.
e) For Firm Skin
3 drops frankincense and 2 drops mandarin in 30ml (1 fl oz/6 tsp) wheat germ oil.
2 drops each rose and lavender and 1 drop Neroli in 30ml (1 fl oz/6 tsp) wheat germ oil.
f) To Improve Texture
3 drops violet and 2 drops lemongrass in 30ml (1 fl oz/6 tsp) evening primrose oil plus 1 vitamin E capsule.
2 drops each sandalwood and geranium and 1 drop of rose in 30ml (1 fl oz/6 tsp) wheat germ oil.
g) Application in the Night
2 drops each frankincense and myrrh in 30ml (1fl oz/6 tsp) wheat germ oil.
2. Light Moisturizers
a) For Oily Skin
2 drops each juniper and Cedarwood in 30ml (1fl oz/6 tsp) sunflower oil plus 1 vitamin E capsule
2 drops each geranium and lavender and 1 drop cypress in 30ml (1fl oz/6 tsp) of sunflower oil plus 1vitamin E capsule.
b) For Combination Skin
2 drops each lemongrass and rosemary in 30ml (1 fl oz/6 tsp) sweet almond oil plus 1 vitamin E capsule.
1 drop Petitgrain and 2 drops each rose and lavender in 30ml (1 fl oz/6 tsp) sweet almond oil plus 1 vitamin E capsule.
c) For Sensitive Skin
2 drops marigold and 3 drops rosemary in 30ml (1 fl oz/6 tsp) peach oil plus 1 tsp wheat germ oil.
2 drops each chamomile and jasmine and 1 drop sandalwood in 30ml (1 fl oz/6 tsp) jojoba oil plus 1 vitamin E capsule.
d) Treating Sallowness
3 drops orange and 2 drops rosemary in 30ml (2 fl oz/6 tsps) jojoba oil plus 1 tsp wheatgerm oil.
2 drops each lavender and Ylang Ylang and 1 drop geranium in 30ml (1 fl oz/6 tsps) sunflower oil plus 1 vitamin E capsule.
e) For Day Time
2 drops violet and 3 drops rose in 30ml (1 fl oz/6 tsp) sweet almond oil plus 1 vitamin E capsule.