Skincare is one of the main ways in which essential oils are utilized. However, different skin types may be more suited to both different bases and different essential oils. Here’s a quick look at some suitable essential oils for different types of skin. You can find further information on this subject in Authentic Aromatherapy by Sharon Falsetto.

Essential Oils in Skincare Products: Photo Credit, ISP
Essential Oils in Skincare Products: Photo Credit, ISP

Using Essential Oils in Skincare Products

You can add essential oils to various skincare products; these includes facial scrubs, moisturizing lotions, foot creams, bath salts, creams, butters, balms, bath salts, massage oils, and sugar scrubs. You can make your own skincare products at home or use a pre-made cosmetic base to which to add the essential oils. If you don’t know a lot about using essential oils, consult a qualified aromatherapist for further advice on the amount of essential oils to use in your products and any contra-indications for using a specific essential oil.

Types of Bases for Skincare Products

Different parts of the body require different types of base products; for example, you wouldn’t normally use an essential oil blend for your feet on your face. These are my recommendations for some bases for skincare products:

  • feet – choose a richer, thicker emollient cream, butter or balm for your feet, particularly if you are treating dry skin. In addition, salt scrubs (with large grain salt) are good for removing hard, dead skin

  • face – choose a gentle exfoliant for your face. If you are using a scrub, choose ground oatmeal over sugar and salt scrubs. Try a gentle moisturizing lotion or cream that has been specifically blended for the face

  • body – use a general lotion, cream or oil base for your body but pay attention to your skin type and any specific problem areas that might need extra care.

Essential Oils for Oily Skin

If you have oily skin, you may suffer from spots and blemishes. Oily skin can also produce acne.

Essential oils that are antiseptic and anti-bacterial are a good choice for dealing with oily skin; these include:

  • geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)

  • cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)

  • cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica)

  • grapefruit (Citrus paradisi).

Essential Oils for Dry Skin

Dry skin is the opposite problem of oily skin. Dry skin can lead to itchy, red patches on your skin.

Use essential oils that are balancing and are gentle on the skin, if you have dry skin; these include:

  • rose (Rosa damascena)

  • jasmine (Jasminum officinale)

  • neroli (Citrus aurantium var. amara).

Other skin types include combination skin and mature skin. Adding essential oils to skincare bases are a natural way to take care of your skin; however, you need to understand your skin type and the type of product base that you are using to choose the most suitable product for your body.

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  • Davis, Patricia, 2005, Aromatherapy: An A-Z, UK: Random House

  • Falsetto, Sharon, 2014, Authentic Aromatherapy, US: Skyhorse Publishing

  • Worwood, Valerie Ann, 1991, The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, US: New World Library

  • Price, Shirley, 2001, Aromatherapy for Women, UK: Anness

  • Author is a certified aromatherapist

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