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We have all heard about essential oils. I was very apprehensive at first about trying them — after all they are not certified by the FDA. However, I decided to take baby steps and try oils that would address minor cold symptoms, sleeplessness and PMS. Little did I know that EOs are also beneficial for your skin. I am so happy I started this journey and have had such great experiences. I would like to share some of my favorite go-to beauty oils that I use every day.
Frankincense: Has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits to the skin, making it ideal for acne-prone skin. It is also a natural toner, decreasing the appearance of pores and evening skin-tone. It is cytophylactic, which means that it helps protect existing cells and encourage new cell growth. For this reason, it helps reduce wrinkles, tighten skin and reduce the appearance of scars. It also helps soothe chapped, dry skin.
Geranium: Helps regulate oil production and reduces acne breakouts. It also helps improve skin elasticity and tighten skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles. It promotes blood circulation to the areas where it is applied, helping to heal bruises, broken capillaries, burns, cuts, dermatitis, eczema, ringworm and other skin conditions.
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Lavender: Lightens the appearance of age spots and scars. It helps regenerate skin cells, so is great for mature skin, sun spots and scarring. Another great oil for all skin types and needs.
Lemon: Is a natural astringent and antibacterial agent. As such, it is extremely beneficial to those with oily and acne-prone complexions. It also helps tone the skin and reduce the appearance of pores.
Myrrh: Offers many benefits for aging skin. It has strong anti-inflammatory properties that help improve skin tone, firmness and skin elasticity, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Myrrh can also help heal sun damage, chapped skin, rashes and eczema.
Patchouli: Promotes new cell growth and smooths the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Because it also has antiseptic, antifungal and antibacterial properties, it can also benefit skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis and acne. Plus I love the earthy smell.
Melaleuca (Tea Tree): This is one of the more well-known essential oils for acne-prone skin. Its antibacterial properties help ward off acne-causing bacteria. It also helps to regulate oil production, which can decrease the severity and frequency of breakouts.
Ylang Ylang: This oil helps to control oil production and minimize breakouts. It also helps regenerate skin cells, smoothing fine lines and improving skin elasticity. Another great essential oil for every skin type.
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