How to Apply Essential Oils on Skin – the Right Way
Have you ever gotten a negative skin reaction to essential oils, even if you don’t typically have sensitive skin? While it’s possible to experience an allergic reaction to essential oils, applying them to your skin incorrectly can also cause a negative reaction.
Essential oils are extremely concentrated forms of their plant counterparts. In fact, it can take hundreds of pounds of plant product to create just a few ounces of an essential oil. To put it in perspective, applying a pure, undiluted essential oil directly to your skin is like drinking about 50 or more cups of herbal tea at once! Essential oils are incredibly potent, so you have to take care to use them correctly.
Because the plant content is so heavily concentrated, diluting essential oils before topical application is the safest way to go. Use carrier oils like coconut, jojoba, and squalane to dilute them.
Another little-known fact about using essential oils on skin is that it’s best to apply sunscreen right after. Some essential oils (particularly citrus oils like grapefruit and bergamot) cause photosensitivity after exposure to UV rays. If your skin is blistering and burning more easily in the sun, even up to three days after using essential oils, you may be experiencing photosensitivity.
Also, it’s important to store your essential oils correctly. The oil’s chemical properties are changed when it comes in contact with heat, light, and oxygen. And if you’re using essential oils as skin care, this change in chemical makeup can be damaging to your skin. It can easily open up the possibility of photosensitivity and free radical exposure.
Using the Healing Power of Essential Oils for Beautiful Skin
Using essential oils as skin care can be a good idea if you want to go the natural route. But again, essential oils are extremely potent and need to be used correctly to see the benefits. Slathering a pure essential oil on your face without reading the ingredients label or testing it on a small area first can quickly become a recipe for a breakout.
Interested in more all-natural skin care? Check out my DIY skin care recipes for interesting ways to use organic ingredients for overall skin health.