Our faces say it all. It’s like a book that tells a bit of a story of who we are. And with the rise of popularity of using cosmetics and beauty products, more and more people (especially women) are easily tempted to ‘erase’ some of the pages in their faces just to rewrite a whole new different story by means of surgery. Aging is a normal process that we all have to go through, but some likes to age gracefully that’s why they want to postpone the physical effects of aging in any way that they can. And while there are benefits one can get from undergoing cosmetic surgery, they are other natural (and more beneficial) means to achieve that healthy looking skin with a youthful glow like the age old process of aromatherapy.
Aromatherapy is the process of using essential oils to relax the skin and release all the stresses out of the body. These oils came as the result of distilling aromatic plants (from flowers, leaves, bark, and even the roots) and then used to promote a therapeutic healing to the body. Aromatherapy even goes back to ancient Egypt as it was believed that Pharaohs and other royalties underwent aromatherapy for healing the body and beautifying the skin.
The essential oils have found to be very effective in moisturizing the skin as it penetrates through the inner layers of the skin rather than sitting on the top layer as most cosmetic creams do. This process gives the skin a chance to rejuvenate itself by removing all the dead cells and produce new skin cells that reveal a more natural and youthful glow (which also helps the slowing down of the skin’s aging process). Valerie Ann Norwood of The Fragrant Mind strongly recommends aromatherapy because according to her, the most efficient way of applying essential oils to the skin (or to the body) is by means of percutaneous absorption or absorbing the oil through the skin.
Essential oils not only penetrate the skin, but it goes deep down and enter the body very quickly if it’s being applied topically. According to Ms. Victoria Edwards who is the author of the book entitled “The Aromatherapy Companion” (Storey Books, pub. 1999) The essential oils can easily penetrate the skin through topical application and it reaches the bloodstream which then sends it to our lungs to be exhaled through the nose. Once the essential oils travels inside the body, it reaches the tissues and our bodily organs and once that happens we immediately feel its healing action.
Lavender, carrot seed, frankincense, and cistus essential oils provides a strong rejuvenating effects to the body while the cypress, cistus, peppermint, fennel essential oils promotes a toning effect to the skin. Most of these oils have natural antioxidants which helps fight the negative effects of stress and pollution (sweet marjoram) and even overexposure to sunlight (carrot oil).
On the other hand, the essential oils that came from orange, lemon, and grapefruit provides an exfoliating effect by getting rid of the layers of dead skin cells to reveal that younger looking skin that is more pretty and attractive. Dead skins must be removed because they block the pores of the skin and may cause us pimples and other skin infection. Essentials oils that are cream based should only be used during nighttime before you sleep or it can also be applied as a form of treatment lotion to moisturize and revitalize the skin. It is so easy to use and it’s 100% safe as opposed to the ever popular micro-dermabrasion because it’s made from natural ingredients.
Victoria Edwards not only promotes the use of essential oils but she is also an avid user of these products as well. She likes using citrus essential oils as toners and astringents for cleaning her face after a long day of work because according to her it invigorates the complexion of the face, remove all the impurities and close the pores gently, get rid of any soap traces, and restore the natural acid mantle of the skin.
Some of the essential oils provide a balancing effect to the skin as it ‘teaches’ our skin how to naturally produce sebum moderately just enough to protect and to moisturize the upper layer of the skin. Too much of it will cause the pores to be clogged which will then result in pimples. As you constantly apply essential oils to your skin, it helps fight the effect of harmful bacteria that causes acne. That’s why it’s recommended to apply a drop of lemon, tea tree, or lavender oil with your toner and use it on the infected area of the skin (or apply it directly) because it is more effective that way especially for skins with pores that a usually congested with bacteria and other impurities. And for those who have oily skins, it’s all the more recommended to use essential oils because it’s not actually “oily” as you think. In fact, the plant extracts will immediately evaporate them moment you open the bottle and leave it open for a while.
There are a lot of skin conditions that can be treated using aromatherapy. If your skin is reddish as a result of broken capilliaries, use cypress and helichrysum to alleviate its effects and use helichrysum and German chamomile to cool down the effects of Rosacea. Aside from that, you can also use geranium, neroli, and Ylang Ylang to nourish and balance the complexion of your skin and for excessive oils in your face, use rosemary and lavender because these oils are known to be great antiseptics and it doubles as a natural astringent for oily face. In addition to this, you can also use these essential oils if you have dark spots on your skin, dilated pores, and sagging skin.
Essential oils are so easy to use especially if you have already figured out when and how to use them properly. If you are fond of massaging your face every now and then, you can add a few drops of essential oils with your natural cream and combine them with jojoba oil, avocado oil (for dry skin), apricot kernels (acts as natural ‘scrubbers’) and apply it generously into your face and spread gently by doing an gentle scrubbing motion. You can also add clay into this mixture so that you can create a face mask and use it for a deeper cleaning.
According to Ms. Edwards the essential oils soothe and nourish the skin on your face. It seals the skin delicately so that it will retain its moisture and provide a safe protection to any external contaminants.
And another benefit you can get from aromatherapy is that it can also be used for aging skin as it promotes cell regeneration. The natural phytohormone component of these oils which is mostly found in rose, fennel, clary sage, and geranium can actually reverse the aging process as well as the side effects caused by menopause.
It’s very important to know that the healing properties of essential oils as so powerful that you only need to get a few drops of it. Improper use of essential oil by pouring in excessive amounts may result in skin irritation (like that of fennel, lemon, and clary sage). Aside from that, always make it a point to use these essentials oils that are therapeutic grade and made from organic material to ensure the optimum healing effects of the product after using.
The use of aromatherapy can be considered as a very healthy way to take care of your skin. And contrary to popular belief, it actually provides health giving benefits to the body and not just a fad. Aromatherapy is the magic of skin care and it does this by working the ‘healing’ deep down the skin and slowly working its way to the surface. So don’t dismay if you don’t see any positive results right away. Just give it a couple of month and you’ll be having this youthful looking skin that everybody’s been dreaming of and soon you’ll be the envy of other girls as they can’t help but to admire your ever glowing skin.
In order to give you an idea why you only have to use one or two drops of essential oil per cleansing, let us look into the quantity of oil that is being extracted after distillation. A ton of fresh Damascus rose will yield about 30 to 80 grams of essential oil while a ton of neroli will produce about 150 to 200 grams. In addition to this, a ton of lemon produces about 1 to 3 kilos of essential oil, 150 to 200 grams of Melissa oil or chamomile oil, 1 to 3 kilos thyme or geranium oil, and 20 kilograms of cypress or eucalyptus. That explains why some of the essential oils are a bit pricey than the others because of the low amount of oil extracted and their concentration is very strong.
Do you want to have healthier looking skin on your face and on the body? Try aromatherapy today with essential oils and see the big change it can contribute to you overall well-being.