Are essential oils the right choice for all women?
The world of essential oils is vast and ever-growing, which can be confusing. What are essential oils? Why should I use them? Are they good for my skin? We’ve got the answers to all your questions about using essential oils.
Essential oils have been used for over 600 years, and their popularity has increased rapidly over the last few years. With more research than ever being done on their benefits, the use of essential oils for skin care and in other health industries is only set to soar in the future.
For those who are new to the essential oil trend, learning everything that you can about these potent ingredients is important before you make them a part of your health regimes.
If you’re looking to get into using essential oils but aren’t 100% sure where to begin, we’ve compiled an extensive set of answers to all the questions you have about essential oils.
1. What are essential oils?
Essential oils are created by distilling plants to extract their aromatic essence or compound. Unlike greasy plant oils, these oils have a more watery texture. In chemistry, they are referred to as “volatile organic compounds”. By volatile, they mean that these oils can quickly turn from a liquid to a vapor at lower temperatures.
The ability to vaporize at room temperature means that their tiny molecules are lighter than air and allows them to easily find their way into our nose. The oils are also quickly absorbed by the stomach and skin, which has added health benefits and is great for dry skin.
2. Why use essential oils?
While the aromatic properties of essential oils are renowned, this doesn’t mean that they should only be used to make your house smell great. There are two main ways that essential oils benefit users: mentally (mood) and physically.
Although there are nearly 100 different types of essential oils, the ones you are most likely to encounter include:
- Peppermint: Claimed to help energy-boosting and to aid digestion
- Lavender: Claimed to aid in relaxation and stress relief
- Sandalwood: Suggested as a calming oil that aids focus and concentration
- Bergamot: Suggested to help to reduce stress and assists with skin issues like eczema
- Rose: Claimed to lift your mood and reduce anxiety
- Chamomile: Known for its calming properties and assistance with sleep
- Ylang-Ylang: Can be a pain relief from headaches, anti-nausea, and skin issues
- Tea Tree: Claimed to fight infections
- Jasmine: Suggested to lift depressing moods
3. How do essential oils impact my skin?
Using essential oils for skin is one of the most notable and effective ways they have been adapted in modern times. Always remember that essential oils shouldn’t be applied directly onto the skin and should always be mixed with a carrier. The best essential oil blends for skin care should be bought, rather than homemade, as these recipes have been tried, tested and constantly refined to do what they are meant to.
There is an essential oil for just about any skin issue out there. Whether you're looking for an oil for your face or body, Clarins has an essential oil for almost everything. Clarins’ 100% plant extract oils are made from carefully selected essential oils and a hazelnut oil base. These oils are designed to help all women care for their skin.
4. How are Clarins face and body oils designed to be used?
The best essential oils for skin are designed to be applied to either the face or body, depending on their specific benefits. For the best essential oil for dry skin, apply the Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil after removing make-up, preferably to damp skin. Once the oil has been applied, gently remove any excess product with a tissue laid flat over your face. The Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil is ideal for revitalizing and restoring a fresh, healthy glow to skin.
For the body, we recommend applying the Tonic Body Treatment Oil, which is formulated with 100% pure plant extracts, giving your body the amazing overall feeling of wellbeing. It contains an aromatic blend of essential oils—including Geranium, Mint, and Rosemary.
Apply our Contour Body Treatment Oil, to damp skin before rinsing off with cold water for best results. Hazelnut oil, rich in Omega 9 and Vitamin E, helps to moisturize and create a lustrous, visibly smooth skin. If you have dry skin patches, particularly dry skin on your hands, then this Contour Body Treatment Oil is the perfect dry skin treatment.
5. How should I use essential oils?
Essential oils can generally be used in 2 ways: Inhaled or topically.
The inhalation method involves using a spray, diffuser, oil droplets or steam to inhale droplets through the air and into the nose and mouth. This method is generally used for mood and mental relief.
Topical applications are the most effective dry skin remedies. If you are thinking of how to get rid of dry skin then you should gently massage Clarins essential oil products into an area that needs it most.
6. Who shouldn’t use essential oils?
While Clarins’ products are diluted and naturally safe to use, if you are experimenting with your own essential oils, it’s important to remember that they are not safe for everyone to use.
People with the following conditions must be cautious when using essential oils:
- Allergies such as hayfever
- Skin conditions like psoriasis
- Hypertension or high blood pressure
It’s always important to be extra careful if you are pregnant, in labor, or breastfeeding. If you are in any of these conditions, stay clear of camphor, hyssop, pennyroyal, tarragon, wintergreen, wormwood, and parsley seed.
Using essential oil around toddlers or infants is highly controversial and you should always consult a healthcare professional before doing so.
Use our essential oils as dry skin remedies and to improve the overall youthful glow of your skin.
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