Essential oils may be great for your skin

New studies are showing that contrary to popular belief, using certain kinds of essential oils can help our skin and complexion by stimulating our skin’s natural processes of cleansing. There are some pre-conceived notions about oils that couldn’t be more wrong. Check out this article about facial oils.

Experts explain why the use of oils on the complexion, once considered a no-no, is now a trend.

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Describe some of the misconceptions surrounding the use of facial oils.
Melanie Sachs, co-founder of Diamond Way Ayurveda, San Luis Obispo, CA:

The use of facial oils dates back hundreds of years. Then fancier face creams came along, offering similar moisturization and protection benefits. I believe some people still shy away from using facial oils because they (mistakenly) think it will result in shiny, oily skin, which may be considered unsophisticated – or even dirty. Plus, facial oils are often thought to be congestive and are associated with breakouts. The truth is that refined oils are wonderful for our complexions.

Veronica Schwartz, certified aromatherapist and founder of Veronica Malibu Skin & Body Care Center, Malibu, CA:

I think the general public was under the assumption that oils were too thick and wouldn’t penetrate the skin, and that they would leave the complexion greasy. Little did they know that a good oil is the best thing you can put on your skin!

Linda-Anne Kahn, certified aromatherapist, esthetician and president of Beauty Kliniek Aromatherapy Day Spa & Wellness Center, San Diego:

I’m from South Africa, where facial oils have been popular for decades. When I arrived in the U.S.

nearly 40 years ago, I couldn’t believe that nobody here was using them. I think people were afraid that all oils were comedogenic and would clog the pores. Plus, the trend at that time was for skin to be matte, with no shine or dewiness.

What are the benefits of using facial oils?
Schwartz: Pure oils penetrate deeper into the epidermis because they’re usually a finer blend of ingredients. When clients are in their late 30s and early 40s and their skin begins to dry out, they’re doing themselves a disservice if they don’t add a high-quality, pure essential oil to their nightly skincare routine. I recommend putting on oils right after a shower or bath, when the skin is still moist. But they must be high-quality oils, otherwise the skin may break out or become irritated.

Find out more about facial oils, including how to select the right one and the best ways to incorporate them into spa treatments, in our February digital edition!