Whether it is a tiny bottle of lemongrass essential oil you won in a beauty hamper or the lavender essential oil you bought from the store to give this trendy skincare hero a try, chances are it is sitting on your beauty shelf with its cap still sealed. Reason: You don’t exactly know how to use it. Well, guess what, you’re not alone.
Essential oils are highly concentrated extracts from plants and are advised not to use undiluted, or else you’ll end up with irritated skin, especially if you have sensitive skin. Probably that’s why it can seem a bit scary and tricky to include it in your skincare routine. But fret not, we’re here to help. Here are three correct ways to use essential oils for healthy skin.
Drop it in your bath water
Put some drops of your essential oil in your bath water to reap beauty benefits out of it while you relax and unwind. Mixing anti-fungal and antibacterial essential oils like peppermint and lemongrass oils can help fight fungal infections on your body and soothe the skin. Adding moisturising essential oils like lavender oil and chamomile oil can help hydrate your skin and leave it baby soft.
Mix it with face oil
Adding essential oils to any carrier oil can help subside the high concentration and mellow it down, making it suitable for direct application. Applying a mixture of any face oil and essential oil directly on your face has umpteen benefits. Essential oils like rosehip oil and lemon oil can do wonders for ageing skin when mixed with jojoba and coconut oil. Similarly, add rose essential oil with coconut oil to lighten acne scars.
Use it in face packs
Another way to use essential oil for skin is to add it in your homemade face packs. Tea tree essential oil is an excellent ingredient for an anti-acne face mask. Add a few drops of tea tree essential oil in honey and yoghurt and apply it on your face to get rid of acne. Use this face mask weekly to prevent acne and excess oil. Similarly, make an oatmeal face mask for irritated skin and add some drops of sandalwood essential oil for added benefits.