If you’re thinking about using essential oils in your skincare routine, it can be difficult to know which ones to pick. With so many to choose from, and each boasting unique properties that fight factors such as aging, excess oil and inflammation, finding your ideal match can be tricky. To make things easier, we’ve listed our favourite four below and discussed what makes them skin saviours!
For those who suffer from excess sebum (or natural oils), lemon can be a great remedy for balancing the skin. Too much sebum can produce acne, and the natural antiseptic properties of lemon can help to reduce and soothe these breakouts. For sallow, puffy, and tired-looking skin, applying lemon oil topically can rejuvenate the face. The fresh and zesty scent is sure to wake you up during your morning routine, too! But just a heads up - lemon is one of the more astringent essential oils, so as with any essential oil, it’s really important to dilute it down to 5%.
Lavender oil works well for a range of skin types. More gentle than lemon, lavender essential oil has antibacterial properties that can also help in the prevention and healing of acne. It’s gentle enough for sensitive, irritated skin, but strong enough to encourage fast healing for scabs and sores. The moisturising effects of lavender oil also make it a smart choice for mature skin, and can help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Plus, the relaxing scent of lavender makes application a soothing and comforting experience - especially before going to bed!
Tea tree is an active ingredient in many skincare products, particularly those designed for acne-prone skin - and with good reason. As an antiseptic, anti-inflammatory absolute, tea tree is perfect for healing acne and oil balancing - just be careful - overuse can dry out the skin, so be sure to moisturise too. For eczema sufferers, tea tree oil can also soothe the itching, just combine with a carrier oil and apply to the affected areas for fast-acting relief. Tea tree oil is also a great choice for helping to keep sore or damaged skin clean, and aiding in the prevention of infection.