Skin Care with Aromatic Essential Oils
Wrapped in our largest organ
The skin synthesises vitamin D from sunlight, supporting our immune system as well as bone health.
Hazards all around
The skin is remarkable and multifunctional. However, many factors can alter this amazing system: sun exposure, cold and windy weather, poor diet, air-conditioning or central heating, or an atmosphere where there is no humidity – all these can impact adversely on our skin.
The skin barrier is in charge of preventing water loss. A strong well cared-for skin barrier reduces trans epidermal water loss (TEWL), rather like a cloth over a bowl of milk reduces evaporation as well as keeping things out. A strong skin barrier means the skin retains moisture for longer. If our skin can hold moisture in, it means it can stay hydrated – we’ll be more comfortable and our skin will look richer and healthier.
The skin works hard and doesn’t always cope. When compromised by allergens and pathogens, the skin barrier becomes inflamed and irritated and often red. It can become uncomfortable as well as unsightly. Skin conditions can result, such eczema and dermatitis.
The skin is the master multitasker
The skin produces many of its own natural chemicals to help keep itself healthy.
Two important elements are collagen and elastin. These are the protein fibres in charge of keeping the skin supple and smooth, and we produce less of these as we age.
Another important one is Sebum, produced in the skin’s sebaceous glands in its middle layer (Dermis). This helps keep the skin moisturised and also acts as part of the immune system. By creating a surface environment inhospitable to microorganisms and bacteria, it wards off bacterial infection. We produce less Sebum as we age. Hormonal changes can also lead to drier skin and less natural oil production.
Healthy skin needs nurture
Examples of versatile carriers & essential oils:
🌿 Coconut carrier oil helps to strengthen the skin barrier, which reduces irritants entering the skin and maintains skin hydration. In addition, like Jojoba Oil, it works to reduce potential inflammation.
🌿 Jojoba carrier oil simulates our sebum as it has the same structure. It works to seal your skin with a protective barrier to keep it from losing moisture.
🌿 Borage carrier oil’s high GLA (Gamma Linoleic acid) and LA (linoleic acid) content make it a fantastic rebuilder of the skin’s barrier. This in turn leads to the skin looking smoother and more elastic.
🌿Argan carrier oil has high levels of Vitamin E and essential fatty acids (Oleic acid and Linoleic acid) which penetrate the skin to boost moisture and activate natural lipids (fats) to protect the skin barrier.
🌿 Evening Primrose oil is another example plus it is a hormonal balancer.
🌿Geranium Oil re-hydrates and balances the skin after sun exposure. It has astringent properties, which makes it useful for treating bruises and wounds of thin skin. In addition, it has anti-inflammatory effects which are beneficial for psoriasis and eczema.
🌿 Lavender Oil is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. It can help soothe inflammation and damaged skin.
🌿Rosemary Oil can help tighten sagging skin, giving it a firmer and more youthful appearance.
🌿 Clary Sage Oil can reduce inflammation, puffiness, and promote skin regeneration.
🌿Lemon, Lime, Orange and Grapefruit Oils are known for their detoxifying and antioxidant properties. They can help tighten and brighten the skin. Be careful to use these only at night time as they are phototoxic, so they might cause irritation if used in daylight.