Continuing in our search for alternatives to the many cosmetics we buy, we look at skin care in this post. Here is a brief list of essential oils which are beneficial to the skin:

  • Cedarwood – Often used to soften and moisturize the skin.
  • Frankincense – Was long used in the Ancient World to combat premature aging of the skin. Research at Ponce University in Puerto Rico shows that it enhances DNA repair.
  • Geranium – Aids in Skin regeneration
  • Lavender – Promotes tissue regeneration and found to be effective in dealing with acne, eczema, psoriasis, stretch marks and burns.
  • Myrrh – Used in the Middle East for thousands of years for chapped and cracked skin and wrinkles.
  • Rosewood – Helps restore skin elasticity
  • Roman Chamomile – Used for Acne, dermatitis and eczema.
  • Sandalwood – Used for skin revitalization.
  • Tea Tree or Melaleuca (Melaleuca Alternifolia) – Used to heal conditions such as Acne and sores. A potent anti-bacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory oil it makes a great topical cleanser.

Another ingredient which is important to your skin care, and which we last mentioned in our post on Hair, is MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane). Teri Williams, a cover model for Vogue Magazine, described this nutrient as “absolutely dynamite for the skin” and “…the single most important nutrient to support healthy skin and hair”. [1]

We then add something like Wolfberry seed oil which is extracted from the seeds of the Ningxia Wolfberry. This ingredient is rich in vitamin E, linoleic and linolenic acids, which assist in collagen formation. According to Sue Chao, “the wolfberry seed oil is one of the best oils for the skin… sought after throughout Asia and has some very unusual regenerative properties, such as protecting aging skin and adding luster to skin.” [2]

Other ingredients that are skin enhancing include herbal extracts such as Gingko Biloba, Orange Blossom, Witch Hazel, cucumber, horse chestnut and aloe vera gel and oils such almond, jojoba, avocado and rose hip seed oils.

Many of you will no doubt be able to make your skin creams using some of the essential oils listed here along with something like jojoba or almond oil. However next week, we’ll look at some of the ways Young Living Essential Oils have combined the potency of essential oils with ingredients such as Wolfberry Seed Oil and MSM to make products that are both safe and effective in skin care

Till Next time

Cheers

Anthony

Further Reading: Essential Oils Desk Reference, P225-231 & P454-460

Disclaimer: Please remember that anything discussed here does not
constitute medical advice and cannot substitute for appropriate medical care. Where essential oils are mentioned, it’s recommended you use only pure, unadulterated therapeutic grade essential oils and follow the safety directions of the manufacturer.

[1]Essential Oils Desk Reference, p 225

[2]Essential Oils Desk Reference, p 231

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