Cosmetology has been arousing people’s interest for several thousand years. It has an ancient history that is closely related to the use of essential oils. Unique recipes of cosmetic products containing aroma oils have come down to our days, and new effective compositions are constantly appearing.
1. Essential oils – what is it?
Natural oils are divided into two categories: basic and essential. Essential oil is an aromatic mixture of substances obtained from plant materials by various methods. We can say that this is the” heart ” of the plant.
Ether is a concentrated volatile substance. It can not be used in a pure, undiluted form because of the high saturation, since this concentration may be too aggressive for the skin. For this reason, essential oils are only used in conjunction with base oils or other cosmetics. Esters are obtained from various parts of plants: the root system, bark, resin, seeds, fruits, leaves, and flowers. A large number of aromatic oils are known, they are divided into several groups:
- floral: Mimosa, lavender, geranium, ylang-ylang, chamomile, Jasmine and others;
- spicy: ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and others;
- herbal: Basil, rosemary, lemon balm, thyme, fennel and others;
- citrus fruits: bergamot, Mandarin, lemon, lime and others;
- woody: rosewood, eucalyptus, cedar, sandalwood, cypress, and others.
The unique medicinal properties of essential oils have been known to mankind for a long time. They contain biologically active substances, thanks to which almost all aromatic oils relieve inflammation, fight microbes and infection, disinfect and heal wounds. They are able to normalize the work of the nervous system, gastrointestinal tract and other organs, improve the condition of hair and skin.
Some oils rid the body of toxins and toxins, while others have a positive effect on mental health. Essential oils are used to get rid of feelings of uncertainty, relieve tension and fatigue, eliminate feelings of discomfort and improve performance.
Each oil has its own characteristics, so before purchasing a bubble, you must carefully study the properties of each ether and choose the right one for you in accordance with the goal. For example, myrrh, rosewood and geranium oils are famous for their strong regenerating properties, which are especially useful for skin care. Some oils can affect the level of hormones in the body due to the content of phytohormones in them, which are similar in structure to human ones. This group includes oils of rose, neroli, patchouli, Jasmine, sandalwood and others. Juniper, myrrh, and rose esters enhance blood supply and tissue respiration, slow cell aging, and restore oxygen balance in the body.
3. Benefits for face and neck skin
Essential oils should be carefully selected to get the most out of them and not be disappointed. Some esters moisturize dry skin, others soothe tired skin, and others have a positive effect on oily skin. If you do not carefully understand all the variety of oils, you can buy a not quite suitable instance and not get the expected effect. What essential oils should be purchased based on the type of skin?
Lavender, Jasmine, rose, ylang-ylang esters will soothe the skin of the normal type, and juniper, lemon and rosemary will tone it, and bergamot, lemon and orange will clear it. For dry skin type, Jasmine, rose (clean), fir, incense (tone), tea tree, lavender (rejuvenate) are suitable. Owners of oily skin type acquire lemon, lavender, patchouli, juniper, mint. Mixed-type skin will be transformed after applying lemon, orange, rosemary and bergamot.
Essential oils have a beneficial effect on problem skin. If you want to get rid of acne, buy mint, lavender, cedar, lemon balm, thyme or eucalyptus, chamomile, tea tree, bergamot, sandalwood oils will help relieve inflammation. To cope with pigmentation, the esters of Myrtle, rosemary, chamomile, Manuka, lemon can act on the enlarged pores of pine, eucalyptus, juniper and cedar oils.
According to reviews, the top 5 best essential oils for the face include esters of orange, rosemary, lemon, lavender and mint. What effect does each of them have on the skin of the face and neck?
Orange essential oil perfectly moisturizes dry skin, softens flaky and rough skin, and also has a rejuvenating effect. It is recommended to buy for those suffering from a deficiency of collagen, which makes the epidermis elastic. Aroma oil is able to smooth out small wrinkles and improve skin color. It helps to normalize the work on the allocation of fat, also narrows enlarged pores, which is necessary for owners of oily skin type. Girls use the air of the orange to whiten freckles.
Rosemary essential oil helps to correct the serious problems associated with the skin. It improves oily skin, which often appears comedones, acne and pimples. Rosemary has a beneficial effect on the skin in purulent inflammatory processes, eczema, dermatitis and boils. Effective tool for getting rid of scars.
Aroma oil “lemon” is popular among women who are struggling with skin aging. It prevents premature aging, renews cells and rejuvenates the skin, smoothing out fine lines. Lemon is useful for sluggish skin, because it increases the tone. Great for caring for oily epidermis, as it controls the release of fat and narrows the pores. With the help of ether, you can forget about black spots forever. It is able to cope with boils, warts, wet eczema.
Lavender essential oil can be used by owners of any skin type. It helps to eliminate irritation and inflammation, eliminates redness and flaking. With the help of lavender, you can fight acne, maturing inflamed pimples, and skin diseases. Ether heals wounds, removes toxins and refreshes the face.
It is suitable for the care of oily and problematic skin, as it normalizes the amount of fat produced and narrows the pores. Mint can save a person from unpleasant acne and improve skin color. It strengthens the natural protective properties, fights vascular reticulations and is used for burns, rashes and dermatitis.
9. Benefits for hair and scalp
Esters, rich in useful elements, penetrate deeply into the scalp and hair. The effect can be equated with cosmetic injections, but there is no pain, there is only pleasure. With the help of aromatic oils, you can cure almost any hair problems.
To restore fragile and brittle hair, orange, cedar, juniper, fir, ylang-ylang esters are suitable. Owners of oily hair acquire Melissa, sage, tea tree, sandalwood and lavender, as they dry and clean the skin. Enhance hair growth: rosemary, tangerine, cloves and cinnamon. To treat cracks and scratches on the scalp, you can use sage and tea tree.
10. Application option
Essential oils in cosmetology can be used in different ways. In half a liter of warm water, add three drops of essential oil and one-third of a teaspoon of starch or milk powder. This solution can be used every morning for washing. With ethers, you can make steam baths. Also, volatile liquids are used in masks and medical compresses. Spot application of undiluted aroma oil is allowed to eliminate pimples, boils, spots or scars.
11. Preparation of face and neck mask
Aroma oils can be added to purchased masks, but it is most effective to make them yourself. Clay-based masks with the addition of a few drops of essential oil are very popular. Buy red, blue, white or pink clay from the pharmacy (choose it after carefully studying the properties of each of them) and prepare the mask yourself according to the following recipe: put a tablespoon of clay, a teaspoon of honey in a glass container, add one drop of three different essential oils and mix the mixture until smooth, after adding boiled water.
If there is no honey at home, do not despair: the mask can be prepared without it. Add other ingredients, such as oatmeal, yogurt, kefir, herbal broth, cosmetic oil. The mask is applied to the skin of the face, neck and chest with fingers or a special spatula. After half an hour, you can wash it off.
12. Preparation of a mask for hair and scalp
Essential oil is added to any ready-made mask purchased in the store, in the ratio of 1 drop per 5 milliliters. The mask is applied to the hair and rubbed into the skin, if you have a task to get rid of dandruff and treat the scalp. The head is wrapped in a thick towel to keep the inside warm. After twenty minutes, the mask is washed off, you can use herbal decoctions for this purpose.
If you do not trust the store’s tools, you can prepare the mask yourself, using burdock oil, cognac or egg. Take fifty milliliters of cognac or burdock oil, add two drops of ether and mix the composition. Apply to hair and leave it warm for half an hour, then rinse thoroughly. The same scheme applies to a nourishing mask with an egg: two drops of aroma oil are added to one egg, the mixture is thoroughly whipped and applied to the hair.
13. Ice with aromatic oils
The use of cosmetic ice with essential oils has a positive effect on the skin. A drop of ether is added to a teaspoon of milk or honey. This solution is enough for fifty milliliters of water, which is poured into molds.
The effect of using cosmetic people is amazing: the complexion is leveled, the skin becomes elastic and shiny, pallor and puffiness disappear. Ice with essential oils is recommended to wash in the morning. Keep ice in the freezer away from food, because the smell of essential oils is easily transmitted and difficult to remove.
14. How to choose an essential oil?
Clearly formulate your task, think about what problems you would like to solve with the help of aroma oil. Carefully study the property of each ether and choose the appropriate one for yourself. Pay attention to the composition, which should only indicate one hundred percent essential oil without any additives. Look at the name of the oil indicated on the label. The Latin Botanical name must be written.