How To Safely Apply Essential Oils to Skin

Essential oils can be used in many ways, and not just for skin care. It can be diffused for inhalation, applied topically, or used for cleaning. Essential oils can be aromatherapeutic and can also be useful in skin-care applications such as acne treatments. But on their own, these oils are potent, and they can be irritating if applied directly to the skin in their pure form. That's where carrier oils come in.

When used on the skin, the more essential oil is diluted, the less risk there is of an adverse skin reaction. If you're going to apply it topically to the skin, the essential oil should be diluted in what's known as a carrier oil, such as coconut, sesame, jojoba, or argan oil, because applying the essential oil in its concentrated form to the skin can cause significant irritation.

Using a more concentrated essential oil doesn't necessarily mean the skin is going to get greater benefits in most situations."A carefully selected carrier oil can add to the overall positive effect on the skin, so there really isn't any good reason to not dilute essential oils.

The reason carrier oils are important when creating skincare is that they act as a buffer between the skin. A carrier oil can be used to create a physical separation so that the essential oil has less direct contact with the keratinocytes, or skin cells, creating less of an adverse reaction.

Overall, essential oils are plant-based, they smell amazing, and contain chemical compounds that can do everything from kill acne-causing bacteria to help regulate hormonally stressed skin. With their anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and soothing properties, essential oils are used for a huge variety of skincare concerns.

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