Aromatherapy for Natural skin care

Skin ailments and daily care and maintenance of the skin is a top priority for many of us. The natural massage techniques incorporating the benefits of essential oils used in aromatherapy have shown skin care benefits through ages. Various plants and the phytochemicals obtained from them are good resources to develop skin care cosmetics used in aromatherapy sessions.

The aroma therapist uses complete, pure, and unrefined essential oils which have abundant therapeutic effect rather than the single chemical isolated from the same plant or herb.

What makes Aromatherapy work?
Aromatherapy comprises of the use of essential oils for the purpose of healing. Essential oils are volatile oils which are highly concentrated extracts. Essential oils are impregnated with the goodness of natural hormones, vitamins, antibiotics and antiseptics which also explains the myriad of therapeutic effects they have!

The most significant feature of aromatherapy is essential oil synergy. The aroma therapist uses complete, pure, and unrefined essential oils which have abundant therapeutic effect rather than the single chemical isolated from the same plant or herb. The essential oils are blended together with the rationale of creating aromatic synergy and aromatic oils with enhanced therapeutic properties.

How does Aromatherapy work on the skin?
The biological activity of the essential oils in aromatherapy depends on the dose, massage techniques and the carrier oil used to make the blend. The oils are massaged into the skin in diluted form, inhaled or placed in baths or applied on and around the body. The aromas of these oils leave their effect on the brain via the olfactory system. In an alternative approach, they have a direct biological effect on a particular body system. Clinical studies have supported the benefits of aromatherapy in healing skin ailments and in refreshing and rejuvenating skin.

Aromatherapy leaves its potent effect on the skin by assisting the essential oil to be absorbed into the skin via massage from where it eventually diffuses into the blood stream or lymph or interstitial fluid to other parts of the bod where it manifests its therapeutic effect.

Aromatherapy benefits on skin
Aromatherapy as beauty therapy is used to relieve aches and pains via massage, promotes a sense of well-being and provides clinical, physical benefits in providing solutions to the aging skin problems.
The basic use of aromatherapy lies in the treatment and soothing of the aging, injured and dry skin, to treat and reduce the fine lines and wrinkles from aging as well as curing bug bite or bee sting. Various oils have been used in aromatherapy to treat different conditions. For normal skin treatment, lavender oil, Rose oil or Chamomile essential oils.

Chamomile oil is specifically beneficial for sensitive skin, dry skin or skin which is prone to acne or eczema. Blend of essential oils such as grape seed oil with rose water are used as toner for skin.
Vegetable oils are also ideal for as moisturizers. These oils have moisturizing and hydrating qualities along with stimulating cell regeneration. Aromatherapy is effective in treating the damage due to the excessive exposure to skin. Aromatherapy is also effective in reducing visible signs of aging like drying of skin or appearance of skin wrinkles and fine lines. Essential oils like Sandalwood oil, Rose oils, Frankincense, Neroli oil and Geranium oils are efficient in treating mature and aging skin.

A few essential oils used in skin care
The essential oils are blended into various skin care products for their therapeutic properties and nutritional benefits on the skin. Some of the most beneficial oils for the skin which are also popularly used in skin care are;
Bergamot oil: An essential oil with sweet aroma, it is sued efficiently t reduce the oiliness of the skin and treat acne and skin blemishes and spots.
Chamomile oil: As a treatment for different skin conditions including eczema, dermatitis, and psoriasis, Chamomile oil has shown excellent results. It has been efficient in the alleviation of acne and related spots as well.
Lavender oil: Lavender oil has healing properties for the skin. it also reduces inflammation. It is also applied on skin spots to accelerate the healing of the insect bites and to treat dark spots and blemishes.
Mandarin oil: This essential oil is safe to be used in children and pregnant women. It is effective in reducing stretch marks. It is an effective remedy for the treatment of oily skin and acne. Mandarin oil is also beneficial when applied directly on blackheads.
Neroli oil: Neroli oil is perfect for mature skin. Neroli essential oil acts as a skin toner to enhance the complexion and reduce the thread veins on the skin.
Myrrh oil: Myrrh essential oil is one of the oldest essential oils used in aromatherapy armed with fine, soothing properties. Myrrh essential oil is perfectly suitable for enhancing complexion of the skin. It is also found to be useful in healing infected, dry, cracked, clapped or chaffed skin.
Rose Geranium oil: Essential oils obtained from Sweet rose have revitalizing effect on the skin and senses. Apt for all skin types, essential oil from Rose Geranium can efficiently balance the formation of sebum and also heal inflamed skin.
Rosemary oil: Rosemary essential oil has stimulant and rejuvenating effects by property. It relieves stress, enhances circulation and hence treats oiliness of the skin. It is an effective remedy for those suffering from dermatitis and psoriasis like skin conditions.
Sandalwood oil: AN essentially calming and soothing essential oil. The effect of Sandalwood oil is long lasting, in effect. IT is good for skin blemishes, acne and acne spots.
Ylang Ylang oil: Essential oil from Ylang Ylang is especially useful for oily, congested, inflamed or irritated skin.

A word of caution!
Some precautions to be taken care of while using Aromatherapy oils is that these oils should not be used undiluted. Some of the essential oils for skin aromatherapy are light sensitive. Hence they should be used at night and exposure to sun light should be completely avoided. Some individuals may be sensitive to or have some allergic implications to certain oils which should be checked before the aromatherapy session.


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