Plant Oils, Essentials Oils, Herbs for Skin
It is important to use ingredients that are nourishing to the skin. Below you will learn about different plant oils, essential oils, and herbs that are beneficial to the skin.
Plant oils nourish, protect, moisturize, soften and smooth the skin. Most commercial products do not contain plant oil. If they do, it is usually a minimal amount. You can easily find these plant oils in your local grocery store. Plant oils have a long shelf-life.
Organic Almond Oil: Use for most skin types. This nutritious light oil is easily absorbed into the skin, immediately softening it. It is emollient, nourishing, revitalizing, lubricating and soothing and helps the skin retain moisture.
Organic Avocado Oil: Use for most skin types, including sensitive, mature and dry skin. Avocado oil is restorative and nourishes, hydrates, soothes, and moisturizes the skin.
Organic Coconut Oil: Use for most skin types, especially oily and those with acne. Coconut oil is protecting, moisturizing, cleansing and softening.
Organic Sunflower Oil: Use for most skin types. Sunflower oil is deeply nourishing and conditioning.
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These plant oils are going to be more expensive and you will likely have to get them from a specialty store.
Organic Argan Oil: Great for dry, mature, and hormonal reactive skins. Argan oil promotes skin elasticity and smoothing of fine lines and wrinkles.
Organic Jojoba Oil: Use for most skin types. Jojoba oil provides natural sun protection, and is softening, smoothing, and moisturizing.
Organic Marula Oil: Use for most skin types: Marula oil is high in oleic acid making it very stable. It is light on the skin. It conditions the skin and promotes smooth and soft skin. Marula oil is cleansing, conditioning and moisturizing.
Organic Sea Buckthorn Oil: Use for mature skin and acne. Sea buckthorn oil is has anti-inflammatory properties and is revitalizing, rejuvenating and helps with the reduction of wrinkles.
Essential oils offer aroma and have different properties that promote skin health. One of the easiest ways to start using essential oils is to mix a 1-4 drops in 1 ounce/30 ml of your favorite plant oil and massage it onto your skin- it’s that easy!
Neroli Citrus aurantium: Use for most skin care especially redness, broken capillaries, stretch marks, combination skin, dry skin, sensitive skin and mature skin. Neroli is anti-inflammatory, tones the skin, balances the skin, promotes elasticity of skin and is highly revitalizing and cell regenerative.
Roman Chamomile Anthemis nobilis: Use for most skin care, redness, eczema, broken capillaries, rosacea, dry, oily, sensitive and combination skin. Roman chamomile is relaxing, soothing, anti-inflammatory, and calms nerves.
Rosemary Verbenone Rosmarinus officinalis verbenone: Use for most skin care, acne, scars, wrinkles, combination, oily, mature, and congested skin. Rosemary verbenone aroma is soft and yet it is stimulating, invigorating, and regenerating.
Rose Otto Rosa damascena: Use for most skin care, broken capillaries, eczema, wrinkles, dry, oily, combination, sensitive, and mature skin. Rose otto is calming, soothing, balancing, nourishing, softening, and regenerating.
Herbs are wonderful to use a a skin tea and or add herbal extracts into lotions, creams, aftershaves, shampoos, conditioners and more.
Here are a few herbs that are readily available and great for skin care:
Calendula: Use for most skin types. Calendula is known as the skin-healing herb with nourishing and soothing properties.
Lavender: Use for most skin types. Lavender is calming, relaxing, soothing and skin reparative.
Lemon Balm: Use for acne, blemishes, rashes, eczema, and psoriasis. Lemon balm soothes and calms the skin.
Rose: Use for combination skin. Rose softens and soothes skin and is a mild astringent.
Rosemary: Use for oily skin. Rosemary purifies, cleanses, rejuvenates, and tones.
Continue learning about herbs, plant oils, and essential oils. Learn more in the Pro Natural Skin Care Formulation Course.