Which Essential Oils are Safe for Sensitive Skin?
Sensitive skin can be a nightmare to live with, especially if you have trouble finding products that don’t irritate your skin or cause breakouts. Thankfully, there are safe essential oils you can use in your skin care routine to help reduce any irritation that may occur due to sensitive skin and keep your face clear and blemish-free! To find out which essential oils are safe for sensitive skin, keep reading!
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Rose essential oil contains potent antioxidants which have been shown to help ease inflammation and improve skin elasticity, resulting in a firmer, younger-looking complexion. Rose essential oil is also high in linoleic acid (an omega-6 fatty acid), making it an excellent choice for those who suffer from dry skin or eczema. However, as with most essential oils, rose is photosensitive—meaning it reacts with ultraviolet light. Always keep your rose-infused skin care products out of direct sunlight!
Known for its uplifting, energizing and balancing properties, neroli essential oil can help soothe troubled skin. This is especially useful when applied directly to sensitive areas of skin (such as those afflicted with acne) that may feel irritated and inflamed. Neroli essential oil can also be diffused throughout a room or applied to linens to encourage calm and relaxation in a way that many other oils cannot achieve.
Juniper Berry Oil
This oil has a lot of anti-inflammatory properties, and helps soothe redness in sensitive skin. It’s also astringent and good at helping to tighten skin and improve circulation. It’s a good option if you have blemishes or hyperpigmentation, which can be signs of internal inflammation. Be careful with it if you have oily skin though, as juniper berry can make your pores more visible!
Known as a highly effective antiseptic, geranium oil is used to treat skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and acne. While you should always do a small patch test on your skin before using any essential oils topically, it’s usually safe to use an undiluted (and unscented) application of geranium oil at night. Geranium oil is also known to slow down how quickly aging occurs on your skin by helping boost collagen production.
Be mindful when choosing your skincare products that they have been tested by a dermatologist and are safe for sensitive skin.
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