Are you looking for something new to kick your skincare routine into high gear? Look no further than the botanical world. Essential oils are natural, concentrated oils derived from plants, each with their own chemical composition and benefits. Whether you are looking for something to fight acne or soften wrinkles, here is a list of our favorite essential oils, what they do, and where to find them.
Tea Tree Oil – Extracted from the Melaleuca Alternifolia tree that grows in Australia, tea tree oil is probably one of the most popular essential oils. Tea tree oil is most known for its antiseptic, antibacterial, and antifungal properties, all of which make it a gentle, yet effective treatment against acne. When applied topically, tea tree oil has been shown to reduce breakouts and keep the skin clear.
Try: Dermalogica Clear Start Breakout Clearing Foaming Wash – This deep-cleansing face wash contains tea tree oil to treat pimples and salicylic acid to unclog pores.
Frankincense – This dark and woody essential oil is known as the ‘king of essential oils’, and has been used for healing and even in religious ceremonies across the centuries. Frankincense is extracted from resin taken from Boswellia Sacra trees, which grow in parts of the Middle East and Africa. This rich oil has many benefits, including the ability to relieve stress and reduce inflammation. When it comes to skincare, frankincense is best used for anti-aging, as it improves skin tone, lightens dark spots, and reduces wrinkles.
Try: Reviderm Recharge Night Fluid – This anti-aging complex is light enough to be used on oily skin and regulates serum and refines pores. It also smooths and lifts the skin, thanks to frankincense and peptides.
Evening Primrose – Native Americans have used this oil for centuries, using it to treat everything from stomachaches to sore throats and bruising. These days, evening primrose oil is famed for its ability to regulate hormones and act as an anti-inflammatory. Evening primrose oil is packed with omega-6 fatty acids and vitamins E and C, making it wonderful for replenishing and repairing mature or even just tired, lackluster skin.
Try: Urban Veda Reviving Renewal Night Cream – This uplifting and relaxing night cream contains hydrating rose damask water, collagen-boosting Arjuna, and regenerating evening primrose.
Geranium – If you’re looking for a balancing oil with an uplifting scent, look no further. Geranium is well-known for its ability to balance out oil production, treating both acne and dryness. It is also very healing, thanks to its antimicrobial and antibiotic properties, and is full of protective antioxidants.
Try: The Refinery Shave Oil – This lightweight, multi-tasking oil can be used before or after shaving. It is made of a blend of moisturizing jojoba oil, borage, and geranium to keep your skin soft and smooth.
Lavender – One of the most versatile essential oils, lavender has been used throughout the ages. However, it really came into fame when a French scientist burned his hand and plunged it into a vat of lavender oil. He was amazed at how quickly his hand healed, and lavender has been widely used for healing ever since. Lavender is also known for its balancing properties, which combined with its healing abilities, make it fantastic for acne-prone skin.
Try: Elemis Balancing Lavender Toner – This alcohol-free toner balances the natural pH of the skin while toning pores and clarifying. The relaxing lavender scent makes this perfect for spritzing on after a hot day.
Chamomile – One of the oldest recorded medicinal herbs, chamomile has a soothing, healing, and softening effect on the skin. Chamomile oil has the ability to penetrate deep into the skin, and its anti-inflammatory, hypoallergenic, and regenerative properties make it valuable for the treatment of skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, and acne.
Try: Kerstin Florian Clarifying Exfoliator – This unique exfoliating cream gently removes dead skin cells and impurities to reveal softer, smoother skin. The added chamomile, geranium, and almond oils soothe, nourish, and renew.