Aromatherapy can greatly help you with combination or oily skin care. Your skin will change throughout the course of your life, but usually everyone goes through an oily skin stage during adolescence. You can still need oily skin care all of your life. Sometimes you get combination skin, which are patches of dry areas like your cheeks contrasted with a really oily nose and forehead (called the T-zone).
Your aromatherapy oily skin care solutions will not work if you don’t eat sensibly and exercise regularly. You also shouldn’t smoke or drink excessively. You should be drinking six glasses of water, flavored water or herbal teas per day. Water keeps the skin hydrated and keeps the organs functioning more efficiently.
Wash with warm, not scalding hot water. Don’t scrub at yourself as if you were trying to scrape paint off a wall – use your fingertips to massage in any aromatherapy oily skin products and pat gently dry with a towel. You only need to wash once or twice a day, unless you have been sweating or got excessively filthy.
So Many Scents, So Little Skin
Therapeutic grade essential oils that work best for oily skin care are geranium, lavender, cedarwood, palmarosa, niaouli, juniper berry, tea tree, ylang ylang, cypress, grapefruit and myrtle. Most aromatherapy books will also include bergamot, but that often leaves skin way too sensitive to sunlight.
For acne, you can put diluted neat tea tree on the spots. However, the smell might knock you sideways, so use this sparingly. Some people prefer lavender instead. Before you use these, do a test patch on your skin to be sure you can tolerate full strength lavender or tea tree. Place a drop on your arm or leg, leave it there for 24 hours and see if anything happens. If nothing happens, then you’re good to go.
You can also use aromatherapy for oily skin care in the form of weekly facial steams. There are some facial devices available, but you don’t need it. Stick your face over a bowl of steaming hot water that has 5-10 drops of one of the oils listed above. Drape a towel over your head and keep that position for five minutes. If you feel faint, though, stop and try again next week.
You can use a toner for oily skin care called flower water. These are best bought rather than made. For oily skin care, you want witch hazel, verbena water, orange-flower water and cornflower water. These are often sold wherever aromatherapy products are sold.
David Yu writes about Weight Loss and Skin Care.