Essential oils are not used exclusively in the production of perfumes. Highly effective essences can also be used in cosmetics, where they guarantee precious nutrients to the skin. But be careful: pure oils should never be applied directly to the skin and not all essential oils are suitable for this purpose!
Why use essential oils in cosmetics?
Essential oils are mainly used in natural cosmetics because they have antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties and are therefore perfect natural preservatives. They are also beneficial for the human body. If you want to produce “do-it-yourself” cosmetics with the use of essential oils, be sure to pay close attention to their quality. Only completely pure oils have the effects described above. Some, instead, could cause allergies or irritate the skin.
What are essential oils?
Essential oils are highly active substances that should always be used with caution. There are different oils on the market with different effects. The scent of essences acts on the limbic system of the brain, where emotions are processed. As a result, some oils also affect mood.
Single molecules pass through the skin and penetrate into the bloodstream, where they integrate into cell membranes and interfere with certain processes in the body. Therefore, some molecules can promote the formation of new cells and metabolic processes.
How to mix them?
Never let essential oils come into contact with mucous membranes or eyes, the application of pure oils on the skin should always be avoided. If you are preparing cosmetics, always use gloves and glasses and remember that the concentration of essential oils in the creams should not exceed 0.5%.
In some cases, pure oils may cause strong reactions. For example, the subjects mentioned below should avoid using them:
- pregnant women
- babies and children
- elderly and / or debilitated people
- allergic subjects
If you want to use essential oils, you should always consult your doctor.
Which oils are suitable and for what?
Here is a (not completely exhaustive) list of essential oils, which are generally well tolerated and have a low potential for irritation. However, individual allergic reactions are possible. Please always ask a doctor or the manufacturer for information before using the oils in cosmetic products.
|normal skin||lavender |
|oily and mixed skin||cistus|
|impure and acneic skin||manuka|
|dry or mature skin||carrot seeds|
|irritated skin||benzoin of Siam|
a thousand leaves