Can essential oils be used on skin? No! Chances are that all of your favorite essential oils are not good for your face, minus a first aid situation of course.

What Do Essential Oils Do To Our Skin?

The deleterious effects that the use of most essential oils have on our skin must be avoided since we now know that hydration is our skin’s primary need! High water levels are a universal skin requirement that is the basic top priority of all skin types and conditions. Now why would we ever knowingly sabatoge this?
Rose, sandalwood, balsam of Peru, and tiny amounts of frankincense and vetiver are the exceptions to the “no essential oils for our face” rule.

Some natural skin care companies steer away from using glycolic, salicylic, and lactic acids in their products, but then turn to astringent citrus and peppermint oils to compensate. Plus, they know that if you like how it smells, you are much more likely to buy it again. Don’t let these misinformed skin care companies hook you emotionally on something that is detrimental for your skin. Our skin craves real sustenance.

Essential Oils For Your Face

Some of the most misplaced essential oils are lavender, tea tree (not even to spot treat a zit), ylang-ylang, clary sage, bergamont, cedar, spearment, orange, lemon, and anything citrus. Our skin is not into them.

If you are craving these smells than make a personal scented oil to use on wrists, neck, or behind ears, and keep them away from your face as they are drying and often cause irritation or even sun sensitivity.

So do your skin a favor and stay away from serums and moisturizers that are laden with essential oils no matter how tempting they may smell!

Essential Oils For First Aid

They are inherently antibacterial and anti-fungal, giving them the phenomenal power to disinfect wounds and prevent infections. Essential oils lend themselves perfectly for a first aid kit or cleaning but are way too drying for daily use. Their astringent nature gives our skin a drying or dehydrating final effect when used topically.

If you have any more questions about which essential oils you shouldn’t put on your face, schedule a Complimentary Virtual Consult to learn more.