Monday, February 14, 2011

Keep Your Skin Glowing With Aromatherapy

Well Happy Valentines Day Everyone!

Today I am going to share with you how to keep your skin all over your body glowing, supple and blemish free....

Give your skin an extra couple of loving minutes a day and it will keep you looking fresh and healthy....You and your skin deserve it!!


Keep Your Skin Glowing With Aromatherapy

Your skin protects you, providing a watertight barrier against the elements and against the elements and infection. It is a living, breathing organ that needs constant care and attention to maintain a supple, healthy state.

Incorporating essential oils into your skin care routine has therapeutic benefits. Antiseptic oils, like tea tree or lemon, cleanse and heal scrapes, cuts and infections. Anti-inflammatory oils (chamomile and rose) can be added to moisturizing creams to relieve sunburn and eczema. The best way to treat your skin is to add oil to a bath, after which an aromatic body oil will easily penetrate the skin.

For your face, use steams  (not if sensitive or prone to broken capillaries), flower water, cleansers and moisturizers.

Blending Your Complexion Oils

Blend oils to suit your complexion. Generally, top note oils are suited to oily skin and base notes to dry or mature complexions. The face can be sensitive to oils, so always carry out a patch test and use low dilutions on sensitive skins prone to allergies.

Normal/Dry/Mature Skin

Top Notes(Uplifting)~Rosewood, Palmarosa and Orange

Middle Notes(Balancing)~Rose and Lavender

Base Notes(Calming and Reassuring)~Benzoin, Neroli Frankincense, Myrrh and Sandalwood

Sensitive/Cracked/Scarred Skin

Top Notes(Uplifting)~Palmarosa and Galbanum

Middle Notes(Balancing)~Chamomile, Rose, Lavender and Carrot Seed

Base Notes(Calming and Reassuring)~Myrrh, Sandalwood and Patchouli

Oily/Combination Skin Prone To Acne

Top Notes(Uplifting)~Lemon, Tea Tree, Lemongrass, Eucalyptus and Bergamot

Middle Notes(Balancing)~Geranium, Cypress, Juniper, Pettigrain and Lavender

Base Notes(Calming and Reassuring)~Cedarwood, Patchouli and Myrrh

Treating Your Skin With Love

Fragrant Exfoliating Body Scrubs~Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to a sisal mitt or loofah and briskly massage all over in the shower for healthy, glowing skin.
  • Gentle exfoliation will slough off dead skin exposing new, healthy skin. It has the added benefit of stimulating the body's circulation and promoting lymphatic drainage, helping to eliminate toxins and encourage new cell production. The addition of a couple of drops of lemon essential oil will cool, refresh and detoxify the skin, while ginger and eucalyptus will stimulate circulation.

  • Pay special attention to patches of rough skin that develop on knees or elbows, adding a little lavender and rose.

Aromatherapy Face Mask~Face masks made by combining oils with wholesome ingredients are a natural faceflift for a tired complexion. Cleansing, stimulating and nourishing, a weekly mask is a treat for your skin.
  • Clay masks are an ideal face mask base for lily or normal skin. Add tea tree oil for acne or blackheads.

  • For sensitive complexions, yogurt, honey and jojoba will nourish the skin.

  • Try oats for a gentle exfoliating face mask. They blend well with natural flower waters made from oils.

Nourishing Facial Massage~Include a daily face massage in your beauty care routine for soft skin. Select oils to suit your complexion and blend with a light carrier oil.

Massage improves circulation to the skin, bringing nutrients to the surface and removing waste. It has the added benefits of toning muscle and releasing tension.
  • Cleanse and tone first.

  • Use gentle upward strokes on the cheeks and neck, and make tiny circles around the eyes - be careful not to touch them - and on the forehead.

  • Use flower oils such as rose for their exquisite scents.

Moisturizers~Moisturizing is a vital part of a daily skin care ritual. It rehydrates the skin, keeping it soft and supple. Spending 2-3 minutes massaging in an oil blend will help to stimulate circulation.

Commercial moisturizers often use essential oils and you can use them to make simpler, natural blends that are cheaper.

Create a totally personalized product by combining vegetable or nut oils with a blend to suit your complexion.

Your choice of carrier oil is important. Wheatgerm is beneficial for mature skin, jojoba for greasy skin and apricot for dry.
  • Add essential oils sparingly - 5 drops per 2 tablespoon of carrier oil is all that's needed . Try rose and frankincense to rejuvenate mature skin or lemon and lavender for greasy skin prone to blackheads.

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