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Aromatherapy and Scented Secrets to Skincare

Aromatherapy and Scented Secrets to Skincare

For most of the world Aromatherapy is something that naturally associates itself to stress therapy, anxiety medication or even just a pamper yourself session, but the world of beauty stretches far and wide; and when it comes to therapeutic scents, there are skincare wonders waiting to be unlocked. Aromatherapy as the name suggests is therapy through scents. Humans are sensory animals and different kinds of scents can trigger different hormones and offset various moods. This is something so primitive that scent triggers have been used by various cultures be it as sandal, agarbattis or candles. It comes as no surprise to us then to find out that you can use scents to pamper your skin and give it that extra edge by incorporating a dash of aromatherapy in your skincare routine
You must be thinking how something like this is supposed to work. Well, we did the homework for you and have compiled everything you need to know before unlocking the world of Aromatherapy. 

So How Does Aromatherapy Work?

As we have mentioned Aromatherapy refers to the art of healing through scents. The term was coined by the French Perfumer and chemist Rene-Maurice Gattefosse who had discovered the healing potential of Lavender while treating burns. Aromatherapy for your skin involves the absorption of a particular scent through your skin using products such as:-

  1. Diffusers
  2. Aromatic Spritzers 
  3. Inhalers
  4. Bath Salts
  5. Clay Masks
  6. Facial Steamers
  7. Hot & Cold Compresses
  8. Body Oils and Creams

These can be used in isolation with essential oils or in combination depending on your skin type, therapeutic concern or even the intensity of the product chosen. A number of inflammatory conditions that are chronic in nature can be regularly treated through the inclusion of Aromatherapy in the skincare routine. While products such Body Oils, Bath Salts and Clay Masks are usually scented accordingly from the get go, people who include Diffusers, Facial Steamers or other Spritzers use Essential Oils to incorporate the aroma. There are a variety of Essential Oils available for any and every type of concern, we are mentioning the most common.


What Oils Do I Use?

When it comes to deciding which Essential Oil you must use, the decision should be based on your skin type, it’s reaction to certain known scents and your area of concern. One thing that you must always remember though is that Essential Oils are never applied directly on the skin. The topical application of these oils can prove too harsh for the skin and so they must always be diluted in a carrier oil. Most suitable carrier oils which do not interfere with the efficacy of essential oils are:-

  • Coconut Oil
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Olive Oil
  • Almond Oil
  • Avocado Oil
  • Apricot Oil

The carrier oil you choose depends upon your skin type and your chief skin concern. 

Now, coming to Essential Oils- different scents have different benefits so when splurging on the oil you need keep in mind the ultimate effect you need the scent to deliver. Here is a list of most common essential oils and the skincare benefit they deliver.

 

  • Lavender
  • The healing properties of Lavender are no secret but apart from being a relaxant, it can act as a natural hydrator for the skin, balance its moisture levels, repair dry skin and even reduce redness thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. 

     

  • Sandalwood
  • One of the oldest ingredients in household Indian beauty secrets, sandalwood boosts moisture and hydration in the skin while controlling inflammation. 

     

  • Clary Sage
  • If your chief skin concern is excess sebum, clary sage should be your go to remedy. The oil is rich in linalyl acetate which regulates the production of sebum. Moreover, it can help control acne and reduce wrinkling. 

     

  • Chamomile
  • Rich in azulene, Chamomile reduces inflammation and increases moisture in the skin. However people with ragweed allergies should not use chamomile oil as it may be a trigger. 

     

  • Lemon
  • Derived from lemon peels, lemon oil is a power packed compound which fights free radicals in the skin, thus controlling inflammation, acne and photoaging.

     

  • Tea Tree
  • A notable antiseptic, tea tree oil fights bacteria and inflammation- both chief contributors of acne breakouts.

     

  • Cinnamon
  • A powerful anti-inflammatory oil thanks to Cinnamic Acid which is an anti-oxidant compound, Cinnamon Oil is actually a powerful agent in healing inflammatory acne symptoms like cysts, nodes and pustules. 

     

  • Geranium
  • A true multi-tasker, Geranium oil can be used to treat rashes, balance skin oils and even out hydration levels in the skin with its highly alkaline properties.

     

  • Peppermint
  • Peppermint is a naturally cool agent which is usually used to take down searing headaches. The fresh properties of menthol can do your skin good through absorption as well by cooling down hot rashes.

     

  • Eucalyptus
  • Eucalyptus oil is already well known for its pain relieving qualities but it can actually be of service to your skin as well. It is rich in moisture and can be a saviour while treating itchy, painful rashes.

     

  • Carrot Seed
  • Carrot seed oil is not only a potent anti-ageing solution for wrinkles, it can actually be used to decrease scarring thus healing your skin and aiding its repair.  

     

  • Pomegranate
  • Rich in  antioxidants and packing anti-inflammatory properties, pomegranate oil promotes healthier skin by evening its tone. If you are looking to cure chronic hyper-pigmentation, pomegranate oil is the way to go.

     

  • Rose
  • Rose oil is an anti-ageing ninja with a power packed composition enriched with Vitamin A and C. It improves skin cell turn-over which not only slows with age but is one of the root causes of the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

     

  • Myrhh
  • With its roots in the beauty culture of Egypt, myrhh was historically used as an anti-ageing remedy. The naturally anti-oxidant rich oil promotes blood circulation in the skin making it more refined and youthful.

    Whether you take in these oils through a steamer or diffuser, massage them on with a carrier oil or put a few drops in your next bubble bath, the decision is yours and the benefits are many. So what are you waiting for? Let the world of aroma pamper your skin while you relax and watch the magic unfold. 

     

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