Here’s another aromatherapy skin care session you can do in the comfort of your home. It will help open up and cleanse your pores as well as remove toxins and dead cells. It’s a good idea to enjoy a facial steam once a week, especially for those who have oily skin.
You will need a large bowl of boiling water, a large towel, 5 to 10 drops of essential oil
appropriate to your skin type, a face cloth, a kitchen timer and a light moisturizer. If you are looking for an online aromatherapy supplier, read this page.
- 1. Fill the bowl with boiling water.
- 2. Add 5 to 10 drops of essential oil
to the boiling water and mix.
- 3. Set timer for 5 minutes.
- 4. Hold your face about 7 to 10 cm (3 to 4 inches) above the water and place the towel so that it covers both your head and the bowl.
- 5. Keep your eyes closed. If vapors are too strong, remove the towel for a minute of so, then recover your head. Repeat as necessary.
- 6. Stay there for about 5 minutes (until the timer goes off).
- 7. Soak the face cloth in cold water and gently press onto your face to close the pores.
- 8. Apply light moisturizer.
Note:You shouldn’t attempt this aromatherapy skin care treatment if there are spider veins or broken veins on your face, if you have a sunburn and/or any other condition that makes your skin sensitive.
Choosing an Aromatherapy Skin Care Product
The selection of your aromatherapy skin care product will depend on your skin type.
- Normal. Most essential oils would be suitable for normal skin, except for those that cause irritation.
Chamomile, lavender, neroli, rose, rosewood and geranium are good choices.
- Oily. To improve the appearance of your oily skin, you can try the following essential oils: tea tree, ylang ylang, bergamot, lavender, grapefruit, juniper berry and cypress.
If you have oily skin, you should resist using alcohol-based products or chemicals that are too harsh. You may think that they make your skin feel less oily just after applying them, but these products dry out the skin, which sends out a signal to produce more sebum to compensate for the dryness. In the end, you are really making things worse.
- Dry and/or Sensitive. The essential oils recommended for normal skin are also recommended for dry skin, as well as sandalwood and jasmine. For sensitive skin, rose, melissa, neroli and chamomile are recommended. Frankincense can help reduce wrinkles.
It is important to note that for sensitive skin, you need to use low concentration of essential oils (e.g., 0.5% or 1%) and start by applying a small amount to an unexposed area and monitor for any reaction.
Because of the sensitivity of this type of skin, alcohol-based products and chemical products are not recommended. But dry and sensitive skin should be moisturized several times a day using a light creamy lotion instead of a heavy moisturizer.
Now that you have found a list of right essential oils for your aromatherapy skin care product, make sure to read more on aromatherapy so that you can pinpoint which one of these oils would best suit you.
Find an online aromatherapy supplier here who can meet all your essential oil needs to make your own aromatherapy skin care product.