Essential Oils for Face

List of essential oils for face
based on your skin type

There are 8 skin types that I will cover, please carefully choose your skin type. If you're unsure, you can do the following test.

Go to your bed without applying any cream on your face. Next morning, before washing your face pat a few strips of brown paper on your skin zone, especially your T zone - chin, nose, your forehead.

Normal skin will have a little oil in the paper, while oily skin will leave a definite oil stain and dry oil won't leave any oil.

What to do if you fall more than one category for your skin type? You can custom your skin care products and choose techniques and ingredients to suit you best.

Basically, children have normal skin and become oily when we're teenager and as we grow older our skin become drier. For women age forty plus you should combine it with skin mature type. Usually woman's skin is more drier than man.

The basic skin care routine is cleansing, toning and moisturing. But you can add a weekly treatment such as steaming, exfoliation and mask.

Here are the essential oils for face based on the 8 skin types

essential oils for face
  • Normal Skin

    Moist and clear with even texture, color and pore sizes. Lavender, rose, geranium and neroli are good for normal skin.
  • Oily Skin

    Large pores, a thick coarse texture and overactive oil glands gives shine look to your skin. Basil, eucalyptus, cedarwood, cypress, rosemary, spike lavender and ylang ylang helps nomalize overactive glands.
  • Dry Skin

    Skin feels tight and dry after washing. Have a fine texture with no visible pores. Dehydrated skin, which produces enough oil but dose not retain enough moisture often mistaken for dry skin.

    Atlas cedar, cypress, palmarosa, patchouli, rosemary, carrot see, spikenard, ylang ylang, vetiver and sandalwood.

    German Chamomile to reduce inflammation. Chamomile and lavender soothe irritation, to balance oil glands production use lavender and geranium. Neroli promotes cell rejuvenation and the hydrosol is moisturizing. Small amount of peppermint or rosemary can stimulate oil production and increase circulation.
  • Combination skin

    You have oily skin in your T zone but dry on your cheek and mouth. Geranium, lavender, rose and neroli are consider normalizer and can be use both oily and dry skin. Ylang ylang can consider an appropriate essential oils for combination skin.
  • Acne skin

    Pimples, cysts and blackheads can occur in dry but often oily skin. Acne maybe temporarily because of teenage age and hormones make it excess oil production. But sometimes it follow people in adulthood. Click here to see essential oils for acne
  • Couperose skin

    Skin that marked with tiny dilated capillaries which mostly found in nose and cheeks. Use gentle chamomile - roman or german, to reduce inflammation, soothe delicate skin tissue and strengthen weak capillaries and reduce facial puffiness. Other than that, you can use helichrysum, rose, orange, lavender and neroli.
  • Mature skin

    The complexion tends to become drier. Skin produces less oil and got a few wrinkles lines. Lavender, rose, rosemary, neroli and geranium are antiaging ingredients for mature skin. Clary sage and fennel benefit to mature skin due their estrogenic properties. Rose hip seed oil use for dryness that accompany mature skin.
  • Sun damaged skin

    The effects on skin especially premature aging and pigmentation problems become the most apparent as we grow older. Prevention is the best medicine, so consider using these essential oils in skin preparations.

    Olive and coconut oil blocks about 20% of sun rays, Helichrysum oil is also screens some UV Rays but don't expect it to provide SPF protection. Research has shown that sandalwood essential oils useful in cancer.

    Lavender oil in 2% dillution of aloe vera gel-about 10 to 15 drops per ounce is the best sunburn remedy. Skin patches, skin damaged by sun or prone to early wrinkles, try to dilute 15 to 18 drops per ounce of carrot seed, helichrysum, frankincense and sandalwood ( choose one of them) and applied at least twice a day.

    See a doctor if the skin conditions remain after a few weeks. Click here to see what are essential oils for sunburn skin

After you know what essential oils for face that suit your skin type, then you might want to know how to make your own aromatherapy skin care products. Check out other pages that you might find helpful.

Aromatherapy Skin Care Recipes
Read on to find out how to make your own facial skin care products for normal, oily and dry skin.

Aromatherapy Mask
Check out recipes to make aromatherapy mask using these essential oils for face.

Aromatherapy and Acne
How do you remove acne using aromatherapy

Aromatherapy Skin Care Products
Check out our recommendation of natural skin care products. By using these products you can ensure a beautiful, soft top notch skin for yourself.

You can also make a facial massage using these essential oils for face. Do it for 10 minutes and it will leaves your skin feel rejuvenated. Add 15 ml of aromatherapy carrier oil with 3 drops of essential oils for face based on your skin type.

You can apply those essential oils for making Homemade Facial Cleanser, homemade facial mask or homemade facial scrub

Check out the video on how to do a facial massage by Beauty therapist Sarah Chapman.

How To Give Yourself A Facial Massage


K. Keville, Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art‎, (The Crossing Press, 2008)

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