Aromatherapy is the use of plant elements and plant oils that provide aroma such as essential oils to improve psychological and physical well-being. Aromatherapy is used as an alternative to medicine in most countries, but most importantly, aromatherapy is used in skincare. And aromatherapy can be used with a special machine that allows the aroma to suspend in the air, by direct inhalation, with a compress, in a bath, and facial lotions.
Aromatherapy is important for skincare for many reasons using various essential oils which include:
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is vital to reduce acne in children and adults. Mixing carrier oil such as grape seed with tea tree and cajeput oils will do away with all the acne on anyone’s face. In most aromatherapy sessions, this combination is added with rose water which acts as a toner. Tea tree oil has antibacterial and antifungal compounds which can reduce inflammation which cause the skin to swell leading to acne. Tea tree oil has helped many people who had serious acne problems by simply inhaling the aroma. Benzoyl peroxide is a medication chemical used to treat acne. A study done at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Australia revealed that 5% benzoyl peroxide and 5% tea tree oil have a significant effect in treating acne.
Moreover, tea tree oil is also used to treat eczema which causes dryness, severe rash and itching effects on the skin. To use aromatherapy to treat eczema, one should mix tea tree oil and coconut oil and then enjoy the aroma. Tea tree oil has antiseptic properties that will soothe the itching, and the mixture will help treat eczema by softening the skin.
Neroli oil produces a relaxing aroma in aromatherapy which contains essential antibacterial and antiseptic properties that help cleanse oily skin and thus assisting acne-prone individuals. Neroli oil can make the skin regenerate leading to a reduction in the appearance of blemishes, wrinkles, and scars. Therefore, Neroli can be used as an effective anti-aging oil.
Frankincense Essential Oil
When aging, it is normal to have wrinkles, sun spots, and scars. Fortunately, these signs can be prevented with the anti-aging properties of frankincense essential oil. Frankincense oil is paired with carrier oils such as jojoba or coconut oil. It is inhaled, and the oil transmits messages to the brain which influences the nervous system to react in helping to tighten the skin. The oil can tone and lift the skin which in turn reduces the occurrence of scars. Moreover, it helps in fading of stretch marks which are associated with weight gain, pregnancy or surgery marks, and also cracked skin scars. Aromatherapy with frankincense oil makes people look way younger than their age.
Hazelnut oil is a carrier oil used in skin massage and aromatherapy to help rejuvenate the skin. Hazelnut oil contains a high content of Vitamin E and fatty acids which hydrate the skin. Vitamin E helps the skin look firm by improving its elasticity. Hazelnut oil is alcohol-free oil, and thus it is safe even to people with sensitive skin who get irritated with alcohol. Moreover, hazelnut oil contains tannins which are antioxidants and thus can be used to dry oil skin, cleanse, remove bacteria, and shrink the pores.
Lavender oil extracted from the flowers of a lavender plant is an essential oil used in aromatherapy. Lavender oil is one of the most beneficial oils used in treating acne, eczema, and dermatitis. It has antioxidants which help to destroy free radicals that form lines and wrinkles and therefore, it helps prevent anti-aging signs. After a whole day of being in the sun, aromatherapy with lavender helps relieve the swelling and burning making the skin to relax.
Sandalwood has significant cleansing properties and thus used to fight acne, wrinkles, and scars. Moreover, it provides people with dry skin have a flawless skin by acting as a moisturizer. Sandalwood reduces inflammations and itchiness caused by eczema on the skin and thus in aromatherapy, it provides a person with a cooling effect. Regular inhalation of sandalwood oil reduces the wrinkles and scars caused by aging and thus it helps prevent skin aging.
Skincare is an aspect that most people both young and adults are most concerned about in their daily lives. The oils used in aromatherapy are natural products with most of them growing in the wild environments. Therefore, they do not have harmful additives that might damage an individual’s skin. Aromatherapy can be conducted at home or a spa as it is a simple exercise but impressively improves the skin quality.