Natural Skin Care: How Essential Oils and Extracts Benefit Your Skin

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RODIN Olio LussoIt may seem counterintuitive to apply oil as part of your skin care regimen. Many of us already have greasy complexions, so adding more oil seems counterproductive. And most women dislike oily textures on their skin. However, applying the right kinds of oils – i.e., essential oils – can make anyone’s skin more radiant. Certain plant extracts are known for their ability to encourage healthy skin. By selecting beauty products that are based on select botanical extracts and essential oils, you can achieve whatever goals you may have for your skin.

This is a beauty secret many celebrities already understand. For instance, Julianne Moore and Gwyneth Paltrow are loyal customers of fashion stylist Linda Rodin, who experimented with a plethora of essential oils to create a luxurious facial product based on eleven different skin-smoothing extracts. RODIN Olio Lusso is the result of her experimentation. It includes antioxidant and anti-inflammatory oils such as argan and calendula, along with fragrant essential oils such as jasmine, to create a sumptuous experience. Just a few drops of RODIN Olio Lusso applied morning and night to your freshly washed face and neck will smooth out and rejuvenate any type of skin.

Here are some of the other ways botanical oils can improve the skin:

Deep Healing

Many plants have healing qualities to encourage healthy skin. For instance, Skyn ICELAND offers Pure Cloud Cream to repair skin ravaged by wintery conditions. This light cream contains oat and aloe extracts to eliminate irritation and inflammation. Other Skyn ICELAND products contain willow bark extract, which is known for its anti-inflammatory, astringent and conditioning properties.

To understand the power behind RODIN Olio Lusso and other essential oil-based products, consider that oils easily penetrate to the dermal layer of skin, where new cells are created. This means essential oils can quickly heal damaged skin.

Balanced Oil Production

Another important benefit of oils is they regulate sebum secretion. Sebum is an oil the body naturally produces. Every hair follicle on your body contains a sebaceous gland. It is said that each square inch of human skin contains three thousand sebaceous glands. (The only parts of the body that do not have sebaceous glands are the soles and the palms.) Sebaceous glands play an important role: They waterproof and protect the skin by secreting oil. However, some individuals’ sebaceous glands are overly active. Other individuals suffer perpetually dry skin because their sebaceous glands do not produce enough oil. Acne and other skin issues can crop up when sebum production is unbalanced.

This is important information to remember when buying beauty products. For years, people assumed removing oil would reduce greasiness. That’s why many skin care products contain sulfates and other ingredients that strip all oils. However, we now understand that removing all oil sends sebaceous glands into over-production. With no oil present, sebaceous glands pump out even more sebum. As you can imagine, this stresses out the skin and causes blemishes.

In fact, applying oil can actually be the best way to achieve healthy skin. Oils regulate sebum production by sending sebaceous glands the message that enough oil is already present, so they can decrease sebum production. Tammy Fender’s Quintessential Serum replenishes skin with a combination of essential fatty and gamma linoleic oils. Those with dry, aging and sensitive skin adore this product, which also includes chamomile, frankincense and rose extracts.

Other Botanical Benefits

Throughout history, humans have identified the following and other plants as capable of rejuvenating skin. For instance, lavender actually comes from the Latin word lavere, meaning “to wash.” Even in ancient Rome, women were using lavender extract to clean and heal their skin. Appreciating the incredible healing properties of this plant, Tammy Fender developed her legendary Cleansing Milk cleanser, which revives skin using lavender, green tea, chamomile and lemon balm extracts.

As you select beauty products, look for essential oils and extracts from the following plants, categorized by skin condition:

Combat acne: Tea tree, mint, basil, rosewood and lavender.

Even out combination skin: Geranium and ylang-ylang.

Revive aging skin: Carrot seed, sage, myrrh and rose hip extract

Moisturize dry skin: Cedar, sandalwood, clary and jasmine.

Reduce inflammation: German and Roman chamomile, myrtle, yarrow and witch hazel.

Minimize the appearance of large pores: Rose, lemongrass, myrtle and cedar.

Soothe sensitive skin: Angelica, Roman and German chamomile, rosewood, neroli and rose.

Look for products that contain the oils appropriate for your skin type or condition. For instance, skyn ICELAND’s Angelica Line Smoother with Natural Gabba Complex would be perfect for someone with sensitive skin.

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