The important role of essential oils in cosmetology
The use of essential oils gives us an amazing opportunity to achieve complete harmony with our beauty, soul and body. Every time you care for yourself, you give yourself a healing aromatherapy session, which is so popular among adherents of alternative medicine. You can use essential oils for hair, improve the condition of the skin of the face and body. But this is a whole art, and you need to skillfully use the gifts of nature. Today we will devote you to all the intricacies of using essential oils.
Varieties and properties of oils
Let's start with the basics: natural oils come in both base and essential oils. It is customary to use the base ones as a base, since they have good penetrating ability and easily transport nutrients to the cells. But even without the addition of esters, base oils have excellent healing properties. Their use extends to the care of skin, hair, eyelashes, nails, that is, the range of use is very wide.
Natural essential oils are a group of completely different substances. They are mistakenly called so for the oily feeling they leave on the skin. In fact, these are aromatic hydrocarbons with a high degree of volatility and a very concentrated composition. It is because of their saturation that it is not recommended to use them in their pure form - they can be aggressive to the skin. Therefore, essential oils in cosmetology are used in diluted form together with base or other cosmetics.
Healing esters are obtained from various parts of plants: flowers, leaves, bark and roots. There is a huge variety of oils, so they are conventionally divided into groups.
- Floral esters are obtained from jasmine, neroli, mimosa, lavender, geranium, ylang-ylang. This is not a complete list of essential-rich flowers.
- These substances are extracted from the peel of citrus fruits: lemons, tangerines, sweet and bitter oranges, lime, bergamot, grapefruit.
- Herbal essential substances obtained from basil, chamomile, lemon balm, oregano, fennel, rosemary, immortelle are no less popular and useful.
- Esters with a pronounced smell are obtained from some spices: cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, ginger, black pepper, nutmeg, coriander.
- Woody esters from juniper, sandalwood, tea and rosewood, birch, cedar, eucalyptus have noble notes and amazing properties.
How are esters used in cosmetology? Essential oils are beneficial for hair and skin due to their extremely rich composition. They can contain up to several dozen chemical compounds: alcohols, terpenes, aldehydes, ketones, phenols, lactones and many others. To restore hair, sometimes it is enough to add just a couple of drops of ether to shampoo or balm, and to soften the skin in a base oil or cream. Each ester has its own spectrum of action and properties, so it is very important to choose the option that best suits your skin or hair type.
Basic methods and rules of use
Natural essential oils can be used for quality hair, face and body care. There are three main ways to maintain beauty with esters.
- Adding to base oil. The resulting mixture is used as an independent cosmetic product.
- Add esters to other homemade products. For example, in masks based on natural ingredients.
- You can enrich ready-made cosmetics. For example, essential oils for hair are added to shampoos, conditioners, and conditioners.
These are the most common uses. There are several other options as well. For example, you can make water for rinsing your face by adding literally a couple of drops of ether to it. Warm, cold or hot compresses with the addition of aromatic substances are no less useful. Sometimes they are able to work wonders - to tone, moisturize and rejuvenate the skin. If it is necessary to cleanse the skin, then it is advisable to use a steam bath with the addition of a few drops of ether. The pores will open much better, and the skin will receive its portion of the nutrients.
The use of esters is almost identical for hair and skin, so let's take a look at the general rules for using them.
- It is highly discouraged to use pure ethers! These are very concentrated substances that, in contact with the skin, can cause irritation up to and including chemical burns. Therefore, they must be mixed with base oils or any other emulsifiers: ready-made cosmetics, honey, yogurt, milk. There are exceptions though. Some essential oils for acne can be used in their pure form by applying them pointwise to the affected area. For example, tea tree oil has such properties that it quickly removes acne, inflammation and other skin imperfections. Lavender ether has similar properties.
- When mixing, observe moderation - it is not recommended to use more than 7 different esters at the same time. Do not forget that each of them has its own pronounced properties. When several components are connected, they can "argue" with each other. It is better to choose only 2-3 types.
- Add a few drops of ether to your finished product or base oil just before use. With prolonged storage as part of another product, they may lose their properties.
- No matter how good the effect of using the ester, it is not worth using the same oil for more than three weeks. Be sure to take a two-week break, and then cut the dosage by a quarter.
- When using essential oils for your face, do not forget to test for individual intolerance. This is very simple to do - literally a drop of ether mixed with base oil, apply to the inside of the elbow or wrist. The skin in these areas is very delicate and easily irritated. If after 12 hours no negative reaction appears, then the use of this remedy is not contraindicated for you.
- If you are trying to restore hair with essential oils at home, then take note of one little trick. It is much more convenient to apply the oil mixture to the hair with a special brush. This will help not only distribute the product more evenly, but also prevent it from getting into the eyes.
- The optimal exposure time is 20 minutes. It doesn't make sense to keep the oil mask longer, even if you use essential oils for the body. In 20 minutes, they have time to completely absorb and release all the valuable substances. Be sure to remove the remaining oil from the skin and hair.
A few subtleties and valuable tips
The competent use of broadcasts is a whole art that requires a thoughtful approach, caution and foresight. If you are seriously interested in oils, then some of the nuances of their use will come in handy.
- Spicy esters should be used especially carefully, as they can irritate any skin. These include esters of lemon grass, eucalyptus, rosemary, nutmeg and many others.
- People with fair skin tones often experience irritation after applying cosmetic products with added esters. In this case, it is recommended to reduce the concentration.
- Be sure to reduce the dosage when using essential substances in the elderly.
- Do not allow essential oils to get into your eyes. If this happens, then you need to urgently rinse your eyes with drops and boiled water. The usual "Albucid" will do. Any base oils can perfectly remove irritation from the skin and mucous membranes.
- Due to the high concentration of active substances, the properties of essential oils are very pronounced, so not all options can be used in the evening. For bedtime treatments, opt for soothing essential oils. This will not only make you look even more beautiful, but it will also help you fall asleep faster.
How to choose essential oils?
In order for the oil to have all these properties, and its use will only benefit you, you need to make the right choice. A quality product will provide complete care for the skin and hair, and will protect you from the occurrence of an allergic reaction. When buying, pay attention to the following points.
- Follow the naturalness of the product. The packaging should contain only 100% natural oil without unnecessary additives and flavors.
- Formulate the problem. Decide whether you need essential oils for your face, hair or body skin, and what effect you expect from them. Immediately identify all problematic points for yourself. For example, split ends, acne, dry or oily skin. Take a close look at the properties of the various oils and identify those that might help you.
- A really high-quality product can only be purchased at a pharmacy or a specialized store. Don't buy into suspicious cheapness in the markets. In this case, a high-quality product cannot be cheap, since a lot of selected raw materials are required to obtain 1 ml of oil. Extraction of esters from plants or flowers is a very laborious and costly process, therefore the final product is quite expensive.
- Pay attention to the packaging. The product should be bottled only in dark glass bottles - this is a prerequisite for the product not to lose its properties.
- Look at the label as well - it must contain the botanical name in Latin. This is a kind of confirmation of the manufacturer's reliability.