The skin is our body’s largest organ. It’s our personal connection with the world and with other people. It’s our protector. It holds us together and keeps us safe. It’s tough but it’s also porous. It can protect us from harm in so many ways… but we need to look after it. Unfortunately, it can’t do its job of protecting us when we cover it with toxic chemicals. And so many of these toxic chemicals are absorbed straight into our bodies from the products we put on our skin and on our children’s skin.
As a general rule, if I wouldn’t eat it, I’m not going to put it on my skin and definitely not on my girls’ skin either. So what is the alternative? For me, I use pure essential oils in my skin care and personal care products. Either I make my own products or buy them from Young Living, as I know they have already done all the hard work and research for me.
Out of interest I looked up the meaning of beauty. It said:
“a combination of qualities, such as shape, colour, or form, that pleases the aesthetic senses, especially the sight.”
We would all like to be beautiful, right? We probably can’t all achieve Elle or Miranda beauty, but we can all go some way to being beautiful. You just have to start believing you are. As they say “Fake it till you make it”
What we know is, beauty doesn’t just come from good bone structure and a tight booti. It has a lot to do with what’s in your head, your emotional balance, diet, lifestyle, health and your skin care. Focus on your holistic self and rediscover your natural glow.
Young Living has a range of skin care, body and bath products. These are formulated from ancient skin care recipes using essential oils. By purging your body of artificial chemicals you will be in a better position to nurture a healthy looking complexion and shiny hair.
Here are some great tips thanks to Donne Cuzzola (Beautician, Young Living addict and creator of the Beauty Essentials program) on using essential oils in your skin care routine and some of my favourite mask recipes you may like to try.
Before you start using essential oils on your skin or any of the Young Living products
- Start by doing a patch test. Even though Young Living’s essential oils are 100% pure, they are also very concentrated and some people’s skin may react, so it’s always best to test a small patch of skin somewhere less noticeable.
- Always refer to the label directions on the bottle before use.
- Some of our essential oils may need to be diluted with a carrier oil. Dilution is basically adding a drop or two of the essential oil to a good quality carrier oil such as a vegetable oil. This helps to reduce the potency of the strong essential oils, but also helps the essential oil to be absorbed by the skin over a larger area. Young Living sells an amazing carrier oil called V6. Dilution is also recommended when using essential oils with children or the elderly.
- Citrus oils are photosensitive and direct sun should be avoided after applying.
- People taking medication should use caution when using essential oils.
Essential oils for different skin types
These essential oils can be added to your existing skin care products (so long as they don’t contain any of the nasty toxins), added to our own DIY products, added to a carrier oil and massaged into your skin or where directed on the label – applied neat.
Your skin is smooth and radiant. Your complexion is balanced (not too oily or too dry) and you rarely have breakouts.
Normal skin needs: Maintain a balance of firm and supple skin.
Essential Oils: Cedarwood, Frankincense, Rose
Your face feels and looks shiny. Pores may be visable and you can be prone to pimples, blackheads or breakouts.
Oily skin needs: Clean skin and close pores.
Essential Oils: Elemi, Melaleuca, Manuka
DRY, DAMAGED OR MATURE
Your skin often feels like it lacks oil and moisture. It can feel irritated and appear dry, rough or show signs of flakiness.
Dry, damaged or mature skin needs: Soothe and hydrate skin.
Essential Oils: Blue Cypress, Myrrh, Patchouli
Your T-Zone (forehead, nose and chin) are oily and can be prone to break outs, while your cheeks or parts of your face are prone to some dryness.
Combination skin needs: Clean and hydrate both dry and oily areas.
Essential Oils: Lavender, Sandalwood, Geranium
DIY Face Masks For Happier Looking Skin
Here are basic tips for using any face mask:
- Before applying a face mask, wash your skin with warm water and pat dry.
- Don’t use a mask too often (once a week max) or you may make any acne worse.
- Always spot test a mask before using it on a large area to make sure you don’t have an adverse reaction.
If you want to use essential oils in a homemade happy skin mask, melaleuca essential oil is your best friend, although a few other oils can also be helpful, including:
Happy Skin Clay Face Mask
1.5 teaspoon green clay
1/3 teaspoon grapeseed oil
3 drops tea tree (Melaleuca Alternifolia) essential oil
Aromatherapy hydrosol or distilled water
Combine first three ingredients and add enough water or hydrosol to make a creamy paste. Apply the paste to your face, leave on for 15 minutes and then rinse off.
Source: Healing With Aromatherapy
More Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca Alternifolia) Masks
A Happy Skin face mask can be as simple as combining tea tree essential oil with one ingredient. For example, make a mask by blending 1 to 2 drops tea tree with one of the following:
- 1/4 of an avocado
- 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel
- 1/4 cup plain yogurt
- 1/4 cup mashing cucumber
Tea tree (Melaleuca Alternifolia) oil is the active ingredient, so you can combine it with any carrier that’s safe to put on your face. I prefer to use Young Living’s V6.
Some sources recommend raw honey as a face mask for unhappy skin. Apply about 1 teaspoon of honey to your face (add a drop or two of tea tree, Manuka or Lavender essential oil, if desired). Rinse off after 15 to 30 minutes.
If you don’t already order Young Living essential oils and would like to please go to www.myyl.com/kimthomson