Essential Oils in the use of Skin Care
Most of us know what to do to achieve a healthy life style and beautiful complexion
– wholesome diet, plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, drink lots of water,
8 hours sleep etc, live a perfect stress free life and you will look good. The
reality is of course that most working men and women are exposed to an environment
beyond their control. Pollution, air-conditioning, sunshine, work and family stresses,
alcohol, cigarettes, can all have an adverse effect on your health and in particular
you’re skin. So take a few minutes each day for yourself and enjoy the experience
of essential oils in your life for health and beauty.
What is an essential oil?
An essential oil is the pure, highly concentrated essence of a plant used for its
therapeutic quality and fragrance.
When do you use an essential oil?
Essential oils are used in all sorts of ways. Part of the fun is selecting a group
of oils, which appeal to you and use them in different combinations. Start off
with something universally popular, safe and versatile – lavender, and extend
your collection over time. Simply add a few drops to bath water, to a massage
oil, or a drop on the pillow to help you sleep, and you are on your way to the
wonderful word of aromatherapy. Read up and educate yourself on the advantages
of a life with essential oils.
How do I know if an essential oil is safe for me?
Always exercise caution when using an essential oil – some are highly toxic
and dangerous and should only be used by a qualified aromatherapist. With one
or two exceptions they should never be taken internally, and additional consideration
is necessary for children, during pregnancy and for those taking medication. Before
using a preparation containing an essential oil, be aware that any ingredient
has the potential to irritate skin. If you are unsure about an allergic reaction,
carry out a patch test first.
How do I carry out a patch test?
Apply a small amount of the substance on your inner arm, just below the elbow,
cover with a band-aid and leave for 24 hours. Should any redness or irritation
appear do not use the substance.
The essential oils used in McLaren Vale Lavender products are selected for their
highest quality, gentleness and safety. The facial moisturisers have been especially
formulated to assist men and women achieve beautiful skin, from adolescence to