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Skincare is the range of practices that help replenish, hydrate and nourish the skin, relieve skin conditions and enhance its appearance. They can include healthy diet, avoidance of excessive sun exposure, smoking, alcohol, stress and what is really important, the appropriate use of skincare products. Aromatherapy has a lot to offer when it comes to natural skincare. 

Skincare – The Benefits Of Essential Oils

Essential oils are readily absorbed though the skin, as they are lipid soluble, and ideally suited to skin care because they:

  • Have highly antiseptic properties
  • Help speed up the removal of old skin cells and stimulate the growth of new cells
  • Improve muscle tone, and blood circulation
  • Help eliminate waste
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Regulate sebum production
  • Reduce the impact of emotional stress – essential oils can be used not only to sooth the skin, but also the mind – antidepressant, sedative, tonic properties.

Therapeutic Properties Of Essential Oils In Skincare

Essential oils have many therapeutic properties and can be easily incorporated into a base cream, mask, lotion, among others.

  • Antiseptic – an agent that destroys or control pathogenic bacteria.
  • Antibacterial – an angent that destroys bacteria.
  • Cytophylactic – an agent that encourages growth of skin cells.
  • Anti-inflammatory – an agent that alleviates inflammation.
  • Antifungal – an agent that destroys fungal infections.
  • Antimicrobial – an agent that resists or destroys pathogen.
  • Astringent – an agent that contracts, tightens and binds tissue.
  • Vulnerary – an agent that prevents tissue degeneration and promotes healing of wounds.
  • Balsamic – usually applies to resin – which is a soothing and healing agent.
  • Emollient – an agent used externally to soothe and soften the skin.
  • Cicatrisant – an agent that promotes formation of the scar.
  • Anti-allergenic – an agent that reduces the symptoms of allergies.
  • Antiseborrheic – an agent that prevents excessive secretion of sebum by the sebaceous glands.
  • Adaptogen
  • Detoxifying
  • Reducing stress, antidepressant, sedative

“While normal cosmetics treatment is symptom oriented and attempts to change the skin in one way or another, the goal of essential oils treatment is always the restoration of balance. Treatment with essential oils attempts to bring the metabolic functions back into balance. It is not the purpose of holistic essential oil cosmetics to encourage the expectation of miracles as promised by the mainstream cosmetic industry”

Skincare – The Benefits Of Carrier Oils

  • Emollient properties
  • Ability to protect the skin
  • Ability to prevent moisture evaporating from the skin
  • Ability to supply the skin with essential fatty acids and vitamins which have specific healing properties

It is important to use cold-pressed, unrefined vegetable oils, because they have all the essential nutrients which are important for the health and vitality of the skin.

Natural Skincare Products Over Mainstream Products

  1. Effective and empirically proven. Plants have been used throughout history to treat and heal skin.
  2. Safer – true and untrue depending on the ingredient and the person
  3. Accessible
  4. Holistic approach – often used as part of a total healthcare regime. The skin is not seen as an isolated organ to be treated separately from the rest of the body
  5. Life in harmony with nature. Harm to the environment is minimal.
  6. Chemical complexity.They are so complex that it is very difficult for pathogenic bacteria to develop resistance.
  7. Synergy and multifaceted actions.The plant has created several compounds whose purpose is to alleviate exactly the side effects that the isolated constituent produces in living organism. Plant medicines contain thousands of complex compounds that work synergistically.

Please remember to take care of your skin daily. Daily skincare routine is a simple way of making sure that your skin is healthy and glowing.


If you live in Wellington, NZ and are looking for facial  or massageAromatherapy and Ayurveda – contact me on (+64) 0210778203 or hello@shamamatherapy.com


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