Our Top 7 Ways to Use Lavender Essential Oil for Your Skin
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We’ve discussed the history of lavender oil, some of its benefits when used through a diffuser and many of the situations it can be handy for topical application in our first article, How to Use Essential Oil: Uses and Benefits. And in the previous post, we went over some of the many benefits lavender oil can have for your hair and scalp.
Next, we’ll learn some of the benefits of using lavender oil to make your skin (your largest organ!) healthier and happier.
When using lavender oil on your skin, we recommend you mix it with a carrier lotion or oil like jojoba or coconut. If you’d like to apply the oil directly to your skin, lavender is one of the gentlest essential oils, so unless you have an allergy, it is safe to apply. A cotton ball can also sometimes be helpful when applying to the skin.
In our first article, we had some tips and tricks on how to use lavender oil’s anti-inflammatory qualities to help soothe itching, bug bites, bee stings, and minor burns. And we learned how we can use lavender’s antiseptic properties to help heal cuts and scrapes. So next we’ll dive deeper into the many more benefits lavender oil can have for your skin and your skincare routine.
Here are our top 7 ways to use lavender essential oil for your skin and your best skin care routine:
- Treat Acne & Pimples
- Treat Eczema, Dermatitis or Psoriasis
- For Dry, Chapped or Sunburned Skin or Lips
- Detoxify & Promote Healthy Skin
- Slow down Aging & Prevent Wrinkles
- Improve Blood Circulation
- Treat Irritated Skin
1. Treating Acne
Lavender oil is a surprisingly effective addition to anyone’s acne and pimple treatment. While it might seem counterintuitive to use essential oil to wash ‘pimple-causing-oil’ from your face, lavender oil won’t clog your pores, while its antibacterial and antioxidant properties will fight the bacteria naturally, without the need for the use of contemporary chemical-based solutions. Simultaneously, its anti-inflammatory features will reduce any swelling of the pores.
To treat acne, we recommend rinsing and cleaning the affected area and then adding a few drops of lavender oil to a cotton swab and then applying lightly. Other sources recommend adding the lavender oil to a bit of witch hazel for an extra effective combination.
2. Using Lavender Essential Oil to Treat Eczema, Dermatitis or Psoriasis
As we’ve mentioned, the anti-fungal, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory features of lavender oil make it quite useful for naturally treating a variety of common issues. Another occasion when lavender can be quite useful as an alternative to prescription or chemical products is to treat skin conditions like Eczema, Dermatitis or Psoriasis. The lavender oil hydrates the skin and helps your skin to achieve the right balance of oils.
To treat these conditions, we recommend testing out a combination of lavender essential oil, coconut oil, and tea tree oil. We also recommend using caution and trying out your blend on an unaffected area first to make sure that it works well for you before applying to more sensitive areas.
3. How to Use Lavender Oil for Dry, Chapped or Sunburned Skin or Lips
Another great use for the natural anti-inflammatory tendencies of lavender oil is to treat dry, chapped or sunburned areas. Similar to cuts, scrapes and bug bites, the lavender oil will soothe, nurture and reduce swelling of the skin.
We recommend testing out your own combination for this. While you can apply the lavender oil directly, it can be nice to try using either a carrier oil or a neutral lotion. Mix in some lavender oil, and depending on the situation, consider adding some aloe vera to double the soothing, healing power, while staying chemical-free.
4. Using Lavender Essential Oil to Detoxify and Promote Healthy Skin
So we’ve mentioned some of the lavender oil’s key properties a few times, but we haven’t touched too much on the power of lavender’s antioxidants. Studies have shown that “the analgesic and anti-inflammatory activities of [Lavender Essential Oil]… demonstrates its important therapeutic potential” to help the body stay healthy.
(Check out the study here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26247152)
So what’s the best way to get a little bit of antioxidant power for all of your skin?
We recommend a nice lavender bath!
Not only will the lavender oil’s antioxidants help counter the daily stress of pollutants and toxins on the skin, but it can help nourish and hydrate as well.
For a nice, simple, at-home detoxifying lavender oil bath, we like to use some Epsom salt and lavender oil. Add the oil as you draw the tub and then soak and enjoy!
5. Reverse Aging and Prevent Wrinkles
The source of lavender oil’s anti-aging properties is the same as the one we just discussed that helps your body fight off free radicals and stay healthy.
That’s right: antioxidants!
The antioxidants, vitamins, nutrients and other healing phytochemicals contained within lavender essential oil help to protect against wrinkles and spots caused primarily by the stressors of our environment like sun, pollution and free radicals.
We have a few products that work wonders for wrinkles and anti-aging, but if you’re looking for a quick at-home recipe, we like to recommend a blend of lavender oil and coconut oil that can be used daily as a moisturizer and wrinkle fighter.
6. Lavender Essential Oil Improves Blood Circulation
Similarly to the way lavender oil can improve the blood circulation to your scalp and hair follicles like we discussed in our previous article, using lavender essential oil can also improve blood circulation of the skin. Why is this important? Well, improved circulation allows oxygen to flow through the body more effectively, helping to improve organ function, increasing your mental acuity by providing more oxygen to the brain, and making the skin look healthier and more supple.
For this, we recommend simply applying a drop of lavender oil on a few points across your body: feet, hands, temple, chest.
Try it for yourself and let us know your favorite areas!
7. Use Lavender Essential Oil to Treat Irritated Skin
At this point, we’ve discussed most of the main beneficial properties of lavender oil for your skincare routine. Lavender oil contains:
- Antioxidants to combat free radicals
- Antiseptic properties that fight off bacteria and microbes
- Anti-fungal properties that fight off fungus and fungal infections
- Anti-inflammatory features that help soothe itching and reduce swelling
- Nurturing & hydrating properties that help balance your skin’s oils and fight off wrinkles
Lastly, we just wanted to mention that lavender essential oil can also be used to help with for scarring, redness, irritation and any blotchy patches.
While lavender oil can’t solve all your problems, it definitely can provide a very wide range of simple, natural, affordable, effective solutions while staying away from harsh chemicals. All while smelling fresh and fantastic!
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