Essential oils are often shrouded in mystery. People wonder regularly: is it all hype, or is there is actually something to the essential oil craze? When you look at an incredibly popular one like lavender essential oil and how it promotes healthier skin, it becomes pretty easy to see that some oils really do deserve their hype.
A member of the mint family, lavender has long been hailed for its sweet, floral aroma and healing properties. Today, people enjoy lavender oil as part of their everyday skincare treatment.
Lavender is typically hand harvested. The flowers are then tied together in bunches and dried. This drying process helps to keep the oil from becoming rancid. It also makes the buds easier to remove from the stem.
After the flowers have dried, they are ready be steam distilled. This process helps ensure that you can reap the benefits of the lavender. Additionally, this keeps your lavender safe from contamination by chemicals like acetone or hexane, which are present during solvent-extraction methods.
In steam distillation, the steam from the boiling water removes the oil from the flowers.The mixture of steam and oil is then transferred into a condenser where it is cooled and then processed back into a liquid. The steam ultimately acts as a hydrosol (which is great for your skin by the way), and the lavender oil is eventually extracted.
Not only does lavender oil contain anti-inflammatory properties that soothe skin irritation, but also it has a therapeutic scent that calms the mind.
Here are a few other ways that lavender oil benefits the skin:
1. Mitigates acne breakouts:
While stating that oil can be used to counteract acne may seem like an oxymoron, the fact is that lavender essential oil provides moisturizing benefits for your skin; when acne flare ups occur, it is often times the result of dry skin. When your skin does not have enough oil, your body will begin to overproduce sebum, which is your skin’s natural oil. Your body produces sebum to balance your skin’s moisture levels; however, excess sebum can lead to clogged pores that can cause acne. Not only does lavender essential oil help hydrate your skin, but also it has antibacterial properties that can help kill the bacteria that penetrates your skin.
2. Helps soothe eczema and other dry skin condition:
For those suffering from itchy skin and dry patches, lavender oil can offer some much needed relief. This essential oil nourishes the skin’s moisture barrier, keeping it from becoming either too oily or too dry.
3. Anti-inflammatory properties:
Not only does lavender oil soothe the mind, but also it soothes your skin, as this oil reduces redness, prevents blotchy patches, and helps diminish acne scarring. The anti-inflammatory properties this wonder herb contains make it an ideal solution for healing skin that is irritated from the sun, insect bites, or bacteria. It’s also useful for treating conditions caused by inflammation, including rashes, acne, eczema, boils, dermatitis, leg ulcers and psoriasis.
4. Removes toxins from the skin:
Our skin encounters toxins on a daily basis, so it’s not at all surprising that our skin is vulnerable to stress-induced breakouts and dryness. Lavender oil helps combat the harmful effects of the pollutants that affect your skin’s health. Regular use of lavender in your skincare routine protects against sun damage which often causes premature aging of the skin. Its antioxidant properties also help prevent changes that may lead to skin cancer and other irreversible conditions.
5. Heals burns and bites:
Lavender has long been used to clean wounds, treat burns, and heal other skin injuries. Because it contains antiseptic properties, it heals skin quickly by both fighting and preventing further infection. Lavender oil quickly absorbs into the skin, helping to provide comprehensive pain relief.
6. Helps prevent wrinkles:
The antioxidants in lavender oil help protect against wrinkles, fine lines, and dark age spots. Use lavender essential oil to moisturize your skin and add a youthful glow to your complexion.
Why make lavender oil a part of your skin care routine?
At Organic 1 Co, we believe that healthier skin is more attractive skin. This is why lavender oil is an essential ingredient in our Face Essentials Night Renew moisturizer.
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