Aromatherapy can help you to take care of your skin by mixing aromatherapy oils into your own cleansing creams and lotions. You will soon realize how much you can improve your overall appearance and well being without too much fuss and expense. Also you will benefit from the soothing aromas of the oils.
Homemade skin cleansers
Using your favorite unperfumed cleansing cream or milk, add any of the following aromatherapy oils, either singly or in combination for each skin type. The ratio is two drops of oil to every 4 fl oz (100 ml) of cleanser.
Normal skin: Rose, neroli, lavender, sandalwood
Dry skin: Camomile, geranium, rose and ylang-ylang
Combination skin: Lavender, geranium
Chapped, cracked skin: Benzoin and chamomile
Hyper-sensitive skin: Camomile, neroli, jasmine, rose
Broken capillaries: Neroli, rose, lemon and peppermint
An effective cleansing routine will balance your skin, helping it to function properly. All skin types need to be cleansed twice a day. Beauty therapist found that a lot of clients who would not dream of going to bed without cleansing their skins, but dont bother in the morning. However, cleansing in the morning is really important. Your skin throws out toxic waste products while you sleep and if you apply moisturizer straight on to your skin you are actually preventing this shedding process from being effective.
Normal skin cleansing
Morning Use either a cleansing milk or a balanced cleansing bar.
Evening Remove make-up with cleansing milk then repeat with milk or a cleansing bar.
Oily skin Cleansing
Morning Either use cleansing milk or a balanced cleansing bar, if you prefer to wash your face.
Evening First use a cleansing milk to remove all traces of make-up. Then wash your face with a balanced cleansing bar.
Dry skin cleansing
Morning Use a cleansing cream. Massage it into your face with your fingers thoroughly then remove.
Evening Use cleansing milk to remove make-up. Cleanse again using cleansing cream.
Combination skin cleansing
Morning As for oily skin, pay particular attention to nose, chin and forehead areas.
Evening As for oily skin, be gentle on your cheeks and if they are dry repeat the cleansing process with a milk cleanser rather than by washing your face.
Hyper-sensitive skin cleansing
Morning Use cleansing milk or cream specially made for very sensitive skin. Avoid skin washes.
Evening Remove make-up with a cleansing milk. Repeat the cleansing using a cream. Be gentle when removing cleanser.
Disclaimer: This article is not meant to provide health advice and is for general information only. Always seek the insights of a qualified health professional before embarking on any health program.