Why essential Oils are a NO for us
Essential Oils are highly concentrated plant extracts which can be part of your skincare, but they can also be harmful if not used properly. This is why we usually recommend using a facial oil that doesn’t include any fragrance or Essential Oils when starting with facial exercises and massages. Especially if you have sensitive skin, pay attention to the ingredient list of the products you are using as you might be unaware of what the cause could be.
What are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are concentrated, aromatic plant extracts that are typically extracted by steam distillation or cold pressing. They contain the natural essence or “essential” scent and properties of the plant from which they are derived and can be highly potent in concentration. These oils have been used for centuries for their therapeutic and medicinal properties. Today they are commonly used in aromatherapy, massage therapy, and natural healthcare.
Each oil has its own unique properties and benefits BUT they come with a catch:
While using these, you are running at high risk, when inexperienced. Due to their potency, they can be pretty difficult to dose at home.
Essential Oil Alternatives
Instead of using essential oils, you can use carrier oils. These are oils that are used to dilute essential oils before they are applied to the skin. These oils are gentle, safe and suitable for all skin types. But instead of trying to DIY your skincare at home, which we absolutely don’t recommend, let’s leave it to the labs. Work with a regular facial oil that is designed for the use on your face to do your daily facial exercises and massages. These products have been tested and proven to be safe by professionals.
You can also consult your aesthetician or dermatologist. They help you to determine what products and ingredients are best for your skin type and concerns.
What about apricot stone oil?
That’s the one I use for years. Heard that it’s a pretty neutral one, as in, good for most skin types.
You didn’t mention it so was wondering if you had an opinion. 🙂
I haven’t tried it myself as there are 1000s of facial oils out there and each work either better or worse depending on your skin type 😊
Apricot stone oil is particularly beneficial for dry, sensitive, and mature skin as it has a comedogenic rating of 2 and is more likely to break out oily or acne-prone skin 💖
Very helpful and to the point video, thank you Anastasia. I just joined the community.
Can you help me understand if there is any content you offer regarding hair growth so scalp massage and hair oils. My hair is thinning and really does not want to grow, maybe I get help on that as well here.
There are indeed some scalp massages coming, as it is absolutely important to understand that even your scalp when literally stuck on your skull, can create wrinkles without us noticing 😊
It’s the perfect example on why it is important to understand that everything is connected and the promoted blood circulation can help to support hair growth.
If you feel like you are currently losing an excessively high amount of hair, it might be best to consult your hormonal balance in your blood with a doctor as a lot of times this is connected if our balance is thrown off and no amount of hair oil can improve this if the issue comes from the inside 🙏💖