Sometimes your skin can play games on you. For some people, partially oily and partially dry skin is pretty normal, for others, it arrives during times of change, stress, or in sync with hormonal fluctuations.
Whatever its cause, combination skin can be difficult to treat using conventional creams. Essential oils, like the ones used in aromatherapy, have plenty to offer when it comes to cleansing, toning and soothing this skin type.
How to Dilute Essential Oils
Essential oils are extremely concentrated so never apply them directly to your skin. To make a 2% dilution – add about 12 drops of you preferred essential oil to each 1 ounce of your carrier base. A few examples of carriers include:
- Witch hazel – great if you’re making a toner
- Unscented lotion – for making your own customized moisturizer
- Aloe Vera gel – soothing for all skin types
- Floral waters – great if you’re doing a steam facial
- Carrier oil – such as grapeseed oil or sweet almond oil
- Fractionated coconut oil – liquid at room temperature
Read our blog Spa Experience at Home; Using Aromatherapy for Healthy, Glowing Skin that discusses how to apply essential oils to your skin.
Top 4: Best Essential Oils for Combination Skin
1. Neroli Oil
Neroli is a wonderful oil to use for combination skin; it cleanses while toning (in fact, it’s often used as a toner) and in so doing can help balance out the skin. It is equally beneficial for both the dry and oily patches on your body.
2. Cedarwood Oil
This oil is beneficial for both oily and dry skin (hello combination skin!) and boosts the general health of your skin. Combine it with fennel oil for a formidable and gentle treatment option for skin prone to breakouts (great for teens!).
3. Lavender Oil
Lavender is not to be overlooked when it comes to aromatherapy for healthy skin. This oil tones your skin, it promotes healing of the skin and subtly reduces inflammation. Combine it with Neroli to make a great everyday toner for combination skin.
4. Ylang Ylang Oil
This oil regulates the skin’s natural oil production while also boosting cell growth, skin elasticity, and is perfect to use if your combination skin is prone to breakouts. Whether dry, oily or both, this essential oil is great for any skin type, and it smells amazing!
More Essential Oils to Use with Combination Skin
- Bergamot Oil
- Chamomile Oil
- Sandalwood Oil
- Lemon balm Oil
- Patchouli Oil
And there you have a basic idea of the various essential oils that can relieve different skin conditions and ailments. There is so much you can learn, but even with the most basic knowledge of aromatherapy, you can provide health, healing, and therapy for your skin – and you can do it in the most glamorous way – a spa in your own home!
Give it a try, spoil your skin a little and be young living; you won't regret it – in fact, you'll most likely fall in love with it!
Using Essential Oils with Air Innovations Diffusers
Adding essential oils to your daily routine is easy with an Air Innovations Aromatherapy Diffuser. Our RevitaSpa Fragrance Oils come in 4 great blends:
- Energize – with green tea and verbena
- Invigorate – with spearmint and eucalyptus
- Refresh – with mandarin and tangelo
- Relax – with lavender and vanilla
Using Aromatherapy for Healthy Glowing Skin
This article is part of our Spa Experience at Home series. Ready to learn more? WE Here are the links to all the articles on the natural way to treat 8 common skin types.