Today we continue our topic about "Rosacea" . . . .
Now . . . yesterday we spoke of the importance of washing the face correctly
So let's talk about what "essential oils" can help to moisturized and heal today.
What can we use topically???
Well . . . the #1 essential oil is "Lavender"
Lavender has the ability to ease inflammation and shrink facial blood vessels, It can aid in skin lightening, reduce discoloration, including dark spots and help lessen blotchiness and redness in the skin.
Next up . . . Carrot seed oil. This has anti-aging, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It's rich in beta-carotene, vitamin B, C, D and E which have the ability to remove toxic build up on the skin. It can improve the complexion, increase elasticity and firmness, stimulate cell growth and help rejuvenate dehydration and damaged skin.
Tea tree oil is another good essential oil for rosacea. It reduces inflammation and itching of the skin which has been shown to resolve the redness in the cheeks.
Licorice extract reduces inflammation which reduces redness
Feverfew prevents blood from pooling in facial capillaries
Oatmeal sooths, itchy and dry skin
And Green tea is an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant which can reduce the skin's reaction to ultraviolet light, which in turn, can help the reaction the skin has to the sun.
Now . . . "NONE" of these oils should be put directly onto the skin . . . they should be mixed with a "carrier" oil. Why???
Well . . . many essential oils are too potent to be applied to the skin directly. Therefore, a carrier oil is needed.
Carrier oils are used to dilute essential oils and "carry" them to the second, under layer of skin. But . . . we need to find one that don't interfere with the essential oil's therapeutic properties.
Three of the best carrier oils for "rosacea" are:
Jojoba - good for inflammation and all skin types
Tamanu - has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that are used in healing damaged skin and rashes
And Apricot kernel - a fine, light seed oil that helps with healing and rejuvenating skin cells.
So what else can we do to help reduce skin irritation???
Well . . . something as simple as changing your pillowcase often. Why you ask???
Unfortunately, skin oils, dust, dead skin cells and hair products like hair spray collect on the pillowcase and then get stuck on your face.