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We all know how pleasantly aromatic lavender oil is, but are we aware of it’s natural healing benefits for the skin - beyond the mind?
Lavender essential oil has been traditionally used for centuries - for a plethora of reasons. The lavender flower is pretty famous for its grace and beauty, and it’s this very grace and beauty which majestically soothes and heals the skin (and mind). Lavender oil will add beauty and health to the life of your skin - here’s how.
A brief background on Lavender in ancient times
Lavender oil, also known as Lavandula angustifolia, has been used in ancient Egypt, ancient Greece, during the Roman and Persian empire. It was predominantly used as a perfume in bath houses, but was also used for cleaning and as a perfume. Today, you can find lavender oil in all different types of beauty, cosmetic and medicinal products. It’s largely found in soaps, lotions, moisturizes, toners, cleaning products, fabric softeners, teas and more.
Lavender Oil Skin Benefits
Lavender essential oil is a key ingredient in aromatherapy because it not only calms the skin and mind, acts as a sedative, but it also works as an anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, moisturizing agent. Here’s a breakdown of some of the ways you can use lavender oil as a skin treatment and the skin ailments it can cure.
Acts as a moisturizer for sensitive skin to oily skin types
The presence of vitamin A in lavender oil is the reason why lavender oil acts as such a great natural moisturizer. The vitamin A aids in the production of collagen, and improves the skin’s ability to absorb and retain moisture. Many natural health practitioners recommend using lavender oil to moisturize dry skin, including dry skin caused by eczema.
If you have excessively dry heels, elbows, scalp or skin, you can add a few drops of lavender oil to a carrier oil like jojoba oil, coconut oil, or black castor oil to the areas in need. Just make sure to perform a test run first somewhere on your arm to ensure it does not cause an allergic reaction on your skin.
Can treat and prevent acne
The antibacterial and antiinflammatory properties found in lavender essential oil work at clearing away and preventing the reappearance of breakouts and pimples. Lavender oil purifies and heals the skin, killing any bacteria trapped inside the pores. The bacteria trapped inside the pores is typically what causes the skin to break out.
You can add 3-5 drops of lavender oil in a bowl of boiling hot water and steam your skin with the naturally soothing purifying mixture. The best time to steam the skin of the face with lavender oil is after cleaning the face with warm water, so the nutrients can really penetrate the skin.
Depending on your skin’s sensitivity, you can also add 2-3 drops of lavender oil to a half a tablespoon of witch hazel and then use a cotton swab to gently cleanse the skin. But not everyone responds well to witch hazel, so please perform a skin patch test first.
Speeds up the skin’s healing process
Lavender oil is also great to use if you have any acne scars, or other blemishes or scars on the skin. Because it also contains natural antiseptic properties you can apply lavender oil to cuts, scrapes, wounds and blisters to clean and heal the wound. As we mentioned earlier, the vitamin A in lavender oil speeds up the production of collagen, which is a part of how lavender oil can speed up the wound healing process.
Treats hyperpigmentation and dark spots
Similar to it’s wound healing properties, lavender oil can naturally treat sun spots and hyperpigmentation. Lavender oil’s anti-inflammatory properties help boost the skin’s immune system, which can help increase skin cell regeneration.
Balances pH level of the skin
When the pH level of our skin is out of balance, then we are more vulnerable to the toxins floating around in the environment. Our skin is more likely to get damaged, to wrinkle, scar, or breakout when the pH level is off. Lavender oil helps maintain the natural balance of your skin’s pH level.
Lavender oil skin healing benefits - take away
The same way lavender can relieve the stress and anxiety from your heart and mind, it can relieve the stress and toxins from your beautiful skin. Many use lavender oil in their toners, lotions, eye creams, moisturizers and cleansers to nourish and protect the skin from bacteria and damage. If you’re on the hunt for a great natural cleanser (which, of course, contains lavender oil) to brighten up your skin and even out your tone and complexion, we’d recommend getting your hands on Vonetta Cosmetics’ Pigment Relief Cleansing Gel. This Pigment Relief Cleansing Gel also contains ylang ylang oil, sandalwood oil, magnolia flower oil and more of the great stuff - in one soothing bottle! And if you’re looking for a cream that helps detoxify and hydrate the skin with lavender oil, then you certainly want to check out our Oxygen Therapy Cream, for a gentle, yet powerful face moisturizer.
Have you recently started using lavender oil in your beauty regime? Tell us about it, we’d love to hear about the essential oils you love!