Knowing Your Skin Type 101
Let's go over the different spend types
Not producing enough oil can be problematic for the skin. Yes, African Americans are challenged with dry skin. Aside from the parched, tight feeling, dry skin is prone to psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and early signs of aging. To manage dry skin, use Geranium, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Ylang-Ylang, Neroli, Rose Otto, Patchouli, Myrrh, Rosewood, Sandalwood, Jasmine, Lemon, Chamomile and Lavender. (Chamomile Elixir)
Note that some of the essential oils mentioned are also good for other skin types, especially Lavender and Geranium. These two are so versatile, they work wonders for practically all skin types and treats various skin problems.
As people of color, oily skin is usually the reason behind pimples and acne since excess oil is a culprit in breakouts. The best essential oils for oily skin are those with potent antibacterial and balancing properties like Tea Tree oil, Lavender, Chamomile, Rosemary, Rose Water.
You can also use Cedarwood, Lemon, Peppermint, Lemongrass, Bergamot, Fennel, Geranium and did I mention Lavender. Don’t worry about putting essential oils on an already oily face. They are actually plant extracts and do not possess the greasy property of real oils. However, you will need to dilute them using a carrier oil, such as Jojoba oil before applying them directly on your skin.
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Aside from the ever skin-friendly Lavender and Geranium, normal skin will appreciate some Neroli, Jasmine, Chamomile, Ylang-Ylang, Orange, Cedarwood Rosewood, Jojoba, and Grapeseed. (Glow On The Go Mini Skincare Travel Set)
Sensitive skin unfortunately has fewer options but since these options include Lavender and Geranium, they are assured of easy-to-find, affordable and effective essential oils. Not to mention they smell great. Pricier alternatives for sensitive skin are Rose, and Jasmine.
As we mature, our skin becomes less elastic and more prone to fine lines. The type of skin, amount of sun exposure, genetics, stress and several other factors contribute to aging. To keep your skin looking young, essential oils can help to an extent. Lavender and Geranium are, again, the trusted essential oils for skin conditions and skin types of every kind including maturing skin. You can also try Myrrh, Frankincense and Ylang-Ylang as they help maintain elasticity. Fight wrinkles with Clary Sage, Cypress, Lemon, Orange, Patchouli, Rosemary and Sandalwood.