4 Essential Oils For Natural Winter Skin Care

Among the list of goals we set to practice healthy living, revamping our skin care routine is rarely at the top. Diet and exercise are great for body and mind, but what about our biggest organ, the skin? 

Skin protects our bodies from some harmful contaminants, but also acts like a sponge, which is why the products we use on our skin are as important as anything else we choose to put in or on our bodies.

Winter is an especially tough time for skin care due to the cold and dryness. Try adding these 4 essential oils to your skin care routine to rejuvenate and refresh your skin this winter season:

This favorite essential oil has so many uses – and skin care is one of them! It is known for treating psoriasis and reduces marks from burns, scars and stretch marks. Lavender can be applied topically by applying 2 to 3 drops directly to the affected area.

Sandalwood is excellent for soothing, firming and softening skin and is antiviral, so effective for scars, wrinkles and acne.  Apply 2 to 3 drops topically, but if your skin is sensitive be sure to dilute this essential oil in sesame, coconut or olive oil before applying to skin.

3. Cedarwood 

Known for its moisturizing and softening abilities, Cedarwood is perfect for soothing skin in the winter and is a non-drying oil, so can be used on either dry or oily skin. The antibacterial properties of this essential oil make it helpful for acne prone skin. Cedarwood can be applied topically, but should also be diluted for very sensitive skin.

4. Helichrysum 

Helichrysum is the only essential oil known to contain certain di-ketones which help heal scars and wounds and is an effective defense against free radicals, so it’s perfect for use to repair and prevent future damage to the skin. Dilution is not required for topical use, so 2 to 3 drops can be applied to a cotton ball or directly to the affected area.

Here’s to your naturally radiant skin this winter! Please leave a comment with your favorite winter skin rituals and natural products!

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