Throughout our history, humans have relied on essential oils for medicine and cosmetics. When used correctly, these oils offer a plethora of health benefits. Of course, most people’s understanding of essential oils relates to their use in aromatherapy. In this post, we describe the power of essential oils in skincare.
Depending on the plant, a variety of methods may be used to obtain the essential oil. For example, expression uses pressure and is a common method of obtaining citrus oils. Distillation involves extreme heat, water, and steam. It is probably the most common method.
More delicate plants, however, cannot tolerate the expression process nor the heat of distillation. For these, solvent extraction is more often used.
At Craig Connors Skincare, we love our neroli oil. You need a literal ton of bitter orange tree blossoms to get a single quart of neroli oil, which helps explain the cost. But the unique, intoxicating scent and incredible benefits are why we feel neroli oil is worth the price.
Once the blossoms are harvested, distillation must take place immediately. The resultant neroli oil has a sweet, floral, yet subtly spicy aroma – one reason it’s a popular choice for both men and women.
In addition to its incredible aroma, neroli oil is renowned for its promotion of new cell growth. This helps improve elasticity as it also strengthens existing skin cells. Neroli also has antibacterial properties that support the skin’s delicate microbiome.
Aromatherapists also claim a wide array of neroli oil benefits, including:
Neroli also had historic uses as an aphrodisiac. Not just because the scent is so intoxicating but because it was thought to help relax the couple and awaken the libido.
More commonly known as aloe vera, aloe barbadensis leaf juice is well-known for its healing properties. Some people keep aloe vera plants at home, specifically to take advantage of its medicinal features. That’s because you can cut open an aloe vera leaf and literally squeeze its sap directly onto your skin for instant sunburn relief.
Aloe vera is a succulent plant packed with antioxidants and vitamins that offer incredible skin benefits. These include anti-everything: antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-itch, and anti-inflammatory. In addition, aloe is over 99 percent water, which makes it great for hydrating and moisturizing the skin.
Scientists even believe that green tea may inhibit the growth of cancerous tumors. But camellia sinensis (green tea) leaf extract’s
antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties also benefit your skin.
Green tea leaves contain polyphenol epigallocatechin-3-gallate. Commonly referred to as EGCG, the compound helps the skin recover after exposure to UVB rays. Those are the rays that cause sunburns.
EGCG not only helps you recover from sun exposure, it also helps protect your skin against sun damage. Studies also show that green tea is effective against conditions that cause swelling and redness, particularly rosacea.
The CCSC formulas contain a variety of plant extracts that benefit your skin. These include:
Albizia Julibrissin (Persian Silk) Bark Extract
In addition to protecting your skin courtesy of antioxidant properties, Persian silk bark helps restore radiance and suppleness to tired skin.
Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil
Teeming with vitamin E and essential fatty acids, argan kernel oil improves elasticity, nourishing and soothing skin.
Arnica Montana (Arnica) Flower Extract
Arnica has natural antiseptic and astringent properties. These help stimulate circulation to promote healing and reduce inflammation.
Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract
Soothes Your Skin Oat kernel extract has incredible anti-inflammatory properties. For thousands of years, it’s been a popular choice to treat a wide array of skin conditions, including acne, eczema, and psoriasis. It is also extremely effective for relieving dry, itchy skin.
Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil
The main benefit of safflower oil in skincare is to help your skin maintain moisture.
Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola) Leaf Extract
Gotu kola bursts with skin-loving components, including amino acids, beta carotene, phytochemicals, and fatty acids. Each of these is believed to help your skin resist signs of premature aging. The fact that they’re all present in one little plant may be why some refer to gotu kola as the fountain of youth.
Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Oil
In addition to smelling terrific, mandarin orange oil is thought to help reduce the appearance of scars and acne. It also has antibacterial and antifungal properties that help protect the skin.
Euphrasia Officinalis (Eyebright) Extract
We use this in our Eye formula because it contains flavonoids, iridoid glycosides, and tannins – powerful components that combat puffiness and dark circles around the eyes.
Limonene (Lemon) Oil
With strong antioxidant properties, lemon oil is terrific for reducing cell damage. It also hydrates and nourishes the skin by encouraging cell growth and is considered beneficial against conditions like rosacea and acne.
Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil
Back in the day, evening primrose oil was considered medicine fit for royalty. Today, evening primrose is a terrific moisturizer that enhances skin’s elasticity and leaves you with a glowing complexion. It also helps smooth skin and is believed to speed healing.
Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract
Olive leaf extract is packed with antioxidants and vitamins that help stimulate cell growth and promote healing. It also has antiseptic characteristics that help protect skin.
Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Extract
In addition to its natural anti-inflammatory properties, ginger promotes circulation. In turn, this improves cell growth and healing. Ginger extract also soothes the skin thanks to its antiseptic and anti-irritant characters.