If you’re into the world of beauty and holistics, then you’ll know all about essential oils.
Essential oils might seem new on the scene, but they aren’t. For thousands of years, they have been used for spiritual enrichments, beauty, alternative medicine, religious ceremonies and even embalming. In the early 20th century, essential oils were used to balance moods, lift spirits, destroy toxins and produce pleasant scents.
Today, users across the world still use essential oils. While I won’t speak to any of the medicinal properties of essential oils (because I’m not a doctor), I can speak to their incredible impact on the skin. These oils, when used correctly are combined with carrier oils which have amazing benefits for the skin. They can help to decrease the appearance of stubborn pigmentation and can increase cellular regeneration with the dryness and irritation caused by some harsh chemicals.
There are more than 90 essential oils that are great for the skin, but these 9 essential oils are especially beneficial for those looking to fade dark spots. These aromatic solutions will help strengthen and restore your damaged skin. Forget cheap pharmaceutical drugs and give these essential oils a try.
The 9 Essential Oils That Help Fade Dark Spots
9. Rosemary Oil
Rosemary essential oil is great for fading dark spots. It helps to enhance circulation and also works as a disinfectant, preventing bacterial growth. This additional disinfectant property helps beat back the bacteria that create scarring blemishes. Even better is that rosemary essential oil contains phytonutrients that are believed to help fight free radical related damage and hyper-pigmentation.
8. Clary Sage Oil
If you already have oily skin, then you’ll need to be careful with what essential oils you use. Clary sage oil is a great oil for those with oily skin because it works with the sub-dermal layer of the skin to regulate sebum production naturally. This oil is elegant and moderate, and a great preventative treatment to add to your skin routine.
7. Turmeric Oil
Turmeric oil contains curcumin which has strong anti-inflammatory properties. According to some Ayurvedic practitioners, it’s a great essential oil to use for evening out the complexion and preventing acne and blemishes. It is believed that turmeric oil can moderate excess melanin production, thus helping to ease hyper-pigmentation.
6. Chamomile Oil
If you were ever one of those chicken-pox kids that got a chamomile bath, then you won’t be surprised that this essential oil is a soother. Chamomile oil naturally contains the ingredient Azulene which is highly reparative. Azulene is calming and cell-renewing so it helps your skin fight damage. It’s also an anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant, which makes your skin more resilient to stress. What does that resilience mean to you? Being blemish and scar free.
5. Frankincense Oil
Frankincense oil is one of the best essential oils out there for fading scars and healing the skin. This oil is a potent natural agent for healthy skin stimulation, and it’s known to encourage turnover and strengthen elasticity. These cellular regeneration properties act a bit like retinol, but without the sun-sensitivity, drying and thinning that most retinols cause.
4. Neroli Oil
Neroli comes from the flower of the orange tree and is great in aiding in the absorption of Vitamin C. Vitamin C is regarded for its healing and scar fading properties, and even though most citrus-derived essential oils don’t contain Vitamin C — they help us absorb the vitamin more efficiently. If you’re looking to up the anti on your current Vitamin C treatment, try boosting it by adding a neroli or juniper berry oil.
3. Geranium Oil
Geranium oil is a natural astringent, so it helps calm redness and is soothing and toning in nature. When mixed with a pomegranate oil, it can really help boost the hydration retention of your skin. This can help improve the natural appearance of any scarring or pigmentation.
2. Lavender Oil
As if lavender needed any more great properties, it also helps fight irritation and fight inflammation. Lavender oil, when applied to the raised part of a blemish, can help your skin repair faster and if applied early enough it can lead to less scarring. It contains linalyl acetate, which is known to be a wound healer. Mixed with pomegranate oil, the two make a lovely smell that penetrate the skin quickly and deliver potent nutrients that feel and absorb like a serum.
1. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree essential oil is a superpower when it comes to fading dark spots. This power comes primarily from the oil’s ability to prevent and rapidly heal a blemish or a wound, rather than just fading the skin. While tea tree oil does have minor resurfacing properties (like a gentle acid), it also banishes bacteria that create blemishes or skin tears. Mix with grapeseed oil to maximize its sensational properties.
Putting it all together…
While I can’t attest to any official medical properties for any of the above essential oils, there’s a lot of evidence that points to them being effective when used in a skin care routine. Mixed in the right combination, these oils can help heal superficial blemishes and boost resilience in your skin. One of these oils sound perfect for you? Give it a try! (But remember: always do your research.)