AROMABEAUTY

Aromabeauty is the art of making most of ourselves by using aromatherapy essential oils. Beauty is really, I believe, the art of making the most of ourselves. Our skin and hair reflect the way we are – glowing and vital when we are physically well and fairly at peace with the world, or dull and gray, an rather drawn, when we have been ill, are feeling off par, or suffering from the effects of stress or worry.

A healthy, balanced diet, exercise, relaxation and sufficient sleep are just as important as a sensible skin and hair care routine. Remember! Beauty begins on the inside.

Aromatherapy can help you to alleviate the problems associated with stress, fatigue and some illnesses. Aromatherapy can also help you to care for your skin and in a positive way can improve your beauty routine. Hence it is known as aroma beauty.

Aromatherapy allows you to tailor your skin, hair and body care to your individual requirements. It is simple way of introducing effective treatments for your face and body without having to buy lots and lots of different products. You can adapt the ones you already have with aromatherapy oils.


DO YOU KNOW YOUR SKIN TYPE?

OILY SKIN

- Feels supple and elastic, even after washing

- Looks shiny

- Often blackheads and spots are present

- Can look sluggish, sallow

- Hairs are also often oily

Oily skin when properly looked after can be an advantage. It stays elastic and firm for longer and is less prone to wrinkles and fine lines than other skin types. However, it needs special attention to keep it free from spots and blackheads, and can sometimes look rather dull and yellow.

DRY SKIN

- Feels tight after washing

- Is dry, scaly or flaky to touch

- Can look grey or pinkish

- Reacts adversely to harsh products

Dry skin is clear of spots and in younger years is fairly problem free. Because it is not well lubricated naturally, it ages more quickly and extra care with moisturizers is a must. It is good idea to use a sun screen all year round to reduce the harsh, drying effects of ultra violet rays.

HYPER- SENSITIVE SKIN

- Usually fair, freckly or prone to high color

- Burns easily in sunlight

- Flushes quickly

- Reacts to harsh substances quickly, becoming itchy, red and irritated

This skin type is often found in blondes and redhead. Extra care must be taken when choosing skin care products so they protect and soothe, rather than irritate, this type of skin.

COMBINATION SKIN

- Spots or blemishes on nose, chin or forehead

- Blackheads on nose, chin and forehead

- Dry patches, particularly on cheeks

- Cheeks feel tight after washing

- Shiny patches and flaky patches

Combination skin is the most common. It is important to treat the oily and dry areas differently, as a product for oily skin can be damaging to the dryer, sensitive areas.

NORMAL SKIN

- Clear and free of spots and blemishes

- Soft and supple

- Even texture and color

This is very rare, if not non-existent, except on babies and young children and a few fortunate adults. If you are lucky enough to have inherited this skin type, remember it still needs to be look after.

STILL NOT SURE which of the above type applies to you..

Try this simple test-

1. On waking (presuming you cleansed your face the night before and didn’t use a greasy night cream), take a paper tissue and separate its layers so you have just one ply.

2. Press this on to your face, touching all the contours.

3. Hold it up to the light. Any oily areas will show up on the tissue.

RESULTS-

No oil marks- Dry skin. It can be sensitive, too.

Oil marks down center of tissue- Combination skin

Mainly oily- Oily skin.


CLEANSE, BALANCE, MOISTURIZE

Once you have decided on your skin type, you can begin an effective routine to keep your skin feeling healthy and looking great.

CLEANSING

I would like to point out that an effective cleansing will balance your skin, helping it to function properly. You don’t want to make it squeaky clean. This kind of over-cleansing takes away the skin’s natural protective barrier (called the acid mantle) and leaves it more susceptible to the effects of bacteria and environmental influences such as dust and pollution.

All skin types need to be cleansed twice a day. I have known lots of people who wouldn’t dream of going to bed without cleansing their skins, but don’t bother in the mornings. However, cleansing in the morning is really important. Your skin throws out toxic waste products while you sleep, and if you apply moisturizer straight on to your skin you are actually preventing this shedding process from being effective.

OILY SKIN CLEANSING

Morning –

Either use cleansing milk or a balanced cleansing bar, if you prefer to wash your face.

Evening –

First, use cleansing milk to remove all traces of make up. Then, wash your face with a balanced cleansing bar.

Note: Just washing your face is not an effective way of removing make up.

COMBINATION SKIN CLEANSING

Morning –

Either use cleansing milk or a balanced cleansing bar, if you prefer to wash your face. Pay particular attention to nose, chin and forehead areas.

Evening -

First, use cleansing milk to remove all traces of make up. Then, wash your face with a balanced cleansing bar. But be gentle on your cheeks and if they are dry repeat the cleansing process with a milk cleanser rather than by washing your face.

DRY SKIN CLEANSING

Morning –

Use a cleansing cream. Massage it into your face with your fingers thoroughly, then remove.

Evening –

Use cleansing milk to remove make up. Cleanse again using cleansing cream.

HYPER- SENSITIVE SKIN CLEANSING

Morning –

Use cleansing milk or cream specially made for very sensitive skin. Avoid skin washes.

Evening –

Remove make-up with cleansing milk. Repeat the cleansing using the cream. Be gentle when removing cleanser.

NORMAL SKIN CLEANSING

Morning –

Use either a cleansing milk or a balanced cleansing bar.

Evening –

Remove make-up with cleansing milk, then repeat with milk and cleansing bar.

Note – Always remove cleansing cream or milk with dampened cotton wool. This glides easily over the skin without dragging and is much kinder than tissue. If you like to use a flannel to remove traces of the cleansing bar, make sure it is scrupulously clean. Flannels and sponges are perfect hosts for harmful bacteria.

AROMATHERAPY CLEANSERS

Using your favorite non- perfumed cleansing cream or milk, add any of the following aromatherapy oils, either singly or in combination for each skin type. The ratio is two drops of oil to every 4 fl oz (100 ml) of cleanser.

DRY SKIN – Chamomile, Geranium, Rose, Ylang-Ylang

CHAPPED, CRACKED SKIN – Benzoin, Chamomile

HYPER-SENSITIVE SKIN – Chamomile, Neroli, Jasmine, Rose

BROKEN CAPILLARIES – Neroli, Rose, Lemon, Peppermint

COMBINATION SKIN – Lavender, Geranium

NORMAL SKIN – Rose, Neroli, Lavender, Sandalwood



BALANCING

Skin tonics or fresheners, have two effects on your skin after cleansing.

1. They remove the last trace of cleansing milk or cream.

2. They help to restore the skin’s natural protective mantle.

However oily your skin is, I wouldn’t recommend you to use a skin tonic containing alcohol (often called an astringent). I find these strips away the skin’s natural protective barrier, and with prolonged use can sensitize the skin or cause irritation.

There are lots of commercially available skin tonics and fresheners, but below I have given some ideas for lovely products using beneficial aromatherapy oils. By the way, rosewater and orange flower water can be bought at most good chemist shops.

As with the cleansers, the ratio is two drops of aromatherapy oil to 4 fl oz (100 ml) of toner, either used singly or in combination.

OILY SKIN –

Add lemon, lavender, bergamot, juniper or ylang-ylang to witch hazel.

ACNE –

Add lemon grass, lavender, juniper or chamomile to distill or mineral water.

DRY SKIN –

Add rose, ylang-ylang, geranium or chamomile to rosewater.

HYPER-SENSITIVE SKIN –

Add chamomile, neroli, jasmine or rose to orange flower water.

NORMAL SKIN –

Add lavender, rose or neroli, to rosewater or orange flower water.

As with cleansers, all fresheners or toners are kindest when applied to your skin with damp cotton wool. Gently wipe all over the face and neck, paying careful attention to the creases around your chin. If necessary, repeat once more.


MOISTURIZING

A moisturizer will protect your skin from moisture loss, helping to keep it soft, smooth and supple. It will also protect your skin from the penetration of grime, chemicals and bacteria. We all need moisturizers, even those of us with the most oily skin, but obviously it is important to choose the correct one for your skin type.

Apply moisturizer to your skin while it is still slightly damp from balancing. This enhances the moisturizing effect. Spread it gently, first on to your neck, and then up on to your face, being careful not to drag the skin – particularly around the delicate eye area.

Make sure you use a moisturizer with a vegetable oil base. Mineral oil is not compatible with skin, so baby lotion and petroleum jelly products are therefore best avoided.

Try any of the following to turn your day or night cream into a beneficial aromatherapy treatment.

Again the ratio is two drops of aromatherapy oil to 4 fl oz (100 ml) of cream, either used singly or in combination.

OILY SKIN –

Day cream – Lavender, Basil, Chamomile, Lemon

Night cream – Lavender, Neroli, Chamomile

ACNE –

Day cream – Lemongrass, Bergamot, Lavender

DRY SKIN –

Day cream – Rose, Geranium, Neroli

Night cream – Frankincense (renowned for its rejuvenating effect), Jasmine, Rose, Ylang-Ylang

HYPER-SENSITIVE SKIN –

Day cream – Chamomile, Lavender

Night cream – Neroli, Jasmine, Rose, Chamomile

BROKEN CAPILLARIES –

Day cream – Peppermint, Lavender, Lemon

Night cream – Neroli, Rose, Chamomile

NORMAL SKIN –

Day cream – Lavender, Rose

Night cream – Lavender, Rose, Neroli

Mixing aromatherapy oils into your own creams and lotions is rewarding and enjoyable. You will soon realize how much you can improve your overall appearance and well being without too much fuss and expense. Also, you will benefit from the soothing aromas of the oils. Thus aromabeauty has powerful revitalizing effects of these natural oils on both the body and the mind.




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