In the United States, many people take care of their skin by using a variety of skin care products, from moisturizers and body sprays to massage oils and lotions.
However, there are some products that contain essential oils or are derived from plants that are highly sensitive to them.
The oils are used to make certain ingredients like lotions and oils, and to improve the scent of cosmetics, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
But when it comes to oil-free skin care, the science is more complicated.
What’s in essential oils?
“Essential oils are plants, and we know that they contain essential chemicals that are very beneficial to the human body,” says Sarah Tippett, an assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Arizona.
“There are several important compounds in essential oil: benzoyl peroxide, propylene glycol, toluene, isopropyl alcohol, isocyanate and xantham gum.
Some essential oils also have flavonoids, such as cinnamon, which are known to help us feel relaxed and improve our mood.”
Tippitt has studied the chemicals found in essential-oil oils and how they can be used in skin care.
“We’ve found that essential oils can be very effective at delivering a variety a variety from a range of skin types and skin conditions,” she says.
So, how do you know if an essential oil is safe?
Tippetts says the first thing you should look for is the ingredients.
“Essentially, what you want to do is take the essential oils and try to find the ones that have been identified by the CDC to be most beneficial to skin,” she explains.
“So for example, there may be an oil that’s very high in xanthophyll, which is a natural antioxidant.
So it might have a very high concentration of anthocyanins, which help skin to repair itself.”
Essential oils may also have certain other chemical compounds that are found in plant extracts.
These include oleoresins, the essential oil that is found in citrus, rosemary and others, as well as eucalyptins, also found in grapefruit, according the CDC.
“What you can also do is look at the pH, and if it’s neutral or acidic, you’re going to be able to detect that,” says Tippet.
“For example, if you’re looking for an essential oils with a very acidic pH, you may see a lot of stearic acid and it might not be a good thing,” she adds.
“If you’re using a high-pH essential oil, it’s likely that there’s a lot more of the chemical compounds in the oil that can cause skin irritation.”
Some essential oil companies, such Asmodee, are also adding products that are specifically formulated for specific skin conditions.
For example, a few years ago, the company created a skin-friendly shampoo called Sensory Comfort.
The shampoo is made with essential oils that are particularly powerful at soothing skin and helping to prevent wrinkles and redness.
The product comes in a range that includes jojoba, peppermint, grapefruit and peppermint extract.
“It’s a little more pricey than the other essential oils because it’s a natural oil that comes from a plant, but you get a lot in the bottle,” says Shannon McBride, vice president of product development for Sensory.
Sensory is one of the companies that has partnered with the American Institute of Dermatology to create a skin care line called SkinSafe.
“SkinSafe is a blend of our best-selling essential oils,” she continues.
“They’re great for skin conditions like eczema, eczosteroid, psoriasis, and psoropharyngitis.
There’s also an oil for acne and psoriatic arthritis, and they’re also very helpful for psoriatry.
So you can use SkinSafe in your daily routine to help keep your skin healthy.”
SkinSafe has a lot to offer.
“The key to using SkinSafe products is to follow a few simple steps,” says McBride.
“You have to be aware of what’s going on in your skin, which can include irritation, sensitivity and dryness.
There are also natural ingredients that are in your products that can be irritating.
And then you can check your skin condition every six months to make sure that your skin isn’t deteriorating.
It’s important to check with your dermatologist for any problems with your skin.”
What are the types of essential oils used in massage oil?
There are a variety and types of oils that have already been shown to be beneficial to humans, according a recent study.
For instance, the American Academy of Dermo-Pharmacology lists the following ingredients in massage and oil-based products as potential acne-fighting agents: 1,2-dimethoxybenzyl chloride,2,3-trimethyl