Aromatherapy as the word connotes is a method of releasing stress, relaxing the mind and refreshing the body from muscle aches that are the result of physical effort or mental stress. Aromatherapy is a combination of method that aims at working the subconscious level to relax the mind and induce well being.
Aromatherapy is normally used through inhalation or as a topical application by inhaling essential oils that stimulate the olfactory system- that part of the brain connected to smell, including the nose and the brain.
By applying massage oils, bath and skin care products through the skin- where the oil is to be applied. This helps in boosting circulation and increasing absorption. It is also believed that areas that are richer in sweat glands and hair follicles, such as the head or the palms of the hand, may absorb the oils more effectively.
Subsequently outlined are some of the benefits derived from aromatherapy skin care.
Types of Aromatherapy Skin Care
Aromatherapy skin care comes in different variations, of which the more popular ones include:
- Facial aromatherapy where essential oils, creams and lotions are used to open up pores, cleanse the face and hydrate.
- Body aromatherapy is for the entire body where different types of oil essences are used to relax the muscles and invigorate you.
Facial aromatherapy skin care
This comes in a variety of choices based on skin type. There are four main skin types including:
- Normal to Combination, Dry, Oily and Sensitive Skins
When making a choice of the type of essential to use, it is important to consider the skin type in order to obtain desired results from any aromatherapy skin care. All types of aromatherapy are made from different types of essential oils that stimulate your own system to produce desired results. For example, using sage and orange peel extracts in a shower gel will help your skin and senses feel refreshed as the aromas get released in the hot shower.
Aromatherapy works directly on the skin and aromatherapy skin care acts directly through your pores to reach and activate the desired result through your own nervous system. This is the reason why it’s advisable to use lavender and chamomile for relaxing the mind and help to induce sleep, citrus scents to wake up and rejuvenate and jasmine, rose and amber to induce sensuality.
It is also important to remember not to apply any aromatherapy oils undiluted directly on the skin as they are very strong and can either burn your skin or give you a really bad rash. Why?
Aromatherapy skin care products are usually already tested and ready to use directly on the skin but ensure to always read the label carefully before use.
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