Ah, lavender. An iconic purple flower known for its soothing scent, lavender has been a darling of the aromatherapy world and social media influencers alike. Humans have been using this herb for thousands of years. You may not have realized, though, that lavender is good for more than just adding to bubble baths or taking photos for Instagram feeds. Lavender oil can also nourish our skin.
In this article, we'll take you through just what lavender oil is, where it comes from, lavender oil benefits for skin, and how to incorporate it into your skincare routine. Take a deep breath and let's jump in!
IN A NUTSHELL
What Is Lavender Oil? Where Is It From?
A flowering plant native to the Mediterranean, lavender is part of the mint family. Lavender oil is a concentrated liquid derived from the plant's vibrant, sweetly-scented flowers. People have been using it for years for its lovely floral fragrance, de-stressing properties, and even as insect repellent. Talk about versatility!
It's important to note that essential oils like lavender oil are super potent. While lavender oil is generally well-tolerated by most people, there are still some out there who are allergic to it. Like with anything else, you should do a small patch before applying it all over to ensure your skin agrees with it. And never ingest anything for medicinal purposes without consulting your doctor first. It's also toxic to pets, so keep it stored safely away from your furry friends!
Lavender Oil Benefits for Skin
It protects against environmental stressors. Linalool and linalyl acetate, two of lavender oil's biggest components, are both antioxidants. That means they act as a buffer between your skin and environmental aggressors, giving you natural protection. This protection helps prevent common signs of aging.
It soothes and calms skin. Whether you have a dry skin type or deal with drying conditions, lavender oil can help. It uses its powerful cleansing properties to help free the skin of the irritants that dry it out. Those same cleansing and purifying properties help get rid of germs and other nuisances that aggravate the skin. In turn, angry skin gets a well-deserved break that allows it to calm down.
It can improve the appearance of dark spots. Lavender oil's special components make it a powerfully nutritive herb. It revitalizes and strengthens skin, helping to lessen the appearance of scars, dark spots, discoloration, and blotchiness.
It removes buildup from the surface of the skin. Yet another benefit of lavender oil's cleansing and purifying properties is cleaner skin. Cleaner skin leads to a smoother-looking appearance and helps balance skin tone, this is why we’ve included it in our Prince Charcoal detox mask. Plus, lavender oil is non-comedogenic, so you don’t have to worry about it adding any unwanted buildup to your skin.
How to Use Lavender Oil for Skin
Unlike many other essential oils, it's safe to apply lavender oil directly to your skin. You can use your fingers or apply it via a clean cotton ball. Since it works well in tandem with other ingredients, it's even better when diluted in a carrier substance to provide added benefits and greater absorption.
It pairs perfectly with fatty oils like grapeseed, coconut, and jojoba. You can also use it in a face steamer. Just keep in mind that the concentration will vary depending on the issue you're trying to target and the method of application.
If you're not interested in going the DIY route, there are plenty of nourishing products out there with lavender oil for you to try! That includes eye creams like our very own Eyes Eyes Baby, toners, moisturizers, facial cleansers, soaps, and oils.