Decléor Skincare Specialist, Fiona Brackenbury, knows a thing or two about Essential Oils. Having worked in the industry for over 25 years, she is a fountain of knowledge on all things skin! Today she shares with Fragrance Direct the lowdown on the best Essential Oils, and which ones to try for your skin type.
“Essential Oils are one of the most powerful parts of the plant and can be extracted from the roots, blossoms, leaves and fruits of plants. Mostly famously documented the Egyptians used Essential Oils in the mummification process to preserve the organs. Each has 150 active molecules and is a potent power packed ingredient."
Why Are Essential Oils So Amazing?
Essential Oils have the same molecular structure as our blood and lymph. Therefore the body recognises them and can absorb them into the skin to the deepest layer – the dermis. They are one of the quickest ingredients to be absorbed into the skin. Essential Oils are effective in addressing skin, body and mind disorders thanks to their rebalancing properties. Impermeable to water but permeable to gases and oils, the epidermis can easily absorb Essential Oils through the hair follicles and sweat glands to allow them to penetrate deep down. The rapid absorption of these oils allows us to turbo boost the effectiveness of other products by acting like a magnet and drawing them deeper in the skin to the dermis. This gives us magnified results and is why they are at the heart of every Decléor product.
Did You Know They Can Be Inhaled Or Applied To The Skin?
It takes 4 seconds for Essential Oils to stimulate the highly sensitive cells at the back of our nostrils and send signals directly to the brain. These signals alert our limbic system which is directly connected to the parts of the brain that controls our memory, stress levels, hormonal and emotional balance. The limbic system in the brain is responsible for controlling all the physical, physiological and emotional responses that the body performs based on stimulus from the outside. This makes Essential Oils a powerful tool in treating our emotional state and can change and recharge your life. Next time you apply one of Decléor's serums, take a deep breath and inhale it before applying it to the skin.
So you’ve heard all the benefits – now let’s take a look at which ones are right for you.
The Best Decléor Essential Oils
Best for: Skin that's lacking firmness, with slackened skin or wrinkles
Lavender Essential Oil has 3 main benefits on the skin. Lavender Essential Oil is beneficial to target lines and wrinkles and loss of collagen and is suitable for a mature skin type with a skin age of 40+. It reduces the glycation ageing (the sugar damage build-up), it increases the quality of the elastin fibers and has a boost on cell proliferation. Lavender Essential Oil takes 6 years to create; 3 years to grow the root of Iris and 3 years to dry the root before distillation.
Best for: Sensitive, Fragile, Reactive Skin
Essential Oil of Damascena Rose is the queen of roses and comes from Turkey. It is a large pink potent flower and it is proven to strengthen the skins protective barrier. This makes it the ideal ingredient to use if your skin is suffering from sensitivity (through hormones, pregnancy, stress, hereditary) or if you notice that your skin type needs calming and soothing due to adult acne or rosacea. Damascena Rose helps to relieve sensitivity, soothe and calm the skin and reduce redness and inflammation whilst building the skin’s tolerance.
Best For: Oily and combination skin prone to breakouts
Ylang Ylang Essential Oil comes from Malaysia and is clinically proven to help reduce our own oil flow by 20%, limiting surface oiliness and shine. It is 1.5x more effective than salicylic acid to help refine the skin’s texture. Ylang Ylang Essential Oil is suitable for people suffering from breakouts and acne as it has antibacterial and antiseptic properties to deeply cleanse the skin. Essential Oils are a great treatment for oily skin as oil attracts oil (fight fire with fire).
Best for: First signs of ageing (expression lines, dehydration)
Mandarin Essential Oil has a triple-action performance on stimulating the youthfulness of the skin. Mandarin Essential Oil helps the skin to repair from damage and protect and repair the skin cells whilst hydrating. It can alter the way that the skin behaves and helps to prevent wrinkles from appearing whilst correcting the appearance of those that have.
Best for: Mature Skins (Loss of contour, loss of density, loss of colour and definition)
Magnolia Essential Oil is clinically proven to stimulate your body’s production of collagen and fibrillin (responsible for giving the skin elasticity) and also helps to increase the decorin in the skin. Magnolia Essential Oil acts as a support mattress for more mature skin by helping to hold everything up. Magnolia Essential Oil helps to reshape, re cushion and re densify the skin.
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