The lavender plant has long been appreciated for the oil it produces. Lavender oil is one of the most common essential oils used in aromatherapy, skincare products, and other wellness solutions. That’s partially because lavender oil has a ton of subsidiary ingredients and helpful elements contained in each drop; when you use lavender oil, you don’t just get a lavender fragrance.
You’ll get antioxidants, healing compounds, and plenty of other natural elements that your body may use and that your skin could benefit from.
Indeed, lavender can help your skin in several ways depending on how you apply it and what type of skin you have naturally. Today, let’s break down seven of the biggest benefits you could see if you use lavender for your skin in 2022.
Helps Reduce Blemishes
Firstly, lavender oil does a great job at killing germs (although somewhat indiscriminately, so you can’t overuse lavender oil).
As you may already know, blemish breakouts are related to germs present on your skin, as well as how much sebum your skin produces. When you use lavender oil, it may help to unclog your pores and reduce discomfort.
Like other essential oils, lavender has to be diluted in a carrier oil like coconut oil. Lavender oil by itself is too intense to be used safely on your skin. You can find lavender oil in various facial skincare products, like toners, cleansers, and more mixed with other oils in this way.
Moisturizing/Dry Skin Assistance
Additionally, lavender may prove very useful if you have naturally dry skin or you want to moisturize your skin effectively. Due to its beneficial properties, lavender may help restore your skin barrier and prevent your skin from drying out over time because of germs or fungi.
But you should take care to know that lavender itself isn’t a moisturizer. Therefore, you should use it with a moisturizing carrier oil or other moisturizing agents like hyaluronic acid.
We all want our skin to look younger, which means trying to get rid of wrinkles or smooth them out if possible. In many cases, wrinkles are caused by free radicals, which contribute to inflammation and general skin wear and tear.
Fortunately, lavender is chock-full of antioxidants, which are compounds that can reduce the damage that free radicals due to your skin. In this way, lavender oil may also help to smooth out the appearance of facial wrinkles and make your skin look and feel younger than it would otherwise.
Of course, lavender oil can’t completely erase wrinkles, nor can it stop skin blemishes from cropping up over time with the onset of aging. But it’s still worthwhile pick if you want to lessen the impact or deepness of certain wrinkles on your skin.
As noted above, lavender is a strong soothing agent because of how many antioxidants it has. Like Hope Health’s Immune + Organic tablets, many well-rounded supplements also focus on soothing effects because discomfort left unchecked can be annoying, uncomfortable, and even dangerous.
Irritation, including blemishes, skin redness, or itchiness, may be affected and improved depending on the root cause of the discomfort. Lavender oil is discomfort-relieving and somewhat numbing, partially because it has beta-caryophyllene and many other included compounds.
There’s some evidence to suggest that lavender oil might help with skin lightening because of the above-mentioned soothing effects.
In a way, lavender oil might help reduce discoloration or the formation of dark spots, contributing to a darker skin tone than normal. In addition, lavender oil may help to reduce blemishes or redness on your skin. While it can’t treat hyperpigmentation, lavender oil could help to even out your skin tone in general and may result in a lighter skin look in the long term.
Lastly, lavender oil can also work as an effective insect repellent or a treatment for a skin bite (since it can alleviate the itching and inflammation that usually occurs afterward).
Indeed, lots of commercial mosquito repellents contain natural ingredients like lavender oil. You can find lavender oil and sprays, candles, and other bug repellent solutions.
If a candle doesn't already have lavender oil, for example, you can add a few drops of this essential oil and let the fire do the rest, benefiting from some aromatherapy in the process. As a side note, aromatherapy with lavender oil could help you fall asleep when combined with melatonin gummies or similar supplements.
In some cases, lavender oil could make your skin less of a target for bugs like mosquitoes or flies when applied directly.
What about when you need to help an insect bite that already occurred? Many insect bites bring germs to your skin and the ones they create. Lavender oil can help ward off this bacteria and reduce inflammation and naturally reduce discomfort at the same time.
Only a couple of drops of essential lavender oil mixed with a carrier oil should do the trick when treating an insect bite, provided that the bite is non-venomous.
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