Dull skin may be caused by a variety of factors including poor diet, not drinking enough water, constipation, sun damage, smoking, alcohol consumption, stress and even lack of proper exfoliation. If you’re a victim of any of these, then try changing your lifestyle and you’re skin will definitely get back its original lustre! It doesn’t hurt to drink enough water or add some antioxidant-rich fruit in your diet, does it?
I find that doing water therapy really helps keep my system clear of toxins and helps brighten skin complexion. You can read more about it here. Using turmeric face masks or orange peel face masks also help brighten skin from the outside.
Okay, now let’s look at the 7 best essential oils for skin brightening!
7 Best Essential Oils for Skin Brightening
1. Lemon Essential Oil
Lemon essential oil is the BEST essential oil for skin brightening and repairing discolored or hyperpigmented skin. It’s rich in two potent natural skin bleaching ingredients: limonene and citric acid. Limonene helps treat skin discoloration, protect against skin cancer and lightens skin. Citric acid is an Alpha Hydroxy Acid, which exfoliates dead cells and stimulates cell turnover thereby leaving skin looking bright.
► Night Time Face Oil: Mix just a few drops of lemon essential oil in shea butter (3 drops in 3 tbsp is a good start) and apply at night. Caution: Lemon essential oil is photosensitive so do not wear it and go out in the sun as it may cause hyperpigmentation.
2. Sandalwood Essential Oil
Sandalwood trees can take up to 60 years to mature, after which it is cut and sandalwood essential oil is extracted through distillation. Sandalwood is prized in aromatherapy for the harmonizing and calming effect it gives. It is very popular in skin care for its moisturizing and hydrating properties which leave skin soft and supple. When it comes to skin brightening, sandalwood, also known as chandan in South East Asia, has been used to lighten skin, get rid of discoloration & hyperpigmentation as well as naturally brighten up dull skin!
► My Fav Sandalwood Blend: I make a sweet scented sandalwood and coconut oil mix by adding a few drops of sandalwood essential oil. Store in an amber glass dropper bottle filled with liquid coconut oil. Stir well and apply for natural radiance!
3. Lemongrass Essential Oil
Just like lemon essential oil, lemongrass essential oil also contains limonene which helps lighten and brighten skin. It also has detoxifying properties which clear skin congestion and remove impurities that make skin appear dull.
► Lemongrass Skin Brightener: Mix a few drops of lemon grass essential oil and any other essential oils for skin brightening that blend well with it such as lemon, geranium, lavender, cypress, fennel , clary sage and cedarwood, with a carrier oil such as sweet almond oil and use it on your skin. Lemon grass essential oil also blends well with shea butter.
4. Carrot Seed Essential Oil
One of the best essential oils for sun damaged skin, carrot seed essential oil has a powerful skin brightening effect. If your skin is red and blotchy, using carrot seed essential oil will gradually transform it into a gorgeous golden color! Carrot seed essential oil is also a great essential oil for hyperpigmentation. It contains a lot of skin loving beta carotene, the antioxidant which gives carrots their orange hue, lightens dark patches on skin and is even said to cure melasma. Carrot seed essential oil also helps speed up cell regeneration and lightens skin tone.
► Carrot Seed Sunscreen: Apply a few drops of carrot seed essential oil to your whole face (dilute with carrier oil if skin is sensitive) and massage for at least 30 seconds. Carrot seed essential oil also acts as a natural sunscreen and you can mix a few drops in 1/4 cup of coconut oil for a gorgeous tan as well!
5. Turmeric Essential Oil
Turmeric root has been used since 4000 years ago and is highly valued for its powerful antioxidant, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. In Ayurveda, the golden spice is prized and called the all-purpose cleaner because it purifies the body internally and externally. Turmeric essential oil is extracted from the roots of the turmeric plant through steam distillation. It has numerous beauty benefits for skin including brightening and lightening the skin. If turmeric itself has a powerful bleaching effect on skin, imagine what the essential oil of turmeric can do.
► Moisturizer: Add just a few drops of turmeric essential oil in shea butter or a carrier oil of your choice and apply it on dull skin to brighten it instantly.
6. Lavender Essential Oil
A must-have in every household, lavender essential oil is one of the best essential oils for skin brightening. It is well known for its skin soothing and calming properties which reduce skin reduce and heal inflammation, leaving skin looking healthy and flawless. It also fades dark spots, age spots and discolorations thereby making skin brighter.
7. Geranium Essential Oil
Geranium essential oil is one of the first essential oils I bought and it’s safe to say that I’m hooked for life! It’s especially good for women because of its hormone-balancing properties and beautiful feminine scent. Geranium essential oil is extracted by steam distillation from geranium flowers, which are native to Africa.
► My Night Cream Recipe: Use geranium essential oil to rejuvenate discolored and dull looking skin by using my simple night cream recipe: Mix 5 to 10 drops in 3 tbsp of pure aloe vera gel. Add 4 drops each of tea tree essential oil and lavender essential oil and voila, you have your very own night cream for beautiful skin.
Take Care, Lovelies
Here are some safety measures to take before using essential oils:
- Never use essential oils ‘neat’ or undiluted on your skin since they are very potent. Always dilute with a carrier oil first.
- If using an essential oil for the first time, add a few drops to a carrier oil (1 to 3 drops for every tbsp of carrier oil) and apply on your inner elbow to see it is safe for you.
- Avoid essential oils in pregnancy and lactation.
- And lastly, always buy 100% pure and high quality essential oils for best results!
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♥ What essential oil are you going to try to achieve glowing skin? Please share in the comments below! ♥