Essential oils can be used in a great variety of beauty and well-being applications: added to bath water, incorporated in beauty masks, diffused or inhaled… But let’s not forget massages, which certainly rank among the most pleasing ways to benefit from the manifold virtues of essential oils, whether you are on the giving end or receiving end of one.
One should not apply essential oils directly on the skin, but rather dilute it in a neutral oil. For this, we recommend our new Silka dry oil, which is uniquely suited for the task. Being a dry oil, it is absorbed quickly by the skin and does not stain. This means you do not have to worry as you slink into your favorite pyjama after having been thus pampered.
Note that it is crucial that treatment contraindications be taken into account before going forward with any kind of treatment involving essential oils.
For a body massage, add 6-9 drops of essential oils to 15ml of Silka dry oil, depending on the desired effect.
- Relaxing massage: WA (orange, marjoram, lavender). For even better results, perform massage following a relaxing bath right before bedtime.
- Decongestant massage: LIB (fir, white cedar, eucalyptus). A great way to prevent or fight cold symptoms!
- Purifying face massage: Ô (lemon, bergamot and bitter orange). Brightens complexion and clears up the skin (for a face massage, reduce essential oil doe to 2-3 drops).
- Stimulating massage: UP (rosemary, cinnamon, lemongrass). Naughty tip: this is an excellent way to conclude a lovely evening…
Ingrown hairs are one of life’s small, but persistent annoyances which we would gladly do without. But to go about this, one would have to first know what we are dealing with. For knowing is half the battle, right?
So hair becomes “ingrown” when it bends and grows back inside the skin instead of piercing it. Redness can appear on the surface and then a rash, often accompanied with discomfort, or even pain.
How to prevent ingrown hairs?
Anybody with hair on their body will experience is subject to ingrown, renegade hairs. That being said, those with thicker skins or more abundant hair growth are particularly at risk. In that sense, skin that is regularly exfoliated (say, once a week), either with an exfoliating glove or cream is less prone to developing ingrown hairs. Indeed, dead cells that accumulate at the surface of the epidermis act as a barrier, preventing hair from getting through.
Ingrown hairs can appear on any part of the body where hairs do grow. That being said, they appear more frequently on zones which are subject to repeated shaving, and even more when improper technique is used. Here are a few guidelines:
- Switch to single blade or safety razors. Multi-blade razors cut the hair below the skin, which may disrupt normal growth
- Wet the skin and apply shaving cream prior to shaving
- Make sure you do as few passes as possible with your blade as possible in order to prevent bending the hairs towards the surface of the skin
- Never shave against the grain (against the hair growth)
No hair, no problem!
Ditching the razor, then, goes a long way towards preventing the appearance of ingrown hairs on your body. In that case, alternatives have to be found. Waxing is a fine solution, but then, so is a more permanent solution like electrolysis, which has the obvious benefit of freeing you totally from the issueof ingrown hairs. No hair, no problem!
Exfoliation helps rid the skin of dead cells and enhance the penetration of products applied subsequently. Exfoliation may be performed on nearly all skin types. Continue Reading…
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