Pamper yourself: Massage with Organic Oils!

By Alessandra De Gregorio - Skin care -

Taking some time out for ourselves during the day is important, especially since we all lead very busy lives. For me, the best moment for a mini-pamper session is following a shower, when I use my favourite moisturising oils to provide much needed TLC to myself and my skin.

Top Tips for Massaging Skin

  • Start by massaging oil from the feet and move upwards.
  • Use short circular strokes, known as effleurage movements.
  • Move towards the heart, which not only improves circulation but also moisturises the skin.

foot massage

 

Benefits of Massaging with Essential Oils

  • Use a good quality essential oil containing cream or massage oil, which benefits your internal organs, as well as your skin.
  • Essential oils can absorb into the top layer of the skin (stratum corneum) and reach the bloodstream and other organs due to their small molecular weight.
  • Essential oils can have therapeutic effects on various organs, finally escaping through the respiratory system, kidneys, and skin.

Properties of essential oils

Different essential oils can provide a vast range of benefits, hence can be used depending on how you would like to feel at a particular time of the day. The effect of the essential oil can last for a while and can take up to two hours to escape the body.

  • Patchouli and frankincense are calming, so great to use in the evening to help unwind for a good night’s sleep.
  • Invigorating ginger and black pepper on the other hand are more uplifting and energising, so great to kick-start the day.

Oils Safe in Pregnancy and Children

If you are pregnant or you want to care for your children’s skin, the following are great massage oils to use;

  • Organic camellia (white tea). See more information on camellia oil here
  • Olive oil
  • Sunflower oil

 

massage with organic oils

 

Essential oils should not be used by pregnant women, or on children under 3 years of age, and you should take care when using them on older children.

Essential oils should never be put directly onto the skin. They should always be diluted in a carrier oils as per directions.

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