Most oils harm­less to skin

The Progress-Index Weekend - - HEALTH - — Brand­point

Es­sen­tial oils can be found all over beauty aisles and spe­cialty stores these days, but are all of them safe to ap­ply di­rectly to your skin?

Most are harm­less and pro­duce no side ef­fects when ap­plied top­i­cally fol­low­ing man­u­fac­turer di­rec­tions, say med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als at the Univer­sity of Min­nesota. Be­cause some are more con­cen­trated than oth­ers, how­ever, users may want to start with di­luted amounts. That means adding just three to five drops to a tea­spoon of a low-scent car­rier sub­stance such as wa­ter, sweet al­mond oil, apri­cot ker­nel oil, grape­seed oil, jo­joba oil or av­o­cado oil.

Those with sen­si­tive skin may even find that con­cen­tra­tion ir­ri­tat­ing when us­ing in­tense va­ri­eties such as thyme, oregano, clove or cin­na­mon bark; oth­ers may ex­pe­ri­ence burn-like re­ac­tions when their skin is ex­posed to sun­light af­ter they’ve ap­plied berg­amot, lemon, lime, or­ange or an­gel­ica.

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