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How To Work Essential Oils Into Your Skincare Routine

When it comes to oil, especially essential oils, people tend to have very strong opinions: They either love them and slather them on any chance they get, or they avoid them in fear of an adverse effect or reaction. We know, trial-and-error in the skincare world is not something to mess around with, so we’ve done the work for you and compiled this guide of everything you need to know about essential oils to have the best skin of your life.

First things first: What are essential oils, anyway?

“Essential oils are fragrant extracts distilled from flowers, shrubs, leaves, trees, root, and seeds,” explains Willie Tsang, CEO of essential oil brand Way Of Will. “They are non-greasy liquids composed of tiny molecules that can easily permeate the cells in your body to promote healing.” Yep, these concentrated liquids can be used for cleaning, brightening, toning and even soothing the skin.

However, before adding an essential oil into your routine, Jo Lu, founder of skincare brand ESYM insists you should “dilute the oils and administer a patch test to ensure you avoid potential irritation and redness. Essential oils are concentrated forms of plants, so people with known allergies should be cautious around using them.” Additionally, “because some essential oils can cause a chemical burn in the presence of sunlight, the need to be washed off completely before going outside, says dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, Director of Cosmetic & Clinical Research in Dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.

Okay, at this point you’re wondering how essential oils work for your skin. Listen up:

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