Essential oils are super-powerful botanical products that can either act as a fragrance or an active ingredient to help with everything from dryness to pigmentation. There are restrictions on how much essential oil is used in beauty products—skin care formulators are careful to stick to these guidelines to avoid irritating the skin or causing other harm. It’s important you never go over the recommended dermal limit for each oil and any sensitizers that may be contained in each essential oil. Generally, essential oils never form more than 5% of a final product, but normally it’s closer to 0.1 to 3%–and even less if the product is an eye cream or used on super sensitive skin. The Buff uses essential oils in Customized Body Oil and Customized Face Oil products, and we cater the strength to your own specific skin type and concerns. There are literally thousands of essential oils, but below you will find four favorites that we like to incorporate into our blends.
Lemon Essential Oil
A favorite for dealing with hyperpigmentation and dullness, lemon essential oil is rich in vitamins A, B and C. It’s used to also help manage acne and fine lines, and rejuvenate dry and cracked skin to give your complexion a more youthful glow.
Whether your face or body is overly dry or overly oily, look to clary sage as an ingredient to help balance your skin’s oil production. This special ingredient can tell your skin cells when they need to produce more oil, and when they need to slow down, helping to naturally balance the complexion. People with itchy, inflamed skin also look to clary sage thanks to its calming and soothing effect.
Rose Essential Oil
This super-expensive (but seriously powerful) essential oil is both rare and difficult to extract. It’s used in very small quantities to help hydrate the skip—rose essential oil is amazing moisture retention abilities. It can also help to quickly reduce redness, thanks to its astringent properties, and can brighten the complexion almost immediately.
Chamomile Essential Oil
A popular essential oil for blends customized for dry or itchy skin, chamomile is an ultra-calming and antibacterial ingredient that helps the skin to repair and regenerate. It’s a rich source of an anti-inflammatory compound called Azulene that’s believed to help soothe various skin conditions. Chamomile is regularly used on irritated skin and may help with eczema, psoriasis, cuts, bruises, sunburn and blisters.