Feb 20th 2020
Q&A with Elina Fedotova: How To Add Essential Oils Into Your Beauty Routine
Elina was featured on ASweatLift.com, “How To Add Essential Oils Into Your Beauty Routine”. You can read the full article here.
There are lots of different essential oils to choose from, so it’s important to do your research first to find the ones that will target your specific skin type and concerns. Elina Fedotova, formulator and CEO of Elina Organics, has a few favorites for different skin issues.
Q. What are your favorite essential oils to recommend someone use in their beauty routine and why?
A. My favorite beauty essential oils are a combination of ylang-ylang, sandalwood and another is frankincense. They have an incredible aromatic quality that lifts the mood and supports your skin especially during a change of season and the winter months. These 3 are wonderful for dry and sensitive complexions and have nice anti-aging properties.
Organic Boswellia Carteri, known as Frankincense, is great for cell rejuvenation and skin renewal which makes it ideal for aging complexions. Egyptians have used Frankincense since Ancient times on their skin. Frankincense supports skin on many levels; it has astringent and anti-microbial properties and also helps to heal the skin.
Santalum Album, also known as Sandalwood, comes from India and is one of the oldest known aromas. Sandalwood works well with all types of skin which makes it valuable for combination skin like I have. It has many qualities that help to reduce skin imperfections. It promotes the formation of new skin cells, it also has antiseptic properties making it beneficial to calm dry, chapped, cracked, and inflamed skin.
Cananga odorata, more commonly known as ylang-ylang, is derived from a beautiful white star-shaped flower. It has exotic aromas which help to reduce stress and calm the mind. It is also known for its aphrodisiac qualities. I love adding a few drops of ylang-ylang with sandalwood into a warm evening bath. Ylang-ylang also contains a number of nutrients like eugenol which has strong antibacterial properties, therefore, it will serve all skin types and help to normalize oil production in the skin. You can add ylang ylang to your hair oil and massage it into your scalp. It will improve circulation while nourishing the root of the hair. This oil is soothing, calming and healing your skin.
Q. What are the best ways to incorporate essential oils into your beauty routine?
A. You can create your own aromatherapy oils for your face and body by diluting a total of 1-3 percent of essential oils into a carrier oil. Almond oil is one of my favorites since it is light, I also like to use jojoba and grapeseed oil. You can create many different aromatic formulas; for your face, body, bath, feet, etc. To elevate your mood and relax you could also use jasmine in combination with ylang-ylang and sandalwood. All three create a beautiful, romantic aroma which will uplift your mood and bring you a sense of happiness
For every two drops of essential oil use 200 drops of your carrier oil for your face oils. For body use 3 percent, 6 drops for 200 drops of carrier oil.
All essential oils have anti-microbial properties. This helps to purify the air which is important for prevention during flu season; the presence of essential oils significantly reduces flu viruses. You could diffuse essential oils in a diffuser or put 25 – 30 drops of essential oils into 4 oz. of purified water to create a mist, shake well and spray.
Q. What should you know before using essential oils in your beauty routine?
A. There is a difference between aromatic oils and pure essential oils. Pure essential oils need to be diluted in a carrier oil base, like almond oil, grapeseed oil or jojoba oil. You can also dilute oils in water; however, oil and water do not mix so you will have to be mindful to vigorously shake the bottle each time before you spray. The only essential oil that does not have to be diluted prior to using on your skin is the tea tree which has wonderful anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties. The smell is not incredibly romantic but it has a grounding scent.