How Essential Oils In Beauty Products Benefit The Skin

August 17, 2017

Why You Should Include Essential Oils In Your Skincare Routine.

Florals and botanical extracts have long been used as a way to heal common beauty ailments. Lately I have seen many new cosmetic lines stressing the use of essential oils as “irritating” or UV sensitizing. As a certified Aromatherapist, Homeopath and Medical Aesthetician, I have seen first hand how the use of these ingredients can improve mood, body ailments, and dermal health and want to set the record straight.

It is a misconception that oils in skincare and makeup will clog pores.  This can be the case when essential oils are placed directly on the skin undiluted, or the essential oils used and their chemical makeup.  For example, Rosemary essential oil in its undiluted state can be toxic if ingested in large quantities however, if diluted and used in the proper concentration, it can be anti-inflammatory and great for acneic or Rosacea skin.  The same goes for Essential oils of Thyme, Cinnamon, and Eucalyptus.  

Even in today’s complex and scientifically advanced world, where it would seem fitting to use only modern ingredients, the simplistic restorative power of botany remains unrivaled. From Cleopatra to Gwyneth Paltrow, these volatile aromatic compounds have been used for centuries to improve health, beauty, and overall well being. Whether you have been using oils for years as a booster to beauty products or alone as therapeutic use, here I discuss the science and the benefits of some of the most popular botanical oils.

How Essential Oils Work on The Skin

The science behind flora and botany has been a passion of mine since I was a young woman.  The warm feeling I got from smelling a rose and the stimulating sensation of rosemary picked from my grandmother’s garden fascinated me.  And the chemical makeup behind them is no less interesting!

The aromatic compounds of plants, trees, nuts etc. are small organic molecules that tend to change quickly from their solid or liquid state to a gas at room temperature. They are called “volatile” because they change state quickly. The physical and chemical properties of these volatile, aromatic compounds that compose essential oils allow them to quickly move through the air and directly interact with the olfactory sensors in the nose.  

Our skin is somewhat permeable. Each extract holds a super concentrated version of the plant’s aromatic, healing, and chemical properties. Because of their small molecule size, they are easily absorbed into the skin, hair and nails making them exceptional ingredients for modern beauty concerns.

The Difference Between Infused and Essential Oils

The term “oil” in cosmetics and skincare can be a confusing matter without clarifying exactly what type of “oil” we are talking about. There are three different categories that are popular for skincare and quite beneficial.

  1. Carrier or base oils, such as Jojoba, Safflower, Sesame, and Coconut oil. These oils will often be one of the first ingredients in your skincare product after water and they are most often used as a carrier for other ingredients, such as amino acids and peptides, humectants and emollients.
  2. Infused oils such as Rosehip seed and olive oil, created when plant matter is soaked (or infused) within a less expensive oil base.  
  3. Essential oils such as rosemary, eucalyptus and lavender to name a few. Both these and infused oils are aromatics created using the scents of various plants. Essential oils are extracted and distilled, making these oils more potent, concentrated, and expensive.

Fragrant and beautiful, some of the most prevalent flowers in nature offer more than good looks. Here are some of my most favorite essential oils to use on the skin, as well as an insider look into the new Kasnoff Skincare Essential Oil Blends.

The Most Popular Oils Used In Beauty Products

Rosehip Seed Oil

Antioxidant rich, nourishing, and healing.

Harvested from the seeds of rose bushes predominately grown in Chile, rosehip seed is an infused oil with bioflavanoid properties that help prevent and reverse wrinkles, reduce the appearance of age spots, and even fight spider veins and varicose veins. Full of vitamins, antioxidants and essential fatty acids it is well known ingredient to correct dark spots and hydrate dry, and itchy skin (especially around the lips!). Rosehip seed oil is great for all skin types, but especially good for acneic or scarred skin as it soothes and reduces fine lines.  Due to its Vitamin A content, it can act similar to Retin-A without the dryness, irritation and possible health concerns of Retin A, therefore making it an essential ingredient for all pregnant women dealing with acne.  

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Calendula Oil

Anti inflammatory, moisturizing and soothing.

Harvested from the Beautiful Marigold, Calendula is an infused oil with excellent skin bioaffinity and powerful antioxidant protection. It is a natural anti-aging ingredient that protects the skin from free radicals, and is an especially good moisturizer for those suffering from dryness or chapping. It helps soothe and reduce irritation from acne, sunburn, and bug bites. Due to its amazing anti-inflammatory properties, Calendula oil is an exceptional ingredient for those suffering from puffiness, Rosacea, or inflammatory acne.

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Sesame Seed Oil

Reduces redness and calms irritation and inflammation.

Sesame oil is rich in essential fatty acids like linoleic acid and palmitic acids. It is linoleic acid that gives both antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties for sesame oil. Rich in antioxidants, it is easily absorbed into the skin and nourishes from deep inside the epidermis to promote skin softness.

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Roman Chamomile Oil

Diminishes redness, puffiness and inflammation.

Very much like the rose or "queen" flower, chamomile helps to eliminate a red complexion, calm the skin, and improve skin elasticity.  The natural properties of chamomile strengthens the capillaries, which increases blood flow and in turn brings down redness in the skin. Two commonly used types of chamomile in skin-care products are Roman chamomile and German chamomile. Both are good, but Roman chamomile has a higher concentration of azulene, which is what gives the flower its anti-inflammatory effect.

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Hibiscus Flower Oil

Revives skin and acts as an exfoliator and antioxidant.

Commonly used in Ayurvedic practices and a key ingredient in Chinese medicine, the hibiscus flower effectively revives the skin since it’s plentiful in anti-aging alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and amino acids. The skin-perfecting benefits of hibiscus are endless!  It exfoliates, protects against premature aging, tones, firms, hydrates and controls oil production, and is sometimes used in anti-cellulite creams and serums.

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Lotus Flower Oil

Soothes dry skin and intense hydration

The lotus flower is considered a sacred plant in Ancient Chinese Medicine as well as homeopathic and Ayurvedic practices. Sweet and fragrant, this antioxidant-rich skin conditioner is used for its ability to intensely hydrate dehydrated and mature skin while also promoting a more resilient complexion, fading brown spots and erasing fine lines and wrinkles. With a high content of anti-aging enzymes, the root of the plant is plentiful in Vitamins B and C and iron, which are all beneficial for maintaining healthy skin.

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Sage Oil

Regenerates cell regeneration and protects from environmental damage.

The antioxidants in sage reverse the signs of ageing such as wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots. These antioxidants provide protection against free radicals that damage skin cells, causing premature ageing of the skin. This herb is loaded with calcium and vitamin A, which protect your skin against the assault of free radicals and aid in daily cell regeneration, minimizing and delaying the onset of facial wrinkles.

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Carrot Seed Oil

Balances mixed skin and cellular oxygenation.

Carrot Seed Oil is rich in beta carotene, Vitamins A and E and pro-vitamin A. It can help heal dry, chapped and cracked skin by balancing the moisture in the epidermis.  Carrot seed oil increases oxygen uptake of the skin cells, stimulating and rejuvenating cellular growth, leading to more elasticity, less wrinkles, and a youthful appearance.  At the same time, it fights such skin disorders as eczema, Psoriasis, and pustular acne (small bumps on the face).  Due to the high content of Vitamin A, Carrot seed oil is also helpful in reducing hyperpigmentation and scarring.

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Kasnoff Skincare Essential Oil Blend Revitalize

Kasnoff Skincare Essential Oil Blends

Modern science has made great strides in improving the benefits of beauty products chemically, but true beauty benefits are achieved when fusing science with the natural remedies of botany. Whether you are already practicing this skincare methodology at home, or are a novice looking to improve your skincare routine, the Kasnoff Skincare Essential Oil Blends provide therapeutic, restorative and corrective benefits to protect and beautify any complexion.

Until your next facial~
Christina Kasnoff

Christina has been a practicing Medical Aesthetician in San Francisco for over 15 years. Learn more about her story or book an appointment at The Skin Clinic.


  1. Great and interesting! Thank you very much for sharing this helpful post 🙂

  2. Admin

    You are so welcome, Sophia! Due to the quality and freshness of our essential oil products, we only offer our oils as custom boosters to your skincare in store, at our Skin Clinic. If you do not live in the Bay Area and would like to experience these essential oil blends for yourself, please contact Christina @ and we will be more than happy to customize an order. Here’s to happy, healthy, radiant skin!

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