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What is Neroli essential oil used for?

Verity Edwards-Flaherty

With all its benefits, using Bitter Orange Essential Oil in your skincare regimen can be greatly gratifying, whatever your skin type. Here are just a few of its rewards you can reap.

 

Hydrate: Neroli Essential Oil is a hydration powerhouse, with an incredible ability to soften, replenish and lock in moisture. Applied topically, this Bitter Orange Oil will provide your skin with a protective barrier to ensure that your complexion remains radiant and dewy all day long.

Revive: Bitter Orange Essential Oil’s powerful skin-reviving properties can help accelerate your complexion to the picture of radiant health, leaving you with skin that glows. Not only will Bitter Orange oil re-energize your skin, it targets the epidermis for the appearance of skin rejuvenation.

Purify: With its antibacterial properties, Neroli Essential is the ultimate cleanser, thanks to its purifying citrus elements. However, unlike other citrus Essential Oils like Lemon Oil or Sweet Orange Oil, it is not phototoxic so doesn’t increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun. It is, therefore, the perfect ingredient to rejuvenate your skin all year round!

 

BENEFITS OF NEROLI ESSENTIAL OIL

Rejuvenate your skin: When applied on the skin, Neroli Essential Oil intensely moisturises the skin and boosts the epidermis’ natural processes. To maximise this effect, look to other Essential Oils such as Green Mandarin Essential Oil for a targeting of wrinkles and fine lines.

Combat breakouts: Neroli Essential Oil comprises powerful antibacterial properties, which makes it a prime ingredient to target breakouts and balance the production of sebum. Rich in antioxidants, it combats free radicals, which can soothe breakout-induced inflammation and redness. If you’re really looking to reduce the appearance of skin imperfections, you can also look to Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil.

Get a better night’s sleep: Thanks to its calming effects, this Bitter Orange Essential Oil can help achieve a better night’s sleep.

Boost your mood: Look no further than Neroli Essential Oil for a simple mood boost. Inhale the powerful scent and breathe in deeply to instantly find your mind more relaxed and soothed.

 

WHERE DOES NEROLI ESSENTIAL OIL COME FROM?

Sourced from the orange tree in the fruitful climate of the Mediterranean and Africa comes the hero ingredient: Neroli Essential Oil, also known as Bitter Orange Essential Oil. This powerful and curative oil has been used for centuries, for the body, mind and health.

 

HISTORY OF NEROLI ESSENTIAL OIL

The tale of Princess Nerola: Dating back as far as the 17th century, Neroli Essential Oil has been adored by Italian aristocrats. The Duchess of Bracciano was famed for her use of the Bitter Orange Essential Oil, infusing her gloves with its aroma and adding a few drops to her bath – she loved it so much that she was even hailed as ‘Princess Nerola’.

The oil of romance: Neroli Essential Oil has long been used in weddings because of both its calming properties and its aphrodisiac effects.

Speed is of the essence: Small, white and beautiful to look at, the delicate Neroli flowers are hand-picked and distilled through low-pressure steam; however, it is imperative to move quickly as the petals quickly lose their famous fragrance.

 

Uplift your skin, body and mind with the abundant benefits of the rejuvenating and balancing Neroli Essential Oil.

 

How to protect your skin from harmful UV Rays!

Verity Edwards-Flaherty

May is national skin cancer awareness month and with rates of the disease rapidly increasing and 86% of all cases preventable, I want to share with you some top tips from national skin cancer awareness charity Skcin, on how to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays to prevent skin cancer.

First things first – avoid UV tanning and never allow your skin to burn!

Sunburn, reddening, peeling and even tanning of the skin, whether derived from the sun and/or sunbeds is clear indication of sun damage. When we burn, the superficial layers of the skin release chemicals that cause the blood vessels to expand and leak fluid, causing swelling, pain and redness. Without sun protection UV radiation starts to penetrate deep into the layers of the skin, causing damage to the DNA in our skin cells. Damage from UV is cumulative and irreparable which means once the tan fades the damage remains, which can result in serious consequences over time.

To prevent skin cancer check the daily UV forecast and when UV levels reach 3 or above – take action to protect your skin by following Skcin’s Five S’s of Sun Safety – Slip, Slop, Slap, Slide, Shade:

1) SLIP ON SUN PROTECTIVE CLOTHING

  • Clothing can be one of the most effective barriers between our skin and the sun.

  • Clothing should always cover shoulders, but ideally as much skin as possible.

  • A closer weave fabric will provide better protection.

  • A high UPF rated fabric provides best protection.

2) SLOP ON SUNSCREEN

  • Always use a sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) 30 or above.

  • Make sure it’s broad-spectrum and carries a UVA symbol (ideally labelled minimum 4 star).

  • Store in an accessible, cool place and remember to check the expiry date.

  • Apply a generous amount to clean, dry, exposed skin 20 minutes before going outdoors.

  • Regardless of the instructions all sunscreens should be re-applied at least every 2 hours (more often if perspiring) and straight after swimming.

  • Remember to protect your lips with an SPF 30+ lip balm.

3) SLAP ON A SUN HAT

  • Always wear a hat with a wide brim that shades the face, neck and ears.

  • A close weave or UPF rated fabric will provide better protection.

  • Baseball caps do not provide good protection as they don’t shade the ears and neck.

4) SLIDE ON SUNGLASSES

  • Solar UV radiation can be damaging to the eyes, so wear quality sunglasses.

  • Overall protection depends on the quality of the lens as well as the design.

  • Look for the European CE mark, which indicates a safe level of protection.

  • Those labelled with a high EPF (which ranges from 1-10)  will provide best protection.

  • Ensure they are close fitting and wrap-around to stop UVR entering the top and sides.

  • Remember price has no reflection on the quality of protection.

5) SHADE FROM THE SUN

  • Shade can provide a good barrier between our skin and the sun.

  • Seek shade whenever possible, particularly during peak UV hours 11am-3pm.

  • Keep toddlers and babies in the shade at all times.

  • Never rely on shade alone, always combine with personal protection measures.

Skincare tips in the Sunshine!

Verity Edwards-Flaherty

The sunny days have finally returned… and with them, the happy days! There are plenty of reasons why we love the sun. The moderate exposure to sunlight actually boosts the level of serotonin, helping to improve the mood. It also provides vitamin D to the skin which is essential for binding calcium in bone. Finally (and maybe most of all), sun exposure can give the skin a beautiful sun-kissed glow. Yet, sun exposure can also cause skin damage and premature ageing. To make sure your skin makes the most of sun exposure while being protected, it is important to prepare it properly. Here is some advice.

TIP 1 – Before sun exposure, start stimulating your tanning ability

The sun emits UVA and UVB rays that are not filtered out by the planet’s ozone layer. As a consequence, they reach the skin tissue, stimulating one of the body’s natural defence mechanisms against UV rays - the synthesis of melanin. This phenomenon is what is responsible for skin coloration and tan.

Thing is: when the skin has not been exposed to the sun for some time, it has a very low level of melanin, which implies it is much harder for the skin to defend itself from the UV rays. To prepare your skin for sun exposure - at least one week before going on holidays, start stimulating your melanin synthesis and natural tanning to avoid sunburn and sun pigmentation. To do so, Décleor’s Aromessence Solaire Face Oil Serum (100% natural) is your perfect ally. This serum contains active ingredients such as Camomile and Geranium essential oils to boost the skin’s natural defences, as well as Carrot Essential Oil to stimulate melanin production. The Argan and Rose Essential Oils will also help reduce dehydration and preserve youthful-looking skin. Suitable for all skin types, apply this serum to the face and neck after cleansing, at least one week ahead of sun exposure and also during sun exposure underneath your protective sun cream, to ensure a perfect, glowing tan.

TIP 2 – Exfoliate your skin

Another good way to prepare your skin is to exfoliate your body before sun exposure to remove the dead cells that would prevent your skin from getting a uniform tanning.

For the face, Décleor’s Life Radiance Double Scrub contains three types of naturally exfoliating particles to remove dullness and restore radiance and vitality to the skin: Egyptian Luffa Fibres to gently buff away dead skin cells, Madagascan Cardamom Seeds to revive luminosity and Jojoba Beads to leave skin feeling soft and silky. For a milder face exfoliation, use Décleor’s Phytopeel Exfoliating Cream: with no exfoliating particles, it gently absorbs, eliminates impurities and renews your skin.

To exfoliate your body, use Décleor’s 1000 Grain Body Exfoliator. Enriched with Grapefruit Essential Oil and a combination of Pearl Sugar, Argan Shell and Orange Peel with Fruit Acids (Grape, Pineapple and Passion Fruit), our innovative gel turns into an indulgent oil during massage for easy application, and then turns into a milk upon contact with water for quick rinsing. Your skin is left feeling softer, smoother and refined, and your mind is invigorated, ready for holidays.

TIP 3 – Hydrate and nourish your skin

Hydrating your skin is very important after sun exposure but also before. A moisturising cream will not protect your skin from the sun, but it will help limit its damages. Indeed, dry skin is more likely to get sunburned as it is more vulnerable to UV rays. By deeply moisturising and nourishing your skin with a body lotion or cream before sun exposure, you will help to reconstruct its protective layer. Aroma Comfort Systeme Corps Moisturising Body Milk envelops your skin in a comforting and protective layer of moisture to not only re-hydrate the skin, but also improve skin elasticity and firmness enhancing the overall appearance of your skin.

Extra tip: before going on holidays, use Aroma Comfort Systeme Corps Gradual Glow Body Milk to intensely nourish your skin while gradually tanning your body. It contains naturally active ingredients like Magnolia Essential Oil to help protect your skin from free radicals and Narcissus Bulb to help prolong a natural or fake tan and preserve the skin’s youthful appearance. DHA – a sugar obtained by biotechnology – reacts naturally with amino acids in the skin to produce a gentle golden colour. Your skin will be perfectly prepared for the holidays: intensely moisturised with a radiant top-to-toe golden glow.

When your skin is ready to make the most of the sun - during your first days of holiday, it is important to expose your skin progressively – during several short exposures. The first time you expose your skin to the sun should not last more than one hour. And don’t forget: during sun exposure, it is important to protect your skin with the highest level of protection to keep it healthy, evenly toned, and younger looking and protect it from sun damages.

Enjoy your holidays!