Bergamot Oils Benefits for Your Beauty Routine
BERGAMOT FOR SKIN CARE
Spicy and citrusy bergamot oil is a natural astringent, with clarifying and oil-reducing properties that make it ideal for anyone suffering from overactive sebum production. It’s a balancing addition to formulas aimed at dealing with oily skin: bergamot will penetrate and unclog pores, while respecting your skin’s natural lipid barrier, neither over-drying nor stripping. It’s also super helpful for hyperpigmentation, which can be a lingering hangover from acne blemishes long after they’ve healed.
Applied to post-blemish marks, bergamot oil works to stimulate skin cell renewal, redistributing skin pigments for an even and toned complexion. What’s more, bergamot has naturally powerful antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, making it an effective tonic for live blemishes and bacterial induced pore clogging. Or for a daily hack, try toting around bergamot oil instead of your usual hand sanitizer. It’s less drying than alcohol, and just as effective at zapping bacteria and freshening your digits.
BERGAMOT FOR HAIR
For hair health, bergamot oil is a stimulating and regenerating add-on to your everyday routine. It can add shine to dull locks suffering from dryness and weather induced breakage and frizz. And it’s also an effective tonic when it comes to dealing with scalp health. Bergamot oil works to stimulate skin cell renewal on the scalp to promote the healthy sloughing away of dead skin to reveal new skin underneath. This gentle exfoliating action effectively opens up hair follicles on the scalp, allowing for stronger growth and ultimately contributing to thicker hair when used over time.
The incredibly high content of Vitamin C that’s naturally present in bergamot oil also works to protect your hair against oxidative stress from environmental pollutants, as well as stimulating the production of collagen (an important component of hair structure). Applied directly to the scalp using a firm massaging motion, bergamot can help your body absorb iron and minerals, resulting in thicker and healthier hair growth over time.
For a stimulating hair mask, try mixing a few drops of bergamot oil into a shea butter and coconut oil base. Shea butter is rich in vitamins A, K and E, all key for repairing hair follicle damage and encouraging new hair growth. Coconut oil provides antibacterial action and hard-to-find essential fatty acids. Bergamot adds a clarifying citrus boost with natural astringent properties, effectively unblocking hair follicles, reducing bacteria, and combating excessive oiliness on the scalp.
To make, melt 1 part shea butter with 1 part coconut oil, and add 2-3 drops of bergamot essential oil into the mix. Massage the mixture into your scalp, covering it with saran wrap or a towel and letting it sit for up to thirty minutes before washing the mixture out with a gentle plant based shampoo.