Essential oils have recently become a beauty buzzword, but in reality, they’ve been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years. Ancient Egyptians were among the first to use essential oils as early as 3000 BC for spiritual enrichment, beauty, medicinal benefits, religious ceremonies, and even embalming. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, essential oils re-emerged as agents to help balance moods, lift spirits, destroy toxic germs, and produce pleasant scents. But in regards to your skin, essential oils—when used correctly, which usually involves diluting them with a carrier oil—can have a multitude of benefits, not least of which includes fading dark spots. When applied with the correct carriers, these oils can be more a natural way to decrease the appearance of stubborn pigmentation and offer the same level of cellular regeneration without the chronic dryness, irritation, and sun sensitivity caused by harsh chemicals.
There are over 90 essential oils with supreme health benefits in the world of aromatherapy. So, where do we start? In order to find out which ones work best on fading scars and discoloration, we reached out to Shrankhla Holecek, founder of Uma Oils, a luxe collection of organic face oils and wellness oils steeped in Ayurvedic tradition. She notes that these aromatic solutions can actually improve communication between your cells, which help strengthen and restore damaged skin, rather than simply treating symptoms or bleaching the spot like pharmaceutical drugs do. For some people, this is why natural therapy is worth a shot.
See what Shrankhla had to say below on the nine best essential oils for dark spots.