We all love the clean, fresh scent of citrus oils. Among the many varieties of citrus, the essence of Bergamot (Citrus bergamia) is somewhat unique. Its distinct scent/flavor is a vital ingredient in the legendary Earl Gray Tea – a unique infusion that completes an English Breakfast! It has the right balance of being neither too sweet nor too sharp.
As estheticians, our interest in Bergamot essential oil lies in the fact that it possesses a number of bioactive ingredients that reinvigorates the skin, giving it a healthy clarity. Bergamot has been a part of folk Italian & Indian Ayurvedic medicine, and its spicy-floral notes have had a long history of widespread use in the aromatherapy industry.
Bergamot essential oil is an unparalleled skin toning ingredient that delivers a quick hit of hydration, while detoxing and improving skin clarity. Read more to learn the benefits of Bergamot Essential Oil for the skin:
1. Recharge Dull & Tired Skin
Feeling tired after a long day’s work? Bergamot helps to recharge the skin and reinstate the lost glow. Spritzing Bergamot-infused Daily Hydrator/Toner on a tired face is perfect for unwinding a stressful day, while helping unclog pores and prepping them for uptake of power-packed bioactive ingredients through collagen boosting anti-aging serums.
2. Minimize Enlarged Pores
Keeping clean skin is a simple way to keep pores small in size. The Bergamot in our Pore Perfect Hydrator/Toner (specially designed for oily skin with enlarged pores/ Kapha dosha) goes deep inside pores to remove dead skin and traces of any leftover toxic residue. This thoroughly decontaminates and allows the cell matrices to reconstruct and glue to each other, which in turn helps shrink pore size.
3. Treat Blemishes
The Linalool and Pinene in Bergamot both have strong antimicrobial and antioxidant properties that remove excess oil, cleanse pores and reduce the growth of acne causing microbes. The powerful antioxidant, Nerol also helps balance skin sebum (oil) production, promoting a healthier complexion.
4. Soothe Eczema
If you have an itchy or eczema prone skin, Bergamot formulations can help reduce the pain associated with inflammation. The Myrcene and other antioxidants in Bergamot soothe eczema, heal wounds and reduce redness. Spritz a few sprays of any of our hydrators to instantly get relief from inflamed and itchy skin. Bergamot can also help manage psoriasis.
5. Get Rid of Blackheads
Blackheads or open comedones are a result of a dead-skin-and-oil plug that forms and rises to the skin’s surface and when it comes in contact with air, it oxidizes and turns black. Removing blackheads can be painful and harmful to your skin process, so we instead recommend preventive measures, such as using products that can keep blackheads from forming in the first place. Bergamot, along with other cleansing oils like Olive oil or Jojoba Oil, removes dead skin cells, environmental grime and excess sebum in the form of comedones from pores and therefore is a very gentle and effective treatment to prevent blackheads from forming.
6. Reduce Dark Spots
Bergamot contains the plant-active ‘Bergamottin’. It is an effective dark spot reducing phytochemical that is also found in grapefruit. Applying it topically everyday reduces hyperpigmentation, acne marks, dark patches and even melasma.
The International Fragrance Association (IFRA) recommends no more than 0.4% bergamot essential oil for topical skin products. Therefore, never use undiluted Bergamot Essential Oil directly on skin. If you have sensitive skin, always do a patch test. Keep things simple by using our scientifically validated and 100% wildcrafted Bergamot-infused Organic Skin Care formulas.
Harsh chemicals or protective and clean skin care – the choice is yours!