The skin oil trend doesn’t look to be ceasing any time soon, and with winter here in Australia more people are turning to heavier, emollient based moisturisers. Though oil based products don’t suit everyone’s skin type, I have noticed a few products containing Roman chamomile. So let’s check it out!
What is Roman Chamomile?
Roman chamomile is a type of chamomile plant used in aromatherapy, herbal medicine, perfumery and skincare. It is known for its blue colour, which comes not from the plant, but from the extraction process. The smell is described as herbaceous, fruity and bright.
Most people would be familiar with the herbal chamomile tea for sleep and relaxation. Aside from its traditional uses, the chemical profile suggests that chamomile has some anti-inflammatory properties as well. Though some sources cite there is not enough conclusive evidence for roman chamomile as a topical anti-inflammatory for conditions such as eczema and sensitivity, anecdotal reports remain and individuals may try the oil with varying degrees of success.
Roman chamomile is often marketed as natural, pure, chemical free and sometimes organic. Remember that none of these statements are regulated by the Therapeutic Goods Administration, nor do they guarantee product safety on your skin:
- The use of pure essential oils has been associated with skin irritation and allergy in some people- causing the exact thing that Roman chamomile is meant to treat! It is advised to patch test before using the product.
- Though it is not a phototoxic essential oil, dermatologists recommend avoiding sun exposure if you have used an essential oil to avoid irritation and burn.
- For children and infants it is advised to not use the oil directly on the skin; using Roman chamomile on an oil diffuser is preferred.
- If you have oily skin or acne, dermatologists advise to avoid Roman chamomile and other skin oils.
There are many products on the market mixed with other oils such as jojoba and macadamia for use on the face and body. It can be particularly nice to select a roman chamomile body cream and massage it into the arms and legs during winter. Remember to always patch test a product and observe for any reaction before proceeding with normal application.
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