Do you struggle with oily skin? Do you have uneven skin tone? What about a dull, dry complexion?
The oil from the peel of the bergamot fruit can help. On top of that, it’s enlivening citrus scent is known in aromatherapy to help ease the mind.
If you have sensitive or oily skin, a skin care formula with bergamot may be just what you need to reveal more radiant skin.
A Little Bit About the Ingredient Itself
Scientifically called Citrus bergamia, the bergamot orange is about the size of a regular orange, but with a more yellow, lemon-like color and a slight pear shape. The name comes from “Bergamum,” a town in Lombardy, Italy, where the fruit is widely produced. France and Turkey also use it to make essential oil and marmalade. The juice is more bitter than grapefruit, but sweeter than lemons, and is sometimes called a “sweet lemon.”
The tree itself is similar to a regular lemon tree, and grows to about nine feet, with long, oval green leaves and white flowers. The fruit is small and round, and turns yellow when ripe. Like most citrus plants, it likes the warmer weather, and is native to Southeast Asia, though most bergamot oranges are now produced in Italy. The oil is extracted from the rind and widely used in the perfume industry, as well as in Earl Grey tea.
Health Benefits of Bergamot
Bergamot is a favorite of aromatherapists, as it has a clean and refreshing citrus fragrance believed to be helpful to calm the mind. It’s also used during massage therapy and in baths to provide these calming benefits.
More recent scientific research suggests, when taken internally, bergamot may help lower cholesterol. In one study, for example, patients who consumed the extract for 30 days experienced reduced levels of total cholesterol, LDL “bad” cholesterol, and triglycerides, with increased levels of HDL “good” cholesterol.
Bergamot's Benefits to the Skin
Bergamot is a natural cleanser, so adding it to any skin care formula helps remove dirt and impurities—no need for potentially dangerous, chemical preservatives. In addition, this oil is great for those with oily skin, as it helps to unclog pores. Bergamot has an added property of helping to balance oily skin.
Bergamot combines easily with other essential oils, making it a no-brainer for natural skin care formulas, especially because of its refreshing scent. The oil does have a slight tendency to increase your skin’s photosensitivity, though, so always wear sunscreen when using it.
I’ve added bergamot oil to two of our facial oils for its oily skin, sensitive skin and overall skin-balancing properties, as well as its ability to even out skin tone. The fact that it provides a nice scent is a great bonus!
Do you use bergamot in other ways? Please share your tips.