The Esthetician

RHEAL Ingredients and a Word on Essential Oils

RHEAL Ingredients and a Word on Essential Oils

We are happy to announce that the ingredients are now listed on each product page of our website!  In the process of getting that done, we revisited each ingredient to get the most up-to-date word on their safety and efficacy.  We’re happy to report we feel confident about what you’re putting on your skin.

An ingredient category you will not see on our list are pure essential oils.  I know, I know, EO’s are very popular now (again).  Hear me out –

I am one of the unfortunate people who have developed a sensitivity to my beloved lavender, and I’m now reluctant to expose myself to most EO’s.  My experience when exposed to lavender is headache, fatigue, and fuzzy brain.  Research tells me that over time my breathing could also be affected.  I still believe in lavender’s power to soothe and relax anxiety away, just not for me. And, maybe not for you.

Knowing I can’t be the only one who is sensitized to EO’s, I made a conscious effort to not include them in concentration in the RHEAL line.  We have formulations that are fragrance-free and others that smell delicious because the oils and extracts are properly diluted.

Here’s what my friend and Clinical Aromatherapist, Nancy Lubin, shared, Since EO's are so concentrated, they should be used with care, i.e. extremely well diluted if being used topically. EO's have been widely promoted for use in an unsafe way (full strength) having put many at risk for increased sensitivity. Just because they are naturally occurring doesn't mean that they are harmless. They can be therapeutic when used wisely and, conversely, risky when used without careful consideration. 

Since most essential oils are highly aromatic, a skin care line which includes them might exclude those with aromatic or systemic sensitivity. It makes sense that RHEAL would choose not to include concentrated essential oils when formulating, given how carefully they choose the other elements of their products.”

Please email us at hello@rhealskincare.com for information on how to contact Nancy Lubin.

Jul 14, 2019

PS: The effect of aromas is real. When I was in practice, an elderly lady used to come in with very heavy perfume on. Immediately I and several members of my staff would develop a migraine which lasted all day. We didn’t even need to be in the same room!

Jean Tibbetts
Jul 14, 2019

Hi Rhonda, I’m looking for a replacement for the Bare Minerals Multi-Wrinkle Repair Serum which I used to get when Rheal was real, but is no longer made. I can’t tolerate anything with hyaluronic acid in it; the Dr. Hauschka Regenerating line was completely out (but everything else ok). It would be wonderful if you had some samples I could try before I bought something and used two days worth. Any suggestions? Thanks!

Jean Tibbetts

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