Essential oils have become popular to use as part of skincare routines to enhance them. A lot of people diffuse essential oils and it can make your home smell lovely. But for skincare, essentials oils are said to heal acne and help keep your skin healthy and glowing. If you want to be a little ‘extra’ with your skincare or you just want to have a pamper session at home, add some of these essential oils in. You can thank me later...
DISCLAIMER: Please remember that essential oils are potent. Consult with an aromatherapist or your doctor before trying ANY essential oils.
1. Tea Tree
Tea tree oil is known for its antibacterial properties and it’s amazing for fighting acne. The Body Shop has a skincare collection dedicated to the essential oil from face washes to night creams. Having used the face wash myself, I can say that it does keep my acne less inflamed and has a nice cooling effect after I use it (and it doesn’t dry me out). If you want to use the tea tree oil alone, then use a cotton swab and dab a bit it on your acne and leave it overnight but be sure to use ONLY a little because it is really potent!
Lavender is one of the most popular essential oils right now and is a great oil to start with. The scent of Lavender is very calming and has antiseptic properties for your skin. Here’s a tip: be sure to buy a real lavender essential oil because there are many diluted versions out there that won’t have much effect. You can mix a few drops with a carrier oil like olive oil or jojoba oil and massage it all over your body before bed time. It’ll relax you and you will sleep like a baby.
You might know rosemary as a dried herb in dishes, but it is also an essential oil that is known for its amazing aroma. It can help stimulate hair growth and nourish your scalp. For a DIY hair treatment, just add a few drops of it to some melted coconut oil or olive oil. Massage it in your scalp and wait for a 15-30 minutes. Shampoo your hair TWICE to get all of the oil out and your hair will look shinier and it’ll feel healthier.
4. Ylang Ylang
This essential oil has a sweet scent to it and has a few floral notes in it too. For a pamper sessions, you can add a few drops of Ylang Ylang oil into your bath and relax. Or… you could mix a few drops of the EO with some coconut oil and use it all over your body as a moisturizer. It smells divine.
Eucalyptus is famous for its fragrance and medicinal properties. Since it’s nearly flu season, you might want to stock up on this essential oil. If you have a blocked nose, you can add a few drops to some hot water in a bowl and use it as a steam with a towel over your head. Another way to use eucalyptus oil in your skincare routine when you’re sick is by mixing a few drops of it with a carrier oil, such as sweet almond oil or olive oil, and massage it on your chest and back to help you breathe.
Sometimes, it's okay to be a little extra. Skincare is one of those times.