Essential Oils & Beauty : What You Need To Know
Natural beauty is on the rise. The brands we love and the products we buy all contain natural essence, organic this, and plant-derived that. There is a reason we adore these products so much; they work. And this should not be all that surprising. Essential oils have been used in beauty routines and rituals for centuries. And although you may prefer one scent over another for your diffuser, they all have different uses in beauty routines. So before getting into essential oils tips and DIY mists and cleansing liquids for your skin type, remember to always buy 100% pure oils. The cost difference between their less potent alternatives is not much, but is worth spending. Also none of these oils should be applied directly to the skin without being diluted with water or other ingredients.
Lavender does a lot more than smelling amazing. It calms, hydrates, and soothes the skin. What the fragrance does for your mind, the oil does for you skin. You can add it to a homemade toner or moisturizer. Although it is beneficial to most people, it can trigger allergies for some people, so always do a patch test before using something new on your skin to be on the safe side.
Soothing Lavender Face Mist
1 tsp sweet almond oil
24 drops lavender essential oil
4 TBSP water
Mix these ingredients in a spray bottle, and mist throughout the day. It can be used over makeup or on a bare skin. It should soothe and calm any irritation from cold air, brutal heat, or even the redness of an embarrassing moment.
Shoutout to the three wise men. Frankincense may be old school, but it is also a healing substance that is most helpful for those with sunspots and scarring. If you suffer with hyperpigmentation, applying this to the skin can help reduce the appearance of discoloration. It is also a go-to for those with aging concerns, as it can slightly reduce wrinkles and tighten the skin.
Frankincense Face Cream
½ cup whipped coconut oil
¼ tsp vitamin E oil
5 drops frankincense essential oil
3 drops myrrh essential oil
This is a rich and oily cream best used at night for those looking to prevent or battle aging.
Surely you have heard of this, if you have ever looked for remedies for acne on the internet. Tea tree oil is antibacterial, which makes it ideal for healing scars and even things like mosquito bites and rashes. But because it soothes and kills bacteria that cause itching and inflammation, it is also exceptional for treating acne.
Tea Tree Anti-Acne Mask
4 TBSP aloe vera gel
3 drops tea tree essential oil
½ peeled cucumber
This mask is ideal for acne prone skin. If you have a lot of redness or even pain from cystic acne, the tea tree oil will treat the bacteria causing the breakouts while the aloe and cucumber calm and soothe the redness and inflammation. Leave the mask on for 10-15 minutes before removing.
Geranium oil balances the skin’s natural oil production. If you have oily or combination skin, this can even things out. Once your skin is balanced from continued use, it makes finding other skincare or makeup products easier.
Geranium Balancing Cleanser
5 drops geranium essential oil
2 TBSP sunflower oil
Cleanse your face in the AM and PM with this simple concoction, and your skin will be more manageable in just a few uses.
Want that JLo glow? Lemongrass is a wonderful cleanser to tone the skin and boost its radiance. If your skin is looking dull or just lacking that wow-factor this may be the exact thing you need.
½ cup distilled water
1 tsp witch hazel
3 drops lemongrass essential oil
You can spray this on the skin or pour some on a cotton pad and gently wipe across the skin day and night. Let the excess liquid dry on before following with a serum or moisturizer.
The most calming of all of them. Think about the tea… it is used to aid in relief after a long and stressful day. It helps you unwind. Well, it does the same for stressed out skin. It is ideal for irritated and sensitive skin. If you have eczema or rosacea, this is definitely your best option.
Calming Chamomile Face Mask
2 TBSPS oatmeal
1 TBSP honey
1 tsp water gradually until a paste forms
4 drops chamomile essential oil
Apply to the face and let it sink in for 10-15 minutes. It should help to calm any redness and irritation. Once you rinse it off, follow with a gentle moisturizer.
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