In recent years I have been getting into making my own beauty products instead of buying things with ingredient lists I can’t even read. Not that I don’t trust these companies, but I’m one who struggles with countless skin issues. I want to know exactly what is in my products. For certain things its better for me to be able to control exactly what is going on my face so I don’t have any surprises later.
Due to this, and working somewhere that sells essential oils, (thank you employee discount!!!) I turned to essential oils.
I’m kicking off my Week Of DIY Beauty with essential oils that you can add to your beauty regime to step up your game.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is extracted from the myrtle tree in Australia. It has long been used in traditional medicine for many different uses. As for beauty, tea tree oil is a popular acne treatment, insect repellent, and can help treat dry scalp.
For me, when I discovered how well tea tree oil is at combating acne, I never went back. I use a really great tea tree face wash from The Body Shop that seems to wake up my skin every morning and helps to prevent any breakouts.
If I do have a breakout, I take a little roller bottle filled with water and some tea tree oil and roll it onto my problem areas. Diluting the oil with water makes it safe to apply to your skin, otherwise it will burn (trust me). I suffer from random breakouts of cystic acne, and I have found this to be something that really helps.
As for dry scalp, you can add a few drops to your shampoo or conditioner and apply it that way. Or you can get a tea tree shampoo, like this one from OGX (http://amzn.to/2FH4Jk2) that I loved. It smells really good and tingles the scalp in such a nice way.
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Peppermint oil not only smells great and is good for aromatherapy and oil diffusers , (good for clearing your sinuses!) it also has some good beauty uses.
Along with tea tree oil, peppermint oil is good for treating dry scalp. Again, adding a few drops of this to your shampoo won’t hurt.
As for your skin, peppermint is known to brighten your skin and reduce dullness. A few drops to your skin care regime can really make a difference. You can make a facial scrub, mask, or ever a toner with your own ingredients, as long as you dilute it, because just like tea tree, it has a burning effect when applied directly to your skin.
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Clary Sage Oil
My favorite benefit from clary sage isn’t exactly beauty related, but could help many women from month to month. Clary sage is used for treating cramps and other symptoms of PMS. In general, it can be used for many hormonal problems in women from menstrual pain to hot flashes.
Using a rice pillow you can warm up, add a few drops of clary sage oil and it can help with cramps. Many women have also said just adding a few drops directly onto their abdomen can really help them with the pain of cramps. Clary Sage won’t only help your cramps but will also relive bloating, breast pain, and headaches too. Try it out during your next cycle!
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If beautiful radiant skin is something you strive for, geranium oil is the one for you. Geranium oil is known to treat many skin conditions like eczema, dermatitis, acne, and oily skin. For skin, it seems like there’s nothing geranium oil can’t do.
Geranium oil is a non-irritant, meaning unlike tea tree and peppermint oil, it won’t do anything to irritate your skin. I have found that even though the benefits of tea tree for my acne is incredible, it does dry my skin out when used frequently and can also irritate it from time to time. With geranium oil, this won’t happen.
Adding a few drops to a self made soap or moisturizer can really help with a number of problems, and also smells really good!
If healthy hair is what you are looking for instead, geranium oil can do that too! A few drops into a spray bottle filled with water can help turn your dull hair into a beautiful mane.
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I have a problem with grapefruit oil and when I added it to a bath once it made me break out in a rash, but I thought I’d add this to the list anyways because many people swear by it.
For those with oily skin, grapefruit oil is a life saver. When applied to the face (or even your hair and scalp!) it will soak up any excess oils and unclog your pores. If you try this one let me know in a comment because I am pretty intrigued about it.
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Frankincense is anti aging and a wrinkle fighter when applied to the face. This makes Frankinsense a good oil to add into moisturizers and eye creams. It will naturally lift and tighten your skin when applied and even make your pores look smaller. Adding a few drops into your existing moisturizer or even mixed with coconut oil or shea butter could help to make your skin look years younger.
Another fun thing to try is to add a few drops into a spray bottle filled with water and use it as a facial spray or toner. As frankincense is an astringent, it will help protect your skin’s cells and close up those pores, keeping your face nice and clean. It also smells really good!
Another cool use for Frankincense is to add it onto your fingernails (or toenails) to help strengthen them.
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If you like the idea of using essential oils in your beauty regimen, be sure to check my blog daily this week for recipes and other tips !