Essential Oils for Skin Care

One of the first ways I began using essential oils was in my skin care – in sugar scrubs, to be exact! Today I’m sharing some helpful tips on which oils are best for particular skin conditions. Read on!

Skin trio

The most basic skin care starts with this trio: Frankincense, Melaleuca, & Lavender. Here’s why you want each of these oils in your skin care.
Frankincense is the best oil for cell regeneration. That means it’s perfect for scarring, stretch marks, and even reducing & preventing wrinkles. It is anti-inflammatory, so it’s great for puffy eyes.
Melaleuca is antiviral, with purifying, cleansing, & rejuvenating properties. It’s been shown to kill bacteria & fungi, so is also great for skin irritations like acne or eczema.
Lavender is moderately active against the principal bacteria which creates acne and can prohibit degenerative changes in the skin. It’s very soothing and calming. More on lavender for the skin
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ESSENTIAL OILS BY SKIN CONDITION
Add to your current skin care or adjust your All-Purpose Cream recipe by adding oils for your particular skin type.
Blemishes: Geranium, Melaleuca, Juniper Berry, Clary Sage, Lavender
Dry Skin: Roman Chamomile, Lavender, Helichrysum, Frankincense, Myrrh
Oily Skin: Bergamot*, Clary Sage, Cypress, Lemon*, Frankincense, Melaleuca
Wrinkles: Frankincense, Anti-Aging Blend, Lavender, Helichrysum, Myrrh, Ylang Ylang
Imperfections or scarring: Anti-aging Blend, Frankincense, Myrrh, Lavender
Sensitive Skin: Lavender, Geranium, or Frankincense diluted more heavily

For more information on which oils are best for your skin type, click here (page 34-35).

*Lemon & Bergamot can cause photosensitivity. Use sparingly if applying before sun exposure.

 

Skin care with essential oils

 

Coming soon: DIY Steam Facial!

DIY Dry Shampoo

A few weeks ago I made some dry shampoo and I am loving it! (I cannot believe I am making stuff like this… I’ll repeat what I usually say: if I’m making it, it must be fool-proof!)

Pause: Are you wondering what dry shampoo is?
I didn’t even know it existed until a couple years ago. Basically it’s a product that livens up your hair on a day you don’t want to wash it. It removes that greasy-look and helps style your hair. I don’t have time to shower and style my hair every day, so I love dry shampoo. I don’t really love the idea of a ton of chemicals being sprayed on my scalp, however.

Enter DIY dry shampoo!

I pulled from 2 different recipes (this one and this one) and landed on this recipe:

DRY SHAMPOO:
1/2 cup cornstarch (if you have it, use arrowroot powder instead!)
2 tablespoons cocoa powder (omit if you have blonde hair; substitute cinnamon if you have auburn or red hair)
2 drops lavender essential oil
2 drops melaleuca essential oil
2 drops peppermint essential oil
2 drops rosemary essential oil

I combined everything in an 8oz mason jar, put on the cap, and shook it up! This works well enough, but to distribute the oils more evenly, I recommend pouring all the ingredients into a blender or food processor and pulsing a few times.
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HOW TO USE:
I use an old kabuki brush to apply to the roots of my hair in the parts that are looking greasy (usually around my face). Then I rub into the roots with my fingertips until it’s well blended.
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Alternate method of application: poke holes in the steel top of the mason jar and shake onto hair. My concern with this method was the mess it would make if I ever knocked it over. I wanted something that could always be sealed.

Grease be gone! Plus it smells ah-may-zing. My results are below…

Before:

Before: greasy

Before: greasy

After:

After: shiny and clean!

After: healthy and clean!

Try this super simple recipe and let me know how it works for you!

Click here to discover how to get the best essential oils on the market.