Essential oils have been used for thousands of years, and in 2016, these precious and potent oils are all the rage once again. One place they are especially useful is incorporating them into your skincare regime to give your skin a natural boost. There are many different essential oils on the market at all price points. When adding essential oils to your skin care routine, look for oils labeled "therapeutic grade." Check the label to make sure that the essential oil is the only ingredient in the bottle and is free of synthetic oils and fillers. Essential oils are potent, 50-70 times more powerful than herbs, so use sparingly, and if you have any sensitivity, you can dilute them with a light, skin-friendly carrier oil like coconut, argan, or grape seed. So whether you're looking to moisturize, clear up acne, combat the signs of aging, or even fade scars and stretch marks, look no further than these all-natural medicinal miracle workers.
Frankincense: The King of Oils
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If you only use one essential oil in your skincare routine, make it frankincense. Considered the "king of oils," its uses are vast and its effects are powerful. Add a drop or two to your daily moisturizer to even skin tone, fade the look of age spots or acne scarring. It's even been known to fade the look of stretch marks.
Melaleuca: The Blemish Buster
More commonly known as "Tea Tree," melaleuca oil is an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal powerhouse. You can use it straight up to treat acne and blemishes, or add a drop to your moisturizer to keep blemishes away. Adding a drop or two to your shampoo will get your scalp squeaky clean and provides an invigorating tingle. It's also a must for your gym bag. You can apply to your feet and toes after a workout to keep athlete's foot away.
Clary Sage: Bringing Back Balance
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If you've noticed that blemishes pop up along your jawline just before you get your period, hormones may be to blame. Incorporating Clary Sage oil to your routine can balance those hormones and keep your skin clear all month long. Add a drop to your moisturizer every day. Some say you can even apply directly to your lower abdomen or wherever you feel those pesky cramps pop up for some all-natural relief.
Myrrh: The Preserver
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In ancient times, myrrh was used in the embalming/burial process to preserve the skin. This antioxidant powerhouse fights dry, chapped, and loose skin. So naturally, it's the perfect oil to add to your body lotion to keep skin smooth, moisturized, and young-looking. Myrrh has an earthy, grounding scent, so it's perfect to apply before bedtime.
Lavender: The Calmer
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Lavender oil is a must for anyone with sensitive skin. It's calming properties make it perfect if you have uneven, red, or irritated skin. It can be used as a spot treatment for blemishes, added to moisturizer to calm and even out skin tone, and you won't find a better natural cure to use on burns to calm the area and avoid scarring.
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