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5 Skin Care Hacks

Essential oils can be extremely nourishing to your skin. I have had the clearest and brightest skin tone since making my own skin care products using oils and carriers. Not only is my skin the best, and proper hydration also plays a role, but it’s saved me money and time. Plus it’s convenient when I run out of something to just make some more in 5-10 mins or less. The following are my 5 favorite recipies for DIY skin care products I use daily. Plus the oils have side benefits that help to elevate mood and support my immune system. I also eliminate toxins from my daily routine and therefore help to prevent health concerns later by using these products.

1. Deodorant

Ingredients:

  • 3 TBS Arrow Root Powder
  • 3 TBS Beeswax – grated
  • 3 TBS Coconut Oil
  • 3 TBS Shea Butter
  • 20 drops Lemon & Lavender Essential Oil

Using a double broiler or one pot on top of boiling water in another (that’s what I do for the same effect) melt coconut oil, Shea butter and bees wax. Add arrow root powder and mix. Remove from heat and add essential oils, I use 10 drops of each lemon and lavender, but you can use any oil you would like, tea tree would be a good oil to use for a more heavy duty deodorant. Pour into an empty deodorant bottle and cool in the fridge for a few hours. And there you have your very own home made deodorant.

2. Lip Gloss

  • Coconut Oil
  • Avacado Oil
  • Wild Orange

You can use an empty lip gloss bottle or order some off Amazon for a few bucks. I used fractionated coconut oil and fill contair about 3/4. Add avacado oil for the remaining 1/4 and add a drop or two of your favorite essential oil. Avoid any phototoxic oils to prevent skin damage. Sweet orange is a citrus oil that is not phototoxic.

3. Acne Smoother

  • Baking Soda
  • Avacado Oil
  • Lemon, Frankincense & Lavender Essential Oil

Mix 1 TBS baking soda with enough avacado oil to create a paste and add a drop of each, lemon lavender and frankincense. Smooth on to problem area or breakouts. I left mine on overnight. Do not use for more than a week as can cause dry skin.

4. Face Powder/Foundation

  • Arrow Root Powder
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg

Start with a base of a few spoons of arrow root powder and add little by little cocoa powder, nutmeg and cinnamon until you reach a desired shade. It’s actually quite fun to play around with the color!

5. Revitilizing Toner

  • Witch Hazel
  • Neroli, Lavender, Frankincense & Tea Tree Essential oils

Simply add the listed essential oils or choose your favorite skin nourshing oils to add to your witch hazel.

Black Pepper

Latin Name:

Piper nigrum

Basics:

Black pepper can help to motivate change and reduce fear and blocked energy. It can be useful in dealing with negativity, fatigue and depression. It is also good for nicotine cravings as well.

Theraputic Properties:

  • Analgesic
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Good for nausea and vomiting related to overindulgence.
  • Antibacterial against pathogenic bacteria.
  • Vasodilator & rubefacient (warming).
  • Helps when quitting smoking with cravings.

Blends well with:

  • Lemongrass
  • Clove Bud
  • Spike Lavender
  • Cardamom
  • Clary Sage
  • Rosemary
  • Juniper Berry

Saftey Concerns:

Can be skin irritating, a 1% dilution is recommended for topical use and do not use in the bath.

Cypress Essential Oil

Latin Name

Cupressus sempervirens

Cypress Basics

Cypress is an earthy scented oil with calming and soothing properties. It is excellent for overthinking, feelings of overwhelming, major life transitions and grief and trauma aid. It is sourced from Spain, France, Italy, and Morocco and extracted by steam distillation.

Therapeutic Properties

  • used to treat pain and inflammation
  • has good activity against Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria
  • plays a role in the prevention of degenerative conditions due to antioxidant properties
  • has been used to relieve spasmodic coughs in natural medicine
  • great for decongestion of the respiratory and venous systems
  • serves as a diuretic and helps reduce excess fluid in tissues

Blends Well With

  • Juniper Berry
  • Rosemary
  • Grapefruit
  • Black Pepper
  • German Chamomile
  • Thyme ct. linalol,
  • Eucalyptus

Saftey Consideration

Take caution when using with asthmatics as it may be helpful with the airway or a potential irritant in some cases. Always start with a low dilution, you can add more if needed.