How Essential Oils Changed my Beauty Routine

For several years I had battled with horrible allergy related headaches that no medicine, whether over-the-counter or prescription, could relieve. I would be miserable for at least a week and there was honestly nothing that I could do about it. After fighting with it for a while and realizing that it might have to be something I would have to deal with, my mom presented the idea of trying an essential oil to help lessen the pain and pressure from the headaches. My mom was just beginning to get into the world of essential oils after looking for a more natural way to help soothe body aches and little did we know what we were getting ourselves into. After thinking about it, I decided to try it because it wouldn’t obviously wouldn’t hurt anything to try, right? Almost instantly, the horrible pressure feeling that these headaches gave me were gone. While, yes, I still had the headache, the oil had taken care of the worst part of them for me: the pressure.

While I will never discount modern medicine or use essential oils to replace modern medicines, realizing what essential oils can do made me curious to find out what else they could help with. I immediately began researching what I could use essential oils for within my beauty routine and I have been more than happy with the results that I have had from what I have tried.essentialoilsLavender and rosemary essential oils in your mascara.

I have very thin, short eye lashes. In fact, they are so thin and blond that if I’m not wearing mascara it looks like I don’t have eyelashes. Obviously, I would love to be able to look like I have long, full lashes without having to spend $30 on a tube of expensive mascara to get the look what I want. The best tips that I have learned is to add one drop of lavender essential oil and one drop of rosemary essential oil into your mascara tube. When you do this be careful not to “pump” the wand or else you risk drying out the product, so instead act almost as if you are trying to stir your mascara with the wand. It sounds silly, I know, but it’s the best way to describe it. The rosemary oil is proven to make hair grow longer and stronger while lavender essential oil is known to be antimicrobial and regenerative which will keep the bacteria away.

Use coconut oil and lavender oil for chapped lips.

Living in Missouri, especially right now, the weather is consistently changing from 70 and sunny one day to 39 and pouring rain the next. These constant changes in the weather have caused my skin to start getting dry and cracked and most notably this week has been how dry my lips are. I immediately turned to a few drops of lavender essential oil mixed with a tiny bit of coconut oil and my lips are no longer dry and cracked after only two days of use. As a quick warning, the lavender oil can burn on your lips, which is why I like to mix in coconut oil. I have learned that if you want results faster and can stand the burn, just using lavender oil is fine.

Use filtered water, raw apple cider vinegar, and lavender essential oil as a toner.

I have very sensitive skin. So sensitive in fact that when I even scratch at an itch or simply use my make-up brushes to apply my make-up, I get horrible red marks. Knowing this, I figured that the red marks I got after using my face toner at night was simply because of the light pressure I applied to my face when using it. When I began to notice that I had splotchy red marks and not just marks from the slight pressure I put on my face, I began to do some research. I was shocked to learn the contents of the facial toners I had been putting on my skin. I still wanted to rid my face of any make-up or dirt that hadn’t come off when I washed my face, but I wanted to use a product that wasn’t so harsh. That’s where my natural toner comes into play. I simply mix 1/3 part raw apple cider vinegar with 2/3 parts filtered water and had a few drops (typically 7-10) of lavender essential oil. You can use frankincense oil in place of the lavender, but I personally don’t own frankincense.

Jojoba oil as a face and body moisturizer.

For a long time, I used to swear by using coconut oil as a face and body moisturizer. I loved the smell and how my skin felt after using it, but I didn’t love the oily residue it would leave on my skin or the fact that if my hair got on the oil it would make my hair look and feel gross. I stumbled upon jojoba oil at Trader Joe’s per an employee’s suggestion and I haven’t regretted the switch over once. I love the way that it makes my skin look and feel without having the residue that coconut oil leaves and I can use it as a face moisturizer without having it make my t-zone look even more oily.

Lavender oil as a spot treatment.

Needless to say, lavender oil is a crucial part of my skin and beauty routine. Not only do I use it for my toner and dry lips, I also use it as a spot treatment for pimples. As a college student, I’ve essentially forgotten what it feels like to not be stressed and personally I’m the kind of person that can get some pretty significant stress acne. I’m a bit weird in how I get a “pimple” and I refer to it that way because most won’t call it a pimple because it never comes to surface. I get splotchy red spots that mostly cover my cheeks and forehead and hurt like a pimple is about to pop up but it never does. I am forever thankful that I discovered lavender oil as something I can quickly dab on my skin where I have the red splotches so that the pain of a potential pimple goes away and ultimately I don’t end up with acne.

Rose essential oil, sandalwood essential oil, frankincense essential oil, and jojoba oil as a facial serum.

Whether you struggle with dark spots, redness, light spots, blotchiness, or blemishes, this facial serum is for you. While the essential oils used for this serum are a bit on the pricey side, I absolutely love how this oil blend works on my skin. Simply mix together 2 drops of sandalwood essential oil, 2 drops of frankincense essential oil, 1 drop of rose essential oil, and 1 ounce of jojoba oil, and you have yourself a facial serum. Just be sure to keep in mind that it’s typically best to keep this serum in a bottle that uses a dropper. Most of the essential oil community members that I follow recommend the amber bottles.

Do you use essential oils in your beauty routine? If so, how? If not, do you have any plans to start using essential oils in your routine? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.