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The Uses and Benefits of Essential Oils

I love using essential oils. I have used quite a few and I know all about their uses and benefits, and how vital they can be for our overall well-being, and state of mind. Essential Oils have been used for so many years, in various countries, for medicinal and health purposes. Everyone should have a few essential oils in their home, they are so handy to have around the house. I have a few essential oils from New Directions Aromatics and I know firsthand how useful these oils are.

Here are a few of the uses and benefits of some essential oils –

Keeps the home smelling amazing

Essential oils are useful for keeping the home smelling great. Diffusing lovely smelling oils, like clove, rosemary and orange essential oils will leave the home smelling amazing. Diffusing cinnamon essential oil also cleans the air which is brilliant!

Reduces anxiety

Some essential oils also help reduce anxiety. Diffusing lavender essential oil around your home or putting a few drops in your bath helps reduce feelings of depression, stress and tension. Diffusing lavender essential oil is the best way to end a stressful day.

Get rid of shoe smell

Essential oils are great for removing the funky smell from shoes. Just add a few drops of tea tree oil and lemon oil to your shoes to leave them smelling nice. This is one tip everyone should try.

Improves sleep 

Lavender oil helps improve sleep. So if you are battling with insomnia, you might want to try this tip. All you need to do is to sprinkle a few drops on your pillow to help you drift away.

Moisturising

Essential oils are also great as a moisturizer. Mixing coconut oil, shea butter, magnesium oil and essential oils would create a great moisturizing body lotion.

Essential oils do all these and a lot more. Are you a fan of essential oils? Which is your favourite?

Please sound off in the comments section below. Thanks for reading.

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How your Daily Skin Care Habits May Cause Acne

Most people suffer from acne at some point in their lives.  Many remedies claim to fix dry skin or oily skin in a matter of a few simple steps.  What causes oily skin or dry skin may depend on your individual body chemistry and environment, but your skin may benefit from changing a few simple portions of your routine.  When it comes to skin, ignore the fads and consider how these skin are habits may be causing your acne.

 

 

Not Hydrating Enough

Hydration plays a major part in the health of your skin.  Without enough water, your skin will become dry, flaky, and create signs of wrinkles.  No matter whether your skin is extremely dry or excessively oily, hydration is crucial to more than just hydrating skin.  Drinking water increases circulation, which brings fresh nutrients to the skin’s cells faster.  Water also flushes out toxins and waste products that could be making your skin appear dull, tired, and aged.  The next time you find yourself needing to quench your thirst, go for a drink of water instead of soda, juice, or an athletic beverage. All of these drink options contain a high amount of processed sugars that will actually harm your skin. As opposed to water, processed sugar provides a feast for bacteria, which therefore causes acne. Drink more water to keep your skin youthful.

 

Not Retaining Hydration

For many, drinking water is not enough.  For example, if you have naturally low blood pressure, you will have to make an extra effort to retain the water to help your skin function.  Retain hydration in your skin by applying a hydration cream every morning and night.  Generally, you will choose between an oil-based or water-based cream based on your skin type.  Many skin types are more compatible with oil-free moisturizers, as the oil does not clog their pores and cause more irritation.  However, some old-school methods swear by classic natural oils.  Your grandmother, for instance, may have used fats like Crisco for years, as well as butter, coconut oil, or olive oil, just to name a few.

 

Scrubbing Face with Harsh Exfoliates

There is much debate as to whether exfoliates help or harm skin.  While dermatologists may not all agree on a final conclusion, it is likely that some people may benefit from some sort of exfoliate treatment.  Therefore, the answer is: it depends.

Regardless of skin type, it is probably best to steer clear of harsh, gritty exfoliates that can tear up your skin and cause irritation. This means that body scrubs are out of the question, at least when it comes to facial skin. Oily skin may best be suited for chemical masks or cleansers that clear skin with only a gentle application and wash. For a natural remedy, some people hold fast to an old favorite—baking soda.  Baking soda is versatile because you can adjust the dosage depending on the severity of your skin problem. For oily skin around the T-zone, use less water in order to intensify the baking soda’s effect, while dryer areas like cheeks can be more watered-down to protect skin.

 

 

Using Too Many Face Masks

The DIY face mask trend has quickly spread to become a household staple. The idea behind the DIY mask is that skin responds better to natural organic chemicals and compounds. Ingredients like yogurt, avocado, tomato, olive oil, lemon, cinnamon, nutmeg, eggs, bananas, vinegar, and more.  While many of these masks can bring positive benefits to the skin, it is always important to test a small area first before covering the face. This will let you know whether you have an allergy to certain foods on the skin as well as to see if you have a strong inflammatory reaction.  Some masks, such as those that use cinnamon, can burn the skin and should be used sparingly.

 

Not Getting Enough Sleep

Beauty sleep is real. Sleep is incredibly important to maintain the physical health and strength of your body. While you are asleep, your skin produces more collagen, which is a compound that prevents wrinkles and sagging. On the other hand, sleep deprivation can decrease blood circulation, which is what makes skin appear dull and tired.

Better skin starts at home. A simple change in your routine can work wonders on your skin.  If your skin problems persist and you do not see any change, consult a dermatologist to find what solution works best for you.

 

Do you have any habit that may cause acne?

 

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4 top tips to keep a great complexion as you approach 30

Although ageing slows down the collagen production that keeps our skin looking healthy and young, there are a few ways that you can help to slow this natural process down. Here are 4 top tips that will make sure your complexion stays fresh as you begin to approach the big 3 0.

 

 

  1. Moisturise twice a day

The older we are, the harder it is for our skin to retain mositure. This is why it’s vital to moisturise your skin in the morning and at night. For your morning routine, use an SPF moisturiser under your primer before you apply your makeup. This will lock in moisture throughout the day. At night, it’s best to use a thicker cream as it is during this time that your skin repairs itself. As you are moisturising, ensure you massage your face as this will boost the production of collagen, which will make the skin look plumper and stimulate the lymph glands that help you achieve clearer skin.

 

  1. Be friends with SPF

You would have probably heard how important it is to keep your skin protected from the sun. Sun damage is the single biggest factor in premature ageing and leaving your skin unprotected can lead to problems such as hyperpigmentation, wrinkling, sagging and poor skin tone. There are a lot of foundations and moisturisers on the market that contain an element of SPF which means that you don’t have to apply a thick layer of sunscreen to your face every day.

 

  1. Eat the right foods

It’s certainly true that your diet directly affects the health of your skin. Eat foods that are rich in nutrients and amino acids and, if you haven’t already, introduce fibrous produce such as kale, sprouts and apples into your diet. Reduce your alcohol intake and cut back on the amount of sugar you consume as this can cause premature ageing through a process known as glycation. During glycation, excess sugar in the blood attaches itself to lipids, nucleic acids and proteins which advance the ageing process and lead to wrinkly skin. You can also pick up these nutrients through certain skincare products. Vegan skincare products in particular often include many natural ingredients such as chlorophyll, kale and maca root extracts that deliver essential vitamins to your skin.

 

  1. Take care of your eyes

The skin around our eyes is the thinnest and delicate on our face, and it is often the area that shows ageing the most. Keeping that part of the skin hydrated is important and can be done by using a serum or eye cream before bed. As you sleep, the formula sinks into the skin and decreases the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Plus, a good quality eye cream can protect the area from further damage, especially if it includes natural ingredients such as cucumber, arnica and ginseng, that can instantly hydrate and reduce puffiness.

 

How have you cared for your skin today? Please share in the comments section below.

Thanks for reading and have a lovely day.

 

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