Essential oils are like shoulder pads to football players – you gotta use ’em & they’ll protect you alright (that analogy actually worked, nailed it!)! Essential oils have been improving people’s well-being for thousands and thousands of years (we’re talking back to the Egyptians). Whether using them for cosmetics, dietary needs, spiritual or religious use, they offer a variety of benefits. In fact, they’re so popular and helpful that doTerra (leader in quality essential oils & who we highly recommend if you’re getting on this bandwagon) claims that there are over 3,000 varieties of essential oils in the world today. What are essential oils though? Sure we’ve all smelled lavender before but how do they turn it into a potent oil with an array of benefits? I mean, you can’t just go around sniffing lavender leaves in hopes that you’ll get less acne! Well I guess you could but people may judge you!
Essential oils are a in short (normal people terms) a liquid distilled from the leaves, stems, flowers, bark, roots, seeds, etc. They tend to be very potent and a little goes a long way! Essential oils though are not the same as perfume or fragrance oils. Essential oils are derived from true plants whereas perfume oils are artificially created. Essential oils are often used by diluting them with a carrier oil – grapeseed oil, almond oil, etc. and then applying this blend to the skin for absorption. According to the book we own ‘Essential Oils for Beginners‘, every essential oil contains approximately one hundred different compounds, each of which acts on the body in different ways. In fact, on a chemical level our bodies and essential oils are made from the very same substances – hence the reason they’re the yin to our yang!
Cheeky Complexion is all about skin care & we’d thought we would review some of the top oils and how they can improve certain conditions on your skin. Before you dive right into the essential oil pool of awesomeness, make sure that you’ve got all the knowledge! Knowledge is power right!?
- Test on your skin – the last thing we want to have happen is some god forsaken rash
- Use a carrier oil – typically 10-20 drops of essential oil per tablespoon of carrier oil (this is especially helpful if you’re creating your own bottles which we’ve done)
- If you’re allergic to a certain food, avoid the essential oil that contains it (duh, but…..)
- Store your oils in dark colored bottles to help them last longer
- Common misconception – they won’t cause breakouts or increased oil production
- All else fails, do your own research (we ain’t doctors nor ever will be)
I’d really just recommend applying your essential oil (with or without carrier oil) with a cotton ball to the affected area. I use rose hip oil every day to help with my pigmentation. Just figure out what’s best for your skin. You’ll notice that lavender oil is really mild whereas tea tree oil is a bit stronger… you know your skin the best so use your head silly! (yes, we just quoted a Nappy Roots song, lawd remember those guys?! Great, now we’re listening to them – and no idea who created this weird video)
In the mood for some essential oil recipes? The Essential Oils for Beginners book has some great go-to’s!
Moisturizing Citrus Face Mask –
- 1/4 avocado
- 3 drops orange essential oil
- 2 drops lemon essential oil
Mash the avocado then add the essential oils. Apply to face & leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
Rosemary-Mint Facial Toner – we’ve made this one
- 1/2 cup white wine
- 10 drops rosemary essential oil
- 3 drops peppermint essential oil
Simmer the wine in a sauce pan (feel free to take a swig if you’re into it). Allow it to cool, add the essential oils and place in a 4-ounce bottle. Apply to skin with a cotton ball. Refrigerate. Keeps for 6 months.
Now, get after it! Buy 1 or 2 essential oils and start there. We probably have about 20 or 30 essential oils in our collection… it’s actually mildly addictive once you figure out that they work and those Egyptians weren’t kooky!