I started my journey to making healthier decisions with the discovery of Essential Oils. You see, I have very sensitive skin and no matter what products I tried, some chemical ingredient would flare up my skin. I started reading labels and researching ingredients to find out what was causing my acne, sensitivity and severe dryness. I couldn’t find a single product in my local grocery store, drug store or department store that didn’t have some variation of artificial preservatives, harsh chemicals or irritating exfoliants. So I turned to the internet and found there were boatloads of information out there to help every ailment under the sun in a more natural way. Essential Oils were the answer!

I imagine you’ve noticed there is so much information out there about essential oils that it can be overwhelming to sort through. I’ve been there, friend! I’m not here to claim to know exactly what will work for you. The truth is, everybody’s skin is different. What works for me may not work for you. Having said that, this post is about sharing what HAS worked for me. I hope by my sharing them, you will be open to incorporating them into your beauty routine. The best thing about adding essential oils to your beauty routine is how easy it is! You are simply swapping it for another product you already use or adding it to another product. Easy peasy!

If you have a question about the brand of essential oils I use, send me an inquiry here. Due to policy regulations, I am not allowed to tell you directly. I promise to only answer your questions and WILL NOT pester you with newsletters and sales gimmicks. I honestly don’t have the time to be a multi-level marketing guru.

 1. Use Vetiver For Sleep:  If you only take one thing away from this post, I hope it’s about this oil. It has had the biggest impact on my beauty routine and my life. For that reason, I’m going to talk about it a little more. If you get bored, just skip to the next heading. I promise the rest are more brief. ;)

 It is widely known that the human body needs sleep to function properly. There are also plenty of studies and documentation showing that too little sleep greatly affects your looks and skin. I think the WebMD article here sums it up quite nicely. We just can’t have a beauty conversation without addressing sleep. They don’t call it “beauty sleep” for nothing.

I have had trouble sleeping for over a decade. I had tried every sleeping pill out there, prescription and over the counter. They all either left me hung over and groggy the next day or left me staring at the ceiling while my husband snored away. I would lie awake thinking about everything I needed to do the next day and how to do it better. Lack of sleep really showed on my face. Dark under eye circles and skin that just always looked dull. Not to mention it didn’t improve my mood.

 Then I read about Vetiver. It is frequently suggested to help promote feelings of calm in children. It soothes my tension and helps me feel grounded after a long day, which clears my head of that pesky to-do list. I rub one drop on the bottom of each of my big toes at night. Then I lie back and turn on a recorded episode of Diners, Drive-ins & Dives. I’m usually out by the first commercial (8 minutes) because the louder commercial wakes me back up to turn off the TV.

 I’ve been sleeping like a rock since January 2014 and I quit sleeping pills in less than a week after trying Vetiver. I NEVER want to be without my Vetiver Essential Oil again. My skin looks brighter and my dark under eye circles are dissipating. This convinced me to try other oils in ways I never before considered.

 2. Add Lavender to Your Mascara: I love incorporating Essential Oils in to my natural diy skin care routine. How Essential Oils Changed My Beauty Routine + Must-Have Oils for sleeping better, longer lashes, battling dark spots and acne scars & preventing wrinkles.When my dark circles started lightening up, I noticed that I’ve got some pretty nice eyes (if I do say so myself). But I always seem to have a little redness and watery eyes (thank you allergies). Lavender is great for reducing skin imperfections and soothing skin irritations. So I added some to my mascara tube to ease the redness that comes from rubbing my eyes. I was worried about whether it might harm my contacts, but as long as you don’t regularly get mascara on your contacts (which would ruin the contact on its own), you’re fine. Now my baby-blues have a little extra “come hither” built right in!

 3. Helichrysum Fades Fine Lines, Wrinkles, Dark Spots & Acne Scars:
Years of poor sleep left me with plenty of dark spots all over my face, neck and chest. Your body uses sleep as a time to recuperate and repair cells, especially skin issues. Lack of quality sleep meant I was stressed on top of fatigued. Stress= breakouts. Breakouts= scarring and dark spots. Normally, scarring and dark spots would be greatly diminished by adequate sleep repairing your skin. But for me, they just stuck around. Every minute of shut eye went in the zzz bank toward keeping me awake the next day. I had nothing in reserves to repair the damage to my skin.

 But, Helichrysum Essential Oil reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by helping your body regenerate new cells at a rapid pace. I use it daily on my face in two different ways. First, I use it in my all-natural Soothing Facial Toner (click to see recipe). I also add it to a bottle of Argan Oil, which I use as my moisturizer. My dark spots are practically gone. I can’t believe I don’t have a before and after picture to show you. I shouldn’t be surprised at this point, but I didn’t expect these kinds of results. It really is amazing.

 4. Use Melaleuca as an Acne Spot Treatment: I may have found a way to repair all my dark spots, but I still have breakouts. Mostly, stress and hormone related. Work gets intense and then that special time of the month rolls around and like clock-work, I’ve got a breakout. Melaleuca (commonly known as tea tree oil) clears any blemishes up within a day or two max. As soon as I see or feel a blemish coming on, I wash my face, use my toner and argan oil moisturizer, then use the melaleuca as a spot treatment. It is naturally antimicrobial, so it rapidly kills the blemish-causing bacteria in your pores. Within a couple hours, redness is reduced and the blemish has noticeably shrunk. It works so much better than all of the harsh creams and gels I used growing up. The blemish just goes away and doesn’t leave you with a dry, scaly spot for five days to cover up.

 5. Diffuse Lemongrass & Marjoram to Purify Skin & Relax Facial Muscles: I love incorporating Essential Oils in to my natural diy skin care routine. How Essential Oils Changed My Beauty Routine + Must-Have Oils for sleeping better, longer lashes, battling dark spots and acne scars & preventing wrinkles.I’ve talked a lot about stress already and it’s negative impact on your sleep and skin repair. I’ve also talked about ways to reverse the effects of stress, but what about stopping stress in its tracks? I don’t know about you, but when I am under a tight deadline and concentrating hard, I scowl. High school, two college degrees and nine years as a paralegal have etched concentration lines on my forehead. And little crepey lines around my eyes. I’ve even started to see lines around my mouth from where I purse my lips. I’ve been working hard on not letting stress take over and instead relaxing my muscles (especially in my face) while I’m working.

 I do this by diffusing oils at work. Up until now, a calming blend has been my favorite, but it can sometimes be TOO relaxing for work. I just want to nap and blog if I start diffusing the calming blend at work. I still L-O-V-E this oil for diffusing at night or in a bath, but not for work. I first started using Lemongrass and Marjoram to help soothe the muscles contributing to pain from my shoulder fracture. But then I found they smell so amazing together. They kind of remind me of Trix cereal without the cloyingly sweet smell. It turns out they are really great for soothing and relaxing tired and stressed muscles. But I still stay alert and focused. Lemongrass has the added benefit of purifying and toning skin, while Marjoram supports and benefits the respiratory and cardiovascular systems. That means your skin is purified, while oxygenation and blood flow are increased. Hello there, beautiful skin!
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