You really don’t need to drop hundreds of dollars on exotic hair and skin products that claim to give you the perfect fix overnight. In fact, apart from drilling a hole in your wallet, these so-called designer products often contain harmful additives and chemicals which can further ruin the natural look of your hair and skin. The DIY solution is the best route you can take. Even some of the most beautiful women out there accept using their own tricks. Here are seven ways essential oils can work their magic to effectively counter skin and hair problems.
1. Get the “Dull” Out of Your Skin
Fret not; dull skin can get us all down from time to time. We all have to look our best for that ever-important social event. You can make your face shine like a star by adding jasmine and rose hip oil to your essential oils lineup. Rose hip oil is great for the skin as it has Lycopene and Vitamin C which rejuvenates the skin. Jasmine oil improves your skin’s elasticity and gets rid of stretch marks.
How to use: You can apply 2–3 drops of high-quality rose hip oil to the affected area and massage for a few minutes (twice a day). Results take around three weeks to show.
2. Combat Hair Loss
Cedarwood oil stimulates hair follicles by improving blood circulation in the scalp. This not only slows down hair loss, but it also promotes the growth of new hair follicles. Herbalists have been recommending essential oils for years as an effective treatment for hair loss. Evidence indicates that combining cedarwood with essential oils from thyme, lavender, and rosemary leads to a 44 percent increase in hair growth within seven months of treatment.
How to use: Mix 3–4 drops of cedarwood oil with your regular shampoo or conditioner and apply it properly. Now let it sit for 30 minutes and then wash your hair like you normally would.
3. Say No to Free Radicals
Carrot Seed oil contains Vitamin A and Beta-carotene, which not only detoxifies skin but also promotes new cell growth. This also helps the body block those pesky free radicals in the environment that break skin down as you age. Some have even claimed that it acts as a good natural sunscreen, though those claims have yet to be cited by concrete evidence.
How to use: Apply 4–5 drops of carrot seed oil on your skin to get results. The oil is very effective and will show results within 3–4 weeks.
4. Do Away With Dandruff
Cedarwood essential oil is also a great remedy for treating a dry or flaky scalp. It works well to stimulate circulation; for best results, mix a few drops of cedarwood oil with coconut oil to create a cocktail of moisturizing, antifungal properties.
How to use: Mix 3–4 drops of cedarwood oil to coconut or jojoba oil and apply the mixture just like you apply shampoo. Let it sit for half an hour and then wash your head.
5. Look Younger
If the sight of acid peels makes you groan in the morning, geranium oil’s astringent properties can save the day. This essential oil helps tighten loose skin and boosts new cell development. Patchouli also has the same anti-aging effects, in addition to helping you deal with oily skin, dermatitis and psoriasis.
How to use: Mix 4–5 drops of Patchouli with your facewash or face lotion, and wash your face like you normally would.
6. All-In-One (Almost)
Tea tree oil has gained widespread popularity when it comes to treating practically any hair or skin problem. For one, it is considered a top cure for dandruff as it effectively moisturizes your scalp, thereby relieving dryness and itchiness. Tea tree oil reaches the depth of your hair follicles to unclog them and encourage regular flow of the skin’s own natural oils. Its microbial action gets rid of fungal infections, including scalp acne that’s gotten worse as a result of secondary bacterial infections.
How to use: TTO can be applied directly to your skin, but always diluted one. It is best for acne and acne marks, and shows results within 2–3 weeks.
7. Wave Goodbye to Acne
Acne can be an embarrassing condition to deal with, particularly in your adult years. If there weren’t enough reasons already to use tea tree oil, know that it is also an effective remedy for fighting dandruff, nail fungus, and the sting you experience after bug bites. And while we’re on the subject, calendula oil, and thyme are also highly effective at getting rid of acne for good.
How to use: Mix TTO with a carrier oil and apply it to the area (skin or hair).
These simple yet effective tips will help you tackle common skin and hair problems without any side effects. Plus, they are also more affordable than most products available out there
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