Aromatherapy and essential oils are one of my favorite subjects. As an herbalist, I’ve studied essential oils extensively and as an avid “creative person”, I’ve played with them in all sorts of ways. I’ve made my own perfumes for both spiritual reasons and just because reasons. I’ve created therapeutic blends to help with a bad coughs and overstressed muscles.
I’ve found in fact, that essential oils are some of the most versatile products of nature. I’ve used them for needs across the board of emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual concerns. In my work as an aesthetician, essential oils play a major role in the therapies and treatments I perform for my clients. They function in amazing ways with the skin and bring about long-lasting healing results, sometimes when nothing else my clients have used has worked.
In fact, look in the ingredients of some of your most trusted, effective skin care products and I bet you will find an essential oil or two. Many times this is the “secret” or at the least an important key to their greatness.
So with all that said, I’m going to share with you some of my most favorite essential oils for skin care.
Sandalwood (Santalum Album) This is a great oil for acne and skin infections in general. It’s a powerful antibacterial and anti fungal agent. I use a few drops of it in a clay mask base. Use a teaspoon full of betonite clay, about half a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and 5 drops of sandalwood. Mix all this together and add more clay or vinegar to get a creamy consistency. Apply this all over your face and neck and let sit for 5 mins at least. Rinse off, tone, and moisturize:). Doing this at least once a week should give you great results.
Clary-Sage (Salvia scalrea) This is another great oil for acne and it also does a wonderful job with wrinkles and fine lines as well. I add this oil to whatever moisturizer I’m using with my client (making sure there are no counter indications to this first). Generally 3 drops to every pump/squeeze of moisturizer is more than enough.
Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) This oil works wonders for wrinkles like Clary-sage and is also indicated for disturbed and sensitive skin, as well as broken capillaries and can be used on either oily or dry skin. This is another one that can be added to the moisturizer. I also add this to the toner, which I generally make of either half apple cider vinegar and water (for oily skin) or just water (for dry skin). 3 drops in 1 oz is a good amount to start with.
Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) This is another one of my favorite wonder oils. Tea tree oil is wonderful for spot treating. It clears up pimples in a two days or less and greatly reduces their reoocurence due to its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory power. I use tea tree oil directly on pimples that one would be otherwise tempted to “pick at”. It’s also a good additive to a toner, preparing it the same way as the geranium toner above.
Lavender (Lavendula Angustifolium, officinalis) Most people know a lot about lavender already, so I struggled with whether I should include it in this list. It’s a wonderful skin care oil though and so it belongs here, especially since it is the great balancer. Lavender does an excellent job at balancing oil production in the skin as well as clearing blemishes and evening skin tone. It’s indicated for all skin types and even helps to hydrate dry skin. Lavender can be used at any step in your skincare regimen. It works well in a scrub, toner, mask, or moisturizer and it’s absolutely fine to use it in all 4. 5 drops or less is a good amount to begin with in a tablespoon amount of any of these. This is also one of the oils that can be used directly on the skin without worry so there is very little issue of using too much.
These are 5 of my favorite “go to” oils for skin care. There are of course other great oils and in the future, I will definitely share more with you all. These are the ones I encourage you to start with though! Have fun enhancing your health and getting beautiful!
1 comment August 20, 2006
Protect your skin from the sun whenever possible.
90% of skin damage is due to sun exposure. You don’t have to lie out in the sun to get sun damage. If you drive a car or even ride in a car you increase the risk of sun damage. Skin cancer is on the rise and while we may not be able to completely avoid the sun we can better protect ourselves by wearing sunblock. Use at least a SPF 15 on your face and a SPF 30 on your body. For oily skin there are oil-free sun blocks available. Use a generous amount and choose one that protects from both UVA (aging) and UVB (burning) rays.
If you live in an extremely hot area, carry a cute parasol or wear a visor or darling sun hat.
Want the glow without the risk?
Opt for airbrush tanning or bottled sunless-tanner to get a healthy glow and a surprisingly slimmer look.
First of all: Exfoliate! Exfoliate! Both the sunless-tanning and airbrush will adhere and look better on exfoliated skin.
If you opt for the bottled sunless tanner: Choose an oil-free tanner with SPF mixed in.
Don’t: Place any tanner under the eyes if you are prone to dark circles. By alleviating the eye area this will make the color blend and the circles less prominent.
Avoid the knees, the ankles and the wrists, as this is where the product will settle into the lines and dry areas. Make sure that you wash your hands well after to avoid staining the palms of your hands.
For an extra dewy glow add a hint of bronzer to the nose, chin and brow bone.
Airbrush tanning is super popular and if done correctly will look great. If you want to "drop a few" instantly have the technician contour (shade) troublesome areas.
Looking good makes you feel good, you don't have to sacrifice your health in order to look your best.
Wishing you warm summer days!
Add a comment June 13, 2006
Did you know how easy it is to make a refreshing foot spray for the coming hot summer days?
Take a peppermint tea bag and make a 8 oz cup of tea. Let it steep for 15 mins with a plate over your cup. Take this and melt two to three ice cubes in it. Into a small 2 to 4 oz plastic spray bottle (most drugstores sell these nowadays), pour as much of the tea as you can.
Optionally, you can also add 1 drop of peppermint essential oil and 1 drop of tea tree essential oil to the tea in the spray bottle. This will increase the cooling effect and add an antimicrobial effect as well to combat athlete's foot and foot odor.
Label the spray bottle and toss it in your purse or bag to use whenever your feet begin to feel hot or get the numb feeling from being on them too long. This should last you a few days if you keep it in your purse or bag and a week if you keep it in the refrigerator.
And don't forget to drink the rest of your now chilled tea to cool yourself down from the inside out:)!
2 comments June 7, 2006
buff, buff, buff! What I mean is use ONLY a little amount of foundation and BUFF those pigments into your skin. Since mineral foundation is so highly pigmented, you have to BUFF it really well to get it to spread nicely, evenly, and give the coverage you're seeking.
If you've been having problems with your mineral foundation and are thinking of giving up, DON'T YET! Try buffing! It'll make a difference, trust me!
If you're looking for some helpful mineral makeup hints, visit : http://forums.delphiforums.com/mineralmania/start . It's a great forum with tons of helpful people.
Add a comment May 26, 2006
Hey everyone! Welcome to the new blog home of Soul Revival. I've just opened my skin care studio in Chicago IL and this space is dedicated to sharing with my new clients and the rest of the cyberworld all the skincare and holistic life gems I can come up with.
I'll also be inviting other industry experts to share their voice here so look out for their postings too.
Enjoy the sharing and feel free to share your own gems too!
1 comment May 26, 2006