My daily essential oil routines sometimes change, but I thought that I would go over how I use them on a daily basis.
In the morning, I apply my moisturizer and then do my makeup and get ready for work.
Once I get to work, I use various combinations of essential oils in my diffuser.
I wear different scents mixed with a carrier oil in a roller bottle. My emotional state has been in flux most centered on grief and sadness and some feelings of anxiety. These particular oils provide an uplifting aroma and help get me through the work day.
I have a couple other rollers I keep in my purse for emergency use in case I feel some head tension coming on or need an energy and focus boost to get over and through the late afternoon wall.
I tend to take baths and showers in the evening because I find them relaxing. I use my own DIY foaming body wash, sugar scrubs, and relaxing bath oils. Occasionally, I will switch out my sugar scrub for clay masks or Himalayan Salt Scrubs. I also use my own homemade bath bombs, which reminds me that I need to make another batch soon.
My night time routine is pretty intense. After I take a bath or shower, I apply moisturizer and an under eye serum for dark circles on my face. I also use a belly firming cream on my abdomen and stretch mark cream on my hips, lower abdomen, and thighs.
I am currently on a sleep restriction regime to help with insomnia and find myself puttering around my office/studio doing things until midnight so I usually have my diffuser going with various combinations and have been digging a mixture of mint oils with citrus ones.
Once I am ready for sleep, I diffuse oils that help to promote relaxation and sleep. I use a Sleepy foot rub. Then its lights out for me
The term Comedogenic as it pertains to carrier oils and essential oils is a determination of whether or not certain oils with a rating of 0-5 will cause your skin to breakout because of clogged pores. My skin is pretty resilient and I use Coconut Oil and Shea Butter in most of my skincare recipes. Essential oils on their own are non-comedogenic, but in most cases you will be using them with some sort of carrier oil. The types of commonly used carrier oils have comedogenic ratings from 0-5 based upon how likely they are to clog pores and cause breakouts.
Here is a breakdown of the ratings:
Here is a list of the most commonly used carrier oils and their comedogenic ratings:
If you end up with clogged pores and breakouts you can always use a deep pore cleansing mask on occasion and/or sugar scrubs or salt scrubs. The sugar and salt scrubs that I use contain a small amount of coconut oil, which helps prevent the sugar and salt from irritating my skin. The coconut oil can be replaced with Argan Oil or Fractionated Coconut Oil too. I alternate using them throughout the week.
Who doesn't love getting a pedicure from time to time? Did you know that you can do them at home with all-natural ingredients and essential oils? I didn't either, but I did some research and found a combination of several recipes that work great for doing an at home DIY pedicure. From start to finish, it will take about an hour to do. Enjoy! I still love going to the spa or salon for pedicures too, these recipes are great for relaxation at home in between spa visits.
It's no secret that I really love making my own beauty and skincare products. I've made a lot of sugar scrubs and decided to branch out into sea salt scrubs. I did some research about making scrubs using Himalayan Sea Salt, which you can find at Whole Foods or Amazon. I used Peppermint and Grapefruit in this recipe, but you can experiment with other essential oils combinations that are good for the skin.
Salt scrubs like this can help to detox, reduce cellulite, and nourish the skin. This recipe also uses sweet almond oil which will help moisturize the skin. You can also use other carrier oils like coconut oil. The castile soap will cleanse the skin. Himalayan Sea Salt in particular, is rich is minerals like calcium, magnesium, and iron.
Grapefruit essential oil stimulates the lymphatic system and reduces excess water weight. Please be mindful of two things: grapefruit is a photosensitive oil, so if you have sensitive skin it can react to sunlight, but in the case of the scrub you will be washing it from your face so there shouldn't be any issues. If you are on medications, ingesting grapefruit in any form can cause your medications to absorb superfast which can cause problems. I take extended release Adderall so I wouldn't want it to absorb too fast.
Peppermint oil energizes you and also is beneficial for the skin by aiding in the balance of oil production, which is great for me since my skin tends to be oily by nature. If your skin is dry or sensitive you can use oils that are complimentary to your skin type.
The Himalayan Sea Salt Scrub can be used all over your body or in targeted areas.
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