Guest Posting: Want That Youthful Glow?
5 Essential Oils You Must Try!
Recently, a jury ruled that Johnson and Johnson must pay 72 million dollars for a cancer death linked to talcum powder. Johnson and Johnson is facing claims that it did not properly warn consumers that the product could be linked to cancer. The verdict trended on Twitter with some social media users worried their own health.
If there is any good to come of this, it could be that we as consumers become more conscious of the products we put in and on our bodies.
Truth be told, I was never really one of those people who checked all the ingredients in the products I use. I’m the one who pores over beauty magazines and spends hours at Sephora perusing the shelves for the latest product that’s going to make me fabulously gorgeous and therefore change my life.
In my quest for eternal youth (which by the way, some may say I’m winning, as I’m often told I look way younger than I am), I inadvertently started using essential oils (commonly referred to as EO’s) in my skincare regime. I’ve never gotten more comments and compliments on my skin.
My vegan, healthy lifestyle, Pilates/Yoga instructor sister introduced me to essential oils and I started VERY slowly. Soon I was seeing results that couldn’t be denied.
Fast forward several years and here I am today. I’ve come to love and use essential oils so much, in all aspects of my life – both beauty and health, that I have quit my 20+ year career in TV, and have joined my sister in teaching others about the uses and benefits of essential oils.
Like a lot of women, I am looking for the best way for the stress of my life NOT to show on my face. To that end, here are the top 5 EO’s to use to get glowing skin:
Remember the gifts of the Magi? Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh? Many consider Frankincense the mother of all oils and that it has dozens of other health benefits. But it’s also an absolutely amazing oil for your skin because of its anti-aging property, which supports regeneration of new cells and their growth. This helps tighten sagging skin, which in turn reduces wrinkles and crow’s feet. Bonus, it also naturally fights blemishes, and helps visibly reduce marks and scars. Frankincense is best used diluted with a carrier oil (like Fractionated Coconut Oil), to avoid skin sensitivities. Use it daily and you’ll be amazed by the results.
Never heard of Melaleuca? Well, have you heard of tea tree oil? Yeah, same thing. So you may already know it’s great for oily skin, for anyone suffering from breakouts and for those with sensitive skin.It contains purifying properties, so think of it as a natural stringent, without harsh side effects like extreme redness or dryness. It also gently cleanses and soothes skin.
Is it a coincidence that TWO of the gifts by the Magi are on this list of the best essential oils for your skin? I think not. This oil helps restore elasticity to your skin tissue and restores aging skin, thereby reducing wrinkles. It also improves the texture and tone of your skin, and helps with blemishes and sun exposure. Who doesn’t want that?
You’ve likely heard that Lavender is a calming oil, and the beauty of essential oils is their multi-functional use. You can use one oil for such a huge range of issues, which is fantastic when you realize the cost benefits. Anyway, this oil contains germ-destroying, regenerative and calming qualities, and happens to be one of the best oils for breakouts, as it gets right to the root of the cause. Combine that with it’s calming properties, and it’s easy to see why it promotes gorgeous, glowing skin.
In addition to the wonderful scent (I often use it in a diffuser in my home), Lemongrass is both regenerative and detoxifying. It can be used to help minimize pores as an astringent, which leads to an even more beautiful complexion.
So if you happen to be looking for some non-toxic, natural and beneficial ways to boost your beauty, you may want to try these. And even if you aren’t necessarily looking for non-toxic, natural options, you still may want to try these. Know why? Because they work!
Do you use Essential Oils in your skincare regimen? Which ones and what do you like about them?
Jessica Herzberg is a recovering Emmy-nominated TV producer – turned essential oil advocate. She is also a real estate addict, problem solver and eternal optimist. Jessica lives in New York City with her most-amazing fiancé and mostly well-behaved children. In her spare time, she naps as often as possible.