Forget about that makeup brush that works with any foundation or the shade of lipstick that “looks good on anyone”—there is no product in your makeup bag that’s as versatile as an essential oil. These natural, flower-derived oils have amazing beauty benefits, ranging from anti-aging to skin-clarifying.
1. Hair repair. If you blow-dry or flat-iron your hair, live in a climate with dry or extreme heat, or just happen to be born with coarse locks, you can benefit from a few drops of ylang-ylang and primrose oils, massaged into your strands while wet and before styling. These restorative oils penetrate deep without causing a stringy, greasy look.
2. Cuticle care. Massage a soothing oil—I like rose, grapefruit or eucalyptus—into the nailbed to heal ragged cuticles.
3. Facial toner. Refresh your skin before you begin your beauty routine with an uplifting DIY toner. In an empty spray bottle, combine a few drops of geranium essential oil with witch hazel and a little distilled water. Mist after cleansing and before applying lotion or serums.
4. Blemish control. Apply tea tree oil with a cotton swab directly to any blemishes visible on your skin. If the oil feels too harsh, you can try mixing it with raw, organic honey to make a milder—but still effective—salve.
5. Moisturizer. Apply almond oil directly to the face and body to replenish your skin’s natural oils without residue. The light, naturally sweet scent is addictive!
7. Antiaging. Mix primrose oil with your daily moisturizer or nighttime wrinkle cream for an added antiaging boost!
9. De-grease your nose and forehead. If your skin is naturally oily, you might be reading this entire blog with a healthy dose of skepticism—wondering whether using essential oils will make that 3 o’clock shine even shinier. Fortunately, certain oils, including peppermint, tea tree and grapeseed, can actually help regulate natural oil production.
10. Give your lips some love. Lemon essential oil combined with another natural lubricant—such as shea butter or coconut oil—will pamper your pucker when your lips need extra moisturizer. Or, simply add a drop of lemon oil to an unscented lip balm for added effect!