In the market for something all natural to keep breakouts under control without breaking the bank? Ever tried tea tree oil? First, let me tell you…This stuff is AMAZING and inexpensive! I personally have a thing for the smell of tea tree oil too. Not only do I love the smell but I love the clean, fresh feeling I get after I tone my skin with it in the morning and at night (when I remember to do my nightly regimen). Never heard of it or never tried it? Maybe you have used it but you applied it to your skin without diluting it and it irritated your skin? Whatever the case, you need to know that tea tree oil is a game changer for real regarding skincare. Proper use can bring positive results! First let me break down all of the amazingness of that which is tea tree oil.
Tea tree oil for topical use derives from the leaves of the tea tree. There’s a tea plant too but don’t get them twisted. My beloved tea tree oil is extracted from the leaves from the tree not the plant. Tea tree oil is anti fungal, antiviral, and antibacterial hence the reason it works so well to prevent and treat acne. It is also an ingredient in one of my favorite conditioners which I use to cleanse my hair weekly: Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle conditioner…Not only does it have one of my favorite all natural oils in the ingredients but it’s only $3!! To find out more uses of tea tree oil click here.
Tea tree oil itself can be drying if used alone because it is so concentrated like most essential oils. So, be sure to dilute it before applying it to your skin whether you are adding it to an oil or liquid. Also, just like anything else applied to your skin be sure to test a small area before applying it all over your face. Everyone’s skin is different and reacts to products differently.
Personally, I have had nothing but great results with tea tree oil which I’ve been using as an all natural acne treatment for years now. It is a major part of my morning and nighttime skincare routine. Every time I cleanse my face I use tea tree oil along with witch hazel as my toner. After I cleanse my face, I soak a cotton pad with witch hazel and add a drop or two of tea tree oil. If I have any breakouts I gently press the witch hazel/tea tree oil soaked pad on the inflamed areas for a few seconds more to be sure it really absorbs. Then I moisturize as usual alternating between either argan oil, my organic botanics day cream moisturizer, or sometimes both simultaneously. It depends on what my skin needs at the time.
The cleansing method is crucial to product absorption because you want to be sure that your pores have been deeply cleansed of dirt, residue and anything else that may be lurking in there. I’ll be discussing my cleansing routine including the oil cleansing method in a future post. I’ll explain how I use mainly natural products to cleanse and alternate with other products due to my skin’s needs specifically when I have a break out! Have you ever tried tea tree oil? If so, what have been your experiences with it? If you do try it let me know how it works!
Peace and Love,