Tea Tree Oil

Happy Skin Care Sunday!!! As you may or may not know, Oils can be used on the skin and in your hair to help clear acne, strengthen edges, grow hair follicles and more. Typically, people opt for using what are called essential oils because they are known for their volatile scents and good health benefits. My favorite, Tea tree oil, comes from tea or paper bark trees. It derives from Australia and has long been used as an antiseptic. Anyone who has used this oil knows it has the most pungent smell, but, it has some great healing properties which you can find below:

  1. It is an antibacterial oil-It helps to cleanse the hair and skin by eliminating bacteria
  2. It can be applied to cuts-Because it is an antibacterial oil, you can use it to cleanse any cuts or burns as you would with any alcohol or hydrogen peroxide.
  3. It can be used for acne-The oil can help dry out pimples
  4. It can be used for dark spots-Tea Tree oil dies out marks and cleanses them, prohibiting other bacteria to get into or near the skin cells.
  5. It can be used to stop coughs-The aroma of Tea Tree oil is strong enough to take out a cough
  6. It can help grow your hair-It can cleanse the hair of any dandruff and get deep inside the roots of your scalp

Why your skincare routine might not be working

Skincare routines are practices that help us look our best on the outside. Some take their routine more seriously than others. Nonetheless, skincare routines have become a serious competition over the last two years. If you have a Twitter or Instagram account, you might have stumbled across accounts of people who once suffered from acne or darkspots. Through a rigorous skincare routine, they have been able to significantly decrease their marks. Now back to you, you read their story, and decide to try every product the twitter sccount has mentioned in their routine. You spend alot of money and time trying to recreate their routine in order to get results exactly like theirs. So why is this not working? I will tell you why:

Everyone has different skin, by this I mean everyone has different skin types. Some people suffer from cystic acne, hormonal acne, dry skin, oily skin etc. With every skin type comes different products made to cater to that specific type of skin. The reason some products may work on some people and not on you is because they may not have the same skin type as you.

  • Find what works for you
    • You are not going to find your skin care routine overnight. It takes trial and error. For example, some people have skin that can handle drugstore facial soaps, creams etc. Others, have skin that is more sensitive and need prescribed products by a Dermatologist. The only way to know what is right for your skin, is to try different products. More times than not, will need to try multiple products before finding that special one.
  • Be consistent 
    • Once you find those special products that work for you, it is imperative to stay consistent with them. Constantly switching products can cause more irritation to your skin and thus, take more time for your skin to heal or adjust.
  • Less is more
    • We’ve all heard this saying right? Well for skincare, this is key in sustaining a long lasting routine. By maintaining a low maintenance skin care routine, your skin has time to adjust to the products. By using alot of products such as a variety of creams and serums, your skin will take longer to adjust to what product is done for what purpose. Using less products allows for your skin care routine to stay consistent even if you’re on the go.