Did you know that the humble frankincense oil can be used to treat more than 50 different skin conditions, as well as relaxing the entire body? If you said no, we are about to blow your mind so much that by the end of it, you’ll definitely be interested in getting your hands on a bottle for the medicine cabinet!
What is frankincense oil?
Frankincense oil is made primarily from boswellia carteri, a type of plant which has been around since Biblical times. Tree resin is steamed down, pressed, and made into a handy little essential oil which we all know and love to this day as frankincense. It is well known for its antibacterial properties and other skin loving and relaxation elements.
If your skin has been left damaged by years of skin exposure or even a nasty burn, use twice a day to treat the area. Not only does it help to diminish the look of dark spots, it will help to naturally brighten the skin.
Suffering from a dry cuticle, or two? Apply frankincense oil before bed (it will soak better into your skin) to bring back the moisture in your fingernails.
Did you know that frankincense has been used for years to reduce stress? Apply a few drops onto the back of your neck, and try to sit back and relax. The sweet smell will soothe your body and mind, and help to increase your concentration.
Improve the look and feel of bug bites by applying a few drops of frankincense on the skin. Not only will it help to decrease the redness, but will also soothe the itchy feeling.
If you suffer from particularly dry or acne-prone skin, frankincense could really help to curb those future breakouts. Mix a few drops into your moisturiser and apply onto both the face and neck a few times a week.
Use frankincense as a deep cleansing mask and apply onto freshly washed skin. The antibacterial properties will help to remove any impurities and un-clog your skin.
Apply a few drops of frankincense oil onto dry patches to quickly hydrate and moisturise the entire area. This is a quick and easy trick if the cold weather hasn’t been kind to your skin, or similarly if it needs a bit of glow before heading out.
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Do you suffer from painful and embarrassing acne on your back? Not only is back-acne extremely common, it’s also easy to get rid of if you have the right products. Try a few of our skin care tips to eliminate the painful acne on your back, and leave your skin looking soft and blemish-free. This way, the only Acne your skin will love are the clothes that come in a pink paper bag!
Use a mild exfoliating scrub to remove any build-up or dead skin cells off the surface of your skin. Sometimes it can prove awfully tricky to reach your back, so use a loofah to target those hard to reach areas with ease!
Rinse with lukewarm water, then moisturise with a rich formula to keep the area calm and hydrated.
Appelles Loofah, $6.95
Tea tree oil
You may have heard that tea tree oil has healing and anti-bacterial properties which are perfect for damaged or dry skin. Mix a little into your next shower gel, and carefully create a lather on both your back and upper arms.
Let the mixture sink into your skin for a few minutes, and rinse with tepid water. To avoid tearing the acne or blemishes on your back, pat the skin dry with a towel.
Draw yourself a bath, and mix one cup of apple cider vinegar into the lukewarm water. This will fight against any bacterial that is living on the surface of your skin, and will soothe any inflamed blemishes on your back.
Where possible, avoid purchasing hair and body gels which are very strong smelling. Fragrance is the number one product which causes irritable skin, and will only make exposed blemishes and acne feel like they’re on fire. Use mild, and sulphate-free products (and avoid clogging your pores with fake tan!)
Make your own coffee scrub to expel the skin of any clogged pores, and shed excess bacteria as well. Apply the scrub in circular motions over your back, let it sit for at least 20 minutes before washing off with lukewarm water and a cotton wash-cloth.
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While you probably know about turmeric as the main ingredient in your favourite curry recipe, it has been used for centuries as an alternative skincare treatment. Just one of the many helpful chemicals helps to decrease swelling and inflammation, while clearing up skin which has been subjected to skin damage or even acne.
Below are just a few facts about turmeric which should make it an essential in your skincare routine.
Fact 1: Acne treatment
Turmeric is praised for it’s antiseptic qualities since it helps to clear away pimples, and fight against any antibacterial cells on the surface of the skin. You can make your own turmeric face mask which is perfect for even sensitive skin, to reduce oil and unclog sebaceous glands in the face and body.
Mix with lemon juice for an amazing fake tan remover minus the irritable skin!
Fact 2: Wrinkles
Put down your anti-ageing creams and whip yourself up a turmeric face mask instead. The fine particles are ideal for both women and men who wish to reduce their fine lines and wrinkles.
We’re not saying it’s the fountain of youth, but it will help to clear your skin and brighten the delicate under-eye area.
Fact 3: Stretch marks
If you suffer from stretch marks on your arms, legs, breasts, and thighs, turmeric can prove to be a natural skin lightener. Simply apply a concentrated paste of turmeric with yoghurt, milk, and water then apply to your problem areas.
Fact 4: Facial hair
Sometimes that annoying peach fuzz on your upper lip or chin can prove to be difficult to remove with waxing and strenuous laser treatments. Turmeric can help to decrease facial hair growth in these areas by mixing equal parts of chickpea and exfoliating the skin consistently for one month.
Fact 5: Cracked heels
Summer season calls for sandals and flip-flops, but cracked skin around the heels can often compromise your plans. Mix 3 tablespoons of turmeric and coconut oil and apply onto cracked skin to soften your heels without the use of a harmful exfoliating agent.
How would you incorporate turmeric into your skincare or beauty routine?
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With so many cleansers, serums, moisturisers, and face masks currently available, it’s often difficult to figure out how to incorporate all of the above into your daily skincare routine.
There is actually a crazy method of using all of these essential products on your skin without feeling too overwhelmed. Use the following tips the next time you apply your morning and nightly skincare products.
After cleansing your skin and washing the solution off carefully with tepid water, it’s time to apply your daily serum. Serums typically go first because they contain concentrated ingredients, and act like a primer for the other products. Allow the serum to settle completely into the skin for 5-10 minutes – your skin should feel soft and matte.
If you’re applying serum during the night, you can also use a retinol in this step as well. They should always be applied first, since this can really maximise the way they interact with clean, dry skin.
Now is the best time to use any acne-fighting spot treatments on your skin. Topical prescriptions, and acne gels should be applied with a light hand on the skin. Let the product soak into the problem area before rushing to the next step of your skincare regime. While you wait, you can also apply eye cream around the eyes and over the crows-feet (if you have any). Dab the product in gently with your ring finger, and avoid dragging skin back and forth.
The moisturiser is important because it helps to really set all of the previous products. Because it’s so thick, it helps to settle everything else, and makes the skin feel soft and luminous for makeup or other cosmetics during the day.
If you’re heading out, now you can apply a sunscreen all over your face and neck. Use a product with SPF 15 and higher to protect your skin from any possible sun damage.
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