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Ah, essential oils. They’re like the beauty store of the plant kingdom. For almost any skin issues, from aging skin to acne breakouts, there’s an essential oil for that. They last a long time, they’re easy to use, and they often smell divine. Best of all, they’re completely natural.

If you’re new to essential oils, though, they can be a little overwhelming. There are dozens and dozens of essential oils, so which ones should you buy? How much do you use? What if you have a bad reaction?

This article lists 5 of the most common essential oils for skin and their uses. Start here and soon you’ll have a whole home apothecary! Below you’ll also find a couple quick tips for using EOs.

Tea Tree

Tea tree oil is a must for every girl’s bathroom cabinet. It’s useful for both beauty and first aid, since it’s an antibacterial and antifungal agent.

As an astringent, tea tree oil is particularly good for controlling breakouts, regulating oil production, and reducing acne-causing bacteria.

Lavender

Lavender is great for simply adding to baths, lotions and other beauty items, since it’s ultra-relaxing — and relaxation is an essential part of any beauty routine! It also helps reduce skin irritation. Because it encourages skin cells to regenerate more quickly, it’s great for fading scars and sun spots.

Geranium

Geranium oil is awesome for a wide variety of purposes. Firstly, it’s good for the breakout-prone, since it regulates oil production and controls acne. Secondly, it’s helpful for aging or mature skin because it improves skin elasticity and reduces the appearance of wrinkles. And lastly, it promotes blood circulation, which can help in a range of scenarios, including when you need those bruises to heal.

Frankincense

Frankincense is another awesome addition to your routine. It has a ton of benefits: it’s antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, and it evens the skin tone out, decreases the appearance of pores, soothes dry skin, tightens skin, reduces fine lines and fades scars. Whew! That’s a lot of power from one plant.

Ylang Ylang

Ylang ylang’s first selling point is that it smells amazing, like a tropical paradise. It’s also good for your skin, though. It controls oil production and minimizes breakouts, and for mature skin, it improves elasticity and reduces fine lines. It also helps regenerate skin cells more quickly, keeping your skin looking fresh.

As a general rule of thumb, you should follow these precautions when using essential oils:

  1. Use just a couple drops, diluted in a carrier oil such as jojoba oil. NEVER use essential oils directly on your skin unless you’ve researched that specific oil. Lavender oil, for example, is safe to use directly, but many people will have a bad reaction to undiluted tea tree oil.
  2. Test it on a small, non-visible part of your skin first. Most essential oils are perfectly safe when diluted, but it’s always good to have some extra peace of mind since everyone’s skin is different.

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6 Ways Modern Life is Making You Unhappy (And What to Do About It)

We get it. In this day, working outside the home is part of our lives. Even a farmer might find that keeping a job can help make their farm more productive or make ends meet. But it comes with a price, as parts of our modern lifestyle do not add to happiness, possibly making you unhappy. Here are six such issues, and what you can do to counteract them.

You don’t spend enough time in nature

Studies have shown that natural environments, including parks and the beach, are beneficial to well-being. People who spend time in nature feel happier and more relaxed, and experience less mental fatigue. Comparatively, urban environments make people feel stressed and mentally tired. Fix: Take some time regularly to get outdoors.

You don’t get enough daylight

Depending on your job and location, you may only get a small amount of natural light per day. Some office workers set off for work in the dark, spend all day indoors, and then go home in the dark. This routine can cause low vitamin D levels, and if you suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), it can have an adverse effect on your mood. The solution is simple: spend more time outdoors in direct sunlight.

Material possessions have taken over

Everyone has experienced retail therapy, that high you get when you spend money on something new. But that new prized possession quickly becomes passe, and soon, you’re pining after something else. To counter this, get into the habit of spending money on experiences, not possessions.

You’re addicted to your smartphone

The research base is still in its early stages, but the evidence is building that excessive social media usage contributes to low moods and anxiety. Try this experiment — keep your phone and internet off for one day, and count how many times you feel the urge to check your smartphone. You may be surprised at the results. To help curb your technology addiction, spend some time every day unplugged, with the WiFi, and all phones turned off.

Your commute is making you miserable

Commuting to work has been rated in surveys as the least happy time of day, even lower than being at work. In the search for a more comfortable life, many people accept jobs far away from their home. But long commute times may negate the monetary benefits. In reality, the shorter your commute, the happier you’ll be. Finding work closer to home is the best case scenario but if you can’t, is it possible to negotiate a few days per week where you work from home?

You’ve Stopped Connecting

The link between social relationships and happiness is well-established by research. Unfortunately though, as people older, they spend less and less time with their friends. It’s so easy to let friendships slide, especially if you’re tired after work, have children, or have a date with a box set. However, it is important to find ways to make it work. Invite friends over, plan an evening out, or just show up unannounced one day. Netflix can wait.

Make the effort

Human beings are creatures of habit, and it’s easy to get stuck doing the same things every day, even if they are not beneficial. It can take a bit of effort to adjust your routine, but the benefits are worth it. Try applying the above solutions just for one month, and see what effect it has on your life.


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