As a skincare and beauty blogger, I spend a lot of time trying to find greener ways to enhance my skin care routine and better my body from the inside out. When the outside doesn’t reflect the health and peace of my inside, I turn to some tried-and-true DIYs to take care of the rest.
When I woke up this morning with a mild acne breakout, I was inspired to share a few of my handy and helpful recipes that use one of my favorite essential oils: tea tree oil.
Found in the leaves of Australia’s tea trees, this potent essential oil has been a go-to product for natural healing for ages.
Rich with antifungal and antiseptic properties, tea tree oil has long been used to cure nail fungus, athlete’s foot and lice. It can also heal cuts, burns, bug bites, other minor infections and in this case, acne.
A Simple and Safe Spot Treatment
Like I said, I woke up this morning with a few new pimples. I immediately grabbed a stalk of fresh aloe vera, my tea tree oil and a little dish.
I pulped out about 1 tablespoon of fresh aloe and added 2-4 drops of tea tree oil. After mixing it up well, I applied it directly to each pimple.
Though it’s safe enough to leave overnight, I opted for a 20 minute spot treatment that helped reduce redness, inflammation and killed any residual acne-causing bacteria.
Face Mask Fit for a Spa
I think face masks are great. Whether you’re using them to fight aging, acne or anything else, they make you feel pampered and fresh. This effective acne-fighting tea tree oil mask does all that and more.
I mixed together 2 tablespoons of green clay powder with 3-4 drops of tea tree oil and enough water to make this a paste, then I stirred everything together until it was nice and smooth.
Using my fingers, I applied the mask all over my face, being extra careful not to get any in my eyes.
This mask works best when you give it 20 minutes to absorb, so pass the time by perusing MindBodyGreen or, like me, doing dishes. So much for that spa-pampered feeling I was talking about!
Once your 20 minutes has clocked out, rinse off the mask using lukewarm water, and be sure to pat your face dry with a clean towel.
The minerals found in the clay powder are great for cleansing and detoxifying your skin, while the tea tree oil takes care of the acne.
Besides working phenomenally, the best part of these DIYs is how quick, easy and cheap they are.
Next time you have a little breakout, resist the urge to purchase a product with harsh chemical ingredients, and give one of my recipes a try.
There’s a lot to be said for working with what Mother Nature has given you, and let’s be real for a moment — if you wouldn’t put chemicals in your body, why put them on it? Instead, keep it clean and green with natural DIY remedies. Not only is it great for your skin but it's pretty kind on your wallet as well. Win!