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Adding essential oils to your beauty routine

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Essential oils, with their multi-purposeful benefits, can be a great addition to our head-to-toe beauty routines. These concentrated plant extracts – often used in aromatherapy practices – are defined by their potency, aroma, and the impact they might have on our central nervous systems in terms of altering our moods. But they can also work wonders in our beauty kits.

Read on to discover my go-to oils for skin, hair, feet and body – and suggestions for others you can invite into your own routine to reap the benefits of these powerful elixirs.

Using essential oils in your beauty routine

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 Essential oils for skin

Frankincense oil is one of my favourites in my skincare routine. I find it’s great for nourishing a dry complexion, while it might even prevent the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Personally, I incorporate it into my evening skincare routine by adding a few drops into my night cream several evenings a week, and find I wake up with a youthful glow in the morning. But you could add Nature’s Truth Pure Frankincense Essential Oil to another oil blend, a day cream (if suitable), or apply as-and-when you feel your complexion needs a boost.

Tea Tree essential oil is another staple in my bathroom. With antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antifungal properties, it can work wonders when targeting blemishes, and might help promote a clearer complexion. (Dilute with a suitable carrier oil, such as almond oil, and dab on spots with a cotton wool pad.)

Others I’d recommend are lemon oil, for a brighter, clearer complexion (it has natural astringent and antimicrobial properties), and nourishing sandalwood oil, to encourage skin repair and hydration. Studies suggest the latter might even help with skin conditions such as psoriasis and atopic dermatitis.

As with any of the essential oils mentioned here, always remember to dilute with a carrier oil first before applying to skin.* It’s also a good idea to do a patch test before using any oils on skin for the first time.**

When it comes to carrier oils, almond oil and avocado oil are dry oils (quick absorbing) that aid moisturisation without feeling too heavy on the skin. The former is great for treating conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and acne, while the latter may aid in healing and anti-ageing. Coconut oil is a little heavier and naturally antibacterial and antifungal, so it is ideal for locking in moisture and preventing breakouts.

Essential oils for hair

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When it comes to hair, I swear by rosemary essential oil. After hearing anecdotally about it boosting hair growth, I began to add it to my routine post-partum (it’s said to improve blood circulation, which might explain its positive effects). For me, it really made a difference! My hair was definitely stronger, thicker and generally healthier-looking once it became a regular feature in my shower routine.

Try adding a few drops of Nature’s Truth Rosemary Essential Oil into your shampoo and conditioner bottles (take care not to add too much, to avoid risking irritation). Mix well and make sure to apply it right from the roots to the ends of your hair. Massage into your scalp to really allow it to get to work – and take a little self-care time for yourself while you’re at it!

Similarly, if you suffer from dandruff or a problem scalp, try harnessing the powers of Nature’s Truth Pure Bergamot Essential Oil by adding one or two drops to shampoos and conditioners. Studies have demonstrated bergamot oil’s ability to reduce inflammation and antimicrobial qualities, which might help promote a healthy scalp and fight flakiness.

Essential oils for body and feet

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Not just a beauty booster from the neck up, essential oils can be used from head to toe. When it comes to reviving your feet, once again rosemary oil can work wonders – it’s a traditional remedy for alleviating soreness. Try adding a few drops to a tub of warm water and soaking your feet to relieve muscle pain and tension after a long day.

For me, adding a lavender oil to my bathtub is my go-to when I want to give my skin a calming treatment – and feel super-relaxed! Its natural anti-inflammatory properties can soothe and reduce redness, though those with sensitive skins might want to skip it.

Alternatively, lemon essential oil can be a great all-rounder when added to a body cream or into the bathtub (though again, take care, as this oil can sometimes irritate). It’s known for its cleansing, antimicrobial properties, which might even mean it has powers to speed up wound healing – plus, the invigorating scent will help you start the day raring to go.

 Ready to give it a try? Shop Nature’s Truth’s essential oil range here, and read more from Holly Zoccolan and our panel of experts here.

*Always read the instructions on the bottle. Essential oils should be diluted with a carrier oil before applying directly to skin.

**To do a patch test, dab a few drops of diluted essential oil onto a clean, dry patch of skin on your forearm, near the crook of your elbow. Keep area dry for 24 hours: if there are any signs of rash, discomfort or irritation, discontinue use. If adding essential oils to a cream or other beauty product, similarly, do a patch test first.

Holly Zoccolan

Holly Zoccolan

Holistic Lifestyle Coach

A Certified Nutritional Health Coach and Herbalist, Holly Zoccolan – also known as The Health Zoc – promotes healthy lifestyle changes that are beneficial and accessible. She specialises in women’s health, including balancing female hormones, and the use of essential oils for better health.