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It’s safe to say that the essential oils trend is no longer a trend; it’s a lifestyle. And with oils that seem to fix any ailment or fit any occasion, there’s no shortage of what these natural wonders can do.
Whether you’re looking to cure a pesky headache, (spring) clean your home, step up your fitness routine, or relax after that super long meeting, here’s our list of essential oils that work with any mood, any day of the week!
Mid-day slump? Ditch the caffeine and give yourself a wakeup call with lemongrass or peppermint essential oils. Two of our favorite oils that feature mood-boosting benefits, a few deep inhales will be the pick-me-up you need on even the busiest days.
Tip: Try rubbing 3-5 drops of either lemongrass or peppermint on your inner wrists for a natural burst of feel-good energy!
Spring cleaning may be top of mind, but how you clean (and what chemicals you use) can make a major difference. Say goodbye to the storebought sprays and opt for more natural alternatives, like vinegar mixed with your favorite essential oil. It will eliminate germs and grime without any harsh residue floating through the air.
Tip: In a clean spray bottle, combine equal parts warm water and vinegar and add 10-15 drops of preferred essential oil (we like lemon or eucalyptus for that extra fresh smell). Shake well before use, and now you have an all-new, natural all-purpose cleaner.
Maybe you just conquered that HIIT class. Or you crushed your cycling session. Whatever your workout is, when your muscles hurt it can be hard to find sore satisfaction outside of your foam roller. That’s why we love marjoram essential oil! It’s calming and relaxing properties works wonders on sore and tired muscles.
Tip: Massage a few drops of marjoram onto your sore muscles post-workout for quick relief. Also, try adding a few drops to a warm Epsom salt bath for maximum recovery benefits.
Is your skin a sweet snack for bugs wherever you go? Whether you’re traveling somewhere tropical or you’re covered in bites from a camping trip, tea tree essential oil is your savior. It can soothe that itchy feeling plus it acts as an antiseptic, so there are no infections here!
Tip: Add a few drops of tea tree oil to a cotton ball and gently dab the bug bite to help eliminate that scratchy, itchy feeling. And if you’re looking for a bug repellent, try rubbing both peppermint and tea tree essential oils on your skin.
We are all about lavender essential oil when it comes to the headache relief rescue. While it has a variety of beneficial properties, lavender can consistently help you relax and can relieve tension. It helps manage stress so you can remain calm and collect on even the worst headache days!
Tip: Power up your go-to diffuser and add ten drops of lavender essential oil to room temperature water. Take a few deep breaths and exhale slowly. Keep diffuser running for an extra dose of calm.
Real talk: rose essential oil might be the priciest on the market, but believe us it goes a long way. Packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, the properties in this pure oil are amazing for moisturizing dry skin. Whether it’s your face or your full body, rose oil is the secret to smooth, soothed skin.
Tip: Try adding a few drops to your favorite facial and/or body moisturizer. You can also rub a rose oil directly on your skin first and add your preferred moisturizer after. Rose can also help manage acne naturally!
Just when you think the flu season is officially over, someone next to you at work won’t stop coughing, and it sounds like they can’t breathe. Say “no thank you” to getting sick by powering up your immune system with eucalyptus essential oil. It's perfect if you’re trying to be preventative or already caught the bug.
Tip: At home, work or when you’re going to bed, try diffusing 10-12 drops of eucalyptus essential oil for a couple of hours. You can also place a few drops on your chest or under your nose to help you inhale all the immune-boosting benefits.
Nothing calms our nerves (and works for our wallet) quite like sweet orange essential oil. A very aromatic oil, sweet orange instantly boosts moods and reduces anxiety, making it a perfect pairing for your most valiant employment efforts that have you shaking in your boots, like that company presentation or big interview.
Tip: Apply a few drops of sweet orange oil to the inside of your wrists and bottom of your feet for an anxiety-reducing effect. Be sparing with application though—the intoxicating smell is powerful!
Summer is officially here, and with that, there are so many fun activities that will motivate you to get outside to stay in shape and strive for those post-quarantine fitness goals. But before you decide to get outside to enjoy some walking, yoga, swimming, or hiking, remember these best practice skincare habits to protect your skin from common skin concerns, such as, sunburns, chafing, and excessive dryness.
Here, board-certified Dermatologist, Dr. Bottiglione, shares some advice to help your skin stay healthy as you embark into the great outdoors.
When going outside, the sun is going to be your biggest culprit for damaging your skin. While the sun boosts benefits like vitamin D production, take notice when your skin is overexposed to the sun’s harmful rays as it becomes dangerous. When overexposed to direct sunlight, the skin is irritated, causing sunburns, dryness, and sensitivity that can increase the chances for wrinkles and skin cancer as we age.
Luckily, staying inside when it’s so pleasant outside is not the only skincare alternative to avoid the sun’s damaging rays. Here are a few simple tips to prep your skin before stepping outside.
Opt to protect your skin with a clinical-grade sunblocking lotion of 15 SPF or higher.
“Anytime you go outside, you need to apply sunscreen to your skin,” advises Dr. B. “Ensure you apply sunscreen to the full body and reapply often. In the morning, after cleansing your face, is the best time to apply.” He recommends a spray for oily skin, or the Dermatologist’s Choice Sunscreen Enhanced Moisturizer for dry to combination skin types that needs a little extra hydration.
The key is the more intentional you are about proactively protecting your summer skin, the healthier it will be. It may sound simple, but your skin will be happier when you take a preventive approach rather than a reactive approach—for example, applying the sunscreen moisturizer before a walk to help to avoid the treatment of a sunburn after. When prepping your bag for the fun day ahead, make sure to add sunscreen, a hat, and plenty of water.
Now the real excitement begins! However you decide to get your fitness outdoors, we have the skincare routine you need or a carefree and healthy day.
Deep breath. Like our favorite flow, these skincare tips will keep our mind—and our skin—at ease. If you take your yoga practice outdoors, wear an SPF shirt, and lay your mat under a nicely shaded tree to help shield you from excessive sun exposure.
“Avoiding direct sunlight and wearing protective clothing is smart to protect your skin from sun damage. Even if you are going for a relaxing walk or doing just a few sun salutations. Staying out of the direct sunlight will reduce your risk of sun damage and wrinkles.” - Dr. B
Swimming is one of the best cardio and strength training workouts, while also an enjoyable activity during the summer. Whether you are swimming in open water or laps in the pool, the excess amount of water with exposure to pool chemicals and environmental pollutants can cause skin irritation and dryness. To keep your skin hydrated and protected, Dr. B. recommends applying the Dermatologist’s Choice Pre-Bath Oil to your skin before entering the water. This will seal your skin’s protective barrier to avoid skin irritation from chemicals and debris. He adds, “The Pre-Bath Oil is what I give to all my patients with eczema or dry skin. It is the only thing that will protect and also deeply hydrate the skin.” Just apply this serum before you put on your sunscreen, and you're good to go!
With warm temperatures during the summer months, it’s the perfect time for hiking and exploring the mountainous outdoors. It is essential to take the necessary steps to avoid your skin becoming sunburnt, irritated, or breaking out. “Wearing a hat with a large brim that will shade your face and neck is key. A baseball cap is just not enough for the sun protection you need. After your hike, it is important to clean your face and pores of sweat, dirt, and toxins with Dermatologist’s Choice Glycolic Peel Cleansing Pads to avoid breakouts from occurring,” Dr. B. warns. Keep them in your bag for easy cleansing after a hike.
One of the biggest skin concerns cyclists or runners usually bring to dermatologists is chafing. Even if you’re just cruising along the seaside or taking a cycling class, those tight clothes and friction can cause some intense irritation and redness. “When you have an issue with chafing, you need to protect your skin. You need armor over the skin. Beeswax, for example, is thick to coat the skin and protect it. Another effective option is the hydrating Dermatologist’s Choice Pre-Bath Oil. For best results, moisturize your skin, and then add a piece of clothing to cover it (that is actually like armor),” Dr. B. shares. Are you a runner? Feel free to use this tip too before your next mile or 30.
At the end of your activity, the real results of that skin preparation set in. But sometimes, you need a little extra support afterwards. After any good workout, cleansing off the sweat, dirt, toxins, and irritant is paramount. Dermatologist Choice pH Balanced Cleanser helps to gently but effectively remove sweat, oil, and restore the skin’s natural pH levels.
Did you end up getting a sunburn, or is your skin dry from the elements? Soothe with the Pre-Bath Oil with natural oils like sunflower and jojoba oil for deep hydration and healing.
“Sun damage can manifest in multiple ways. Most often, you will notice a sunburn first, which can then lead to irritated skin—and over time, sun damage increases the appearance of wrinkles.” For safe measure, at night regenerate sun-damaged skin with Dermatologist's Choice Ultra Anti-Aging Cream with 15% non-neutralized glycolic acid to your skin. This powerful dermatology treatment rebuilds the collagen and exfoliates fine lines, sunspots, and acne on the skin. “Do not apply the Ultra Anti-Aging Cream on a sunburn or irritated skin,” Dr. B. shares. These are long-term habits to aid in maintaining your best skin health.
Capture your best skin with everything you need this summer with the Dermatologist’s Choice Skin Kit, and get 20% off your order with code MB20 at www.dermchoice.com.