Benefits of Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree: The acne-fighting superstar. Let’s take a closer look at all of its wonderful properties and how to properly treat our skin with it.
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Tea tree oil can be used for a variety of things besides your face. It’s beneficial for your hair, skin, and nails. And can also be used as a deodorant or even as an insect repellent.
This magical oil contains terpenoids, which have been found useful in the prevention of diseases and also have antimicrobial, antifungal, antiparasitic, antiviral, anti-allergenic, and anti-inflammatory properties.
When applied routinely, tea tree oil can do wonders to clean and heal our bodies' largest organ-- our skin.
Here’s how tea tree oil can help with the following skin issues:
DRY SKIN AND ITCHY SKIN
With its anti-inflammatory magic, tea tree soothes dry skin by alleviating itching and irritation. If you suffer from dry skin, add two to three drops of tea tree into your moisturizer, and apply morning and night.
Antiseptic properties found in tea tree have shown its ability to fight excess oil in the skin. Again, just add a few drops of oil to your moisturizers and apply twice daily. You can also mix tea tree into a bentonite clay mask for a quick treatment.
THE DO’S AND DON’TS WHEN APPLYING
- Before applying generously to your face, spot test on a small area, like your wrist, to be sure tea tree is safe for your skin. Typically people with sensitive skin or eczema can get rashes or irritation.
- Never apply directly to the skin, use a carrier oil or moisturizer to apply.
- If you’re interested in trying tea tree oil it’s best to introduce it into your routine with products that already contain it.