Ingredient spotlight | Tea Tree Oil

A few years ago, my sister and I were addicted to tea tree oil. One of my sisters read that it was good against pimples, so we added tea tree oil to our skincare routine.

My sisters thought the oil smelled very nice, but I thought it had a medical scent. So I stopped earlier with the treatment. I was mainly concerned with the fragrance and not the benefits of the product itself. My sisters, on the other hand, use it to this day. They say they have fewer pimples and outbreaks.

Recently I added the Some By Mi AHA BHA PHA Miracle set to my skin care routine. All these products contain tea tree oil and I have to say, I’m still not used to the fragrance. Still I have less pimples.

Besides reducing acne, tea tree has many benefits for your skin. Read on to find out the benefits of tea tree oil.

What is tea tree oil?

Tea tree
Tea tree
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Tea tree oil comes from the tea tree. It’s a tree that grows in Australia and can reach a height of 8 meters. The tree has needles and stays green all year round.

The aboriginals had used the leaves for centuries. They turned it into vapor baths against flu and fever. In 1770, James Cook called the tree ‘tea tree’, because he made tea from it because of its strong fragrance.

Today oil is made from the leaves and in addition to the many benefits of the skin, it’s also used in aromatherapy, respiratory infections, fungal nails, cold, measles and excessive sweating.

How do you use tea tree oil for your skin?

There are several skin care products that contain tea tree oil, but you can also make your own. You can buy the oil at various drug stores or online.

Usually when you buy tea tree oil, there’s a pipette. This is necessary because you often only need a few drops. You shouldn’t apply these drops directly to the skin. Mix it with another oil, such as olive oil or coconut oil. For every 1 to 2 drops tea tree oil, you need 12 drops of a different oil.

Tea tree oil
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Don’t put the mixture on your eyes as it can sting. And always test the product on a small area of skin to see if you can handle it. A number of people can’t tolerate tea tree oil well. They then get a burning sensation.

The benefits of tea tree oil for your skin

Tea tree oil can be used for your skin for a variety of purposes. It can heal and soothe all kinds of skin problems.

Acne

Tea tree oil is often used as a treatment for acne, because of its anti-inflammatory effect. It also calms redness, inflammation and swelling. And it helps to prevent and reduce acne scars.

Dry skin

Dry skin soothes when using tea tree oil. It also reduces itching and irritation.

Infections and wound-healing

Tea tree oil’s antibacterial properties make it an effective wound healer.

Scalp treatement

Tea tree oil removes chemicals and dead skin cells from the scalp. Very useful if you have dandruff.

Inflammation

Thanks to the anti-inflammatory effects of the tea tree oil, it can relieve itchy skin. It also soothes the skin and it heals infections.

Oily skin

If you have an oily skin and add tea tree oil to your skincare routine, your skin can become less oily.

In addition, tea tree oilcan also provide relief from eczema and psoriasis.

Beauty products containing tea tree Oil

Beauty products containing tea tree oil

Always pay close attention to wether you can handle the tea tree oil. Does it burn or sting? Then stop the using.

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