#BeautyBar: Some essential oils hacks you’ll be thankful for in 2017

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‘Hack’ has grown to be one of my favourite words in the past year considering how many incredible beauty tricks I learned that changed my beauty game.

From multi-masking to the different ways you could use cotton buds and why turmeric should be in your skin regimen, 2016 allowed me to explore new beauty tips that I thought it best to start the new year with some good ones we could all try.

And what better way than with some essential oils hacks?

For centuries, these oils have been used for their healing and therapeutic properties by different communities and for the past couple of years, they have found their way into my skin regimen.

Here are some interesting new ways to use essential oils:

  1. Calming Room Spray – There’s nothing like walking into a room that smells like lavender, some fragrant bergamot and stress-relieving petitgrain. I’m obsessed with the Cinnabar Green natural room spray which always leaves my rooms smelling like a spa after a quick spray. You could either buy your room or create your own using water and your favourite essential oil.

2. Dry Scalp Treatment – If you happen to suffer from dandruff and an itchy scalp, try adding a few drops of aloe vera and peppermint oil to your usual treatment for some extra relief. Not only will it help cool your scalp, it’ll also rejuvenate your hair.

3. De-stress Steam Facial – Tired after a long day at work? Fill a bowl with hot water and add lemon, eucalyptus and lavender essential oils and drape a towel over your head. Besides helping with stress, a good steam treatment should give your skin a lovely glow.

4. A Calming Sleep – The quickest way to ensure you wake up on the right side of the bed is to get enough sleep the night before. To create a natural sleep mist, mix water with lavender oil (or petitgrain oil if you prefer the scent) to help give you a relaxing night.

5. Acne Spot Treatment – I’ve been doing this for a while and have been quite happy with the results. Every time I feel a spot coming on, I pour a couple drops of tea tree oil onto a cotton bud and dab it on that area. It helps dry out the pimple and cleanse the area at the same time.

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Sharon Mundia

Sharon Mundia is the author of the award-winning, personal style blog, This Is Ess. As a fashion fanatic, beauty lover and home decor enthusiast, she will leave you wanting to revamp your closet, home and life in general.

  • THINK! This is exactly what Al Shabab wants. We are playing right into their hands. Inter ethnic clash will make Al Shabab flourish.

  • starlyn

    if this is what they are made of we shall not stop doing good

  • People’s_Watchman

    I think more intelligence is needed, BIGGER budget/bigger NSIS/ but i guess we pay more for that too & remain safer

  • concerned

    and the NSIS,soon to be NIS wanted powers to go after those responsible for sunday’s acts,and the human rights guys plus MPs lobbied high heavens fro the powers to be reduced and most agreed with them.we reap what we sow,with the media hand in hand with them.the media should show the projects being undertaken round the country to the benefit of the citizens,acts of peace being promoted in kenya and somalia,and the whole region as a whole. the only way to give hope is to offer the dream of a bright future. don’t cover the politicians waving the tribal card AT ALL,and everything else will fall in place leading to kenya waking up from its slumber.

  • Duncan Muchina

    @twitter-787451502:disqus Right on!! They thrive in chaos. Kenyans wake up! Al Shabaab are not Somalis. Many of them are Kiuks, Luos, Kales, Ingwees, etc. Common denominator; jobless. Easy target. Hardworking Somalis are part of our economy. If Somalis were after destabilizing Kenya, why have they NOT done it all those years Somalia has been at war 21 yrs to be precise! Time to cooperate with them not hate on them. We live on the same ridge.

    • i love this comment and i dont say this just because i am a somali , but also having lived in kenya for a year and the rest of my life in america. i consider kenya my second home after somalia , because in that one year i have seen what nice hardworking kenyan people really are. most somalis in the world will tell you “i was born in somalia but raised in kenya, so im from kenya” so what im tryinna say is people need to stop this foolishness and it shouldnt always be an eye for an eye .

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