The Beauty of Essential Oils For Skincare

Essential oils can be used for just about anything, but it can be kind of overwhelming to figure out which oils to use, and for what. Essential oils can give you the mindset shift you might need.

Just like certain foods help nourish your skin from the inside out, essential oils are great for your skin as well. Some of these natural aromatic compounds offer amazing benefits. 

I never heard about essential oils and their benefits until a few years ago, but really started to incorporate them into my everyday life after connecting with Kayla Monson (aka @mywelloiledlife) via Instagram and a few others.  I now use them whenever I workout to relieve sore muscles, an overall mood-booster, and as part of my skincare routine.  

If you’re looking for a new way to renew and protect your skin, why not try some of these essential oils for skin? As it turns out, pretty much, everyone can benefit from a boost of oil. Essential oils can benefit all different skin types and can work into the deeper levels of your skin to feed new, developing skin cells. The trick is finding which ones work for you because, like any skin product, different types have different functions. 

Keep reading below to experience all the benefits my five favorite essential oils for skin can do for you!

BERGAMOT

Bergamot is one of the top essential oils for skin, but you’ve probably also seen the name in some of your favorite perfumes. Bergamot is not only a fragrant oil, but it also has many benefits for your skin! Bergamot has antiviral properties which can help fight off cold sores as well as reduce oil, acne, and bacteria on your skin.

ROSE

Rose oil is a fantastic skin care oil for sensitive or aging skin. Rose oil, which can be expensive and difficult to find, has astringent properties that help repair broken capillaries and improve the overall condition of your skin. Rose oil can also help scars, acne marks and stretch marks fade away and ease common symptoms of PMS!

ROSEHIP

If you’re looking for a good and unique skin care oil, look no further than rosehip oil! This essential oil contains Omega 3,6 and 9, vitamin C, lycopene and linoleic acids. All of these elements help regenerate skin cells, minimize the signs of aging, reduce fine lines, boosts collagen and moisturizes skin leaving it feeling soft and pampered!

CLARY SAGE

I’d never heard of this essential oil before, but now that I know about its impressive benefits, I wish I would’ve discovered it much sooner! Clary sage has been known to decrease inflammation, revitalize skin and balance your skin’s oil production. It also helps ease pain from your period and childbirth and enables you to relax, so it’s ideal to keep around during that time of the month!

GERANIUM

Geranium is a multi-purpose essential oil is capable of doing a multitude of wonders, like helping eliminate body odor, heal wounds, promote cell growth and fade unsightly scars and spots on your skin. It has a calming, flowery scent that’s perfect to unwind to.

The beauty of these essential oils is that you can use them for so many other things besides just a skin care oil. Remember to always test oils out before applying them to your face and if you have sensitive skin, consult your dermatologist before you try them out. Depending on the formula of the oil, you might be able to use it as is or mix it with another oil. 

Do you use essential oils as part of your skincare routine?

May Intentions: Productivity

I can't believe it's May! MAY! This year is flying by fast... I've been somewhat silent on my blog, Instagram, and quite frankly, my newsletter. This is not by choice, but because I've been busy with work and various projects. It's been about ten days since I last posted on Instagram, with very minimal story updates.

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After taking a closer look at last month, I felt like I was all over the place, getting pulled in different directions, and feeling unbalanced. I felt a sense of mental clutter and a whirlwind of chaos. This month, as I was setting my May Intentions, it made me think about productivity and working smarter, not harder. Because, to get more done, be mindful of every day.

I'm all about productivity in this month, and the first part of productivity comes down to identifying productivity killers and eliminating those.

Banishing those distractions is key! Identifying distractions is the first step to avoiding them. Did you know what the five workplace attention destroyers are: Cell phones/texting, Internet, Gossip, Social media, and Email? I can relate to all of these. Being part of a remote team and working remotely on client projects, there is the constant distraction and productivity kills like getting pinged on Slack, Telegram, WhatsApp... I swear, by the time 3 pm rolls around, I feel like I'm going to shoot myself (not literally, figuratively) with all the darn chimes and pings and my Apple watch buzzing. These distractions throughout the day were causing me to be less productive, working longer hours to find that window of productivity.

To avoid this, I've started to scheduling hour blocks of productivity on my calendar for 100% focus. During this time, I place my cell phone and laptop on "do not disturb" which silences my notification. I've also been a big advocate of Brain Dumping. Put non-agenda thoughts into a brain dump list in my notebook. Whether it's a work or my thoughts, people bring up ideas that are important to them but not on topic. Instead of losing them, write them down. Don’t let the brain dump list be a black hole. Assign follow-up steps right at the end of the meeting or as soon as you are done in your productive hour.

Using Asana and Zapier for working smarter not harder and goal setting are a couple of my favorites. I'm all about lists and automation. These are two productivity saving resources that help me practice strategic procrastination. In order to focus on urgent or meaningful activities, let some other things slide. For example, open your mail just once a week; these days, nothing urgent arrives with a postage stamp on it.  It’s okay to toss less-pressing work in a pile for later. Asana lets me keep this organized!

Getting outside more also helps fuel productivity and recharge. An office with a view sounds like a recipe for mind wandering, but access to sunlight boosts productivity. In a study by the California Energy Commission, workers who sat near a window performed better, processing calls 6% to 12% faster and performing 10% to 25% better on tests that involved mental function and memory recall. Even better if you can get outside and get your daily Vitamin D! Since the weather is getting warmer here in the Pacific Northwest, I want to get out and do more hikes. Being out in nature also helps me feel balanced and recharged.

It’s not surprising that getting more done starts with a good night’s sleep, but it turns out getting too many hours is as bad as too few. Analyzing the sleep and work habits of 3,760 people over seven years, researchers at the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health found that under-sleepers and over-sleepers were both more likely to take extra sick days.

I'm excited to see how productive I'll be at the end of the month looking back at today. What are some of your intentions this month? Share with me here - @valeriefidan! 💕

April: Live With Intention

Ah, April! I'm excited for a brand new month with new intentions. With each new month, the purpose of setting intentions is to live with intention. It’s a phrase I’ve internalized over, but I rarely go into detail about what it actually means to me.

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My life went through a whole lot of significant changes last year. Divorce is practically a death -- a death of your love, your little family unit, your former life... I could sit around mourning this, feeling pity for myself and the life I once knew, crying the days away asking myself "Why?" While this stage in any traumatic life experience is important, and to feel all the feels, there does come a time when you just have to pick yourself up and tell yourself life is going to be alright.

Life is so fleeting and precious, and we should make the most out of it. That’s not to say I have turned into a narcissistic jerk who only cares about making myself happy. It’s quite the opposite, really. I thrive on helping people, whether it’s volunteering my time, acting as a sounding board for ideas and advice, or just being a shoulder to cry on. I feel truly connected to the important people in my life.

My April intentions, to sum it all up, are to be mindful and live; say no to things that don't bring value; more yoga since it's the thing that brings peace in moments of chaos; to travel and enjoy every moment of it. I'm excited to head off to Europe tomorrow with my cousin and start creating more memories with those that I love.

Do you set monthly intentions? What are some of yours this month? Share with me here - @valeriefidan! 💕

Valerie Fidan

Valerie is a San Francisco native who gave up the comforts of home to travel the world continuously. Now based in Portland, OR, Valerie is a Social Media Marketing Consultant, helping solo entrepreneurs and small business owners DIY their social media by teaching them the in’s and out’s of SMM. She enjoys health hacking recipes, a good cocktail, yoga, hikes, live shows, puns & dad jokes.