Where the commercial products fail, natural sources hold your back! Solve all your facial problems with this homemade tea tree face wash.
Tea tree oil is a powerful antiseptic that has been used for decades for various medicinal purposes. While the leaves of the plant can easily be soaked in different tea infusions, the extracted essential oil should not be confused with the green tea essence. The consumption of this topically miraculous tea tree essential oil can lead to severe health issues. In this article, we will learn how to make a homemade tea tree face wash to extract maximum benefits without incurring damage.
What is tea tree essential oil?
Steam distilled from the leaves of tea tree or Melaleuca alternifolia native to Australia, tea tree oil is an essential oil with various beneficial properties. The extracted oil can be inhaled to treat common cough and cold and is also a popular choice for various skincare treatments. Rich in compounds like terpinene-4-ol, the oil is believed to increase the activity of WBCs and kill certain viruses, bacterias and some forms of fungi as well.
The topical application of the oil treats skin conditions and improves the quality of your skin.
Here are a Few Benefits of Tea Tree Oil for Your Face
1. Fights Acne
Several studies have shown that tea tree essential oil is really helpful in treating acne and scars. The anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties of the oil help its ability to combat mild to moderate acne conditions. Make sure you dilute the oil with carrier oils like rosehip or coconut before application as the pure extracted essence is extremely strong and can irritate the skin, rather than helping it.
2. Beneficial for Oily Skin
Tea tree oil helps in reducing the natural oil secretion of the face when mixed in mild sunscreens and applied every day. The essential oil also helps in reducing pore size, resulting in a healthier and naturally glowing skin.
3. Soothes Skin Inflammations
The application of tea tree oil also helps in treating the severity of symptoms caused by allergens. These symptoms might include skin inflammation, red and itchy skin patches and boils in certain cases. In case of skin irritation/allergic patches, mix 10 drops of tea tree essential oil in a tablespoon of coconut oil and a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil. Apply on the affected area once daily, till the condition improves.
4. Works as Antibacterial Makeup Remover
A mix of 3-4 drops of tea tree essential with 3-4 tablespoon coconut oil works as an efficient and cost-effective makeup remover. The mixture can help you clean makeup and the pollutants that can stick to the skin during the day. The anti-bacterial properties of the essential oil help treat underlying skin conditions and environmental damage to the skin as well. After cleaning, wash your face with lukewarm water and pat dry before applying moisturizer.
5. Controls Dandruff
Another reason that causes acne could be falling dandruff on your forehead. Adding a few drops of tea tree oil to your shampoo while washing your hair could result in a cleaner scalp and will control dandruff as well. Mix it well in the shampoo before applying it to the scalp.
Homemade Tea Tree Face Wash
When you use tea tree oil in lower concentrations, it becomes an excellent additive for various skincare products like scrubs, face washes, lotions, massage oils, and shampoos. The inexpensive natural oil is a perfect substitute for your skincare regime. Here is how to make a simple yet effective homemade tea tree face wash.
You will need:
- Water- One Cup
- 1/4 cup of castile soap
- 2 tablespoons of jojoba oil
- 10 drops of tea tree essential oil
Method: In a bowl mix all the ingredients well so that the water and oils get mixed properly. Pour in a clean liquid soap dispenser and use every morning and evening for best results.
Even as the properties of the tea tree oil are extremely beneficial, you should test it out before trying it for the first time. Mix a few drops in a carrier oil (coconut oil, extra virgin love oil, rosehip oil or avocado oil) and apply in the inner patch of the elbow. Monitor for twelve hours before using the DIY homemade tea tree face wash. Pregnant women should talk to their doctors before using tea tree oil in any form.