Beauty oils are a dime a dozen, but peppermint oil shouldn’t be overlooked. This powerful ingredient has a few beauty tricks up its sleeves, and can definitely lend a helping hand to your skin care, hair care and nail care routines.
Peppermint oil for acne
Any skin care oil that tackles some of our most common beauty woes is A-OK in our book. And peppermint oil can be a true skin saver if used properly.
“Peppermint oil naturally cleanses the skin and has antiseptic and antibacterial properties. It has a cooling effect which soothes irritation and inflammation due to acne,” said Dr. Debra Jaliman, a New York City-based dermatologist, assistant professor of dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine.
Due to its antimicrobial properties, peppermint oil may help reduce levels of acne causing bacteria on the skin to help treat pimples, but you shouldn’t rely on its powers alone.
“I do not recommend using peppermint oil by itself, but it may help along with traditional acne treatments,” said Dr. Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai Hospital’s department of dermatology.
According to cosmetic chemist Kelly Dobos, peppermint oil is comprised of about 30-50 percent menthol – which lends it its cooling sensation – and should be used sparingly.
“Like many essential oils, it can be a skin irritant so care should be taken when using products containing peppermint oil,” Dobos said.
Start using the oil every few days as you determine how your skin tolerates it, and stop use/wash off immediately if you develop any redness, burning, stinging or peeling.
Peppermint oil for hair
Normally, we try to avoid an oily scalp at all costs, but a little dab of peppermint oil can actually work wonders on your locks.
“Peppermint oil is great for your hair and scalp. It helps with dryness or itching (which is great for this time of year). It helps with dandruff because it has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. It also helps strengthen hair roots which will help with hair loss,” said Stephanie Brown, master hair colorist at the Eddie Arthur Salon in New York City.
This multitalented oil can also promote hair growth by stimulating hair follicles and increasing blood circulation, and its strong menthol smell is sometimes used to treat lice (it suffocates them).
Before dousing your scalp in a whole bottle of peppermint, keep in mind that this oil is best used in moderation.
“Putting peppermint oil straight on the scalp may be too intense, so it’s best to put a few drops in your shampoo or maybe make your own mask. Try peppermint oil mixed with coconuts oil or hemp oil or avocado oil,” Brown said.
Peppermint oil for nails
Want to make a natural nail or cuticle oil? Peppermint oil may do the trick.
“Peppermint is naturally antifungal, smells clean and has invigorating aromatherapeutic properties,” said manicurist Whitney Gibson.
To make your own cuticle oil with peppermint, add the oil to a small bottle with a dropper. Use it alone or dilute it with a base like grape seed oil.
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