Tea tree, it’s been around for years and years. We have all heard of it and we see it all the time in our skincare/ beauty products but what benefits does it have, and should we still be using it in our routines?
What is it?
Tea tree oil comes from the Australian plant Melaleuca alternifolia which is a small tree native to selected parts of Australia. The Tea tree oil is derived from the leaves of the plant.
Tea tree oil has been used over many years, originally as a medicine. The oil was inhaled to treat coughs and colds or applied directly to the skin for healing. Today, tea tree still has many uses including treating dandruff, acne, lice, insect bites, scabies, and skin fungal or bacterial infections. Tea tree can be found in household cleaning products, aromatherapy’s and lots in the beauty sector especially skincare, shampoos, massage oils and hand and nail products.
What are the benefits in beauty?
- Fights acne. Can reduce redness and inflammation that occurs with acne and will also help to combat the bacteria that causes acne to prevent future breakouts.
- Improve Dry and sensitive Scalp. Also great to use on dandruff/ flaky scalps. Or simply to just rejuvenate the hair.
- Soothe skin irritations such as Psoriasis and Eczema as it reduces inflammation. Also great to use on insect bites!
Who is it suitable for? As it has many uses and benefits, I’m sure anyone could find a use for tea tree in their routines. If you have oily, acne or blemish prone skin you should consider adding some tea tree into your skincare routine! A great one for anyone to keep in their bathroom cupboard.
How often should it be used? Tea tree can be used both morning and night if needed however, if you are new to it or have more sensitive skin, dilute the product with a moisturiser or a different oil rather than applying it neat onto the skin – this could cause more irritation.
Where does it go in your skincare routine? Tea tree can be found in products or alone and depending on the product you opt for will depend on where it goes in your routine. It can be the first or last step in your routine. Tea tree can be applied neat (diluted) onto the skin directly or in a serum, moisturiser or even in your base makeup products depending on what works for you.
Beauty Flash recommends
Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Special Shampoo. Help rid hair of impurities leaving hair full of vitality and luster. The refreshing tingle gives you a breath of fresh hair.
Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Hair and Scalp Treatment. Hair and scalp issues need immediate intervention. Get help with a tingly dose of strengthening conditioners and skin refining agents. Reconditions, repairs and protects hair while moisturizing strands and soothing the scalp.
Dermalogica MediBac Clearing Skin Wash. This non-irritating, naturally-foaming cleanser is the perfect start to around-the-clock control of breakouts, comedones and excess surface oils.
Medik8 Clarifying Foam. Designed for blemish-prone skin, this cleanser is extremely purifying and antibacterial which unclogs the pores and lightly exfoliates the skin without drying out the skin or causing any irritation.
Dermalogica MediBac Breakout Control. Invisible, antibacterial treatment.
This fast-absorbing gel contains natural antibacterial agents, including Lactobacillus Ferment, to help clear and prevent breakouts without over-drying the skin.
Murad Blemish Clearing Solution. Clears breakouts while reducing blemish related redness and also supports the healing of inflamed, stressed skin for a healthy, blemish free complexion.
Tea tree is a great product with a multitude of uses and is a great natural alternative to other products.