I love everything about the holidays. The lights are magical and people are cheery, but my all-time favorite thing about the season is peppermint. It is my favorite holiday ingredient of all time. You could put it in cookies, hot cocoa, or even just the air, and I’ll be completely happy.
So when I heard that there are skincare benefits to my favorite holiday ingredient, it was like Christmas had come early. I talked to celebrity dermatologist and skincare expert Dr. Ava Shamban about the ingredient to get all the details. It turns out that peppermint essential oil is one of the best ingredients to treat acne, hydrate skin, and even settle your stomach.
I’m quite familiar with essential oils and have used them in my skincare routine before. Up until now, I was only using lavender, grapefruit, geranium, and frankincense in my skincare. I had gone through my fair share of peppermint oil in my day, but I mainly use it in my diffuser to wake up in the morning.
“Peppermint is a hybrid of spearmint and water mint whose use dates back to at least Egyptian times. The most active ingredients are menthol… useful as a skin cooling agent and menthone,” Dr. Ava Shamban says.
She also added that it has Alpha omega 3 fatty acid, for supple skin, vitamin a and c, and magnesium, which helps reduce oil. Of course, this isn’t about eating peppermint though. It’s specifically using the essential oils in your skincare routine.
Here are Dr. Ava Shamban’s tips…
1. Fix Dry, Irritated Skin
We’ve all been there before. You know, when winter sneaks up on you and you don’t have time to transition your skincare routine. It can leave your skin dry to the point where it itches all the time. Little did I know that peppermint can help fix that.
“A few drops go a long way, but if your dry skin is so itchy that you are scratching until you draw blood, adding a few drops to an ounce of a bland moisturizer is very helpful,” says Dr. Ava Shamban.
It’s important to note that you cannot add peppermint oil directly to your skin. It can actually burn your skin. But putting it in my moisturizer did make my skin feel hydrated and back to normal in just a few nights.
2. Treat Acne & Oily Skin
People told me that when I got older my acne would stop, but it didn’t work that way. Until I focussed on my diet and food allergies, my skin didn’t get better. That being said, it’s still not perfect. So when I heard this tip from Dr. Ava Shamban, I knew I had to give it a go.
“It’s also good for oily skin and any acne flare ups as it is drying and antimicrobial,” the dermatologist says. “One recipe is to start with equal parts vitamin e or coconut and jojoba oil, and add 2 drops of peppermint oil.”
I started adding coconut oil and two drops of peppermint to my nighttime routine, and I saw a difference within a week. Honestly, I don’t know why I didn’t try this sooner.
3. As A Natural Antioxidant
Before I start this section, I just want to say one more time that I don’t recommend eating essential oils. I’m not a doctor, so you should definitely consult yours before you think of doing that. These are strictly skincare tips, but this last one is less skincare and more just an added bonus.
“Peppermint is a nice antioxidant and can calm the stomach, hard to say that ingesting it will help,” Dr. Ava Shamban says.
I can personally attest to this one. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been hungover and clinging to my peppermint bottle for dear life. Just the smell does wonders on an upset stomach, which is part of why I love winding down with the ingredient in my skincare routine every night.
If nothing else, I hope this encourages you to explore more all-natural skincare. Let me know if this type of post is something you like. I’ve been going all-natural for about a year now, and I’d love to share my tips.