My Favorite Holiday Ingredient Has Some Major Skincare Benefits

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.

Favorite Holiday Ingredient

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.



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  • Jordan

    This post was great I love to use peppermint oil as a diffuser it smeels ah-mazing. And I so have to incorporate these tips into my skincare regime.

    December 6, 2017 at 8:58 am Reply
    • KaliBorovic

      I love to diffuse it too. Now I love it in my skincare as well. Just be careful, because a little goes a long way! xx.

      December 6, 2017 at 9:44 am Reply
  • Joy The Witch

    Amazing post!! I will definitely start using peppermint oil for my acne!

    December 6, 2017 at 9:04 am Reply
    • KaliBorovic

      Thank you! I’m glad I can help! xx.

      December 6, 2017 at 9:42 am Reply
  • Sincerely, Alice

    I would love to try using peppermint oil on my skin, random fact: it also repels cockroaches! I used it in my apartment when I first moved in, it was nuts.

    December 6, 2017 at 9:37 am Reply
    • KaliBorovic

      Wow! I had no idea. I wonder if it works for other bugs too. I’ll have to test that out xx.

      December 6, 2017 at 9:44 am Reply
  • StyledbyMcKenz

    Peppermint is the best!!!!

    December 6, 2017 at 9:45 am Reply
    • KaliBorovic

      It really is! xx.

      December 6, 2017 at 9:47 am Reply
  • Abbie Gaunt

    I’ve been drinking lots of peppermint tea recently and it has really helped to clear my skin up!

    December 6, 2017 at 10:04 am Reply
    • KaliBorovic

      I love peppermint tea before bed! It did wonders for my skin too. It even helped for digestion issues and sleeping through the night xx.

      December 6, 2017 at 10:14 am Reply
  • Jenn Greenberg

    Wow… I had no clue! Thanks for the tips – I enjoyed reading this <3 now I'm craving a peppermint latte! lol

    December 6, 2017 at 10:22 am Reply
    • KaliBorovic

      I hope you can get one today! Although I’m not sure if all the benefits are there haha xx.

      December 6, 2017 at 1:21 pm Reply
  • The Beautender

    I usually don’t use peppermint since I’m not a fan of the taste or smell, but I’m considering these tips!

    December 6, 2017 at 10:42 am Reply
    • KaliBorovic

      Ah really?! It’s my all-time favorite. Maybe you can find a really mild one. I find that when I put it in coconut oil, the scent gets milder xx.

      December 6, 2017 at 1:07 pm Reply
  • Taylor

    Did not know about this! this is great. Thank you for the awesome tips.

    December 6, 2017 at 11:18 am Reply
    • KaliBorovic

      I’m so glad that you enjoyed them! xx.

      December 6, 2017 at 1:21 pm Reply
  • Nelli kal

    I never knew all of these benefits to peppermint… thank you for sharing! I enjoyed reading your tips! Xo, Nelli

    December 6, 2017 at 11:48 am Reply
    • KaliBorovic

      You’re so welcome! Thanks for stopping by! xx.

      December 6, 2017 at 1:20 pm Reply
  • K.M. Sutton

    It is so funny, I HATE mint, but LOVE peppermint (I am weird lol) And I love the healing properties it has! My facialist use to put peppermint oil in a cream she would make me. My skin loved it! <3

    December 6, 2017 at 12:37 pm Reply
    • KaliBorovic

      That’s so funny! I’ve never actually e-met anyone quite like you haha. It’s definitely a miracle ingredient! xx.

      December 6, 2017 at 1:09 pm Reply
      • K.M. Sutton

        Haha oh my gosh this just made my day! E-met is seriously the best new saying I have heard! 🙂 And I totally blue my personality on being a Gemini! We are very unique ;p <3 It really is! <3

        December 6, 2017 at 1:16 pm Reply
  • Jarquita Brown

    Peppermint anything has always been my favorite. I will most definitely consider these tips!

    December 6, 2017 at 1:18 pm Reply
    • KaliBorovic

      It’s my favorite too! Now we can have an excuse to use the scent all year ’round! xx.

      December 6, 2017 at 1:20 pm Reply
  • Strength and Sunshine

    Peppermint is magic for so many things!

    December 6, 2017 at 3:53 pm Reply
    • KaliBorovic

      It really is magic in a bottle! xx.

      December 7, 2017 at 8:24 am Reply
  • Jaime Porter

    Peppermint is also my favorite! I had no idea it had so many benefits besides being delicious

    December 6, 2017 at 4:07 pm Reply
    • KaliBorovic

      I was surprised myself! I hope they help you as much as they did me xx.

      December 7, 2017 at 8:25 am Reply
  • livfiesta

    I love using peppermint oil in my diffuser. I’ll have to try it in my skincare routine now! Thanks for sharing.

    December 6, 2017 at 5:59 pm Reply
    • KaliBorovic

      I love that too! It’s definitely part of my morning routine as well xx.

      December 7, 2017 at 8:26 am Reply
  • blondedlights

    Peppermint coffee is my favorite too! I use it as an oil with my diffuser!

    December 6, 2017 at 9:15 pm Reply
    • KaliBorovic

      I’m drinking peppermint coffee as we speak! I’m a little obsessed haha xx.

      December 7, 2017 at 8:27 am Reply
  • Stacie

    I love peppermint… oil, coffee, chapstick… you name it! Just not candles 🙂 hahahaha

    December 7, 2017 at 8:07 am Reply
    • KaliBorovic

      I love it all too! I like diffusing it rather than having candles. The smell is much more pure and wakes me up in the morning xx.

      December 7, 2017 at 8:28 am Reply
  • TheFallibleQueen

    I need to try peppermint oil, I’ve been using my lavender essential oil for months and I love it. I’ve heard rosehip oil is good too, so I bought a bottle to try.

    December 8, 2017 at 3:37 pm Reply
    • KaliBorovic

      You will LOVE peppermint. I also like to diffuse it to wake me up in the morning too. Rosehip is really great for the skin as well! xx.

      December 9, 2017 at 8:44 am Reply

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