Essential oils are like Netflix original series. I. JUST. CAN’T. STOP.
And why would I want to? They’re amazing!
Got a headache? There’s an essential oil for that. Have a hard time sleeping? There’s an essential oil for that. Have a skin problem? There’s a TON of essential oils for that.
Essential oils have wonderful benefits for the skin.
I’ve already blabbed on and on to you about my obsession with face oils and how they have helped me attain and maintain a clear, (as-close-to-)flawless(-as-I’ve-come-since-infancy) complexion. Well consider this part 2…
The following ten essential oils help remedy a number of skin conditions — from acne to aging, dryness to oiliness. And when combined with the right carrier oils (be sure to see the important essential oil guidelines at the end of the post), you will see absolutely amazing results.
The top 10 essential oils for skincare:
Carrot seed essential oil
Carrot seed essential oil has a rejuvenating effect on the skin. It not only works to help smooth skin, but assists with cell regeneration. For this reason, it can help to fade scars and improve the tone of aging skin.
Frankincense Essential Oil
Frankincense essential oil has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits to the skin, making it ideal for acne-prone skin. It is also a natural toner, decreasing the appearance of pores and evening skin-tone. It is cytophylactic, which means that it helps protect existing cells and encourage new cell growth. For this reason, it helps reduce wrinkles, tighten skin, and reduce the appearance of scars. It also helps soothe chapped, dry skin.
Geranium Essential Oil
Geranium essential oil helps regulate oil production and reduces acne breakouts. It also helps improve skin elasticity and tighten skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles. It also promotes blood circulation to the areas where it is applied, helping to heal bruises, broken capillaries, burns, cuts, dermatitis, eczema, ringworm, and other skin conditions. This baby does it all!
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender essential oil is one I suggest no one goes without — it smells amazing, helps you relax and your body adapt to stress, and has great benefits for the skin. It helps regenerate skin cells so is great for mature skin, sun spots, and scarring. Another great oil for all skin types and needs.
Lemon Essential Oil Lemon essential oil is a wonderful natural astringent and antibacterial. As such, it is extremely beneficial to those with oily and acne-prone complexions. It also helps tone the skin and reduce the appearance of pores.
May 30, 2015 update: I have decided to remove lemon essential oil from my top 10 list (and replace it with rose below) because of phototoxicity concerns (that is, it can make your skin sensitive to the sun). I do still use it in my skincare regimen, though, and advise anyone else doing so to be sure to use a sunblock during the day.
Myrrh Essential Oil
Myrrh essential oil greatly benefits aging skin. It has strong anti-inflammatory properties that help improve skin tone, firmness, and skin elasticity, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Myrrh can also help heal sun damage, chapped skin, rashes, and eczema.
Neroli Essential Oil
Neroli essential oil is great for oily, sensitive, and mature skin. It helps to smooth fine lines and tone sagging skin. This rejuvenating oil contains a natural chemical called citral, which helps regenerate cells. For this reason, it is said to be very good at preventing and healing stretch marks, as well. Its antiseptic properties also balance oil production and shrink the appearance of pores without drying skin.
Patchouli Essential Oil
Patchouli essential oil is particularly great for aging skin. It promotes new cell growth and smooths the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Because it also has antiseptic, antifungal, and antibacterial properties, it can also benefit skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, and acne.
Rose Essential Oil
Rose essential oil is especially great for dry or aging skin. Researchers have found that it contains several therapeutic compounds known to promote healing, especially antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory compounds. As a result, rose essential oil helps refine skin texture and tone, and can be helpful with managing skin conditions such as psoriasis and dermatitis. Interestingly, one study even found that inhaling rose essential oil inhibits water loss in the skin and lowers the concentration of the stress hormone cortisol in the body (stress has a profound impact on your skin!).
Tea Tree Essential Oil
Tea tree essential oil is one of the more well-known essential oils for acne-prone skin. Its antibacterial properties help ward off acne-causing bacteria. It also helps to regulate oil production, which can decrease the severity and incidence of breakouts.
Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
Ylang ylang essential oil is one of my favorite essential oils because of its rich, floral fragrance. It is helps to control oil production and minimize breakouts. It also helps regenerate skin cells, smoothing fine lines and improving skin elasticity. Another great essential oil for every skin type.
Some important essential oil guidelines to remember:
Essential oils should be diluted in a carrier oil to a maximum of 5% (see these 5 face oils for naturally clear, flawless skin). So since 1 ml is 20 drops, for every 1 ml of carrier oil, you would add 1 drop of EO. Be sure to do a patch test to make sure your skin does not have an adverse reaction to the oils. The inner forearm is a great place to do a test since the skin is delicate, similar to facial skin.
Additionally, certain essential oils should be avoided by pregnant women, infants, and young children, so be sure to do your homework beforehand.
How else to use these essential oils in your skincare routine?
Essential oils play a big role in many natural skincare DIYs. Some of my personal favorites that I use regularly:
- DIY all-natural face oil for acne-prone & oily skin
- DIY all-natural clarifying & toning foaming facewash
- DIY all-natural clarifying face exfoliant
I’d love your feedback!
I am having amazing results with essential oils and carrier oils — my skin in clearer and brighter than it has ever been, and my acne scars and sun spots are slowly but surely fading.
Do you already incorporate essential oils in your skincare routine? Which ones? If not and you decide to try one or two (or more!), please give us an update on how they are working for you!