Are essential oils part of your skincare routine yet? Well they should be! Essential oils help to keep skin clear, fight the signs of aging, increase skin elasticity, and so much more!
Let’s take a look at the best essential oils for skin and how to safely use them.
I just want to shout it from the rooftops: essential oils work wonders 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 — see the best face oils by skin type — you’ll see absolutely amazing results!
The Top 10 Essential Oils for Skincare
Carrot Seed Essential Oil — aging skin, reducing scarring
It has a rejuvenating effect on the skin, helping to keep skin smooth skin and aid cell regeneration. For this reason, it’s prized as one of the best essential oils for aging skin.
Frankincense Essential Oil— acne and blemish-prone skin, aging skin, reducing scarring, dry skin
Ah, the go-to essential oil for all skin needs!
Frankincense essential oil — I use and recommend this one — works wonders for all skin types. It has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits to the skin, making it great for acne-prone skin. It is also a natural toner, decreasing the appearance of pores and evening skin-tone. It encourages new cell growth, helping to tighten skin and reduce wrinkles and the appearance of scars. It also helps soothe chapped, dry skin. (source)
Geranium Essential Oil — acne and blemish-prone skin, aging skin, reducing scarring, dry skin, dermatitis, eczema
This sweet-smelling essential oil — I use and recommend this one — is fantastic oil that also does it all.
Geranium essential oil is a powerful anti-inflammatory (source). It helps improve skin elasticity and smooth the skin. It also promotes blood circulation to the skin, helping to heal bruises, broken capillaries, burns, cuts, dermatitis, eczema, ringworm, and other skin conditions.
Lavender Essential Oil — acne and blemish-prone skin, aging skin, reducing scarring, dry skin
Lavender essential oil — I use and recommend this one — is one I suggest no one goes without! It smells amazing, helps you relax and your body adapt to stress, and (of course!) has great benefits for the skin.
Lavender essential oil is a powder anti-inflammatory (source), helps speed the healing of wounds, and increase collagen production (source). This is why it’s so is great for aging, mature skin, as well as blemish-prone skin.
Myrrh Essential Oil — acne and blemish-prone skin, aging skin, reducing scarring, dry skin
Myrrh essential oil — I use and recommend this one — greatly benefits aging and chapped, irritated skin.
It has strong antioxidant properties (source) that help improve skin tone, firmness, and skin elasticity, helping to reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Myrrh is also one of the best essential oils for healing skin irritations and chapped skin (source).
Neroli Essential Oil — acne and blemish-prone skin, aging skin, reducing scarring, dry skin
Neroli essential oil — I use and recommend this one — is great for oily, sensitive, and mature skin. Yes, another great essential oil for all skin types!
This antioxidant, anti-inflammatory essential oil contains a natural chemical called citral, which helps regenerate cells. For this reason, it’s said to be very good at preventing and healing stretch marks, as well as smoothing fine lines. Its antibacterial properties also aid blemish-prone skin. (source)
Patchouli Essential Oil — aging skin, reducing scarring, dermatitis, eczema
Patchouli essential oil — I use and recommend this one — 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 — aging skin, reducing scarring, dermatitis, dry skin
Rose EO — I use and recommend this one — is one of the best essential oils for dry skin as well as aging, mature 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 just inhaling rose essential oil inhibits water loss in the skin!
Studies also indicate that rose essential oil also helps alleviate stress and anxiety, which raise cortisol levels and so accelerate skin aging and can trigger breakouts! In this more holistic way, rose essential oil also benefits the skin.
Tea Tree Essential Oil — acne and blemish-prone skin
Tea tree essential oil — I use and recommend this one — is one of the more well-known essential oils for acne and blemish-prone skin.
Its antibacterial properties help ward off acne-causing bacteria and assist wound healing. It also helps to regulate oil production, helping fight breakouts before they even start. (source)
Ylang Ylang Essential Oil — acne and blemish-prone skin, aging skin, reducing scarring
Ylang ylang essential oil — I use and recommend this one — is one of my favorite essential oils because of its rich, floral fragrance. It smells amazing!
But ylang ylang is so much more than its scent: this essential oil helps control oil production and minimize breakouts. It also helps regenerate skin cells, smoothing fine lines and improving skin elasticity. (source) Another great essential oil for every skin type!
Some important essential oil guidelines to remember when applying essential oils to your skin:
Essential oils should’t be applied to the skin “neat” or undiluted.
They should always be diluted in a carrier oil like argan oil, jojoba oil, pumpkin seed oil, grapeseed oil, etc.
You can find the best carrier option for your skin type here:
Opinions on proper dilution ratios vary, though most recommendations are between 1% and 2% of the final product.
Since there are 20 drops in 1 ml and 29 mL in 1 oz, for every 1 oz of carrier oil:
- 2% dillution = no more than 12 drops of essential oils
- 1% dillution = no more than 6 drops of essential oils
Be sure to do a patch test.
This is to make sure your skin does not have an adverse reaction to the essential oils.
The inner forearm is a great place to do a test since the skin is delicate, similar to facial skin.
Do your homework!
Certain essential oils should be avoided by pregnant women, infants, and young children, so be sure to do your homework before including essential oils in your skincare routine.
Wondering how else to use 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
OK so what about you!?
I’ve had amazing results with essential oils and carrier oils — my skin is 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!