Essential oils are full of skin benefiting properties. Of course we all know the popular ones like tea tree oil for acne and chamomile for relaxation, but what about the less common ones?
As avid skincare DIYers, we rely heavily on essential oils to give our skin care creations power and effectiveness to treat all sorts of skin conditions. Here are a few of our favourite ones.
10 Best Essential Oils for Skin
Frankincense is harvested from the Boswellia tree, which is native to the Arabian Peninsula, parts of India and northeast Africa. Farmers slice horizontal lines along the bark, allowing its sap (also known as ‘tears’) to seep out. By steaming the dried out resin, you get Frankincense oil.
This has been a hot commodity since as early as 3,000 B.C, so it’s not surprising that Frankincense is one of the more expensive essential oils.
The benefits are plenty though. This oil helps support healthy cellular function and increases blood flow, which in turn reduces inflammation. Frankincense has been found to reduce skin discolouration and even out your complexion as well. It also happens to be a natural astringent.
Frankincense essential oil is great for homemade scar treatments, reducing the signs of stretch marks, and for tightening your pores.
Lavender essential oil comes from steaming the buds of lavender plants, and condensing that steam into liquid. This oil is particularly well known for its floral aroma and calming effects.
We love using lavender in many different types of skin care remedies. From skin detoxes to treating acne or relieving dry, itchy skin, lavender is very versatile.
Its versatility comes from its antibacterial and antiseptic properties that kill bacteria, as well as its antimicrobial properties.
Lavender is our go to for anti inflammatory skin conditions like psoriasis, acne and fighting wrinkles.
Patchouli essential oil is extracted from the steam of patchouli plant leaves, native to the tropic regions of Asia.
Patchouli is rich with anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and neuroprotective properties that have so many incredible skin benefits.
For starters it can soothe inflammation and stimulate new cells to regenerate. It is often used in anti cellulite remedies because it helps break down the fatty tissue that causes cellulite.
Another benefit of patchouli is that it contains astringent properties that slow down the aging, sagginess of skin, and gives your skin a more glowing, youthful appearance.
- Carrot Seed
Carrot seed oil is ripe with antioxidants that make it a fantastic tool for protecting your skin from damage.
Extracted from dried carrot seeds, this oil contains natural SPF (up to SPF 40 according to some studies) which makes it a powerful UV-blocking agent.
Another reason we love carrot seed oil is for its ability to lock in moisture and give your skin the hydration it needs to repair damage.
Thanks to its antifungal and antibacterial properties carrot seed oil is ideally used in body scrubs and hair masks to reduce itching and flakiness, and in anti aging remedies to reduce sun damage and premature signs of aging.
Rose oil contains an abundance of therapeutic compounds that make it a wonderful addition to healing skin care remedies.
Rich in vitamin A, antiseptic and antibiotics, coupled with a light, fresh scent, this oil nourishes, heals and protects skin. In fact, it’s one of our favourite secret ingredients in DIY face mists.
Rose oil is great as an acne spot treatment. We also like adding it to lotions and creams because it increases your skin’s permeability, meaning it allows nutrients and moisture to be absorbed more easily.
If you’re looking to improve your skin tone and complexion, then geranium oil is a must. Extracted from the entire geranium plant, this essential oil is a must have for glowing skin.
Geranium oil stimulates your body’s detoxification process to help flush toxins that might be dulling your skin. It can also be used to kill acne causing bacteria and prevent future breakouts.
One of the best benefits is it’s anti aging effects. Geranium oil draws out excess fluids that can be making your skin look puffy and haggard. In addition to this it tightens skin by promoting cellular regeneration and the increased production of collagen.
Scars, stretch marks and cellulite can all be difficult to treat because the skin damage varies per person. Helichrysum oil can help you treat these issues though.
Native to the Mediterranean and Asia, this oil is superb at preventing your skin from drying out and cracking.
When used alongside a carrier oil like coconut or olive oil, helichrysum can be massaged over scars and stretch marks to reduce their appearance and smooth out your skin’s texture.
Neroli oil dates back as far as the 17th century where it was often used by Italian aristocrats for its incredible skin benefits.
This oil is harvested from the blossoms of the bitter orange tree and has a fruity, floral scent. While best known for regenerating your skin cells and keeping your skin looking tight and young, neroli is also used to treat acne and improve your skin’s flexibility.
If you suffer from dry skin, try adding a few drops to your favourite lotion for an even deeper moisturizing effect.
Sandalwood oil has a nice earthy scent that is often used for to calm and soothe. It also happens to have serious anti aging benefits.
It contains antioxidants that stop wrinkles from appearing and helps prevent skin damage caused by free radicals.
Perhaps one of its lesser known benefits is how it helps lighten and brighten your skin.Thanks to its lightening properties, sandalwood oil makes for an effective acne scar eraser. It can even help you get rid of dark spots caused by overexposure to the sun.
Lemon has long since been associated with its ability to clean, and the same goes for its oil extracts.
Lemon oil naturally cleanses toxins and purifies skin. It nourishes deep down to give your skin a soft, smooth feel and can also be used in combination with scrubs to exfoliate away dead skin cells that destroy your complexion.
If you suffer from hyperpigmentation or dark spots then lemon oil is a must as it contains natural bleaching agents that reduce discoloration.
And there you have it, a list of our top 10 essential oils for improving the quality of your skin. We love mixing and matching these in our daily skin care DIY’s and challenge you to mix some of them together to treat your skin conditions.
Hey there, I’m Sabrina! I’m a lover of all things DIY skincare, have been known to indulge in a Face Mask Friday session (or two), can’t get enough of my puppy and am on a mission to help women feel confident in their skin over at StrippedSkincare.com. Feel free to drop me a line on Facebook, but be warned — I’m a chatter!