Essential oils for skin
1. COCONUT OIL
Consider it the all-natural miracle hydrator for your face, body, lips, cuticles anywhere you want to relieve dry skin. “Coconut oil is packed with nourishing fatty acids, which help to keep skin cells moist and strong by minimizing water loss,” says dermatologist David Colbert, M.D., who has studied the skin benefits of oils for more than 15 years.
2. ALMOND OIL
As a snack, almonds are filled with good-for-you fats and it’s those same omega 3s that make this oil a super-soothing body moisturizer.
3. OLIVE OIL
Got dandruff or a dry, itchy scalp? Olive oil can help, thanks to its antibacterial and antifungal properties.
4. JOJOBA OIL
On top of being a fantastic skin softener, this plant-derived oil works wonders on dry or textured hair.
5. GRAPESEED OIL
You’ll spot this on the ingredient label of many anti-aging creams and serums because it’s shown to aid in restoring collagen, meaning it softens lines and helps skin stay firm.
Frankincense has been around for thousands of years, and it should still be a must-have in your collection today to heal cuts and scars, help stretch marks fade, decrease pain from arthritis, and reduce inflammation.
7. SESAME SEED OIL
This essential oil contains a skin-beautifying blend of fatty acids such as oleic, palmitic, stearic and linoleic acid, all of which keep skin supple and soft.
8. CAMELLIA SEED OIL
Rich in omega 6 and 9, this oil is great for softening skin and sealing in moisture without leaving a greasy residue behind.
9. LEMON BALM ESSENTIAL OIL
A member of the mint family, lemon balm contains potent antioxidants such as caffeine and ferulic acid, which act as a shield against aging toxins like the sun’s rays and smog.
10. POMEGRANATE SEED OIL
Known for their high antioxidant count, pomegranate seeds are healthy to munch on, and the oil within them makes for a great anti-ager, too. That’s because it helps increase the production and reduce the breakdown of collagen fibers, helping your complexion look firm and youthful.
11. CARROT SEED OIL
Taken from the dried seeds of the carrot plant, carrot seed oil helps fight wrinkles, fade age spots and can speed up healing when applied to eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis and other skin irritations.
12. LAVENDER OIL
Widely recognized for its relaxing scent, lavender also has the ability to relieve tight, itchy skin and protect it from environmental aggressors like UV rays and pollution, both of which cause premature aging. Smooth it straight over your face, or mix a small amount into your day and night cream.
13. GERANIUM OIL
With its disinfecting and anti-fungal properties, geranium is an ideal treatment for clearing acne-prone complexions and controlling oil production. To reap the benefits, gently press it over problem areas, or even all over skin.
14. TEA TREE OIL
For an all-natural fix for acne and blackheads, use this oil as a spot treatment. It contains mild disinfecting properties, so it will quicken the healing process without drying out your skin like other acne medications can.
15. BERGAMOT OIL
Produced by cells inside the rinds of bergamot orange fruits, this oil is a natural antiseptic, repairing wounds and stimulating healing. Apply to acne scars, eczema, or psoriasis and get ready to see real results.
16. MORINGA OIL
Smooth this oil extracted from the seeds of the Moringa tree over skin for the most gorgeous, rosy glow. It helps to battle skin fatigue, so your complexion will appear radiant and refreshed.
17. SUNFLOWER SEED OIL
Filled with vitamin E, this oil makes for a heavy-duty body hydrator. Use a few drops on targeted areas like ashy elbows and knees, or all over, and you’ll feel nourished and, well, hydrated.
18. ROSEMARY OIL
As a face oil, it helps stimulate cell renewal, getting rid of old, complexion-dulling cells and revealing fresh ones underneath. When used as a scalp treatment, rosemary oil can treat dandruff.
19. ROSE OIL
Roses aren’t just pretty to look at. Used topically, rose oil is a soothing moisturizer for sensitive skin and quickly calms redness. Plus, the scent has therapeutic, stress-relieving properties.
Peppermint oil doesn’t just have a refreshing smell.
21. AVOCADO OIL
You already know that the healthy fats in the avocado fruit give you glowing skin and healthy hair and nails. Use the oil version as a hydrator to get similar results, as the stuff stimulates collagen production and moisturizes skin.
Native to India and Sri Lanka, lemongrass is an herb used in cooking, but has skin-beautifying benefits as well: It acts as an astringent when applied, which helps minimize pores, control oil production, and provide a temporary skin-firming effect.
23. EUCALYPTUS OIL
Extracted and distilled from the dried leaves of the eucalyptus tree, this oil helps calm inflamed skin from acne and treats minor wounds, blisters, and bruises. You can also massage some into your scalp, as the oil promotes hair follicle stimulation and increases blood flow to help your hair to grow out shiny and healthy.
24. BLUE TANSY OIL
If you’re dubious about the oil’s naturally blue shade, read on: Taken from the blue tansy flower, this oil is brimming with anti-inflammatory properties, which helps to balance, hydrate, and even out your complexion.
If you’ve been having stomach issues lately, look to ginger root. The oil is known for being able to fend off nausea and indigestion, as well as help with mental fatigue, motion sickness, and colds.