Essential oils have many beneficial properties for the skin when used correctly. Most essential oils are concentrated diffusions of herbs that can be very potent, even irritating or harmful, at full strength. Essential oils must be diluted to a safe concentration with carrier oils.
Essential oils that are helpful to the skin include tea tree, lavender, geranium, frankincense, and carrot seed oils. Tea tree and frankincense essential oils help balance acne-prone skin, while carrot seed and geranium essential oils rejuvenate skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. All of these essential oils should be diluted in a concentration of 1 drop essential oil per 20 drops, or 1 ml, of carrier oil.
Best Carrier Oils for Use With Essential Oils
There are many possible carrier oils to use when diluting essential oils. The carrier oils have their own beneficial properties, but are much milder. Undiluted essential oils can irritate skin, and many are toxic if ingested. Never ingest essential oils unless directed by your doctor to do so. Here is a list of carrier oils and their special properties.
1. Sweet Almond Oil
High in vitamins E and K, this oil helps skin remain elastic and regenerate when damaged. It also improves circulate and is a natural UV blocker. Sweet almond oil is odorless, so it won't overpower or interact with the scents of essential oils. It also absorbs quickly into the skin.
2. Avocado Oil
Avocado oil is probably too thick to use alone on your face, but you can mix it with other carrier oils to get the proper consistency. Besides vitamins A and E, Avocado oil also contains plant sterolins, which bolster skin's collagen levels.
3. Grapeseed Oil
This oil has a neutral odor and contains omega-6 and -9 fatty acids including linoleic acid. You can use it with just about any essential oil, and it thinly coats the skin to avoid clogging pores or leaving a greasy feel. Compared to other carrier oils, grapeseed oil has a fairly short shelf life.
4. Jojoba Oil
This oil is actually a wax, and it has a long shelf life. Jojoba oil is especially good for acne-prone skin, since it closely mimics the skin's natural oil (sebum). It has a medium aroma but still mixes well with many essential oils.
5. Argan Oil
This oil is especially hydrating and also fades fine lines and wrinkles, making it an ideal carrier oil for anti-aging serums. It is comprised of 80% fatty acids to smooth skin.
6. Coconut Oil
Virgin Coconut Oil is high in vitamin E, which promotes healing and anti-aging. The lauric acid in coconut oil is a medium chain triglyceride, which means that its molecules can slip into the skin's cells easily to soothe and heal as well as moisturize.
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