Best Essential Oils for Skincare

Posted August 8, 2019 by Thirty-Something Angie in Clean Living, DIY / 2 Comments

Best Essential Oils for Skincare

Tired of the “one size fits all” approach to using essential oils in your DIY beauty recipes? We’re all unique, and so are our skincare needs. Check out this list of the best essential oils for skincare, broken down by skin type.

DIYs are all the rage these days, especially in the green beauty and clean living communities. I’ve noticed a pretty big problem, though. As much as everyone loves sharing their recipes, there’s one thing a lot of essential oil users forget to mention.

Not all essential oils are good for all skin types.

There’s not a “one size fits all” essential oil that will work with everyone’s skin type, and before you go making recipes and taking advice, it’s important to know that.

I remember getting started and hearing how great tea tree was for skin, so I put it in everything! But my skin is dry already, and tea tree is good for oily skin.

I ended up with skin so dry and tight that it was painful and just didn’t understand the hype.

Another time, I read about how a bunch of people were clarifying their skin and having awesome results from using straight frankincense on a cotton ball. This was before I knew better than to use straight oils so I tried it, and holy burn, Batman. Even diluted with almond oil or witch hazel, I can’t handle straight frankincense on my face.

But I didn’t know that then. I just trusted what I’d been told.

Has that ever happened to you?

The good news is, after that I put a lot of effort into learning about the different oils for skin, so I’m going to pass that information on to you so you’ll be able to choose the RIGHT oil for your needs. After all, I’ve said it before, but essential oils aren’t one size fits all.

First, About Essential Oils

My family personally uses and loves Plant Therapy essential oils. Yep. If you’ve been around awhile, you know we used to recommend Young Living. Don’t get me wrong. They offer a good product. I think. (They don’t provide testing results, so I don’t really know).

After a lot of research, comparisons, and learning more about each company, we made the switch to Plant Therapy earlier this year. If you want to know more about that, you can check out my blog post on why I quit Young Living. There’s even a comparison that explains why I chose Plant Therapy down at the bottom!

If you want to give Plant Therapy a try for yourself, you can find them right here. New customers can get $5 off an order of $50 or more by using the code “5OFF.” Oh, and there’s always free shipping!

Now, let’s talk about some of the best essential oils for skincare, and break them down by skin type.

Best Essential Oils for Oily or Acne Prone Skin

It may sound counterproductive to use essential oils to fight oily skin, but trust me. Certain essential oils work wonders at balancing your skin’s oil production, stimulating circulation, and soothing your skin.

First, be sure to get a carrier oil that’s good for oily skin. I’d suggest jojoba, grapeseed, or evening primrose oil to start with. Whatever you do, don’t just use essential oils straight out of fear of adding more oils to your face. That’s a good way to cause a reaction or even a permanent sensitivity to certain oils.

Want more information on using essential oils for oily skin? Check out this blog post from Plant Therapy. It’s got recipes, too!

  • Geranium essential oil: This oil is great to use during a breakout, and can even help if you have acne scars.
  • Tea Tree essential oil: You’ve probably heard of tea tree, because it gets talked about a lot in terms of skin care. Tea Tree has anti-bacterial properties that make it great during a breakout!
  • Lavender essential oil: I call this one the swiss army knife of oils, and this is just another great use for it. Lavender is great for soothing a breakout.
  • Manuka essential oil: This is in the Tea Tree family, and can be used similarly. It’s also great for soothing inflammation and irritation.
  • Cypress essential oil: Cypress can improve the look of naturally oily skin. It’s also considered a non-irritant, which makes it great for more sensitive skin.
  • Ylang Ylang essential oil: Can improve oily or acne prone skin while also helping retain moisture.
  • Cedarwood essential oil: Can be beneficial for acne prone skin or other irritations and redness.
  • Helychrysm: Can help treat acne and skin irritations caused by inflammation.
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Best Essential Oils for Dry Skin

If you have dry, rough, or itchy skin, you know how important it is to keep it hydrated. Not only is it uncomfortable, but dry skin also shows signs of aging faster. Who wants that?!

My personal favorite carrier oils for dry skin are reship oil and almond oil, but there are several, so experiment and find the ones that work best for you!

Here’s a great post that talks about essential oils for dry skin, so check it out for further reading. The only thing I’ll say in reference to it is that you really want a 1% dilution when applying essential oils to your face, so keep that in mind while mixing. You can also check out the Plant Therapy post that talks about the products they recommend for dry skin and how to use them effectively.

One thing I love to use on my dry skin recently is hydrosols. They have all of the benefits of essential oils, but they’re safe to use directly on your skin. Yep, that’s right. No dilution or mixing necessary. I’ve been using Rose hydrosol directly on my face and love how great it’s making my skin feel.

Now, let’s get to it and talk about the best essential oils for dry skin:

  • Patchouli essential oil: Can hydrate and soothe dry, cracked skin. It’s also considered to have antibacterial properties, which is great for keeping a clear complexion.
  • Rose essential oil or absolute: Rose can hydrate dry skin and reduce signs of scaring.
  • Frankincense essential oil: Frankincense is great at reducing the appearance of wrinkles, scars, and other imperfections. It also stimulates healthy cell growth.
  • Helichrysm essential oil: This one is great for skin’s overall health. It can soothe and heal cracks and blemishes while helping with inflammation.
  • Sandalwood essential oil: Contains astringent properties that can soothe acne, improve signs of aging, and soothe dry skin.
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Best Essential Oils for Aging Skin

I hate to admit it, but I’m starting to see signs of aging. I may not have grey hair yet (and yes, I know I’m lucky), but things aren’t as…perky and plump as they used to be.

My mouth, eyes, and even chest are showing the signs the most. As much as I know that beauty is more than skin deep, I still want to help out as much as I can. It’s just going to get worse as I get older, too, so now is the time to start acknowledging my aging skin.

Can essential oils (or anything for that matter) actually turn back the clock? Nope. But what they can do is help keep your skin as healthy, hydrated, and nourished as possible.

A few tips:

  1. wear non-nano sunscreen if you’re even going to think about stepping out onto your porch during the day.
  2. drink plenty of water
  3. avoid things like smoking, excessive drinking, or harsh products, as they tend to age us faster

As for carrier oils and other products you might like, try using avocado oil. You might also like my collagen boosting face mask recipe.

So, what are the best essential oils for skincare as you age?

  • Frankincense essential oil: Frankincense stimulates healthy cell growth and can improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Clary Sage essential oil: Can fight signs of aging and reduce puffiness
  • Sandalwood essential oil: Contains astringent properties that can soothe acne, improve signs of aging, and soothe dry skin.
  • Rose essential oil or absolute: Rose is great for reducing the signs of aging and scaring. And like I said before, I also love the Rose hydrosol, which has done wonders for my complexion!
  • Roman Chamomile: Can smooth skin’s overall appearance, clear up acne, lighten discoloration, and promote a more youthful appearance.
  • Myrrh essential oil: like Frankincense, Myrrh helps promote healthy cell growth, which can help reduce the signs of aging.
  • Ylang Ylang: This oil has a long history of being used to nourish the skin

Best Essential Oils for Sensitive Skin

I don’t know about you, but a lot of skincare products end up leaving my skin inflamed and irritated. Even the natural ones.

So many things cause irritation, so I have to be really careful what essential oils I use in my skincare.

Often, I stick with lavender essential oil, because it’s pretty gentle and works for so many different things. Still, I like having options, and I’m sure you do, too.

One thing to keep in mind is that dilution is key. Don’t go putting undiluted oils on your face. I don’t care who’s told you to do that. It can make your sensitivity worse, cause irritation, or even burn. (And, yes, I’m talking about 100% pure essential oils, too).

Always use a carrier oil, and dilute it more than you think. A good rule of thumb for skincare is to keep it to a 1% dilution, but if you’ve got sensitive skin, you may want to dilute it even further.

Try these oils if you have sensitive skin:

  • Neroli: This oil is generally considered non-irritating, and can also brighten your skin and reduce the appearance of pores.
  • Rose essential oil or absolute: Yep. Rose made another list. It’s highly moisturizing and can soothe irritation.
  • Lavender essential oil: I know I mentioned it earlier in this section, but in case you scrolled straight to the list, I thought it was worth mentioning again.
  • Cypress: another oil that’s generally considered a non-irritant. It’s great for oily or acne prone skin, too.
  • Copaiba: generally one of the safest oils because it has strong anti-inflammatory properties and can soothe dry, irritated skin.

Try These for Your Next DIY!

If you’re a big fan of DIY skincare like I am, I hope you’ll use this list as a reference next time to go to make something! Essential oils can be a great addition to our skincare, but knowing the best oils for your skin type is crucial.

Unfortunately, there is no “one size fits all” approach to finding the best essential oils for skincare, but this list can help you find the best ones for you.

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2 responses to “Best Essential Oils for Skincare

  1. Adrienne

    Have you tried Blue Tansy for a face roller? It’s “all the rage” right now with my friends who do YL. Just curious if it would be better for a certain skin type? My face always feels very oily after i put the roller on.

    • Hey Adrienne! I had actually never heard of Blue Tansy being used in skincare before, but I searched it out of curiosity and do see it being referenced a few times (mostly on YL related articles and websites). It looks like it’s best for acne, but I’d have to look into it further! What kind of carrier are you using with it?

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