Skincare Oils 101: A Breakdown of the Best Skincare and Essential Oils

Your skin is your body’s largest organ, and it absorbs literally everything you put on it. If you’re using a moisturizer that contains synthetic ingredients and chemicals, you’re not only damaging your skin, but those chemicals are being absorbed and stored in your body’s tissues and organs. In this post, I’m going to give you the breakdown of how natural and essential oils can be used to nourish your skin, and calm your mind. Some oils can be directly applied, blended with others, added to baths or homemade scrubs, and much more! 

Skin Care Oils: These 100% natural skin care oils are minimally refined to ensure that all of the key nutrients and vitamins remain. You can use them individually, or mix them together! 

Sweet Almond Oil - Rich in nutrients and antioxidants, this is the perfect moisturizer to use by itself, or to mix with other skin care oils!

Apricot Kernel Oil - Contains essential fatty acids Oleic and Linoleic Acid that are amazing for your skin. It is also high in vitamins A and E, ideal to sooth irritated skin while also moisturizing!

Jojoba Oil - This super light weight oil has anti-inflammatory properties, which make it an ideal ingredient to use for treating acne-related skin problems. It balances your skin’s production of oil, by keeping it moisturizes without clogging pores. I love mixing Jojoba Oil with Apricot Kernel Oil and/or Sweet Almond Oil. 

Grapeseed Oil - Super rich in vitamins, minerals, protein and powerful antioxidants such as procyanidolic oligomers (PCO’s) and Polyphenols, which help to slow the process of aging and have anti-inflammatory properties. Grapeseed Oil is very nourishing for your skin, hair and diet too!

Avocado Oil - This deeply penetrating, rich oil acts as an emollient, and promotes soft and supple tissue, which makes it ideal for dry or irritaed skin. This super oil also aids in the production of skin collagen, and reduces the appearance of age spots. 

Sesame Oil - Contains high levels of vitamins A and E, which are essential for healthy skin. It acts as a detox agent by absorbing toxic substances, protects against UV damage, known to prevent acne breakouts. 

Argan Oil - Amazing for the health of your skin, hair and nails! This nourishing and healing oil has been known to treat eczema, psoriasis, acne, wrinkles, dry skin, calluses, dandruff, and hair loss. 

Rosehip Oil - This nutritious oil consists of 80 percent essential fatty acids, and is known for it’s skin healing benefits. It is especially helpful to reducing/healing scars and acne marks. It also reduces the appearance of wrinkles, repairs damaged skin cells, and re-hydrates and tones your complexion. 

Tamanu Oil - With its silky texture and refreshing smell, Tamanu Oil has been used in countries all over the world for healing cuts, bites, eczema, sunburn and dry skin. It leaves your skin soft and smooth. 

Baobab Oil -  Contains high amounts of vitamins A, D, E, and F which are all important for healthy skin. These nutrients also contribute to the rich moisturizing properties for both skin and hair. It absorbs quickly, improves elasticity and promotes the regeneration of new cells.

Essential Oils: Pure essential oils can be used for many things such as aromatherapy and skin care. Not all essential oils can be used on your skin though, so I picked out my favorite oils that can be used in skincare! These oils are much more concentrated, so you only need a few drops. Some may need to be diluted, while others can be directly applied. You can do so many different things with these… add them to your bath to moisturize and relax, add them to a homemade body scrub to nourish and refresh skin, dilute them to make moisturizing body mists or skin rejuvenating toners, or mix them with other essential or natural skincare oils! 

Carrot Seed - This skin-nourishing oil balances both oily and dry complexions, and can heal and prevent acne. It heals damaged skin and replenished aged skin. It blends well with other essential oils such as geranium, citrus oils, clove bud and cinnamon leaf. It tones and balances, and contains a high level of antioxidants to help protect your skin from damaging free radicals. 

Roman Chamomile - This sweet, apple-like smelling oil, soothes skin flare ups and body soreness. When blended with Lavender, it’s great for a relaxing bath, or diluted with water it makes a calming mist. 

Tea Tree - This essential oil has many amazing skincare benefits, it is a natural antiseptic, germicide, antibacterial and fungicide. It is very effective in healing and preventing acne. With it’s germicide and antibacterial properties, Tea Tree Oil is a staple for every all-natural first aid kit. It’s fungicidal properties make it ideal for healing certain skin conditions such as dandruff and athlete’s foot by reducing the particular fungus to grow. 

Lavender - This essential oil is ideal for skincare and aromatherapy. It blends well with other floral and herbaceous essential oils. In aromatherapy it calms and relaxes the mind. Some essential oils need to be diluted when they are used in skincare, but not Lavender. You can use it for a spot treatment for acne and blemishes, apply it to burns to help heal and prevent scarring, add a few drops to cold water and use in a spray bottle as a body mist to heal and sooth sunburns, and much more! 

Vetiver - This is earthy and sweet oil balances and centers when used in aromatherapy as well as skincare. In aromatherapy it promotes stress relief, eases tension and alleviates anxiety. It moisturizes skin and provides anti-inflammatory and anti-septic benefits. It is the perfect essential oil to add to your bath, or to mix with other oils to use in massage or body care. 

Geranium - This uplifting essential oil provides balance to both oily and dry complexions. It can also be used as an effective astringent. It blends well with other oils such as Lavender and Clary Sage. 

Patchouli - A soothing and sensual oil that is ideal for skincare, hair care and , aromatherapy. It soothes and softens dry and irritated skin, and balances oily hair. Its stability makes it an excellent fixative, prolonging the life of other essential oil blends containing Geranium, Lavender, Clary Sage, Clove Bud and Cinnamon. 

Clary Sage - With a sweet and intriguing aroma, Clary Sage has harmonizing and relaxing effects on the mind. It has effective skin-toning properties, and it ideal for balancing oily skin. It blends well with other essential oils such as geranium and citrus oils. 

Aromatherapy Mists: Aura Cacia’s line of mists can be used for both your home and body! They are great for traveling, and they have a mist for every mood! They even provide the recipe on the bottle for refills. You can always creative your own aromatherapy mist, but I love the ones Aura Cacia offers!