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12 Best Essential Oils for Skin

For centuries, people have been using essential oils to maintain health and treat various ailments and conditions. These botanical extracts can be used in a variety of ways, but because they’re so concentrated and powerful, they’ll always need to be diluted in a carrier oil or by adding other ingredients like clay, charcoal or shea butter. As an esthetician, I’ve spent a lot of time researching the most beneficial essential oils for skin and these are the ones I use most with my clients.

This essential oil helps heal skin irritations and can be used for all skin types. It can cleanse cuts and scrapes, and also calm down stressed skin.

Recipe to try: Soothe and cool skin with a lavender lemonade body spray

Geranium is a versatile oil that balances oil production, conditions skin and is great for all skin types. Geranium can be added to moisturizers to help with over and under production of oil.

Recipe to try: Add geranium to mineral water for a moisturizing face mist

Basil is wonderful to soothe insect bites and is ideal for sensitive skin.

Recipe to try: Add a couple of drops to a carrier oil and apply directly to an insect bite or sting, and if you are feeling sore from an extra hard workout, add a few drops into a massage oil and massage tired muscles.

If you are treating aging skin, have elasticity issues, or need to regenerate skin cells, frankincense is your ideal oil. It can help with pigmentation, as well as tone and tighten skin.

Recipe to try: Make your own hand sanitizer + antiseptic spray

Ylang ylang is great for treating oily or acne prone skin while still helping stimulate cell growth to fight the effects of aging.

Recipe to try: Add ylang ylang to almond oil for a moisturizing face oil for oily skin

Acne and large pores can be difficult to treat, and lemongrass is highly effective for both conditions. Lemongrass can also be used as an astringent, skin toner, and is great at enhancing skin’s glow.

Recipe to try: Lemongrass body lotion is great for skin and repel bugs naturally

Cypress oil can not only help repair capillary vein damage often found around the nose area, but it shrinks swollen blood vessels. This essential oil is also a good choice to use as an astringent.

Recipe to try: Add cypress to homemade deodorant for a naturally spicy aroma. Avoid using if pregnant.

The uses for tea tree oil are countless. A few of them include its antifungal and antibacterial properties. This means it’s a first choice for acneic and oily skin. Tea tree oil can also treat minor cuts and scrapes.

Recipe to try: Make your own make-up remover wipes

Juniper is a cleansing oil, when diluted (as is always necessary) and applied to wounds it can speed healing time and help prevent infections.

Recipe to try: Attack lumps and bumps with a DIY anti-cellulite oil that uses juniper oil to clear waste from the body and increase circulation.

Chamomile can treat a variety of skin conditions which include: cracked, acneic, eczema, inflammation, sensitive skin and rosacea.

Recipe to try: Relax in a homemade bubble bath that won’t irritate your skin

Various benefits to skin health can be observed when using clary sage. It not only can fight the signs of aging and reduce puffiness, but it also regulates production of oil for both dry and oily skin.

Recipe to try: Try a DIY deep hair conditioner to strengthen and repair hair

Neroli is a wonderful essential oil used to treat devitalized, mature, aging, and sensitive skin types. You can also use neroli as a skin toner to tighten aging skin.

Recipe to try: Make an anti-stretch mark oil with avocado oil and neroli

Have you ventured into using essential oils on your skin?

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