Facial oils need to be part of your vanity box. It is the perfect solution to make your skin glow sans chemicals. And you can prepare a bottle right at home! To make a facial oil, the general rule is to add 12 drops of essential oil for 1 oz of carrier oil. You could also add a few drops of a bonus oil for that extra push. Here are the best picks for a carrier oil, an extra oil, and an essential oil. Happy mixing!
1. Pick A Carrier Oil
A carrier oil acts as a base and it’s usually a vegetable oil extracted from the seeds or kernel of a plant. It is used to dilute essential oils for skin application.
Nourishing, full of hydrating compounds, and highly recommended by dermatologists, coconut oil makes an amazing carrier oil. It contains antibacterial and antifungal properties and leaves the skin feeling soft.1 It’s also a great anti-aging because it helps with the production of new cells.
Sweet Almond Oil
If you are a loyal user of almond oil, you probably know how much the skin loves this particular oil. Sweet almond oil consists of 70% monounsaturated fats, vitamins A, E, and B2 – tick marks for moisturized skin. It can also help in regeneration of cells which is ideal to delay signs of aging. This makes a great option for dry or sensitive skin.
Olive oil has been used for centuries to treat any skin ailments. Rich in oleic acid, vitamins A, E, B2, and B6, olive oil is full of nourishing compounds that help to protect and build skin cells. It helps in natural regeneration of collagen as well. For skin, always pick extra virgin olive oil.
2. Pick A Bonus Oil
Why do you need a bonus oil? For extra benefits! While you can skip out on this addition, skin experts recommend a bonus oil can push your facial oil to the next level.
Rosehip oil is full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Nicknamed a ‘miracle oil’ it moisturizes the skin and prevents early signs of aging. And that’s not all! Dermatologists recommend rosehip oil can be used to reduce hyperpigmentation, repair damaged skin, tighten the skin, and even out your skin tone.
Evening Primrose Oil
Evening primrose oil works amazing on the skin. It helps to bring a balance in oil production and is recommended for people with eczema, psoriasis, or atopic dermatitis. One study revealed evening primrose oil improved redness, elasticity, firmness, and other age-related structural and functional changes in skin tissues.2
3. Pick An Essential Oil
You can’t apply an essential oil directly on your face. Because of its highly concentrated nature, it could irritate your skin – a reason why it needs to be diluted with a carrier oil.
Chamomile is a great choice for sensitive skin. Anti-inflammatory and full of vitamins, chamomile oil is used in several skincare products. It is especially useful for people with acne or eczema. Roman chamomile oil is very popular to boost skin health because of its soothing and softening effect on the skin.3
Lavender oil is full of antiseptic properties and is especially beneficial for people who face breakouts frequently. Uneven skin tone? Use lavender oil to help even out your skin. It’s also a great fix after a day out in the hot sun.
Want something to rejuvenate your skin? Frankincense oil is your best choice. Used for all skin types, the oil can help tighten your skin, reduce hyperpigmentation, and brighten up your skin.
|↑1||Verallo-Rowell, Vermén M., Kristine M. Dillague, and Bertha S. Syah-Tjundawan. “Novel antibacterial and emollient effects of coconut and virgin olive oils in adult atopic dermatitis.” Dermatitis 19, no. 6 (2008): 308-315.|
|↑2||Muggli, R. “Systemic evening primrose oil improves the biophysical skin parameters of healthy adults.” International journal of cosmetic science 27, no. 4 (2005): 243-249.|
|↑3||Srivastava, Janmejai K., Eswar Shankar, and Sanjay Gupta. “Chamomile: a herbal medicine of the past with a bright future.” Molecular medicine reports 3, no. 6 (2010): 895-901.|