10 Amazing Natural Oils That Will Enhance Your Skincare Routine
Natural oils are nature’s skincare version of avocados: full of health benefits, moisturizing, and, er, delicious? Okay, so we aren’t the best at metaphors, but you can see where we’re going with this. Oils are so versatile, they smell unreal, and there’s an oil for every skin type or issue. Some oils are antibacterial, while others are totally non-comedogenic, and a few are more moisturizing than anything you’ve got in the bathroom cupboard. They can be used to remedy blemishes, combat dryness, and even as a natural perfume. Yeah, we’re pretty obsessed. Keep reading to find a list of our ten all-time favorites.
Tea tree essential oil
*Cue heavenly orchestra*. Tea tree oil is like the Swiss army knife of essential oils. It’s antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory. It can be used as a remedy for many skincare issues, including (but not limited to) acne, psoriasis, eczema, fungal infections, head lice, and cold sores. Basically, you don’t need a first aid kit anymore, guys – toss it out. One thing that should be kept in mind is that essential tea tree oil is very concentrated, and should be diluted with another carrier oil (such as sweet almond oil) before applying it directly to the skin. Happy experimenting!
This is truly our favorite of all the oils – here’s why. It’s very gentle on sensitive skin, and doesn’t clog pores – but it provides a really gorgeous, light moisturization. It’s excellent for removing makeup (even waterproof mascara that is clinger than your ex) and can even be used at the tips of your hair to prevent split ends. No need to worry about overwhelming fragrance – jojoba oil has a very natural, light scent, with a nutty hint. Because jojoba oil is so light, it can be used as a ‘carrier’ oil, which means it can be used in addition to stronger essential oils as a diluent. However, we love it so much, we use it all on its own. If you want to know more about 10 genius ways to use jojoba oil for hair, face and beauty click here.
Sweet almond oil
Sweet almond oil is very similar to jojoba oil: it has a light scent and skin feel, and can be used as a carrier oil in addition to other stronger essential oils like tea tree. Many fans of almond oil actually prefer to use it as a facial cleanser. The oil is great at breaking down makeup, and removing dirt from pores without stripping the skin of its natural moisture barrier. Almond oil also contains vitamin E, which helps to prevent premature signs of aging such as wrinkles and can be used as a natural moisturizer. Quick tip: pour some sweet almond oil into a spray bottle, and use it as an on-the-go moisturizing spritz for your hair, face, or anywhere that needs a little extra hydration! If you want to know more about 10 great sweet almond oil uses and benefits click here.
Lavender essential oil
Lavender oil is not the most popular essential oil as a skincare or beauty product, but don’t rule it out just yet. Lavender oil has antibacterial properties that help it to combat skin issues such as acne and eczema. For us, it’s most unique property is the amazing smell – it’s amazing in a scalp and hair massage, and the scent of lavender is widely used to reduce stress and insomnia. As a bonus, you can add a few drops of lavender oil behind your ears and on your wrists, and wear it as a perfume! People will be sitting a little closer to you all day long. If you want to know more about lavender essential oil benefits and uses click here.
While Shea butter is not technically an oil…close enough, guys. You’ve probably heard us wax poetic about this lovely natural skin care product before. Shea butter comes from the Shea nut, and is best when it’s cold-pressed. It’s a heavy-duty moisturizer – so it’s great to use in the dead of winter for your thirsty skin. It can be used under the eyes to reduce wrinkles and bags, because Shea butter is anti-inflammatory and promotes the production of collagen. In fact, it can even be used to reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks. To top off that impressive resume, Shea butter smells like a lush, tropical jungle! If you want to know more about 12 amazing Shea butter benefits and uses for beauty click here.
Coconut oil is like the Brangelina of natural oils these days – everyone won’t stop talking about it. Frankly, we don’t blame them! Coconut oil is an incredible moisturizer for just about every body part: skin, hands, cuticles, feet, and hair. It’s even great to cook with! You can use coconut oil in DIY lip balms, scrubs, and masks. The possibilities are endless. However, we want to issue a small disclaimer: coconut oil is comedogenic, which means that it can clog pores on those with more sensitive and blemish-prone skin. Always remember to do a patch test before fully committing! If you want to know more about 50 amazing must-know uses of coconut oil click here.
Olive oil is rich in vitamins A and E, and chock-full of antioxidants and fatty acids, making it a rich moisturizer and great for the healing and reduction of scars, stretch marks, and wrinkles. Plus, it’s great on salad! The best way to use a heavy moisturizer like olive oil is to add it to damp skin – the olive oil will lock in the existing moisture, and give you the plump and elasticity that you’ve been craving. If you want to know more about 45 amazing olive oil benefits for health, hair, skin and other things click here.
Besides all the great things sunflower oil can do inside your body (improve your cardiovascular system, nervous system, lower cholesterol, and fight free radicals, to name a few), it’s also a fantastic skin care product. Sunflower oil is rich in antioxidants and high in vitamins E, A, C, and D. It’s also an emollient, which means that it helps your skin to hold more moisture for longer by creating a barrier. It’s excellent for dry skin, and won’t clog your pores.
Argan oil, better known these days as Moroccan oil (popularized by the brand sharing its namesake) has been marketed as a miracle product for hair care – and it is – but it’s also great for skin. Not only is it packed with fatty acids and nutrients, it’s perfect for those with oily skin because it controls the natural oil production and helps your skin to maintain a balanced Ph level. Josie Maran is onto something! If you want to know more about 10 argan oil benefits and uses for skin, hair and nails click here.
The greatest oil you’ve never heard of! Grapeseed oil (from the seeds of grapes, duh!) is rich in beta-carotene, high in moisture, and it won’t clog your pores. Its astringent properties make it great for fighting acne, and its light consistency will make it feel like you aren’t wearing any product at all. Head out to the local health food store, and stock up!