I discovered essential oils for skin care several years ago, and was amazed how luminous they made my skin look and feel. I love that every drop I apply to my face is all-natural with no harmful, chemical ingredients.
Besides nourishing my skin, the oils also offer aromatherapy benefits for mind and spirit. I’m so passionate about the benefits and remarkable results, that I’ve been making my own face oil serums at home. It’s fun, and has saved me thousands of dollars.
Here are my picks for the best anti-aging, skin-smoothing essential oils that will give you a youthful glow and overall healthy complexion. They address a wide variety of skin concerns and work well on all skin types. Find the one that speaks to you and start applying!
Used for skin care for thousands of years, and packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, rose essential oil is perfect for moisturizing dry or aging skin.
It also offers antiseptic and astringent properties to help treat acne prone skin, as well as anti-inflammatory properties to soothe redness and inflammation.
Rose oil can also help refine skin texture, controlling skin diseases such as psoriasis and atopic dermatitis.
Rose oil vapor has also shown the ability to protect against oxidative stress, which is associated with depression. In a study among postpartum women, rose oil demonstrated its strength and effectiveness as a safe, all-natural antidepressant and anti-anxiety treatment. So, a little rose oil on the face not only improves your complexion but also your mood and overall mental well-being.
Fun fact: It takes tens of thousands of rose blossoms to yield one ounce of rose essential oil. That makes it one of the most expensive essential oils, but it is super concentrated, so just one drop goes a long way.
(Orange Blossom) is great for oily, sensitive, and mature skin. It helps to smooth fine lines and tone sagging skin. This rejuvenating oil contains a natural chemical called citral, which helps regenerate cells and improve skin elasticity.
This powerfully healing oil helps prevent and smooth stretch marks, scar tissue, acne and broken capillaries. It is also great for soothing damaged or irritated skin, improving circulation and reducing fine lines and wrinkles.
Its antiseptic properties also balance oil production and shrink the appearance of pores without drying skin.
Known as the “King of Oils,” jasmine essential oil is traditionally used to restore skin. Relaxing, uplifting and exotic, jasmine increases skin’s elasticity and helps balance moisture in the skin to naturally reduce dryness. Its natural antibacterial properties protect and aid skin’s immunity.
Jasmine essential oil also heals blemishes and scars, and is fantastic for toning all skin types.
Ylang Ylang Oil:
Its rich, floral fragrance smells so good I want to eat it! Ylang Ylang helps control oil production and minimize breakouts. It also helps regenerate skin cells, smoothing fine lines and improving skin elasticity. Excellent essential oil for every skin type.
The oil from the peel of the bergamot fruit can help remedy a myriad of difficult skin conditions from acne to dark spots, hyper pigmentation and eczema.
Bergamot is a natural antibiotic and disinfectant, and helps control excess oil production in the skin.
It is also an antiseptic, which encourages wound healing and skin regeneration. If you have old acne scars, eczema, psoriasis, or even cold sores, this oil can help the skin heal faster. Bergamot can help prevent new scars and fade old ones by regulating the distribution of skin’s natural pigment—melanin—while balancing skin tone.
It’s enlivening citrus scent also helps relieve stress and anxiety.
Essential oils are very powerful. For skin care, it is important to dilute them by mixing with a carrier oil. I recommend any of the following:
Sesame Seed Oil
Grape Seed Oil (good for oily skin)
Sweet Almond Oil
Wheat Germ Oil
Sunflower Seed Oil
Olive Fruit Oil
A 2% dilution is a safe level for skin application for adults. That’s 12 drops of essential oil to each fluid ounce (30 ml) of carrier oil.
Do you use essential oils on your face?
What are your favorites to use and blend together?
Make sure to use 100% pure, rich therapeutic-grade essential oils derived from flowers and botanicals purchased from a reputable company that guarantees the purity and quality of the oils.
I especially love Young Living essential oils.
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