These examples of the best essential oils for your skin will form a useful foundation for your starter kit collection. Herbs contain thousands of active biochemicals and provide interactions and combined effects. This synergy provides various benefits for your skin and hair and they recognize the substances as biocompatible and absorb them quicker than petrochemicals or mineral oil. Essential oils from herbs can mitigate skin problems from wrinkles to dandruff. Herbs in the form of essential oil are effective for fighting the signs of aging, such as dark spots and wrinkles, and they cleanse, tone, moisturize, and exfoliate your skin.
Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin) is grown in East India and is one example of the best essential oils for your skin. For hundreds of years it has been used in perfumes, incense, and alternative medicines including insect repellents. It has a strong and intense scent that most people like. When burned as incense, the aromatics are released in the smoke. Oils are said to be “essential” because they encompass the plants fragrance essence—the distinguishing aroma of a particular plant. You will want to purchase pure, therapeutic grade, certified organic oils for your therapy.
The parts of the Patchouli plant used are the dried and preserved leaves. The essential oils are extracted by steam distillation of the cured leaves rupturing the inner cell walls by scalding them with steam. Some processors use drying or fermentation methods. The leaves are then usually exported to be distilled and sold as essential oils.
For skin issues—Patchouli is wonderful for chapped, dry skin that becomes flaky and itches, dermatitis, eczema, dandruff, impetigo, fungal infections, wrinkles, and acne. It works on athlete’s foot too.
The non-toxic, non-irritating, and non-allergic oils are also wonderful for cell tissue growth and renewal. Other great benefits are easing mental confusion and indecision, sharpening your brainpower, and will give you mental and emotional peace. It is used as a sedative for nerves, depression, and for the pituitary glands. While your skin benefits, look at what other benefits you get at the same time. Patchouli is great for oily and general hair care, wounds, and open pores.
READ MORE: Health Benefits of Patchouli Essential Oil
2. Jojoba oil
Jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis) is the seed of the Jojoba plant native to southern California, southern Arizona, Utah, northwestern Mexico, Argentina, and Israel.
Jojoba oil is pressed from the seeds of the jojoba bush and is refined clear or can be unrefined.
Benefits For skin issues—Jojoba oil is valued for imbalances in your skin, such as eczema, psoriasis, cradle cap in babies, is a natural skin moisturizer, and helps to repair your scalp and hair. It improves oily skin and reduces acne causes—excess oil. Sebum, the natural skin oil, is almost the same as Jojoba oil. Containing vitamin E and antioxidants, Jojoba oil guards against signs of aging. Somehow, the skin’s cells think they are producing oil so the cells think Jojoba is their own oil so stops producing sebum while Jojoba is on the skin.
Lavender essential oil is used for treating acne with its anti-fungal properties, and pimples reducing the swelling, irritation, and redness. Try using 10-20 drops of Lavender essential oil to 50 mL (1.7 ounces) of Jojoba oil and apply to your affected skin.
4. To Prevent Aging
Geranium, Lavender, Neroli (blossoms from Bitter Orange tree), Rose, and Rosemary
5. To Prevent Dry Skin
Sandalwood, Frankincense, Myrrh—rejuvenating characteristics highly valued over the last 2000 years.
6. Moisturizing the Skin
7. Reducing Inflammation and Puffiness
Chamomile and Lavender
Tea-Tree essential oil is good for oily skin, dandruff, burns, cold sores, skin abscesses, insect bites, blisters, acne, herpes, and athlete’s foot.
Skin wrinkles can be caused by dry skin conditions such as cracked hands and a flaky complexion along with flaky dry hands, arms, and legs. Psoriasis and eczema are often caused by dry skin.
Choose essential oils specifically for dry skin that maintain equilibrium with the production of skin oil and are anti-inflammatory to reduce irritation and puffiness. As we get older, the well-known anti-aging essential oils, such as geranium, neroli, lavender, rose, and rosemary, are exceptionally beneficial. These oils are said to rejuvenate skin by supporting the growth of new cells.
Peppermint increases the skin’s oil production while chamomile, helichrysum of the sunflower family, and carrot seed reduce inflammation that goes with dry skin conditions. Carrot and helichrysum help with precancerous skin problems caused by the sun mainly on the face and hands.
Therapists, formulators, wellness centers, health professionals, spas, massage, and yoga studios trust essential oils globally.
Take care and never use essential oils undiluted unless advised by your health care provider and/or certified aromatherapist. Keep essential oils away from children, infants, and pets. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should not use essential oils unless on the advice of a qualified aromatherapist. Never take essential oils internally.
For more on uses of essential oils, and different things they can be used for, please check out our complete list of essential oils and what they are used for.