Best Essential Oils For Skin & Benefits for Each Skin Type

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We can’t get enough of essential oils. The calming scent of lavender can instantly make us feel relaxed while a sniff of peppermint can perk us up.

While we all know how amazing essential oils can smell, you may not realize the benefits they can have for your skin. From soothing inflammation and fighting off acne to reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, essential oils can do wonders for your skin.

Let’s explore the benefits of essential oils for skin and how you can incorporate them into your self-care routine.

Best Essential Oils For Your Skin Type

There are so many essential oils for skin out there, and they all offer distinct benefits. If you’re just starting your journey with essential oils, choosing products based on your skin type is a great place to start.

Dry Skin

Essential oils for dry skin include lavender, rose, sandalwood, and carrot seed oil. These oils all have anti-inflammatory properties that can soothe your skin while keeping it hydrated and balancing moisture levels. Use a few drops of these essential oils on dry skin (making sure they’re properly diluted, which we’ll talk about in more detail), or incorporate them into your moisturizer.

Plus, options like lavender essential oil can help you relax since the scent has been shown to help regulate your body’s parasympathetic nervous system, according to Healthline.

Oily Skin

Now, you might think that you shouldn’t use essential oils if you have greasy skin. However, this isn’t always the case. According to Verywell Health, oily skin is often a result of overactive sebaceous glands that produce too much of a waxy, oily substance called sebum.

The right essential oils for your skin can actually help control excess sebum and help your skin find balance again. Tea tree oils are great for leaving your skin feeling fresh and clean since it has antibacterial and astringent properties. Other essential oils for oily skin include geranium, neroli, and rosemary.

Acne Prone Skin

Essential oils can also be a game changer when it comes to achieving a clear complexion. When fighting breakouts, you want to cleanse your skin without stripping away its natural oils. Lemon and lemongrass are two hero oils that are great for keeping acne away and improving your skin tone.

A few lemongrass and lemon essential oil benefits for skin include:

  • Fighting inflammation
  • Having natural astringent properties
  • Acting as an antimicrobial
  • Removing dead skin cells gently

Itchy Skin

Itchy skin can often be caused by dry skin. In this case, you want to find essential oils for itching that both soothe and moisturize your skin.

Some popular essential oils for itchy skin include eucalyptus, lavender, cinnamon, and peppermint essential oils. These essential oils work double duty to provide instant relief while also addressing the root of the problem.

Essential Oils or Rashes and Wrinkles

Along with helping your skin achieve balance, essential oils can also be used to treat rashes and fight off signs of aging. For instance, patchouli oil can help reduce both pain and inflammation when treating rashes. 

MedicalNewsToday explains that some essential oils can also be used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Some of the best essential oils for wrinkles have already made our list, including:

  • Lemon
  • Rosemary
  • Sandalwood
  • Frankincense
  • Carrot seed
  • Clary sage

Similarly, some oils can help reduce dark spots and help you achieve an even skin tone. These include:

  • Geranium 
  • Pomegranate
  • Tangerine
  • Carrot seed

How Use Incorporate Essential Oils For Self Care

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Ready to incorporate essential oils for skincare into your self-care routine? Here are some ideas to get you started.

How to Mix Essential Oils for Skin

Essential oils are often highly concentrated and potent, which could cause skin irritation. Luckily, diluting your essential oils with a carrier oil (like grape seed or coconut oil) is easy. Healthline offers a handy dilution guide to help you mix essential oils for your skin at home. They also emphasize the importance of conducting a patch test before using any new essential or carrier oil to ensure it doesn’t irritate your skin.

From there, you can add these essential oils to your face and hair! If you don’t want to use them on your face, you can also apply them on other areas like your wrists or behind your ear for aromatherapy benefits.

Diffusing Essential Oils

Speaking of aromatherapy, you can also benefit from diffusing your essential oils. An aromatic diffuser can make your room smell heavenly and set the mood for a self-care night. While this method doesn’t offer benefits for your skin, breathing in the aromatics can help you feel calm, focused, or sleepy depending on the essential oil you choose.

Aromatherapy Skincare

If you want the benefits of essential oils for your skin without having to concoct your own oils and want to feel like you’re at the spa, you can’t go wrong with infused skincare products. Face masks, eye gels, and more made with essential oils are great for delivering targeted treatment to your skin while also smelling great and making you feel relaxed.

Plus, these infused products are a breeze to use and safe for your skin. No diluting or mixing is necessary to experience the benefits of essential oils for your skin with these products: 

Happy Place: Made with an uplifting aroma of rose, these tea-infused eye gels deliver so much more than antioxidants. The Rose Oil aromatherapy in these tea-infused eye gels will brighten your under eyes and boost your mood in ten minutes flat.

Chill Mode: Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil and natural Tea Leaves are the hero ingredients in these chill eye gels that will lull stressed skin into a state of total relaxation. The Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil works double duty to reduce inflammation and heal broken or damaged skin

Or, treat your entire face to some extra relaxation with a Calming Hydrogel Face Mask. You’ll be basking in blissful relaxation while your skin soaks up an extra dose of hydration.

Perk Up: When you need an energy boost these green tea-infused eye gels can do the trick. Green tea works to de-puff your skin while antioxidant-rich Pine Leaf Extract works wonders to brighten your skin. The extra addition of Bergamot offers a relaxing scent to calm your nerves during your self-care sesh.

Explore our skincare favorites at Patchology, including our favorite aromatherapy eye gels, sheet masks, and more.