Essential oils can be used in skincare in a few different ways, depending on your unique needs. It’s important to be aware that essential oils are highly concentrated and should be used in small amounts, and always patch test the oil before using it on your face. To patch test, apply a small amount of the diluted oil to the inside of your elbow or behind your ear and wait 24 hours to see if any irritation occurs. Furthermore, not all essential oils are suitable to apply on the skin and may cause irritation. That being said, here are a few simple ways to incorporate the natural benefits of essential oils to your skincare routine!
- Dilute the essential oil: One way is to add a few drops of an essential oil to a carrier oil, such as jojoba or coconut oil, and apply it to the skin as a moisturiser. Essential oils are highly concentrated and should be diluted with a carrier oil before applying to the skin. A good rule of thumb is to use a 2-3% dilution. See our dilution guide here.
- Add to a moisturiser: One of the most popular ways to use essential oils in skincare is to add a few drops of essential oil to your favourite moisturiser. Apply the moisturiser with essential oil to the face, neck and any other areas you want to treat. Use gentle, upward strokes to massage it into the skin.
- Add to a bath: Adding a few drops of essential oil to your bath water can be a relaxing and nourishing experience. Be sure to mix the oil with a carrier oil or bath salt before adding it to the water to help disperse it evenly.
- Use as a spot treatment: Some essential oils, such as tea tree oil, are great for treating specific skin concerns such as acne. Dab a small amount of diluted tea tree oil directly on the blemish with a cotton swab.
- Use in a face mask: Mix a few drops of essential oil with a clay or honey-based face mask for added benefits. Leave the mask on for 10-15 minutes before rinsing off.
- Add to a cleanser or toner: Mix a few drops of essential oil with your regular facial cleanser or toner for added benefits.
It’s important to remember that everyone’s skin is different, and what works for one person may not work for another.
So which essential oils are the best for skincare? The ones below are well known for their skincare benefits.
Lavender oil: known for its soothing and calming properties, and can be used to reduce the appearance of redness, irritation, and acne.
Tea tree oil: has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, making it effective in treating acne and other skin conditions.
Geranium oil: has balancing properties that can help regulate oily skin and improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Frankincense oil: has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce the appearance of scars, age spots, and stretch marks.
Ylang-Ylang oil: known for its moisturising properties, and can be used to reduce the appearance of dry, flaky skin.