Best essential oils for glowing skin

Find the most suitable essential oil for your own type of skin to improve on your complexion

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You want your skin to glow by using natural remedies. Botanical extracts from essential oils are known to maintain health and help with certain conditions. Having a glowing skin means you are glowing from the inside, thanks to a healthier mind and body.

The moment I adopted a plant-based diet I started researching the best possible essentials oils for glowing skin. Just like you, I want the best for my body and using natural means is the way to go.

With so many botanicals and essentials oils on the market, how can you even begin with pick the right one for your skin? That's why I'm here to help. My aim is to save you money and give you all the information you need to pick the right product for your skin.

We're going to look at different types of oil for every skin type. I will tell you how to make them and use them in your own kitchen. Ready to keep the skin healthy? Then read on!

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The Best Essential Oils for Your Skin Type

There are so many essential oils to pick from, but luckily we can narrow the search based on your skin type. While some essential oils work for all types of skin, you will want to pick the absolute best to suit your skin and make it glowy and beautiful.

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Match carrier oils to your skin type

For dry skin: Your face needs so much moisture! You often have dry patches and your skin is sensitive to the elements and needs extra protection. Avoid heavy lotions that don't absorb well. Choose Avocado, Sweet almond or argan as the best carrier oils for you.

For oily skin: Putting oil on your oily skin will actually make it better and help balance out the natural oils. Use oils that target blemishes and help you achieve a glowing look.
Choose Grapeseed oil as the best carrier oil for your skin

For maturing skin: Look for oils that boost the elasticity of your skin. Must be hydrating and help retain moisture. Choose Jojoba oil or Sesame carrier oil.

For neutral skin: Lucky you! For balanced skin types, you can pick almost any carrier oil. Choose Tamanu oil, apricot kernel or grapeseed carrier oil.

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Essential oils are powerful and some can cause allergic reactions. That's why I recommend you always use a carrier oil or cream blend to avoid any problems. To be safe, always do a small test patch with any essential oil on your skin. You want to make sure the essential oil is helping your skin in the best possible way.

To do a test patch simply apply some of the essential oil blends on a small part of your skin and leave it overnight. Allergic reactions from essential oil blends are rare but it's always best to rule it out before you apply it on a larger area of skin, especially on your face and neck.

If you encounter any discomfort, itching or a rash, discontinue the use of the oil and seek medical attention.

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Diluting Your Essential Oils

Add just a few drops of oil to your lotion or moisturizer at a time. If you want to use a carrier oil, add just a few drops of essential oil to your carrier oil. The main reason you need to dilute is that essential oils can actually dry the skin because they have no lipids in them. The carrier cream or oil will help with this so the essential oil can work on your skin, while your skin remains moisturized and supple.

Check the chart below to help you understand how to properly dilute your essential oils.

How to dilute your oil

Chart from Tisserand Institute

Best Essential Oils for Amazing Skin

Now that you know exactly what carrier is best for your skin, which essential oil should you use? We picked our favourites and most beneficial oils for skin. We did in-depth research about the properties of each oil. All you need to do is pick the one you love the most.

Lavander Essential Oil

Lavender is a great essential oil, which fits the bill for so many needs. Lavender is calming and gentle to your skin. It's also known to help reduce anxiety so a few drops go a long way. Use lavender before night, as it nourishes and helps de-stress. Lavender can reduce the appearing of blemishes or redness and help your skin have a gorgeous youthful glow.

Lavender oil is soothing and with its versatility, it's one of the best essential oils you can use. Lavender promotes relaxation and helps fight fungal infections. It's known to help with menstrual cramps and nausea. It has the ability to lessen acne, help lighten skin, and reduce wrinkles.

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Lavender essential oil

Neroli Essential Oil

Neroli oil is most commonly known as orange blossom oil. Neroli is the base of many perfumes but did you know that it has an array of wonderful properties for the skin?

Neroli oil is a perfect pick for helping your skin glow. It's antimicrobial, antifungal, and antioxidant-rich [1]. Its citrusy and floral scent refreshes your skin and leaves you vitalised and energised. Neroli is especially wonderful for maturing skin thanks to its regenerative properties which helps tighten the skin.

It's a wonderful addition to your skincare routine thanks to its incredible properties and scent.

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Neroli Essential Oil

Chamomile Essential Oil

There's a lot of research dedicated to the benefits of the Chamomile essential oil. It's an oil often used for a variety of skin conditions.

It's best known for its anti-inflammatory properties making it the ideal essential oil for dry and sensitive skin. It's often used to treat rosacea and to calm the damaged skin.

If you prefer, you can also use chamomile to create a blend of essential oils. It works very well with lavender and can be diluted with a gentle carrier like jojoba oil.

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Roman chamomile essential oil

Rose Essential Oil

Rose oil plumps and moisturises thanks to its hydrating properties. Furthermore, rose oil has anti-inflammatory properties. Rose oil is often used as a natural substitute for hyaluronic acid.

Rose oil has been used to treat anxiety and is a fantastic healing oil for dull-looking skin. For a youthful glow mix it with argan oil. The combination is often used in Turkish natural products which are known to leave you pampered.

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Rose essential oil

Cedarwood Essential Oil

Cedarwood essential oil comes from the beautiful and majestic cedar trees. These evergreen conifers smell fresh and revigorating. The components found in cedarwood oil include cedrine, cedrol, and thujopsene which are antiseptic, antifungal and anti-inflammatory, perfect for oily skin prone to acne.

Cedarwood should be used with a gentle oil carrier to help reduce breakouts.

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Cedarwood essential oil

Cypress Essential Oil

Thanks to its antimicrobial and antibacterial, cypress essential oil can help clear acne-prone skin. In fact, cypress oil is one of the most recommended essential oils for treating acne because of its ability to kill bacteria [2]

Anecdotal evidence shows that cypress oils help treat swelling and pain associated with varicose veins.

Use cypress oil for oily skin in combination with a non-comedogenic carrier oil like grapeseed or almond seed oil.

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Wooden collection essential oils

Juniper Essential Oil

Juniper speeds healing time and is known to help prevent infections. This makes it ideal for numerous skin issues including acne-prone skin. It's best recommended for oily skins. It's especially good to tone your skin and make it look plump and revitalised.

Juniper Essential oil can help soothe your irritated skin and make it glow, especially when used with the right, gentle carrier oil like grapeseed or avocado for example.

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Juniper essential oil

Tea Tree Essential Oil

Tea tree essential oil is used as an alternative for many conventional treatments. It's known for its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. It's used as an insect repellant and also as a mouthwash sometimes. Tea tree has solid evidence to back its properties and it's primarily known to heal and soothe skin conditions.

Therefore tea tree oil is often used to treat oily and acne-prone skin. The anti-inflammatory properties are especially useful to relieve itchy skin [3].

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Tea tree essential oil

Basil Essential Oil

To make your skin glow you must first treat any inflammation and basil essential oil is ideal for this. It has anti-inflammatory properties and helps soothe irritation. It's great for sensitive skin.

You can blend it with neroli if you'd like as the scents work particularly well together. If you suffer from migraines and anxiety, a little basil oil can help you relax. So its properties are not just for the benefit of your skin.

Use it with a carrier oil like jojoba, avocado or almond. Basil oil should not be ingested unless indicated by a medical professional and should be avoided if you're pregnant.

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Basil essential oils

Clary Sage Essential Oil

Sage is not just a wonderful herb used for teas and foods, but it's a magnificent essential oil with an array of benefits. Clary sage oil has incredible antibacterial properties as some studies have shown [4].

Clary sage oil is ideal for all types of skin. Neutral skin will benefit from it thanks to its ability to reduces puffiness and visible signs of skin stress. Its stress reduction properties help mature and dry skin while the antibacterial benefits we mentioned can really help acne-prone skin.

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Clary safe essential oils

Sandalwood Essential Oil

A mesmerising scent, sandalwood has many uses in alternative medicine. The most notable research is showing how sandalwood can help promote skin cell growth. Skin regeneration can help create gorgeous glowing skin.

Sandalwood can help fight anxiety and in some cases has shown to help heal wounds. Sandalwood oil is ideal for all types of skin, including maturing skin thanks to its restorative properties.

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Sandalwood essential oils

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

Ylang ylang oil is used in so many cosmetics. It's well recognisable thanks to its incredible relaxing smell. Ylang ylang is great for treating dry skin and can be used to reduce stress thanks to its calming, scent. The exotic aroma is wonderful, especially if you plan on meditating or heading to bed for a peaceful sleep.

Ylang ylang has a strong aroma so you will need just a small amount of essential oil in your carrier oil. You can also combine it with other essential oils from above to help your skin and enjoy a wonderful scent.

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ylang ylang essential oils

Now you know the best essential oils on the market which can really help your skin look amazing. Use your preferred oil and see positive results every step of the way. You are well equipped with all the information to pick the best essential oil for your needs and skin. Which one will it be? Let me know which is your favourite essential oil for your skin in the comments section below.

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