Are you overwhelmed with the amount of essential oils to choose from? Do you know which essential oils are best for the skin?
When I began making my own natural bath and body products I was certainly overwhelmed. There are so many essential oils on the market! I haven’t even counted how many. Have you? (If so, be a good friend and leave it in the comments for me.) While each essential oil has it’s purpose, it can be a struggle to figure out which are actually beneficial for your skin. This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience. Click here to read the full disclosure policy.
So, let me save you the struggle with 5 starter essential oils that will improve the health of your skin while uncovering your outer beauty. Let’s break it down!
Recommend Skin Types: Blemish Prone / Oily
Traditionally used in skin care products for its cleansing properties, Tea Tree essential oil is great for all skin types but is especially suited for use on oily skin.
- Use as a spot treatment by placing a drop on the end of a cotton swab and dabbing lightly onto targeted areas of the face.
- Add 1–2 drops to your daily application of shampoo to nourish your scalp. Lather shampoo into hair and scalp, let sit a few minutes while enjoying its cool, tingly sensation, and then rinse.
Recommend Skin Types: Normal / Sensitive / Blemish Prone / Oily / Dry
Likely the most popular essential oil, (and my favorite) lavender is the perfect place to start and a must-have in every home. This popular essential oil soothes and nourishes all skin types and is easy to incorporate into your skin care regimen every day. Try it in my soothing recipe for Lavender Goat Milk Hand Soap.
- Add a drop to your hand, mix with facial moisturizer, and treat your skin to a mini facial massage.
- Make a basic homemade body scrub by combining coconut oil, sugar, and Lavender essential oil. Start with 3–4 drops and gradually add more as desired.
- Create a spa-like retreat by combining 1 cup Epsom salt and 4 drops Lavender and adding to a hot bath.
Recommend Skin Types: Oily / Blemish Prone
Distilled from the leaves and woody stalks of the lemongrass plant. Lemongrass essential oil has a subtle citrus-herb scent. It naturally balances and tones the skin and enhances the glow of your skin.
- Add a few drops to your face wash or toner.
- Dilute Lemongrass with a carrier oil for massage after workouts, sports, or just a long and busy day. The fresh aroma will help you unwind.
Recommend Skin Types: Normal / Sensitive / Blemish Prone
Eucalyptus Globulus is a eucalyptus oil from the large, aromatic eucalyptus trees of the Myrtaceae family. The tree’s leaves are steam distilled to produce the earthy, fresh oil that is popular in personal care products and spa treatments. Eucalyptus essential oil is known for its cleansing properties and stimulating scent. It is often applied topically or diffused aromatically. I find it helpful for reducing redness and swelling around acne.
- Use its cleansing benefits by adding a couple drops to your favorite facial cream. Be careful of the sensitive eye area, since Eucalyptus Globulus can leave a tingling sensation.
- Add to a carrier oil for a calming and refreshing massage
- Inhale directly or rub onto your chest for an uplifting, refreshing experience.
Recommend Skin Types: Normal / Sensitive / Dry / Oily / Blemish Prone
Chamomile is quite possibly the most multipurpose oil. From puffy eyes to cracked heels chamomile essential oil has been used for a multitude of benefits for centuries. I highly recommend it for treating dry skin and lips.
- Unwind in the comfort of your home. Try chamomile in face masks, bath salts, and body lotions.
- Apply to the skin with a carrier oil for calming and relaxing benefits.
What are your favorite essential oils for natural skincare? Share in the comments below. Don’t miss my favorite essential oil starter kit, it comes with nearly all of these oils!! Then grab a printable 5 Starter Essential Oils for Your Skin Guide from the Life-n-Reflection Resource Library to keep on hand.