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10 Best Essential Oils for Skin (+ How to Use Them)

May 23, 2018

photo: Joe Robles


This month at MLC, we’re all about skincare. The May box is full of amazing pampering skincare recipes (hello, jojoba milk eye roller!), last week we had the beautiful Hayley Wood sharing her wisdom on intuitive facials, and today we’ve got the best essential oils for your skin.


Essential oils are heaven for your skin, and each oil offers its own unique benefits. While the below information is a general guideline, we want to repeat something that Hayley shared last week: “each person will be drawn to different scents based off of their needs... I tend to let the client lead with their scent as that taps into their intuitive compass for what is going to benefit them.”


Our suggestion? Use the following info as a jumping off point, and then let your intuition be your guide. Most of the oils below are great for all skin types, so it’s hard to go wrong. And of course, you can message us at any time to discuss the oils that may be best suited for you!


1 - Lavender

You’re probably not surprised to see lavender top the list, am I right? We’re pretty in love with this amazing multipurpose oil, and its skin soothing and nourishing properties make it a perfect fit for all skin types and conditions.


Best for: all skin types


2 - Geranium

Geranium helps to balance oil production, meaning it’s great for both oily and dry skin types. It helps to tighten skin, minimize the appearance of fine lines, promote good circulation, and so much more.


Best for: all skin types


3 - Frankincense

This oil is amazing for aging skin or any skin type that needs a boost in elasticity and rejuvenation. It encourages new cell growth and helps to smooth fine lines and scarring; and it’s also a great choice for all skin types and is ultra-soothing for chapped and acne prone skin.


Best for: tired or aging skin (but great for all skin types)


4 -Ylang Ylang

Ylang ylang has a somewhat strong florally scent- some people love it, some don’t, so you may want to do a sniff test before purchasing. Scent aside, this oil does wonders for all skin types. It helps to balance oil production, regenerate skin cells, and restore elasticity.


Best for: all skin types


5 - Roman Chamomile

Just hearing the word chamomile makes us feel more relaxed. This ultra-soothing oil is great for sensitive skin types or those in need of a little TLC. It’s great for eczema, rosacea, chapped, and irritated skin.


Best for: sensitive or irritated skin


6 - Tea tree

Tea tree is a popular oil for combatting oily skin, and for good reason! It helps to regulate oil production and its antibacterial properties make it great for preventing and treating breakouts. All skin types will benefit from a dab of tea tree on a pimple outbreak. Just make sure to dilute it as you would any oil- using it undiluted will over dry any skin type.


Best for: oily or acne prone skin and blemishes


7 - Carrot Seed

Carrot Seed is known for its soothing properties, which makes it great for all skin types. It helps to balance oil production, reduces puffiness, and soothes inflammation and irritation. Carrot seed oil is rich in beta carotene, vitamins A and E and is often used to create products that nourish, tone, revitalize and refresh the appearance of skin. Carrot seed is also non-irritating, so it works well as a superstar ingredient in your sensitive skin care regimen.


Best for: all skin types


8 - Rose

Rose is a deeply nourishing and rejuvenating oil and is one of the best for aging skin. It helps to moisturize, minimize fine lines, and restore your natural glow. Rose oil can be quite pricey, so it’s more common to purchase a diluted oil.


Best for: aging skin


9 - Helichrysum

The antibacterial, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory properties of helichrysum oil make it ideal for acne prone skin. It also helps to renew skin and heal scars, so it’s great for not only clearning up current blemishes, but erasing signs of previous ones.


Best for: acne prone skin


10 - Palmarosa  

Combat dry flaky skin with palmarosa oil. This hydrating oil will help to soothe and moisturize your skin, and it’s also great for protecting aging skin. Plus, its antiseptic properties make it an effective and gentle treatment for acne prone skin.


Best for: dry, aging, and acne prone skin


How to use essential oils for skin care


Okay so now that you’ve got your oils, what do you do with them?

First thing to know: you never want to start by applying oils to your skin undiluted. These babies are potent and using them undiluted may be too much of a good thing- it can cause dryness, irritation, and sensitization. We've got a great visual on comedogenic ratings and suggestions of carrier oils that you can use on our Pinterest page.


So, you need to dilute them, and there are a few ways to do this.

  • Mix them into your facial serum, oil, or moisturizer. A good dilution ratio for facial skin care in adults is 2 drops of essential oil to 1 tablespoon of carrier.

  • Add a few drops into your facemask (using same dilution ration)

  • Make a facial mist by mixing a 50:50 ratio of distilled water to witch hazel into a spray bottle and then adding essential oils at same dilution ratio.

  • You can also add oils to a facial steam- heavenly!


What are your favorite essential oils for your skin! Let us know in the comments below. And for more amazing skin care products, check out our monthly boxes and our oils page!



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