I am in no way a professional. This is information and research that I have learned in the process of becoming better informed about all natural products, that I would like to share with you.
So, I love to blog about essential oils and all of their wonderful benefits, but there are another group of oils out there that I am completely neglecting: carrier oils.
I have mentioned carrier oils before (in my post here detailing how to apply essential oils topically) where they are used with essential oils to act as a buffer and safety precaution when applying essential oils directly onto the skin.
However, carrier oils have benefits all of their own. Their benefits usually range in the health and beauty department, but not all for the same purpose. Some oils work better with specific skin types, while others should be avoided all together (based on skin type).
These oils are rated on a “comedogenic scale,” which is a fancy way of determining their likelihood to clog your pores. So big word, but good to know.
Oils that have a low score are generally safe to use on all skin types, and oils with a higher score are better for dry skin (aka these oils are more “oily”).
Carrier Oils 101
Coconut Oil (click here to buy)
Lets just start with my favorite. Coconut oil seems like the MVP of oils (to me at least). It can be used for everything from a cooking ingredient to an effective beauty product (fractionated coconut oil, if you’re looking to use it for a beauty product). It is to be noted though, that it has a high comedogenic rating, so if you have oily or acne prone skin, this is not the oil that you want to use on your face. However, it can be used as a moisturizer (depending on your skin type), massage oil, protects against anti-aging, and a wonderful nourishing hair conditioner (just from personal experience, don’t apply directly to your roots –if you have oily hair– because of it’s rating, it’ll turn your head into a grease bucket. So just stick to the ends!)
Sweet Almond Oil (click here to buy)
This oil has a low comedogenic rating, so it is perfect for any skin type (from sensitive all the way to acne prone). It provides hydrating benefits without irritating the skin. Almond oil also helps in the restoration of the skin’s natural protective barrier and can decrease dandruff production when massaged into the scalp.
Castor Oil (click here to buy)
Castor Oil is a well known beauty agent. It also has a low comedogenic rating, which makes it safe to use on all skin types. You can apply it directly to your skin without having to worry about it clogging your pores. It can be used as a hydrating moisturizer, aid in the healing of sunburns, sooth chapped lips, and promote growth and strength for your nails and hair. Talk about a do-it-all oil!
Argan Oil (click here to buy)
Argan Oil is known for it’s substantial benefits in hair care solutions. It boost hydration and shine by deeply nourishing your hair while repairing split ends and taming frizz. This oil also has many benefits for your skin and nails. You can apply it to callused feet to get rid of those awful cracks, that nothing else seems to help with, and to strengthen brittle nails (by applying it directly to the nail cuticles).
Neem Oil (click here to buy)
Neem Oil is perfect for someone with sensitive skin. Because it is filled with antioxidants and fatty acids, it can penetrate the outermost layer of the skin and restore the protective barrier. This reverses sun damage and prevents moisture loss. It also naturally hydrates the skin while combating wrinkles and fine lines. Neem oil also has components which are great in destroying acne causing bacteria, as well as eliminating foot fungus (two totally different ends of an issue, but you get the point: it works good).
Jojoba Oil (click here to buy)
This oil has a moderately low comodogenic rating, making it good for combination skin. It works great at clearing away dirt, makeup, and impurities while also giving you moisture and hydration. Apply this oil to your nails to improve their strength and growth. You can also use on your hair to soften the follicles and reduce split ends.
Rosehip Seed Oil (click here to buy)
Rosehip Seed Oil has MANY benefits. It can help diminish the appearance of wrinkles, dark spots, eye bags, fine lines, blemishes, rough patches, scars, and other dark marks. The fatty acid content of this oil helps to promote the production of new cells, which helps it achieve all of these wonderful things.
This is in no way a list of ALL the carrier oils out their, or even a complete list of all these oils benefits.
I will be updating this list as time goes on and I learn more. So be sure to book mark this page and check back later for updates!
The benefits that carrier oils have seem to be endless. It is important, however, to know your skin type and to know which oils will work best for you. If you have oily, acne prone skin, there are definitely oils that would be best to avoid using (or at least avoid using directly on your face).
If you have a favorite oil to use that I did not list, please let me know! I am learning in this process as well, and would love to pick up a few more pointers (; So comment below with your favorite oils, or if you use some of these oils and tell me the results you see from them. You know I’d love to hear from you!
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