Common Carrier Oils Used In Natural Skin Care
Carrier oils are a very important
ingredient when making your own skin care or using essential oils.
Because essential oils are concentrated they need something to dilute
them so they can be applied to your skin with out any irritation.
Applying most essential oils full strength can irritate and sometimes
What are they?
They are exactly what they are called. They are natural oils that are
used to dilute and "carry" essential oils so they can be used on the
skin. Think of them as a base for your skin care.
These oils are vegetable oils or fixed oils. They do not evaporate
like some essential oils, but unlike essential oils they do go rancid
and need to be stored properly.
These oils are made by pressing the fatty parts of plants such as
nuts, kernels and seeds. When purchasing your carrier oils they should
be cold pressed so that the essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals
are not destroyed.
How do I know how much of these oils to mix together?
Below gives a starting point to begin at. Always start on lower side
with the essential oils until you know how your skin reacts to certain
oils and then adjust as necessary. (Some essential oils can be more
powerful than others.
- 2-5 drops essential oil / 1 teaspoon carrier oil
- 4-10 drops essential oil / 2 teaspoon carrier oil
- 6-15 drops essential oil / 1 tablespoon carrier oil
The following are the most common and most beneficial to your skin's health.
- Apricot Kernal Oil
Good for all skin types and known for it's ability to penetrate skin.
It is high in Vitamin E and rich in essential fatty acids which helps
retain elasticity and soften skin. It has a light texture and is well
suited for mature skin.
- Avacdo Oil Contains high amounts of Vitamins B1, B2, Vitamin A, Vitamin D and
Vitamin E. It is also high in essential fatty acids. It is a superior
moisturizer and significantly increases the production of collagen. It
is excellent for dry, damaged and aging skin. It can also help in the
treatment of eczema and psoriasis. Avocado oil is quite thick and rich
so it can be mixed with a much lighter carrier oil.
- Coconut Oil / Fractionated Coconut oil is
used often in skin care products not only because it smells so good, but
also because it encourages healthy skin. It helps retain moisture and
smoothes skin. it also has antibacterial and antiviral properties and
can speed healing.
- Cranberry Seed Oil This is an extremely
effective moisturizer. It is rich in Vitamin E and other antioxidants
and has a significant amount of Vitamin A making it ideal for acne prone
skin. It provides some protection from the sun and is also good for
rough, dry and mature skin.
- Emu Oil Emu oil is very effective
inflammatory, healing excelerant and offers a great deal of protection
from harsh weather. It has a complete source of essential fatty acids
and can penetrate through several layers of skin. It is a good treatment
for age spots, dry skin, stretch marks, blemishes, eczema and
- Evening Primrose Oil This oil is a natural
anti inflammatory and is high in antioxidants. Can reduce redness in
skin and used for skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.
- Flax Seed Oil This is a very nourishing oil
that is high in essential fatty acids. It seals moisture into skin,
improves it's texture and lubricates and softens it. Flax seed oil can
diminish the appearance of wrinkles making it ideal for mature skin.
- Grape Seed Oil
Grape seed oil is excellent in skin care. It is high in essential fatty
acids, vitamins and minerals. This light oil is good for all skin
types, especially for skin types that don't absorb oils well. It aids in
collagen production and keeps cell membranes healthy.
- Hazelnut Oil A very gentle oil that has
natural astringent qualities, making it ideal for oily skin. it is hgh
in Vitamin E, moisturizing and softening skin.
- Hemp Seed Oil This is a highly theraputic
carrier oil. It has just about the perfect combination of essential
fatty acids for our skin. It is a natural anti inflammatory and is
- Jojoba Oil Jojoba oil has absorption
properties that are similar to our own skin's oil and has antibacterial
qualities makingit a good choice for acne prone skin.
- Olive Oil Be sure to always use extra virgin
olive oil. Olive oil is highly compatible with our skin and is an
excellent moistirizer. It aids in skin cell regeneration, and cell
- Pomegranate Seed Oil This oil is very potent
antioxidant. It promotes healthy skin regeneration, is very nourishing,
deeply moisturizes and improves skin elasticity. It is very beneficial
for eczema, sunburn, dry or cracked and mature skin.
- Sesame Oil This is a heavier oil that
provides protection for skin. It's very rich in essential fatty acids
and can be helpful for eczema and psoriasis.
- Sweet Almond Oil This is one of the most
useful skin care oils. It contains Vitamin A, B1, B2, B6 , E and is very rich
in essential fatty acids. It is great for all skin types and softens and
- Sunflower Oil Sunflower oil is deeply
nourishing with high amounts of Vitamin A, D and E. It easily absorbed
and helps skin regeneration which makes it good for damaged skin. It is
also good for treating dry and mature skin.
- Wheat Germ Oil This oil is rich in Vitamin
A, D, E, B1, B2, B3, B6, essential fatty acids and minerals. It is also
an antioxidant and has regenerative properties. Wheat Germ Oil is good
for the treatment of dry, cracked skin, eczema, psoriasis, stretch marks
and aging skin.
Match one of these oils up with you favorite essential oil or
include them in your skin care recipes. They will have your skin
healthy, glowing, and yes, naturally beautiful!
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