Skincare can be so daunting! There are literally thousands of different protocols for maintaining (or reclaiming) our youthful glow, fixing skin issues like acne, sun damage, and aging, and just a dizzying amount of lotions and potions for every skincare “need” imaginable. Sifting through it all can be intimidating and fruitless if you don’t know where to begin.
So where DO you begin you might ask?
Figuring out your skin type.
Before diving into any skincare protocol, you need to get to know your skin – its moods, its hydration level, sensitivities, clarity, etc.
This may sound like a bit much, but it’s easier than you might think! You’ve had your skin your whole life and I bet you know at least a little something about it. Does it tend to be dry? Oily? Sensitive? Red? Maybe it’s a combination of these? Is it acne prone or react to certain things?
All of these questions can help you determine what type of skin you have. For me, I have oily, sensitive, dehydrated, acne prone skin. It also tends to redden very easily. With this information, I know that I have to use products that are gentle, light, and won’t clog my pores or irritate my skin.
Once you have determined what type of skin you have, it’s easier to use skincare that’s suited perfectly for your unique complexion and its needs.
Well, the same goes for choosing essential oils!
Essential Oils for Specific Skin Types
Just like other skincare ingredients, essential oils have their own unique properties that are suited for some skin types more than others. Some EOs that are great for dry skin may not work as well for those with oily skin and vice versa. Same goes for using more potent oils on sensitive skin. It’s important to know which ones are most suitable for your skin’s needs.
Instead of trying to navigate in the dark, I’ve put together a list of common essential oils used for skincare and categorized them based on skin type.
I hope you find it useful! Please let me know in the comments if you would like me to look into any particular essential oil and I’ll see about adding it to the chart below.
36 Common Essential Oils for Specific Skin Types
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Robin Hamilton @Wellness Wires says
I prefer Frankincense oil, it is helpful for any skin malady. It soothes burns and rashes and stops the skin from prematurely aging right in its tracks.
Love this article! I wasn’t aware that essential oils have so many uses. I love the info provided by you. Thanks and keep sharing.
Iris zhang says
Awesome list, thanks Tash. What are the references? Would you recommend any books? Cheers
I really like the book The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood 🙂