When it comes to having a beautiful skin, nothing is too weird to try. Because of that, women are always tempted to spend little fortunes on promising creams and lotions. But thankfully, we have something better and natural that can replace commercial creams. You can try the essential oil recipes for skin in this article and see for yourself how they work.
The skin needs a lot of hydration to maintain beautiful and firm. The chemical composition of essential oils makes them very good active ingredients. Find out more on how oils work for your skin in the following first paragraphs. You can also find out why blending is important, and how to do it properly.
Next, you will find Aromatherapy recipes to clear acne and get rid of irritation. I will also tell you about improving aging signs and preventing premature aging. Basically, I’ve prepared essential oil recipes for all skin types and major problems.
FAQ about Essential Oils, Recipes and Natural Ingredients
When we cook, we know what each ingredient does or tastes like. Therefore, we create various recipes to fit our needs and cravings. The same goes for beauty treatments and essential oil recipes for skin.
With so many ingredients to choose from, it really is easy to make as many blends as you want. Each ingredient is natural and it’s good at something in particular.
Combined together, all those natural ingredients form a mixture that will satisfy all your skin’s needs. Essential oils are very good active ingredients. But first, let’s clear some things about them and about carrier oils.
Essential oils – are concentrated substances, made from tens or hundreds of aromatic molecules. Each molecule has its own characteristics and benefits.
An essential oil (EO) is very potent and complex because of its chemical composition. Their molecules are so very tiny that they penetrate the skin very fast. At the same time, they also reach the blood and brain within seconds from inhalation.
They don’t leave an oily film on the skin and they evaporate quite fast. They also need to be diluted in vegetable oils.
Vegetable oils aka carrier oils – are the true oils. They leave a greasy film on the skin and they don’t need dilution. These vegetable oils are mainly made from essential fatty acids that give its texture.
Carriers have their own beneficial properties also. They can be used as they are to hydrate, nourish and protect the skin.
What are natural ingredients?
Natural ingredients come from plants. Their extraction keeps them just the way they are found in the plant. Plants produce their aromatic molecules to protect themselves from predators or weather. They also use them to restore their tissue when needed. They also produce them to attract pollinators to ensure the survival of their species.
These natural ingredients are extremely active once they’re captured in an essential oil. They will protect our skin the way they did with the plant’s tissue.
What is an essential oil recipe?
A cosmetic recipe is a set of instructions and ingredients that go into a final care product. In our case a lotion or a cream, masks and treatments, and even massage oils with various benefits. An essential oil recipe for skin contains natural ingredients from essential oils.
By combining various oils with their particular characteristics and benefits you will get a potent lotion.
For a successful recipe you should know what results you’re looking for and which oil to use. Each type of skin can get along better with certain carriers for instance. Oily complexions will need a drier carrier, just as a dry skin will need a very nourishing and fatty carrier.
Here’s a more specialized article about skin types and recommended oils for each. Always do a little research before deciding what ingredients to use.
How do you blend oils or make a recipe? What’s the right dosage?
The simplest way to get a good, natural recipe is to add 6 – 12 drops of EO in 1 Oz. (30ml) carrier oil for face blends. The face is generally more sensitive to high concentrations. For body blends you can add 15 – 30 EO drops in 1 Oz. (30ml) carrier oil.
You only need a disinfected plastic or glass recipient in which to add your ingredients. Glass containers are recommended for undiluted EO blends. A good example is a blend for a diffuser. Every time, before use, you must shake a blend gently and then apply.
Make sure you keep the blend stored in a cool, dark place and use it within 3 months. If you want it better preserved add a few drops of vitamin E or a natural preservative (e.g.: Cosgard). They will prevent any bacteria growth or mold formation for a longer time.
Why use essential oil recipes for skin?
You can use them because they’re very concentrated and they go along just well with your skin. There are no harming agents in them and they’re full of essential nutrients for your skin.
That being said, it is time to see how to make a few blends and how to take care of your skin with them.
10 Essential Oil Recipes for Skin that Keep It Firm, Clear and Hydrated
The best thing about homemade recipes is that you can go for the simplest of ingredients and still get great results. The simplest would be 1 fluid ounce of carrier oil in which you add and mix 6 – 12 drops of essential oil.
If you’ve opened the above link on skin types and recommended oils for each, then you know what base oil to use. The base oil is of course, your favorite carrier or vegetable oil. Even though I’ve used here only one carrier per recipe, you can still change it or even add another one to your ingredients.
There’s no rule which says you must stick to the ingredients you see providing you use others with similar benefits. There are situations when you don’t necessarily have what it says in a blend recipe. That is when you’d have to replace those ingredients with what you have or you like more.
Here’s what these blends can do for you:
- They can protect the skin against sun damage and bacteria.
- They can feed the skin all the antioxidants and nutrients it needs to fight off free radicals and prevent premature aging.
- They can maintain the skin firm and hydrated.
- They can also improve its appearance and make it look brighter.
- Natural blends can delay aging signs.
- You can soothe your eczema or irritation with natural ingredients and butters or oils.
The following essential oil recipes for skin can be modified and adjusted according to your preferences. But I trust they will serve as a good guide for specific problems.
# Anti-Aging Blend
This recipe refers to all mature skin types, though you will have to use the proper carrier oil for your skin type. For oily or mixed complexion I suggest Grapeseed, Watermelon or Hazelnut base oils. These oils will balance the sebum production and not clog the pores further.
For dry and normal skin types I suggest using base oils rich in fatty acids. Avocado, Jojoba and Argan oils can nourish the dry skin on a deep level.
Sensitive skin types would do well with Sweet Almond oil or other such mild oils. Of course, depending on the tendencies of your sensitive skin, you can use something else that’s more appropriate.
- Labdanum essential oil: 8 drops
- Rose essential oil (Otto): 8 drops
- Palmarosa essential oil: 4 drops
- Rosewood essential oil: 4 drops
- Carrier (base) oil: 2 Oz. (60 ml)
Mix all the ingredients well and always shake the blend before use. Apply this blend at least every night, on your face, neck and cleavage and gently massage it into the skin.
Make sure you don’t use too much because that would simply be a waste. The skin will take as much as it needs. Plus, you’d risk clogged pores also.
Labdanum oil (cistus ladanifer) is very appreciated for its anti-wrinkles action. Palmarosa will keep the skin elastic and help it regenerate.
Rose Otto is very good at toning up the skin and to keep its firm aspect. While Rosewood oil is a great regenerative force.
All these essential oils have antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. This means your skin will stay protected all the time.
# Anti-Aging Blend no.2
- Patchouli essential oil: 8 drops
- Neroli essential oil: 6 drops
- Sandalwood essential oil: 8 drops
- Argan oil: 2 Oz. (60 ml)
Blend all the ingredients and keep them stored in a cool, dark place. Apply with gentle massage movements on face and neckline. You can use the two anti-aging recipes alternatively to give the skin everything it needs. That will also avoid your skin becoming used to one single blend.
# Natural Acne Remedy
Oily or combination skin types need hydration and protection too. But it is a bit difficult to deal with all that excess sebum on the face, and/or oily and dry skin portions. However, there are a few base oils that work very well for these two skin types.
One of them is Watermelon seed oil. Other light textured oils for oily and combination skin are Hazelnut and Macadamia.
But why add more oil to an already oily skin? Because the oil you put on your face will easily be absorbed into the skin through the sebum. It can also seal in the moisture of the skin and protect it against external threats (sun, bacteria, etc.). It brings in nutrients and antioxidants that are beneficial for the skin.
For this essential oil recipe for skin you’ll need:
- Watermelon Seed oil: 1 Oz. (30 ml)
- True Lavender essential oil: 4 drops
- Bergamot essential oil: 4 drops
- Tea Tree essential oil: 4 drops
Make sure you use a recipient that pumps out the blend. You’ll want to avoid bacterial growth because that will shorten your blend’s shelf life.
Mix all the ingredients well and shake the blend each time before use. Clean your face with lukewarm water and dry it out gently. Then apply a few drops of this blend into your palms, rub and then spread even on the face and neck.
Lavender will help heal the scars and it has anti-inflammatory properties. Bergamot and Tea Tree oils have strong antibacterial and antimicrobial qualities. Tea Tree has been found as effective as benzoyl peroxide.
You should know that this natural remedy will take longer to work than using pharmaceutical drugs. The good part is that these ingredients will not damage your skin in any way.
# Aromatherapy Acne Blend no.2
- Lemon essential oil: 4 drops
- Palmarosa essential oil: 4 drops
- Cedarwood essential oil: 4 drops
- Hazelnut oil: 1 Oz. (30 ml)
Mix all your ingredients and shake well before each use. Alternate the two essential oil recipes for skin to get better results. Try to take small breaks (3 – 4 days) to allow the skin some breathing before starting all over again. This way you’d be giving your skin everything it needs without risking its oversaturation.
# Natural Remedy to Improve Irritation
Irritation can occur on almost any type of skin. It may happen because of certain drugs or foods, or even sun exposure. Whatever the cause, if you have a sensitive skin that overreacts and get irritated easily, you can still improve its symptoms. Certain essential oil recipes for skin are very well-tolerated by sensitive skin.
The best base oils to use for this type of skin are Sweet Almond, Calendula and Tamanu.
For this particular one, you’ll need:
- Sweet Almond oil: 1 tablespoon
- Tamanu oil: 1 tablespoon
- Chamomile essential oil: 6 drops
- Helichrysum essential oil: 6 drops
Blend all the oils together and use the blend on a clean face at least once a day, at nighttime. Avoid using commercial soaps or cleaning lotions. Use only lukewarm water and eventually spritz on some Chamomile hydrosol before the blend. Apply a moderate amount and massage it gently onto the face and neckline.
# Irritation Blend no.2
- Calendula oil: 1 Oz. (30 ml)
- Lavender essential oil: 8 drops
- Blue Yarrow essential oil: 4 drops
Apply this blend 1 – 2 times a day until the irritation goes away. You can then continue applying a different blend if you want. You can use a different blend to nourish and protect your skin, as well as delay premature aging.
# Preventing Premature Aging Blend
Prevention is the best method to delay the aging effects on your skin. You can do so simply by applying moisturizers with the right ingredients every day. All the oils in these recipes must be natural to give you maximum benefits. Learn more on how to choose the best quality essential oils for your blends.
The first essential oil recipe for skin is great to offer the skin everything it needs. This one will maintain it elastic and firm after hydration.
- Rosehip seed base oil: 1 Oz. (30 ml)
- Carrot seed essential oil: 7 drops
- Jasmine absolute: 2 drops
- Verbena essential oil: 3 drops
Apply this blend daily or every other day on a clean face. Warm a moderate quantity between your palms and apply on face and neckline.
Verbena is great at detoxifying the skin and Jasmine will nourish and protect against bacteria. Carrot essential oil is very good at regenerating the tissue on a deep level. It can also revive a tired, dull skin.
# Premature Aging Prevention Blend no.2
- Apricot base oil: 1 Oz. (30 ml)
- Argan base oil: 1 tablespoon
- Ylang-Ylang essential oil: 7 drops
- Rosewood essential oil: 8 drops
Apply this blend on a clean face morning and night on face and neckline. You can use this blend as body lotion too, but you’d have to at least double the quantity of the ingredients.
# Sensitive and Damaged Skin Blend
Fragile and inflamed capillaries or instant reaction to most synthetic ingredients may be soothed with a simple blend. Among all the essential oil recipes for skin there can be lots for sensitive types too. Unfortunately, this skin type is quite common giving the quality of commercial products available.
- Hazelnut base oil: 1 tablespoon
- Rosehip seed oil: 1 tablespoon
- Helichrysum essential oil: 4 drops
- Chamomile essential oil: 4 drops
- Lavender essential oil: 4 drops
Shake well before each use and apply on a clean face every night. Try to wash your face only with warm water or Aloe Vera gel instead of soap.
This blend will help your skin regenerate and soothe. It can deliver nutrients deep into the skin and calm down all inflammation. The blend will also protect against premature aging.
# Very Simple Blend for Sensitive Skin
- Sweet Almond oil: 1 Oz (30 ml)
- Lavender essential oil: 6 drops
- Roman Chamomile essential oil: 6 drops
Blend and shake well before use. Apply daily or as often as needed.
The skin needs a lot of essential fatty acids to restore its protective barrier. The skin also needs vitamins and nutrients and antioxidants. All these ingredients can be found in essential oils and carrier oils. That is why the best beauty lotions are a mix of these two.
The best thing about this thing is probably the fact that you can use as many essential oil recipes for skin as you want. It is even recommended you change them every once in a while to give your skin everything it needs.
As you can see, it is quite easy and simple to take care of your skin. You can keep it firm and elastic for many, many years simply by applying moisturizers daily. There’s no need for too many fancy products that cost a fortune.
What do you use to protect and improve the aspect of your skin? Do you have a favorite blend, and if so would you share it with us?