Carrier oils are one of the best and most natural methods for skin care. They can maintain the skin hydrated and make it smoother. They can also protect it against external damaging factors. Carrier oils are simple to use and are full of benefits. But finding the right carrier oils for all skin types can be a bit overwhelming.
Don’t worry; all you need is to know your skin type to find the right carrier oil. If you don’t know your skin type by now, you will after reading this article. Reading into this post, you will find out why using carrier oils for your skin type is one of the best choices you could make. Learn how they work and what they can do to your skin.
Then continue reading and learn about skin types. I will give you the best tips on how to care for your specific skin type and which carriers to use. Each type of skin will also get one Aromatherapy blend to help you start your beauty care regimen right away. I’ll keep it simple and explicit for you to understand why your skin needs all this attention.
Did You Know?
- There are 2.000 billion cells that make the skin.
Why Use Carrier Oils in Your Daily Skin Care Regimen?
First of all, let’s see what exactly carrier oils are. They are vegetable oils obtained through the cold-pressed method. Carrier oils are squeezed out of the fatty potions of the fruits (kernels, pulp and seeds). They are called carriers because they help carry all the properties and benefits of essential oils.
Why do essential oils need carrier oils? Essential oils are very concentrated substances that can’t be applied undiluted on the skin. Some can cause serious burns and irritation if used undiluted. So the role of carrier oils is to help dilute all essential oils.
Carrier oils for all skin types can be used as they are. But they can also be mixed with essential oils for stronger effects. Carrier oils are full of fatty acids and they moisturize and hydrate the skin. They deliver those essential fatty acids into the superior layer of the skin, to help protect it and regenerate it.
- Helps us breathe.
- Retains the water in our body.
- Establishes our reserves of minerals and fat.
- Absorbs physical shocks.
- Eliminates toxins through perspiration or sebum.
- Turns UV rays into vitamin D.
- Regulates the body temperature.
- Protects against germs and bacteria.
Carrier oils are part of the emollient products category. What they do is seal in the already existent water in the skin. That’s why it is usually best to apply a moisturizer on your face within 3 minutes after washing it. Use gentle tapping movements to preserve the water in the skin.
Another type of moisturizer is called humectant. Glycerin is a humectant. Once applied on the skin, it draws the water from the middle layer of the skin into the superior layer. But you can’t leave it on, or else the final effect will be severe dryness, as it will draw all the water out.
Why does the skin need moisturizing? It needs it because, without moisture the skin will age faster. In an ideal world, the skin would be able to maintain itself hydrated. It still does, but with current conditions (stress, pollution, diets, weather, etc.) it also needs a bit of help.
Normally, when you wash your face with soap you strip it from its natural oils that protect against bacteria. Carrier oils have the ability to fill in all the skin cracks. On top of that, they feed it essential nutrients to help it regenerate itself. They also seal in the water, giving your skin a firm and radiant aspect.
Still, some specialists say that moisturizing would only make the sebaceous glands lazy. The glands would stop producing sebum to hydrate the skin naturally. In my research so far, I found out that only aging can make the sebaceous glands less active. A lack of hydration and natural oils make the skin look less plump and wrinkled. In fact, every process becomes slower with age.
There is also a catch in using carrier oils for your face. They must always be for your type of skin, otherwise you risk getting new problems. For instance, thick carrier oils could clog the pores of an oily skin and cause acne. Light and dry textured carrier oils might not do much good to a dry, inflamed skin, and so on.
The best way would be a middle way. You could wash your face only once a day on certain days, and only with water. This would be beneficial especially during hot weather. The rest of days, you should clean and moisturize your skin normally.
Carrier oils contain different molecules with adapted properties. That’s why it’s important to find the proper vegetable oil to care for your skin’s needs.
The right carrier oils for all skin types can:
- Clear your skin from various problems.
- Leave your skin smooth, hydrated and healthy.
- Balance the sebum production.
- Feed it essential nutrients that help restore the protective barrier of the skin.
- Replace the dirty natural oils with new and rich natural ones.
- Protect the skin from bacteria and germs with their antibacterial properties.
Generally speaking, there is so much you can do with carrier oils. You can use them to:
- Moisturize your skin.
- Gently remove makeup and hydrate the under-eye area.
- Care for your nails and cuticles.
- Nourish your hair and give it back its shininess.
- Make your own natural scrubs and face masks that leave the skin clear and radiant.
- Improve the aspect of fine wrinkles and scars.
- Improve the aspect of cellulite or stretch marks.
- Improve your tan.
- Protect from sunburns.
- Make perfumes.
If you’re still unsure about your skin type, you now have the chance to find out more and help you decide. Once you’ve established your skin type, you can then continue caring for it properly, with the right carrier oil.
Carrier Oils for All Skin Types, Recipes and Tips for Each Type
There are four main skin types: normal, dry, sensitive and oily. But, that’s not a general rule. You can have a normal yet sensitive skin type. Or you can have combination skin type. The idea is that each skin type needs special care and attention.
During the course of a year, your skin’s tendencies and needs may change. Those changes may happen because of weather or stressful moments. But happy moments, extreme fatigue, and others may also contribute to your skin’s needs.
Your skin will instantly show you what’s wrong on the inside as well. The aspect of your skin is usually closely related to the health of your liver, too.
I will take all the skin types and give you details about them. After you’ve identified the type of your skin and its needs, you can then find the right carrier oils. Below, you will find around 20 carrier oils for all skin types along with their benefits.
Normal skin type
It is usually smooth, with an even skin tone. At the end of the day, the skin doesn’t shine and it’s elastic and comfortable.
Carrier oils for normal skin type:
Jojoba – is the only vegetable oil that mimics the sebum. That makes it useful for almost all skin types, so it’s great for normal skin types too. It limits the water loss, it fights aging signs and it gives the skin a firm look.
Argan – is rich in antioxidants and vitamin E, which make it very nourishing and hydrating. It is easily absorbed and it penetrates the skin on a deep level.
Rosehip seed – is rich in vitamin A (retinol) and it’s great at improving scars and stretch marks. It has strong regenerative qualities.
Tips on how to care for your normal skin type:
- Gently wash your face in the morning with a very mild lotion.
- Apply the right carrier oil for your skin type to keep it moisturized and radiant.
- Before going to bed, remove your makeup with a cleansing lotion. You can then leave it as it is or apply a bit of moisturizer.
Moisturizing Blend for Normal Skin Type
- Argan oil: 1 Oz. (30ml)
- Rose essential oil: 6 drops
Mix the oils together and shake well before each use. Apply on the face, neck and cleavage each morning or night.
Dry skin type
This type of skin is usually smooth and matte. Every now and then it gets irritated as well. Dry skin doesn’t produce enough sebum. In more severe cases, it can cause all sorts of problems, like eczema or psoriasis.
Carrier oils for dry skin type:
Sweet Almond – is among the best carrier oils for all skin types. It is deeply nourishing for the dry skin because it’s rich in oleic acid. It is also soothing and stops irritations from forming.
Wheat Germ – is another emollient vegetable oil. It is also rich in vitamin E, which is a great antioxidant. It contains other beneficial vitamins like A, C and B complex.
Avocado – is a great carrier oil for dry skin, as it’s extremely rich in oleic acid, omegas and vitamin E. It can also soothe irritation and inflammation.
You can also use Argan oil and Shea butter.
Tips on how to care for your dry skin type:
- First of all, you must decide whether your face is dehydrated or dry.
- Cleanse your face with a simple makeup remover. Do not rinse.
- Apply a very rich emollient twice a day.
- Don’t take hot baths and add vegetable oil in your bath water to keep it moisturized.
Nourishing Face Mask for Dry Skin
- Avocado oil: ½ Oz. (15 ml)
- Vegetable Cocoa butter: 2 teaspoons
- Lavender essential oil: 6 drops
Put the cocoa butter in a heat resistant recipient and add it on a steaming pot to melt the Cocoa butter. Then add the Avocado oil and lastly, the Lavender. Whisk well and let it cool off. You can then apply it all over your face after washing it with lukewarm water to open up the pores.
Dry and sensitive skin type
Sometimes, dry skin can also be sensitive. It may become so because of the chemicals in your washing lotion or other creams and lotions you’re using. You might get irritations more often and feel a general discomfort all over.
Carrier oils for dry and sensitive skin type:
Baobab – is great at protecting the skin from sun damage. It contains a lot of vitamin C, which can help with the elasticity of the skin. It is hydrating because of vitamins A and B, and omegas 3, 6 and 9. Baobab oil is among the top carrier oils for all skin types.
Nigella – is another great carrier oil for your skin type. It contains vitamins like A, B and C and minerals that help the skin recover and repair it. Nigella oil has anti-inflammatory qualities.
Sesame – increases the elasticity of the skin. It also makes it smooth and hydrates it deeply. It can also protect against sun damage.
Tips on how to care for your dry and sensitive skin type:
- Try using a nourishing and gentle makeup remover (like one of the oils).
- You should also avoid any type of synthetic fragrances in your lotions and creams.
- Apply a nourishing mask once a week.
Nourishing Face Mask for Dry and Sensitive Skin
- Nigella oil: ½ Oz. (15 ml)
- Yellow clay: 2 teaspoons
- Sandalwood essential oil: 4 drops
Blend all the ingredients well and apply on your wet face, once a week. Rinse with lukewarm water and then apply more moisturizer.
Oily skin type
This skin type has enlarged pores and it’s always oily and greasy. At the end of the day, the face shines a lot. Although it doesn’t lack elasticity, too much sebum can clog the pores and cause acne.
Carrier oils for oily skin type:
Neem – is a very good disinfectant and antiviral. It is soothing to inflammations and reduces redness too. Neem oil can also improve the aspect of acne scars and tighten pores.
Hazelnut – can regulate the sebum production and protect the skin against sun damage. It is rapidly absorbed into the skin and it hydrates on a deep level. It is also a gentle oil that doesn’t further irritate the skin. Hazelnut oil is among the best carrier oils for oily skin types.
Nigella carrier oil is also great for this type of skin.
Tips on how to care for your oily skin type:
- Wash your face with a gentle foaming lotion (ideally homemade).
- Hydrate your skin with light oils.
- And once a week, apply a mask that absorbs all the toxins and impurities.
Face Mask for Oily Skin Type
- Hazelnut oil: ½ Oz (15ml)
- Yellow clay: 2 teaspoons
- Bergamot essential oil: 4 drops
Apply on a wet, clean face once a week. Rinse well and then apply the proper moisturizing oil for your skin type.
Oily and sensitive skin type
Oily skin can also be sensitive. It can react to all sorts of chemical or natural products. Try to test every new ingredient you come across, every time!
You can use:
Tips on how to care for your oily and sensitive skin type:
Follow the same steps as for the oily skin.
Face Blend for Oily and Sensitive Skin
- Rosehip seed oil: 1 Oz (30 ml)
- Rose essential oil: 4 drops
- Helichrysum essential oil: 4 drops
Blend well all the oils together and shake well before each use. Don’t overuse it and keep it stored in a cool, dry and dark place. All the ingredients will deliver great antibacterial and anti-inflammatory qualities to your oily, sensitive skin. They will all help with the scar healing too.
Combination skin type
This type of skin usually lacks a balance between the water and sebum production. At the end of the day, you’ll notice your cheeks and jaws are dry and the forehead-nose-chin area is oily and shiny. The latter is called the T zone.
Carrier oils for combination skin type:
Grapeseed – is a light carrier oil, which makes it great for combination skin. It is easily absorbed and it can also kill bacteria and germs. It helps regulate the sebum production making it one of the best carrier oils for all skin types, except dry skin.
Sea Buckthorn – is a great carrier oil for combination skin. It helps healing wounds, scars and sunburns. It is also hydrating and protects against bacteria. Make sure you dilute this one as it can stain your skin.
Tamanu – has strong antibacterial and anti-inflammatory qualities. It’s a great carrier oil for all skin types because it has antioxidant qualities. It is soothing and calming and keeps irritation at bay. It can also help the skin repair and heal itself.
You can also use Hazelnut and Rosehip seed oils.
Tips on how to care for your combination skin type:
This type of skin usually requires special care as there are two different needs you have to take care of.
- Remove overnight impurities and makeup with a gentle cleanser/makeup remover. It could be a homemade cleansing lotion or another oil to wipe out your makeup with.
- Nourish and hydrate your skin with a mattifying lotion or oil. Insist on the dry areas.
- Do a steam bath 2 – 4 times a month with essential oils like Verbena Rosemary, Lemon or Lavender.
Face Blend for Combination Skin Type
- Grapeseed oil: 1 Oz. (30 ml)
- Lemon essential oil: 4 drops
- Lavender essential oil: 1 drop
- Rosemary essential oil: 1 drop
Mix well and apply on a wet, clean face. Insist on the dry areas and apply twice a day.
Mature skin type
This skin type can easily be detected. Besides the age factor, mature skin can also have one of the above mentioned characteristics. You can have mature skin with wrinkles and still be dry or oily. Mature skin is characterized by age spots, wrinkles and lack of firmness and elasticity.
Carrier oils for mature skin type:
Babassu – has strong antioxidant qualities and is rich in vitamin E. These two qualities make Babassu oil precious among all the carrier oils for all skin types. It is highly nutritious to the skin because of its high content of essential fatty acids. It doesn’t leave a greasy trace either and it’s very gentle to the face.
Borage – is great at restoring the protective barrier of the skin. Keeps the skin deeply moisturized and protects it from external damage. It also has strong anti-inflammatory properties protecting against bacteria and infections as well.
You can also use Argan, Sea Buckthorn and Rosehip seed oils.
Tips on how to care for your mature skin type:
- Mature skin needs a gentle cleansing with mild makeup removers or Aloe Gel, for instance.
- You can then apply a tonic or floral water that’s astringent (Neroli).
- Apply nourishing blends to your face, neck and cleavage. But take into account your skin type as well, when you choose your carrier oil.
Mature Skin Face Blend
- Babassu oil: 1 Oz. (30ml)
- Rosehip seed oil: 1 Oz. (30ml)
- Rose essential oil (Otto): 7 drops
- Frankincense essential oil: 5 drops
You can also mix in some Avocado oil if your face is a bit dry. Blend well all the ingredients and apply twice a day. Keep the blend in a dark and dry area.
Before and after tanning skincare
Too much sun exposure may affect your skin. But you can definitely protect it with moisturizers. It’s important to apply them before and after in generous quantities. They will help prevent sunburns and get you an even tan.
Carrier oils for a healthy tan:
Macadamia – is another one of the best carrier oils for all skin types. It’s rich in essential fatty acids that nourish the skin on a deep level. It also helps the skin regenerate and protects it from sunburns.
Coconut – is great at restoring the protective barrier of the skin. It keeps the skin moisturized for a long time. It is soothing to the red and sun burnt skin and it has natural UV protection. It is also rich in essential fatty acids that help the skin heal itself.
Calendula – is great at healing wounds and sunburns. It has strong anti-inflammatory qualities and it can also disinfect the skin. It gives your skin a natural glow and protects against premature aging. It is highly nutritious and is well suited for damaged or dry skin. But it can be used in body mixtures for all skin types, too.
Apricot kernel – is another great oil among the other carrier oils for all skin types. It is rich in vitamin A and it protects against sun damage. It is emollient and hydrating because of a high content of essential fatty acids. It is easily absorbed into the skin.
You can also use Jojoba, Sea Buckthorn, Avocado and Sesame oils.
Tips on how to care for your tanned skin:
- In case of tan lines, you should use a gentle scrub on those areas. You should then make sure you expose your skin evenly to the sun to avoid new tan lines.
- I would suggest not scrubbing at all if possible, if you want to keep your tan for a longer time.
- Try to epilate instead of shaving or waxing. The latter two methods can also exfoliate the skin.
- Apply moisturizers before and after sun exposure, abundantly.
After Sun Hydrating and Moisturizing Blend
- Coconut oil: 2 Oz. (60ml)
- Jojoba oil: 2 Oz. (60ml)
- Lavender essential oil: 15 drops
- Sandalwood essential oil: 15 drops
- Frankincense essential oil: 30 drops
Prepare this blend and keep it stored in a cool, dark and dry place. Apply on all your skin immediately after you come back from the beach and shower.
All the oils will soothe the redness and the sunburns. They will nourish and keep the skin hydrated. Both carrier oils have natural UV protection. But it is not very high, so you’ll have to apply more sunscreen lotion if you’re out between 11 am – 5 pm, during summers.
Our skin plays a very important role in the well-being of our body. It is necessary to know your skin type to use those oils that answer its specific needs. Carrier oils are fatty vegetable oils that can be used as they are or in combination with essential oils.
It doesn’t matter what skin type you have because there are so many carrier oils out there. Anyone can go along with at least one of them. However, I recommend you always perform an allergy test to prevent any future rashes or unnecessary redness.
Choosing from the many carrier oils for all skin types shouldn’t be a problem anymore. Plus, you can now start caring for your skin type with one of the proper aromatherapy blends in this post.
Which carrier oil do you prefer and why? I’d be delighted to find out, so don’t be shy and leave me a comment with your favorites.