Last week we talked about the dry skin blues and some ways to help keep it at bay. Today we’re focusing one one of the best things you can do for your skin, the use of plant derived carrier oils to help rehydrate and moisturize dry skin. Skin types vary and maybe the opposite, oily skin, is your issue or perhaps you have combination skin. In any case, there are carrier oils that are right for you!

It may seem odd to put oil on your face, it’s a much more common practice in England and other places in the world. The thing is that your skin naturally produces oil called sebum. When it’s washed away, your skin craves more and by keeping a balance by replenishing with the right kinds of carrier oils, you may find that you’ll help combat a number of issues and have happier, healthier skin. Few of the plant oils we will discuss have any kind of significant smell so we’ll include some ideas for essential oils which you can add a few drops of to your carrier oil.

Here are a few, easy to find carrier oils which can be used on both face and body and which types of skin they are best suited for. . .

Jojoba Oil  

Jojoba is a type of shrub found in the deserts of California, Arizona and Utah. The great thing about it is that it mimics the consistency of sebum and therefore it absorbs well into the skin. Jojoba, pronounced “ho-ho-ba”, can be used on any skin type with great benefit.

Evening Primrose Oil

We know it sounds strange to use oil on already oily skin but for some folks, it actually can help balance you out and keep the skin from over producing sebum. Evening Primrose Oil taken internally can even assist in balancing out hormones. One of the best plant oils for reducing inflammation and promoting elasticity.

Coconut Oil

The internet is chock full of articles about the many, many beneficial uses of coconut oil and it’s one of the best things for dry skin! However, folks who are acne prone may want to stick with jojoba. It is heavy and it will take a few minutes to sink in but when it does, it provides amazing relief for dry skin.

Apricot Kernel Oil

This easily absorbed carrier oil is great for those with combination to dry skin types. It’s anti-inflammatory and antibacterial which helps against acne causing bacteria.

Grapeseed Oil

This  works well for most skin types and is very light and easily absorbed. It’s chock full of Vitamin E which helps moisturize and tighten the skin. It’s great at speeding up the healing of acne and reduces redness and inflammation.

Essential Oils

For normal skin types: Chamomile, Lavender, Fennel, Rose, Sandalwood

For oily skin types: Cedarwood, Bergamot, Clary Sage, Grapefruit

For dry skin types: Ylang, Ylang, Rose Geranium, Roman Chamomile

For acne prone skin: Tea Tree, Thyme, Bergamot, Vetiver

Keep in mind that any kind of change to your skincare routine typically comes with a transition period where you might notice a few breakouts. Stick with it for a couple of weeks to truly get an idea of whether it’s working for you or not.