We all know that essential oils are extremely powerful and that they need to be mixed with a carrier oil in order for them to be safe, viable, and convenient upon using. So, when it comes to choosing a carrier oil, one should be able to know what kinds have a nourishing and beautifying effect and what kinds have not. Not to mention that we also need to choose the right one that works best for our skin.
Yes, you heard that right. Each of us has our own skin type and each of us is responsible in taking care of our skin, such as knowing the right skincare essential to avoid unwanted complications.
Most carrier oils have light to completely no scent. It is jampacked with lots of awesome goodness from making our skin look fresh to improving its overall appearance. One good thing about carrier oils is that they don’t alter an essential oil’s cosmetic properties even when thoroughly mixed. This is really important especially if we are doing deep aromatherapy massage or making DIY natural skincare products such as skin lotions, body creams, body oils, hair oils, lip balm, and many others.
Choose your carrier oils wisely
When choosing a carrier oil, it is important to note the following measures to ensure that we are in line with our preferences as well as our suitable beauty essential.
Odour – As mentioned above, a few carrier oils may feature a noticeable scent and most of them do not. So, when you are planning to look for something to mix with your essential oil, make sure you look for one that has an imperceptible or neutral odour. Doing this may guarantee that you’re not altering the essential oil and carrier oil’s aroma.
Skin type – Some carrier oils may possess properties that might be suitable for your skin and some might not. For most cases, it may be the root cause of unwanted skin problems such as acne and blemishes. To counter this, do some research first. If your desired carrier oil meets your skin type, go for it.
Absorption – Check that your carrier oil is thin in its consistency. Talking about absorption, carrier oils that have thick consistency tend to be problematic compared to carrier oils having thin consistency.
Shelf life – Look for carrier oils that have longer shelf life. This is beneficial especially if you are wanting to use your carrier oils for longer periods.
Carrier oils to mix with essential oils for skincare and aromatherapy
If you are looking at getting a carrier oil and match it with your skin’s specific needs, read on. Listed below are the best carrier oils for different skin types.
Dry skin – People who have this type of skin may experience dull and rough-looking skin due to less production of sebum. Avocado oil and olive oil are the recommended carrier oils for this type of skin.
Sensitive skin – This skin type is the complete opposite of normal skin as it can either be too dry or oily. Those who have this skin type may opt to use mild carrier oils including apricot oil or sesame seed oil.
Mature skin – There are a lot of factors that contribute to mature skin. Apparently, the most common are environmental factors such as harmful sunrays, pollution, smoke, and dirt. For this type of skin, we recommend using rosehip oil, jojoba oil, apricot kernel oil, and sweet almond oil.
In aromatherapy, carrier oils play a key role in carrying the essential oil’s awesome properties onto your skin. This usually happens in deep aromatherapy massage. As such, we recommend using mild carrier oils such as argan oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, olive oil, apricot kernel oil, rosehip oil, and black seed oil. Most of these carrier oils contain powerful antioxidants that naturally works to give nourishing effect to the skin when mixed with essential oils.
The bottom line
Carrier oils are undeniably great in providing helpful benefits especially when used cosmetically. They help nourish the skin and promote a glowing outward appearance. However, one should always perform a skin patch test to avoid skin problems.