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If you want to incorporate essential oils into your skincare routine, you may be surprised to discover that carrier oils are recommended as a component of what you are putting on your face, whether you are washing, moisturizing, fighting acne or keeping wrinkles at bay. No matter what you goal, carrier oils are part of the solution.
Seems a little counter-intuitive to slather oil all over your face as a way to improve the skin’s condition, right? Won’t it clog pores, attract debris in the air or at the very least make an awful mess?
Yes, all of these things are definitely possible IF you are using the wrong carrier oil for your skin type. In today’s post I want to highlight different types of carrier oils and which types of skin each oil plays with best. 🙂
Back Up: Why Are Carrier Oils Needed?
There are quite a few reasons why you need to be using a carrier oil in addition to the essential oils of your choosing for a more natural form of skincare. First, essential oils that are worth their weight are EXTREMELY potent, and that means that one little drop is often all you need to get the full benefits. However, one drop isn’t going to very easily cover your entire face before it gets soaked into your skin (essential oils absorb VERY rapidly) and so a carrier oil can help that one drop cover more ground.
Additionally, many essential oils have the capacity to cause a bit of irritation if applied undiluted to the skin. I personally use Young Living Essential Oils to eliminate any concern about chemical additives. If a YL oil irritates my skin, it is simply because it is a “hot” oil and not because it has additives. I prefer to play it safe with my essential oils and use a carrier oil in conjunction with them, especially when the target is my face, which has some of the most sensitive skin on my body.