Today I’d like to share with you one of my favorite skin care secrets for healthy and glowing skin: Carrier Oils! Before I embarked on my natural skin care journey, I was all about creams and amazingly scented lotions. I never imagined that lathering natural Oils on my face and body would actually improve the look and feel of my skin better than my favorite name brand lotions.
The 5 Carrier Oils that I will be sharing with you are non-comedogenic (don’t clog pores) and are full of nourishing vitamins that moisturize the skin. As you read my Top 5, you may discover that many of these Carrier Oils share similar skin care benefits so when it comes to choosing your fave’s, it’s just a matter of preference. Continue reading to learn how Natural Carrier Oils can replace many chemical loaded lotions and how they can help address many of your Beauty concerns.
My 5 Favorite Carrier Oils
1. Sweet Almond Oil
Sweet Almond Oil is extracted from edible almonds (Yes, the ones we eat!). It has been used by women in Southeast Asia and the Mediterranean regions for centuries as part of their beauty routine. It contains a high concentration of anti-oxidant Vitamin E, fatty acids, proteins, potassium and zinc. It is suitable for all skin types and it has a very slight nutty scent. (If you have nut allergies, don’t fret, and continue reading to check out some of the other carrier oils on my top 5 list)
Benefits & How to Use:
- Anti-Oxidant – Apply to your face with cotton pad before you go to sleep and leave on over night
- Healthy Eyelashes – Add a few drops to a clean mascara wand and apply to clean lashes
- Soothes Excessively Dry Skin – Apply a few drops over affected area and gently rub on until absorbed
- Anti-Dandruff – 3 times a week massage oil into scalp for 5 minutes, leave on overnight and shower in the morning
- Promotes Strong Nails – Potassium and Zinc help strengthen nails. Rub a few drops on to nails and cuticles
- Ability to be Mixed with Essential Oils to safely deliver them topically to the skin
Rosehip Seed Oil is made from the seeds or “buds” of rose bushes that are mainly grown in the Southern Andes. Celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Miranda Kerr and even Kate (the Dutches of Cambridge) have all been reported to use this light weight natural oil. It is easily absorbed into the skin and it is rich in retinol (Vitamin A), essential fatty acids, linoleic acid (omega 6) and linolenic acid (omega 3). It is good for all skin types, even for those with oily skin as it helps regulate the natural production of sebum.
Benefits & How to Use:
- Daytime Moisturizer – Apply before makeup. If you’ll be exposed to sun for prolonged periods, follow up with sunscreen
- Soothes Rosacea, Eczema & Psoriasis – Massage a few drops to affected area, it can also be combined with aloe vera
- Prevent Wrinkles – Apply to damp skin after cleansing in the mornings and evenings. May apply regular moisturizer on top
- Stretch Mark/ Scar Treatment – Essential fatty acids promote skin regeneration and improve skin flexibility
- Improve Dry Hair – Slightly warm up oil in a bowl, apply to dry tips & scalp, leave on for 1 hour and wash off
- Moisturize Dry Cracked Heels – Before bed time apply a few drops to a cotton pad and rub on heels. Try to avoid walking
3. Fractionated Coconut Oil
Fractionated Coconut Oil is slightly different than the thick, virgin coconut oil you may be used to. Fractionated oil is heated to separate certain chains of fatty acids into separate components. This process refines, clarifies, and deodorizes the oil. It will always remain in liquid form regardless of temperature. It is completely soluble with all types of Essential Oils, it is odorless, colorless, and won’t stain any fabrics. It also has a prolonged shelf life and in comparison with its solid counterpart. It is perfect for cosmetic use since it is rich in Vitamin E, essential fatty acids and anti-bacterial caprylic acid.
Benefits & How To Use:
- Eye Makeup Remover – Easily removes mascara, eyeliner etc. Add a few drops to cotton and wipe off. watch video tutorial
- Sooth Stressed/ Sore muscles – Apply a few drops over affected area and massage. It will easily penetrate skin and sooth
- Tame Frizzy Hair – Rub a few drops into your hands and gently apply over frizzy strands
- Anti-Bacterial Protection – Mix 5 drops of preferred anti bacterial Essential Oil (tea tree, eucalyptus, bergamot) to 10mls of fractionated coconut oil and apply to the area that needs to be disinfected.
- Body Moisturizer – Easily absorbed into skin and non-greasy. Rub a few drops into palm and rub on body
4. Argan Oil
Argan Oil is probably one of the more popular and well-known Carrier Oils. It is rich with Vitamin A, Vitamin E, anti-oxidants, Omega 6 fatty acids and linoleic acid. It is a great natural moisturizer for your entire face and body. It is made from the kernels of the Argan Tree and the best quality Argan Oil is cold pressed.With regular use, Argan Oil reduces the appearance of wrinkles and gives skin a youthful glow. Celebrities like Eva Mendez, Kelly Rowland and Kim Kardashian all rave about the many beauty benefits of this natural oil. It has a mild-nutty aroma that dissipates after a few minutes of being on your skin.
Benefits & How To Use:
- Night Moisturizer – After cleansing skin, place a drop or two on your fingers and apply on face and neck in circular motion
- Make Up Remover – Apply a few drops to a make up remover pad and gently rub. It will remove it and keep skin hydrated
- Sooth Razor Bumps – Warm a drop or two in palm of your hand and apply to irritated area
- DIY Exfoliator – Mix 1 tbsp of brown sugar with a few drops of Argan Oil. Mix well & gently rub on desired area for 2-4 mins
- Heal Dry, Cracked Lips – Add 1 to 2 drops to lips and gently rub in. Wipe off excess. Oil will keep area moisturized all day
- Face Glow – Add one or 2 drops of Argan Oil to your foundation, bronzer or tinted moisturizer for that dewy – luminous glow
5. Jojoba Oil
Jojoba Oil is made from a seed of the Jojoba shrub. It contains Vitamin E, B-complex, selenium, iodine, copper, zinc and chromium. All of those vitamins and minerals promote healthy skin and hair. It has a slight nutty odor, light texture and a very long shelf life. Out of all of the carrier oils mentioned above, this one most closely resembles sebum (the oily substance produced by our glands to keep skin from drying out). This similarity to our bodies natural oils, makes it the perfect moisturizing oil.
Benefits & How To Use:
- Shaving Gel – You can apply it before shaving and it will help the razor glide along smoothly
- De-Tangle Hair – Apply a few drops to your palms and run your fingers through towel dry hair
- After Shower Body Moisturizer – After you get out of the shower apply a few drops to palm and spread in circular motion
- Moisturize Dry Scalp – Gently massage oil through out the scalp with your fingers. Leave in for a few hours & then rinse off
- Heal Dry Cuticles – Apply a few drops to cuticles and massage until absorbed. Repeat 3-4 times a week
Choosing A Carrier Oil
I hope you will consider incorporating Carrier Oils into your skin care regimens and that they help you as much as they have helped me. In order the reap the natural beauty and therapeutic benefits of Carrier Oils it is very important to purchase high quality products. Your Carrier Oils should be:
- 100% Pure: There should not be other ingredients listed on the ingredients list. Only the the actual oil (not even water).
- Cold Pressed: Sweet Almond Oil, Rosehip Seed Oil, Argan Oil and Jojoba Oil should all be Cold Pressed. This means that the oil has not been heated which preserves all of its naturally occurring beneficial properties.
Before you use any oils all over your body, it is a good idea to test a small amount on your skin in an inconspicuous area, such as the inside of your elbow, to test for reactions. Different oils react differently to each individual’s specific skin type but with so many options around it should not be difficult to find the one that is perfect for you. I would love to know if you already use Carrier Oils. Please feel free to leave a comment below and let me know which one’s are your favorites and how they have benefited you.