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The 9 Best Essential Oils to Treat All Your Beauty Concerns

by Daniela Galvez

The 9 Best Essential Oils to Treat All Your Beauty Concerns
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Ahh, there is nothing more relaxing than inhaling essential oils that are being diffused into the air. While you’re probably aware of all the health benefits aromatherapy has on your body, such as treating respiratory infections, anxiety, and insomnia, did you know essential oils can also be used topically to treat several beauty concerns?

 

 

These concentrated natural oils, which are derived from trees, plants, or flowers, have loads of  anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antioxidant properties that offer a wide variety of benefits for different skin issues. Whether you’re looking to banish your pimples or need help bringing your dehydrated skin back to life, we did the research and narrowed it down to nine essential oils that you might want to consider incorporating into your beauty routine.

 

 

But take note! Due to their high concentration, applying essential oils directly to the skin can cause an allergic reaction or skin irritation in some people. Therefore, always dilute essential oils with a carrier oil like jojoba, argan, coconut, or your go-to moisturizer. We recommend applying the blend in a small patch on skin to test sensitivity before applying all over body.

 

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Best Essential Oil for Acne: Tea Tree Oil

Price:$13.00

It’s officially wedding season, and chances are you’re going to receive an invite to a friend’s (or many friends’) nuptials. So, getting an unwelcome visit from a pimple during this time is the worst! While you’re probably tempted to squeeze or pick at your blemish, tea tree oil is a natural, scar-free way to treat your pimple. The popular essential oil—which is a common ingredient in many acne products—has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that work to kill off the acne-causing bacteria and reduce the swelling overnight to reveal a blemish-free complexion. You can use the tea tree oil as spot treatment with a Q-tip or mix with your favorite lightweight moisturizer to treat a patch or several breakouts. The best part? This particular tea tree oil from ArtNaturals will only set you back $13. One Amazon customer claims, “I have been using this brand of tea tree oil for my acne for a couple years now and I can honestly say I LOVE IT! It’s so pure and so amazing for my skin. My face always clears up within a few days of using it.”

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Best Essential Oil for Stretch Marks: Rosehip Oil

Price:$15.00

There are rumors Kate Middleton uses rosehip oil in her daily skincare routine, and former Victoria’s Secret model Miranda Kerr credits the essential oil for keeping her belly stretch mark-free during her pregnancy. “I used the rosehip oil throughout my entire pregnancy and I don’t have a single stretch mark—I had a ten-pound baby,” she told In The Gloss. Packed with Vitamins A, C, and E, rosehip oil keeps the skin hydrated and improves its elasticity, which allows the skin to expand without forming those pesky marks. To help improve and smooth away the appearance of any existing tiger stripes, the essential oil has fatty acids and antioxidants, which are important for cell regeneration. Whether your currently making room in your tummy for a bundle of joy or want to treat your current stretch marks, rosehip is worth checking out.

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Best Essential Oil for Hair Loss: Rosemary Oil

Price:$14.00

I’ve been a personal fan of rosemary oil for quite some time. While scoring the internet for a natural solution that could protect my precious strands and promote new growth, rosemary kept popping up. When applied to the scalp, rosemary oil helps improve circulation that helps stimulate hair growth and prevents additional shedding. In a study conducted in 2015, researchers found that the essential oil was just as effective as minoxidil—the main ingredient found in hair loss products like Rogaine. I’ve been using rosemary oil for about six months on my sparse hair and, while I’m nowhere near having a full mane, the essential oil has made my hair significantly thicker and reduced the hair loss. An Amazon customer, who also saw amazing results with the oil, said, “I started using Radha Rosemary oil on my scalp after a few days it arrived in the mail. The oil is very aromatic and gives a tingling feel on the scalp … It’s been around a month now and I found tiny new hair to be growing where this oil was applied.”

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Best Moisturizing Essential Oil: Carrot Seed Oil

Price:$13.00

You might have survived this brutal winter season, but it’s possible your skin did not. If your complexion is feeling dry, cracked, or even itchy, it’s time to bring it back from the brink with a hydrating oil like carrot seed. Rich in Vitamins A and E, Carrot seed oil is great for fighting off dryness, dehydration, and fine lines for a more youthful appearance. The essential oil tackles premature aging thanks to the carotenoids, which are powerful antioxidants that fight free radicals. For best results, mix a couple of drops of carrot seed oil with a quenching moisturizer and slather it on before bed on your face and, of course, decolletage. “My skin is naturally very dry, and I have begun to notice fine lines in my face due to the struggle to maintain hydration (my skin seems never to be hydrated—no matter how much moisturizer I apply).” writes one satisfied Amazon customer for the Leven Rose carrot seed oil. “This product leaves my skin looking and feeling hydrated.”

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Best Essential Oil for Varicose & Spider Veins: Cypress

Price:$8.00

Tired of those branch-like veins that have popped up on your calves? While surgery is a common solution for spider and varicose veins, a natural alternative that anyone can benefit from is cypress. Like rosemary, which stimulates blood flow to the scalp, this essential oil is an anti-inflammatory and circulatory stimulant that improves blood flow in the areas applied, in this case the legs. Genetics, inactivity, and obesity can all contribute to the development of spider and varicose veins, but poor circulation is also a common culprit. According to a Amazon shopper, “I have only been using this for less than a week and the latest vein, which looked like a 2 1/2 by 3 inch bruise, is almost completely gone … If you have the kind of veins that stick out or look like a bruise, I think you will be very happy with this.”

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Best Essential Oil for Nail Straightening: Myrrh

Price:$25.00

Are your nails brittle, flaky, and peeling? Chances are your nails don’t have the adequate moisture to allow them to grow strong. Keep your fingertips hydrated and looking healthy with an essential oil like myrrah. Myrrah, which is often used in massages to promote relaxation, works to heal your parched nails, while the antimicrobial properties protect your nails and cuticles from infection. Moisturizing this area also prevents painful hangnails. To create your own nail strengthening oil, buy an empty nail polish bottle and use a small funnel to add one drop of myrrah for every teaspoon of carrier oil (we recommend using jojoba oil because it acts like a moisture barrier). With the brush, apply and massage the oil on the nails daily until absorbed.

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Best Essential Oil for Balancing Oil Production: Geranium

Price:$10.00

Ideal for oily and dry skin, geranium essential oil contains enzymes that regulate sebum production—the oily substance that protect and moisturizes the skin—to reduce or boost the skin’s oil when needed. When sebum overproduces, skin gets oily and may develop acne and blackheads. When sebum under-produces, skin is dry and feels itchy and dehydrated. Keep in mind that the essential oil should not be used alone, so depending on you skin concern, mix geranium with your favorite hydrating or lightweight face cream. It helps one Amazon customer with a multitude of skin issues: “It soothes dry skin, helps with heat rash, helps the itching of mosquito bites, reduces the red around paper cuts and scratches, and just plain makes me feel better because I enjoy the scent of the geranium oil!”

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Best Anti-Aging Essential Oil: Frankincense

Price:$10.00

It’s never too early to take preventative measures for anti-aging. Luckily, you don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on skincare products that promise a youthful appearance. Step up your anti-aging game by incorporating frankincense into your skincare routine. While frankincense is commonly used in aromatherapy to relieve stress and anxiety, on the skin the essential oil lifts, tones, and tighten the skin, helping you fend off wrinkles. When used topically, the essential oil has restorative properties that help reverse fine lines, dark spots, and other signs of sun damage. “I use this with myrrh and organic virgin coconut oil for my skin routine. I wash my face at night put three drops of each oil in my hand then rub into my face, neck, and hands. My age spots on my hands are going away. On my face I can tell my fine lines are disappearing,” a satisfied user wrote.

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Best Essential Oil for Oily Skin: Ylang-Ylang

Price:$11.00

Despite using a mattifying primer, foundation, and translucent powder, I find myself blotting the excess shine off my face several times a day. Surely I’m not alone with this skin struggle, right? Luckily, there is an essential oil that is godsend for oily skin, and no it’s not an oxymoron. Derived from the fresh flowers of the ylang ylang tree, ylang-ylang is known to regulate and balance the oil production in the skin. Meanwhile, the antiseptic properties help disinfect and treat any existing acne. If your skin is on the olier side, mix the essential oil with your moisturizer before your makeup application to help you stay shine-free all day long. One Amazon customer writes, “I use this in argan oil for my face, which is prone to acne, redness and dullness… I must say it works better than any pricey, luxury cream or potion I’ve ever tried, at a fraction of the price for a lot of specialty treatments. Keeps my skin moist, comfortable and acne-free without irritation—and ylang ylang smells really lovely.”