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The 10 Best Essential Oils for Your Skin

If you’ve never used essential oils topically, you’re missing out on the calming, beautifying benefits they offer.

Dozens of essential oils provide soothing, cleansing, softening, and purifying properties to the skin, but which ones are best? Granted, your preferences and skin type will influence this, but these 10 essential oils are some of the best available for the skin.

1. Frankincense: Known as the king of oils, Frankincense essential oil holds soothing properties for the skin. In fact, the ancient Egyptians used the resin for everything from perfume to salves to soothe the skin. This centuries-old knowledge contributes to the modern uses of Frankincense today. Its soothing and beautifying properties rejuvenate the skin when applied topically.

How to Use Frankincense for Your Skin

  • Apply topically or add to cream or lotion to nourish and calm skin.
  • Rub on your hands after a long day of working outside or gardening.

2. Yarrow|Pom: Yarrow|Pom is a one-of-a-kind proprietary blend of yarrow essential oil and cold-pressed pomegranate seed oil, which offers a variety of powerful skin benefits. This active botanical revitalizes aging skin when applied topically. When taken internally, it may help activate skin-protecting proteins that inhibit elasticity breakdown and promote collagen production.*

Thanks to its skin-soothing and emollient qualities, Yarrow|Pom makes an excellent addition to massage oil, facial cleansers, and any skincare routine.

How to Use Yarrow|Pom for Your Skin

  • Combine with your favorite cleanser to promote clear-looking skin.
  • Apply two drops to your face, chest, neck, and hands each morning and night.

3. Lavender: Not only does Lavender essential oil have a famously calming aroma that people love, but it also offers wonderful benefits to the skin. When used topically, Lavender can keep the skin and scalp looking clean and healthy. It can also soothe minor skin irritations.

As a bonus, the aroma of Lavender helps promote an environment that’s conducive to a good night’s rest, so using this skin-soothing essential oil at bedtime can create a space of relaxation.

How to Use Lavender for Your Skin

  • Keep a bottle on hand to soothe occasional skin irritations.
  • Add a few drops to a warm bath to help soothe your skin.

4. Tea Tree: Tea Tree essential oil has over 90 different natural compounds in it and limitless applications. It’s renowned for purifying properties and can be used to cleanse the skin and support a healthy-looking complexion. Tea Tree is also effective on occasional skin irritations, soothing the skin. It’s one of the main ingredients in the Verage® Skin Care Collection, as it’s considered a powerhouse product for the skin.

How to Use Tea Tree for Your Skin

  • For occasional skin irritations, apply one to two drops on affected areas.
  • Combine one to two drops with a facial cleanser for added cleansing effects or apply to your skin after shaving.

5. Helichrysum: Honey-sweet Helichrysum essential oil is known for renewing the skin. Helichrysum is a favorite for the complexion and is often included in antiaging products. It promotes healthy, glowing skin and reduces the appearance of wrinkles, lines, and blemishes.

Helichrysum’s primary constituent is neryl acetate, which has been shown in experimental research to be effective for reducing skin irritations. Neryl acetate supports healthy-looking skin and reduces the appearance of blemishes and wrinkles. Helichrysum essential oil is also rich in acetophenones and phloroglucinols—substances that support healthy-looking skin when applied topically.

How to Use Helichrysum for Your Skin

  • Apply to your face to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and promote a glowing, youthful complexion.
  • Mix a few drops with Lavender essential oil and Fractionated Coconut Oil for relief from razor bumps.

6. Bergamot: In southern Italy, bergamot has been used for hundreds of years to rejuvenate the complexion. While the aroma of Bergamot essential oil is lovely and uplifting, it also has cleansing properties, which is why it’s commonly used for skincare today. If you use Bergamot topically, make sure to avoid sunlight or UV rays for up to 12 hours after applying.

How to Use Bergamot for Your Skin

  • Add one drop to Fractionated Coconut Oil and use as a facial cleanser.
  • While in the shower, apply to your skin and inhale deeply to experience the calming aroma, while also enjoying the skin-cleansing benefits.

7. Jasmine: The exquisite aroma of jasmine flowers reminds us of romance, euphoria, joy, and splendor. Jasmine essential oil provides several prominent skin benefits. It promotes healthy-looking, glowing skin and reduces the appearance of skin imperfections. It can also be applied to the scalp to help nourish the skin.

How to Use Jasmine for Your Skin

  • Apply to skin imperfections twice daily.
  • Use the doTERRA Touch® form to promote a healthy-looking, glowing complexion.

8. Sandalwood: Thanks to the chemical constituent santalol, Sandalwood essential oil is beautifying to the skin. When applied topically, Sandalwood can minimize the appearance of skin imperfections. Sandalwood is a great essential oil to reach for when you want to promote a smooth, healthy-looking complexion.

How to Use Sandalwood for Your Skin

  • Add one to two drops to your favorite moisturizer or night cream for smooth, glowing skin.
  • To nourish and rejuvenate your skin, fill a large bowl with steaming water, and then apply one to two drops to your face, cover your head with a towel, and place yourself above the water.

9. Rose: With an exotic and captivating fragrance, Rose essential oil beautifies the skin, making this exclusive gift of the earth a must-have for your beauty routine. Rose aids in balancing the skin’s moisture levels. And because it has astringent qualities, it helps reduce the appearance of skin imperfections when applied topically.

How to Use Rose for Your Skin

  • Use on areas of concern twice daily to reduce the appearance of skin imperfections.
  • Apply the doTERRA Touch® form to your face before bed to promote a smooth complexion.

10. Roman Chamomile: When applied topically, Roman Chamomile essential oil can be soothing to the skin. Because of its lovely aroma and benefits for the skin, it’s commonly found in face creams, hair dyes, shampoos, and perfumes. As an added benefit, when you use Roman Chamomile on your skin, the lovely aroma stays with you for several hours. The scent of Roman Chamomile is sweet, floral, herbaceous, and soothing.

How to Use Roman Chamomile for Your Skin

  • Add a drop to your favorite moisturizer.
  • Combine with an unscented lotion and apply to the feet before bedtime.

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