Dry and problematic skin can be a huge pain that everyone could do without, and finding the right product can be hard. One method of dealing with it – which we highly recommend – is by using carrier oils. Carrier oils are rich in vitamins and minerals, which make them the best natural moisturisers to use on your face and body.
While mainly used as a way to experience the effects of essential oil, carrier oils have plenty of great skin benefits themselves. You may think the essential oils you choose are the important part, but when diluted in a safe amount (we recommend 1 part essential oil to 100 parts carrier oil) most of what gets applied to the skin is carrier oil. Therefore, choosing the right carrier is just as important if you want to get the most out of your oil.
For this reason, Tender Essence stocks a range of different carrier oils. They’re great for creating massage, hair and beard oils, as well as being useful in a variety of recipes. If you need some ideas for ways to use our carrier oils, you’ll find plenty here on our blog or in our book, Bright and Beautiful – Making Your Own Natural Cosmetics.
One of the most popular carrier oils, Grape Seed absorbs quickly and easily into the skin, leaving it less greasy than other oils. This means it can deliver moisture to the skin without causing irritation or clogging pores, making it the perfect base for massage oil. It’s ideal for a range of skin types and can be found in a lot of cosmetic products. When applied to the skin, it balances oil production and has antiseptic properties.
Rice Bran Oil
Rice Bran Oil is a deeply hydrating and nourishing oil, that can soothe irritation and help the skin to retain moisture. It is a good choice for acne-prone skin as it absorbs quickly without adding oiliness or clogging up pores. It can also be used to moisturise and soften hair, without leaving behind a heavy, greasy residue.
Hemp Seed Oil
Rich in antioxidants, Hemp Seed Oil can help maintain a bright, radiant complexion. As a thicker oil and excellent emollient, it is used to hydrate and soften dry, dull skin.
Pumpkin Seed Oil
Popular for massage, Pumpkin Seed Oil absorbs at a slower speed and leaves a slightly oily residue. It’s brilliant for maintaining hair and nourishing dry, damaged locks, making them appear shinier and healthier.
Coconut oil absorbs easily into the skin, hydrating and helping to protect from future dryness. Solid at room temperature, it melts into skin on contact, making it an excellent ingredient for homemade moisturising balms or massage bars. It’s a great choice for people with sensitive skin.
Which is the best oil to use as a massage oil?
Grapeseed Oil is the perfect carrier to use as a massage oil, as it delivers moisture without clogging pores and leaves less of a greasy feeling than other oils. This oil can also be used as a hair mask, to leave hair feeling healthy and nourished, as a cleanser or just as a skin moisturiser.
Grapeseed oil will blend with essential oils without any need for an emulsifier, so the process of creating a scented massage oil is very simple. We recommend using 1ml of essential oil to 99ml of carrier oil. We have more about creating massage oils on our blog.
Which is the best carrier oil for cosmetic use?
Ricebran Oil is the perfect oil to add to any skincare or facial product as it leaves skin feeling soft and radiant. It absorbs quickly into the skin compared to other oils and can reduce dark circles and lighten skin. It can also be added to cosmetic blends, as it only has a very light aroma and is great for smoothing hair and beards.
Which is the best carrier oil to help with acne?
Adding carrier oils to your skincare routine can be a natural way to help to reduce blemishes and acne. Organic Pumpkin Seed oil is rich in Vitamin E, Zinc and Omega 6. These retain moisture and bring an amazing youthful glow to the skin. The high levels of zinc help reduce acne blemishes, as well as evening out skin tone. This oil can be used without essential oils or you can add a few drops to create a blended oil.
Can I use carrier oils and essential oils on sensitive skin?
One of the best things about carrier oils is that they are all suitable for sensitive skin. The essential oil can, unfortunately, change this. We suggest avoiding peppermint and citrus essential oils if your skin is easily irritated. You should always avoid citrus oils before sun exposure, as they can increase the risk of sunburn. Never apply essential oils neat to the skin.