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What are carrier oils? 

I have been obsessed with natural skin care ever since I became a mom and learned how many toxic chemicals are inside skincare products! Since then, I have learned a lot about different carrier oils and can proudly say that using a carrier oil in your daily skin care regime is a game changer. I want to assure you that putting natural oil on your face is a good thing that the commercial skin care industry doesn't want you to know. Carrier oils are extremely beneficial and are a natural way to deliver fatty acids and nutrients to your skin without clogging your pores.  The technical term is non-Comedogenic.

 

What are carrier oils? Carrier oils are vegetable oils obtained through the cold-pressed method, extracted from a seed or a nut.   They possess properties that help to heal the skin (you may already have some of these oils in your kitchen). These oils can be used alone or in combination with other carrier oils. Carrier oils are also used to ‘carrier’ or dilute essential oils because essential oils are extremely concentrated substances that can not be applied undiluted on the skin. In a nut shell, the role of carrier oils is to help dilute all essential oils.

You can use a carrier oil as a moisturizer without mixing in an essential oil if your goal is  simply to moisturize the skin.  Or, you can use a carrier oil to dilute one of many essential oils to handle most of your skincare needs.  There are a lot of carrier oils to choose from and they all are beneficial to your skin.  All of them will hydrate, protect your skin from the elements, and make your skin have a beautiful glow. They are great moisturizers. They fill in all the skin cracks and feed the skin with essential nutrients to help it regenerate itself. They also seal in the water, giving your skin a fresh glow. Finding the best carrier oil for your skin type will help improve the texture of your skin, balance oil production, and help reduce aging. When you find the correct oil for your specific skin type, you will not have to worry about clogged pores or oily skin. 

 

On the other hand, synthetic oils known as 'Comedogenic oils', (Oils that will clog your pores) are harsh on the skin.

 

Below I’ve listed the most common and beneficial carrier oils based on skin types (these are all Non-Comedogenic facial oils). 

 


NORMAL/COMBINATION SKIN ACNE/OILY SKIN MATURE/AGING SKIN DRY/DAMAGED SKIN

Avocado Oil (perfect for Dry/Cold Weather)

Grapeseed Oil

Hemp Seed Oil

Jojoba Oil

Olive Oil

Sweet Almond Oil

Safflower Oil

Sunflower Seed Oil

 

Jojoba Oil

Neem Oil

Hemp Seed Oil

Grape Seed Oil

Safflower Oil

Pumpkin Seed

Castor Oil

 

 

 

Olive Oil

Avocado oil

Hemp Seed Oil

Jojoba Oil

Sweet Almond oil

Sesame seed oil

Sunflower seed oil

Kukui nut

Wheatgerm oil

Wheatgerm Oil

Olive Oil

Avocado oil

Hemp Seed Oil

Jojoba Oil

Kukui Nut

Sweet Almond oil

Sesame Seed Oil

Sunflower Seed Oil

 

 

Details on my favorite carrier oils

1. Jojoba Oil:

I recommend this oil because it is the most common oil and because it can help heal all skin types. I use this everyday to moisturize, wash my face and to remove makeup! Jojoba looks and feels like an oil, but it is actually a liquid wax ester which is almost identical to our skins sebum.  The oil can dissolve sebum and carry ingredients deep into the skin.  It contains anti-inflammatory properties and is light-weight so it absorbs quickly into the skin. The benefits of using this oil include: Promotes glowing, silky skin, keeps oil levels balanced, non-comedogenic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, rich in vitamin E, fights free radicals, and naturally blocks out harmful UV light.  Can purchase here. 

 

2. Avocado Oil:

Avocado is an excellent moisturizer and is packed with omega 3 fatty acids. I love using this oil durning the cold/dry seasons because it is such an effective moisturizer. Avocado oil promotes a glowing complexion, hydrates, contains omega fatty acids, soothes irritated skin, protects against free radicals, is high in vitamins A, B, and C, increases collagen production, and helps with sun damage.  It’s healing properties are wonderful for eczema and other forms of skin inflammation. Can purchase here. 

 

3. Sweet Almond Oil

Sweet almond oil is also one of my favorites! It is rich in anti-oxidants, stops free radical damage, protects against UV rays, treats dry skin conditions, helps with dark circles, locks moisture in the skin, promotes smooth, silky, glowing skin and is enriched with vitamins A, E,  and B. It feels very light on your skin and quickly absorbs. Due to its high content of vitamin E, it can help to even out skin tone and increase circulation to your skin, giving you a blemish-free appearance. Can purchase here. 

  

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