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4 Amazing Carrier Oils For Healthy Skin!

4 Amazing Carrier Oils For Healthy Skin!

4 Amazing Carrier Oils For Healthy Skin!

Ready for a home spa day?

Essential oils offer a wide spectrum of health benefits…

But, since they’re so pure, it’s key to blend them with a carrier oil before applying them to the skin.

Here, we’ll discuss 4 popular carrier oils and what they can do to improve your skin.

Want to know more about blending EO’s? Have a look at our blog about blending!

Carrier Oils

Carrier oils, or base oils, deserve a special place in the spotlight.

As the name suggests, they help to ‘carry’ the essential oil into your skin. Whereas most pure essential oils would irritate the skin, carrier oils are fatty plant oils that hold specific qualities that your skin enjoys.

A few of those qualities are:

  • Hydration
  • Nourishment
  • Soothing
  • Cooling

Depending on the combination of carrier oil and essential oils, you can ensure your skin is happy, hydrated and honey-smooth!

Let’s have a closer look.

Sweet Almond Oil

Sweet Almond Oil is extracted from the kernels of the almond tree.

Who knew that almonds are more than just a delicious afternoon snack?

Predominantly farmed in the Mediterranean regions in different varieties, the almond kernels contain roughly 55% oil. That means that for 2kg almonds, you’ll harvest 1 litre of oil.

This cold pressed oil is odourless, translucent and pale yellowish.

Sweet almond oil is rich in vitamin B1, B2, B6 and A, which helps in strengthening your skin cells and the recovery of wounds and irritated skin. 

Plus, it ensures moisture is retained while also supporting your overall immune system.

Sweet almond oil is widely loved for its nourishing and soothing qualities. 

It has a slightly fattier consistency than apricot carrier oil, making it the go-to oil for many massage lovers!

The physical benefits of massages:

SKIN: It promotes the circulation of blood so that toxins can be removed from the body through the lymph system. Regular massages improve the flexibility of the skin and the removal of dead skin cells.
MUSCLES: It helps to remove lactic acid from tired muscles. Plus, it eases tension in the muscles.
FATTY TISSUE: Regular massages can improve cellulite and tighten overall fat tissue.

Apricot Carrier Oil

Apricots grow on the Prunus Armeniaca. The prunus family branches out into roughly 430 types of trees and shrubs and produces all sorts of familiar edible stone fruits such as peaches, almonds and cherries. 

Apricot kernels contain about 40% oil that looks and smells (or doesn’t smell) similar to sweet almond oil.

Just as almond oil, this carrier oil contains plenty of vitamin B’s vitamin E and A.

Vitamin E is a strong antioxidant that also protects the skin from UV damage. Plus, it facilitates the regeneration of skin cells which is what healthy skin needs!

Apricot carrier oil is absorbed quickly by the skin, making it very useful for facial oils.

Additionally, it improves your overall skin tone and nourishes the top layer, so it’s nice and smooth.

Recipe for a radiant skin:
Rinse your face.
In a bowl, add 2 drops of roman chamomile and 1 drop of sweet orange essential oil to a spoonful of apricot carrier oil.
Stir and then apply with your fingertips onto your skin.

Argan Carrier Oil

The thorny argan tree belongs to one of the oldest trees in the world, where they used to cover the landscape of North Africa.

Nowadays, you find them mainly cultivated in Morocco. After almost a year, the green fruits fall off the tree, then they’re collected and opened by hand to retrieve the hard nut within.

Did you know that it can take up to 12 hours to produce a litre of argan oil?

Argan carrier oil boasts plenty of vitamin E, helping to reduce the formation of wrinkles.

It’s also absorbed quickly by the skin, has anti-inflammatory workings and soothes skin irritations.

Recipe for a radiant skin:
Mix 1 drop of frankincense, 2 drops of lemon and 2 drops of peppermint with 2 spoons of argan carrier oil in a bow.
On a damp, clean body, massage the argan oil mixture into the skin.

Looking to give your skin some extra protection during winter? Read our blog on how to boost your immune system! 

Jojoba Carrier Oil

Derived from the evergreen bush native to the Southwestern regions of the United States, jojoba oil is a well-loved carrier oil because it’s suitable for all skin types. 

And it’s quite a new oil on our market! 

50 years ago, hardly anyone had heard of this amazing oil. Before it became popular, natives used jojoba oil for cosmetic reasons and to smoothen leather.

Although the kernels contain 50 to 60% wax, only 20% is usable after cold pressing.

It’s soft, yellow in colour and practically odourless.

Fun fact! 
Jojoba oil is technically speaking not an oil but a wax.

You can distinguish true quality by placing it in the fridge. At colder temperatures, jojoba oil solidifies into a solid substance, but it quickly becomes liquid again outside the refrigerator.

Jojoba oil is anti-inflammatory, lightly cooling and regulates the sebum levels of the skin top layers. It’s a true all-rounder; it soothes, nourishes and hydrates the skin.

Want to read more about essential oils? Have a cheeky peek at our guide: ‘Essential Oils: The Definitive Guide to Better Health & Wellbeing.’

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