Carrier Oils for Healthy Skin and How to Use Them

This article is written by guest blogger Meghan Roces, who is a lifestyle content writer on Pursuit of Passion. I’d been wanting to create my own oil concoction for a while now so this was super informative for me. Enjoy! 

If you’re a fan of natural and organic skincare products, chances are you’ve heard about essential oils already. However, there’s another plant-based oil that should be under your radar: carrier oils.

Carrier oils dilute essential oils and allow them to be better absorbed by the skin. If preferred, it can also be used on its own since it has many healing properties.

Many people have gotten into creating oil concoctions for themselves, while many spas now offer packages including these oils during your massage session.

Here are just some of the most beneficial carrier oils you can use for your different needs.

Jojoba Oil

Jojoba is one of the most popular carrier oils in the market, and is mixed in with many skin and hair products. This is because jojoba is like human sebum, which allows for easy absorption in the skin.

Jojoba oil is moisturizing. If you have a photoshoot with Ralph Wunsch and want to hydrate dry skin, you can apply one to three drops of the oil directly on your problem areas. Alternately, you may want to use it as a treatment for dandruff or dry scalp. Just massage a couple of drops on your roots while your hair is damp.

Argan Oil 

Argan oil is a revered nutty emollient sourced from argan trees in Morocco. It’s widely used in skin and hair as well. Its high concentration of anti-oxidants and essential fatty acid oils make it special.

It’s a popular anti-aging treatment, leaving a silky feeling on the skin. You can choose to infuse your current moisturizer with one to two drops of argan oil or use it on its own.

It’s also great for controlling your hair’s fizziness when it’s humid. In those cases, a couple of pumps of argan oil can act as a leave on conditioner.

Argan oil is sold in dark glass bottles, and prices can range anywhere between P600 and P1,500. It has no contraindications for use, and works well with many essential oils as well.

Rosehip Oil 

Rosehip oil is another miracle product that you can add to your skincare routine. If there’s one thing it’s especially known for, it’s restoring the skin’s elasticity. It contains anti-inflammatory properties, along with vitamins A and C, which make it a great candidate to visibly reduce the appearance of scars.

Besides fading scars, it also helps to firm and brighten the skin. So, if you’ve got a dull complexion, you know which carrier oil to use. Plus, it has an aromatic floral scent that’s sure to put you in a great mood every time you use it!

Tamanu Oil 

Tamanu oil is one of the greasier carrier oils in the market. Its waxy properties make it a bit more difficult for the skin to absorb it right away. This oil is rich in antibacterial properties, making it excellent for treating acne-prone skin.

You can easily D.I.Y. a facial serum if you have breakouts using jojoba, tamanu, and tea tree oils. In a 30ml bottle, fill around two-thirds of the bottle with a fast absorbing base oil (in this case, it’s jojoba). Fill the remaining one-third of the bottle with tamanu and add around three to four drops of tea tree oil to cap it off. Shake the contents and apply it on your skin with a cotton swab.

Using tamanu oil is not recommended if you have nut allergies. It’s also not advisable to use if you are pregnant or nursing.

Sweet Almond Oil 

Like jojoba, sweet almond oil has a high absorption rate on your skin. This nutty oil is popular for massage treatments in spas. It’s rich in Vitamin E, which gives it plus points in the skincare department.

Since it’s great for general skin nourishment, you can mix a few drops of sweet almond oil on your body lotion or use it during a full body massage.

Sweet almond oil is one of the more affordable oils priced roughly at P90 for a 100ml bottle. It’s widely available both online and in grocery stores. If you’re allergic to almonds, don’t apply this to the skin or use products infused with it.

Coconut Oil 

Coconut oil is one of the most beneficial carrier oils on the market. Although it’s one of the heavier oils, this emollient is great for the hair, skin, and nails. It’s not popularly applied on its own unless you want to have a makeshift hot oil treatment at home.

Like almond oil, it’s used in general skin care and mixed with other products for the body. It’s a popular body oil in aromatherapy.

When adding coconut oil to your mixtures, be careful not to use too much, as it tends to be very greasy and sits on top of your skin. You may wipe off the excess after a massage.

Coconut oil is very affordable and bought almost anywhere. It’s safe for everyone when applied topically. Different rules follow for diets.

Olive Oil 

Besides using olive oil for cooking, it has great benefits for the skin. It’s used to cleanse and moisturize your skin simultaneously. Some of its general uses are removing waterproof makeup, cleansing the face, and removing accumulated dirt in the scalp.

Because olive oil has a thick consistency, you want to pour the right amount when mixing it with other products. For instance, three to five drops of olive oil will go a long way on a dollop of body lotion.

Olive oil is generally safe to use for everyone. It has two variants: virgin and extra virgin. The latter is usually more expensive than the former. You can easily see them in groceries as well.

Isn’t it amazing how nature gave us a lot of miracle products to aid with our skincare and beauty routines? Carrier oils can give you a lot of room for experimentation, as you can whip up customized serums depending on your problem area. Use it in tandem with other oils for targeted areas or on its own for general skincare problems.

As with all new products, it’s best to test them out for any allergic reactions before applying to a big area. Your skin may react differently per oil. If you’re unsure, it’s wise to consult your doctor.