best oils for skin
Julie Hambleton
Julie Hambleton
March 27, 2024 ·  6 min read

21 of the Best Natural Oils for Your Skin and Hair (Benefits and How to Use)

Our skin is the largest organ of elimination and absorption; it is also an indicator of our overall health.  While acne, eczema, and psoriasis are all common skin conditions, they can also give you clues to what is happening within your body. Eczema, for example, can be caused by food sensitivities or even exposure to an environmental toxin that irritates your skin. While I am a firm believer in always getting to the root cause of the problem, sometimes we just need relief from the symptoms. Relief can often come from a soothing oil or lotion. While there are many commercially made products for skin care, they often contain ingredients that are harmful to your health.

21 Best Oils for Your Skin

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In the pursuit of skincare simplicity, natural oils offer a compelling alternative to products laden with synthetic chemicals. Delving into the properties of various oils commonly found in household pantries, we explore their potential benefits for skin health and maintenance.

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1. Almond Oil

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Mild and rich in UV protection, sweet almond oil boasts fatty acids, vitamins A, and vitamin E. It is ideal for sensitive skin, eczema, and psoriasis. (1)

2. Apricot Oil

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Resembling skin lipids, apricot oil serves as a gentle moisturizer. It is suitable for mature or sensitive skin and addressing conditions like eczema. (2)

3. Argan Oil

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Extracted from Moroccan argan trees, this luxurious oil is rich in tocopherols, phenols, carotenes, and fatty acids. It offers excellent hydration and targets fine lines for aging, dry skin. (3)

4. Avocado Oil

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Abundant in vitamins A, D, and E, avocado oil penetrates deeply, enhancing skin texture and shielding against UV damage. This makes it ideal for dry, sensitive, mature, or irritated skin. (4)

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5. Baobab Oil

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Derived from Adansonia tree seeds, baobab oil is a quick-absorbing blend of vitamins A, E, F, and sterols. It is beneficial for damaged skin and stretch marks. (5)

6. Castor Oil

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With anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, castor oil is rich in unsaturated fatty acids, vitamin E, proteins, and minerals. This makes it effective for acne-prone and inflamed skin when used in blends. (6)

7. Coconut Oil

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Serving as a protective moisturizer, coconut oil retains skin moisture. It is particularly suitable for sensitive skin and eczema. It also makes for a good carrier oil for essential oils. (7)

8. Flaxseed Oil

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Featuring natural anti-inflammatory properties, flaxseed oil offers relief for sensitive skin and eczema when used topically. (8)

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9. Grapeseed Oil

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High in antioxidants, grapeseed oil suits various skin types and serves as a base or carrier oil in skincare formulations. (9)

10. Hazelnut Oil

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With astringent and antibacterial qualities, hazelnut oil is ideal for acne-prone skin. It is quickly absorbed without leaving an oily residue. (10)

11. Hemp Oil

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Rich in essential fatty acids, hemp oil’s anti-inflammatory properties make it beneficial for conditions like psoriasis and eczema. Hemp oil is particularly suited for dry skin. (11)

12. Jojoba Oil

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Mimicking the skin’s natural oils, jojoba oil contains minerals and vitamins B and E. These help to strengthen the skin, making the oil best suited for dry skin. (12)

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13. Kukui Oil

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Derived from kukui nut trees, this oil contains essential fatty acids, vitamins, and antioxidants. It is not only soothing dry skin, but it also is great for aiding wound healing. (13)

14. Olive Oil

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Rich in fatty acids and vitamin E, olive oil mimics natural skin oils making it a great moisturizing choice. That being said, it should be avoided by those with acne due to its heaviness. Olive oil best benefits dry skin. (14)

15. Pomegranate Seed Oil

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High in ellagic acid, an antioxidant, pomegranate oil helps prevent UV damage and the wrinkles that they cause. This oil is suitable for various skin types including those with eczema, psoriasis, and sunburns. (15)

16. Rosehip Seed Oil

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Similar to Retin-A without side effects, rosehip oil contains omega-6 fatty acids, vitamin A, and vitamin C. This makes it beneficial for fine lines, acne, scars, uneven pigmentation, dry, and mature skin. (16)

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17. Safflower Oil

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Featuring omega-6 fatty acids and linolenic acid, safflower oil moisturizes deeply. This makes it particularly useful for dry, inflamed, and irritated skin. (17)

18. Shea Oil

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Rich in vitamin A, shea oil imparts a smooth feel to the skin. It targets fine lines and makes your skin beautifully soft. (18)

19. Sunflower Oil

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Abundant in oleic acids, vitamins A, D, and E, lecithin, and unsaturated fatty acids, sunflower oil nourishes and conditions the skin. This addresses fine lines, wrinkles, acne, dermatitis, and sunburn. (19)

20. Tamanu Oil

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Boasting antibacterial, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory properties, tamanu oil is beneficial for damaged skin. This includes sun-damaged skin, acne, and scars. (20)

21. Wheat Germ Oil

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Laden with vitamins D and E, wheat germ oil is essential for scar treatment. It offers over 23 nutrients beneficial for dry skin and scar tissue. (21)

The Bottom Line

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Incorporating natural oils into skincare routines can offer a plethora of benefits, ranging from moisturization to healing properties for various skin conditions. By understanding the unique qualities of each oil, individuals can tailor their skincare regimen to suit their specific needs, achieving healthier and more radiant skin naturally.

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