This article was first published on Harper’s Bazaar.
Although essential oils have roots in ancient beauty rituals, their popularity continues to skyrocket—especially for those seeking natural skincare ingredients. Many come bearing bold claims, too: From soothing dry skin to reducing signs of aging, it’s easy to believe the fragrant little bottles are a skincare (and maybe even life?) cure-all.
However, in many cases, there’s good reason to be skeptical. “Don’t assume that all essential oils will help your skin,” says Dr. Rachel Nazarian of Schweiger Dermatology Group in New York City. “Stick to the tried-and-true oils that have been clinically studied, and when in doubt, ask your dermatologist before using.”
In other words: Do your homework. Many essential oils have been shown to be beneficial to skin, but it’s important to dilute them in a carrier oil such as argan oil or coconut oil so they’re safe to apply. (Or, alternatively, use only products that are pre-blended for use on skin to further decrease risk of irritation.) Read labels carefully, too. “Always look for blends created with 100 percent essential oils,” says Megan-Rose Talbot Kelly, national educator for Saje Natural Wellness. “Be cautious of unregulated terms like ‘all-natural,’ ‘therapeutic grade,’ and ‘fragrance oil.’”
Read on for the most effective essential oils for different skin concerns according to the experts, along with product recommendations.
This article was orignally published on Harper’s Bazaar.