6 Essential Oils Your Skin Loves

87 October 10, 2016 - At Home, DIY, Essential Oils, How to Use Essential Oils, Personal Care, Skin care, Young Living Personal Care

For centuries many cultures have looked to essential oils to enhance their daily lives, perform religious rites, support wellness, and wear as perfumes. Not only are essential oils extremely versatile but many also contain naturally occurring constituents that are practically made for one particular usage: beautifying the skin.

Unlike skin care products that rely on harsh and synthetic ingredients, essential oils use their natural properties to brighten, smooth, and moisturize the appearance of skin in a way that leaves you feeling perfectly pampered.

Check out some of our skincare favorites to get your glow on!


1. Lavender

Lavender Essential Oil - Young LivingLavender essential oil is the perfect place to start and a must-have in every home. This popular essential oil soothes and nourishes all skin types and is easy to incorporate into your skin care regimen every day.

Add a drop to your hand, mix with facial moisturizer, and treat your skin to a mini facial massage.

Make a basic homemade body scrub by combining coconut oil, sugar, and Lavender essential oil. Start with 3–4 drops and gradually add more as desired.

Create a spa-like retreat by combining 1 cup Epsom salt and 4 drops Lavender and adding to a hot bath.


2. Frankincense

Frankincense Essential Oil - Young LivingFrankincense essential oil has been sought after since ancient times for its many benefits, including its rejuvenating and beautifying properties. Great for all skin types—but especially beneficial for mature complexions—this luxurious oil helps moisturize and smooth the skin.

Boost your skin’s radiance by massaging a drop of Frankincense into facial skin after cleansing, followed by applying your regular moisturizers.

Add a few drops to your face cream or body lotion and rub directly into skin.

Massage into the skin on hands and feet after a long day to restore skin’s texture.


3. Cedarwood

Cedarwood - Young Living Essential OilGreat for smoothing and nourishing all skin types, Cedarwood essential oil is a very versatile oil with a rich, woodsy aroma. Because this oil also benefits hair, it’s a great choice for nourishing skin on the scalp.

Smooth skin on the face or body by adding a few drops Cedarwood to your favorite lotions.

Add 3–4 drops to a bowl of hot water. Cover your head and the bowl with a towel and breathe deeply and slowly for several minutes to open pores and enjoy the calming aroma. Follow up with a facial massage that includes 1 drop of Cedarwood oil.

Mix 5–6 drops of Cedarwood with a small amount of coconut or argan oil. Massage into your scalp 30–60 minutes before showering, then wash and rinse hair as normal.


Tea Tree Essential Oil - Young Living4. Tea Tree

Traditionally used in skin care products for its cleansing properties, Tea Tree essential oil is great for all skin types but is especially suited for use on oily skin.

Use as a spot treatment by placing a drop on the end of a cotton swab and dabbing lightly onto targeted areas of the face.

Add 1–2 drops to your daily application of shampoo to nourish your scalp. Lather shampoo into hair and scalp, let sit a few minutes while enjoying its cool, tingly sensation, and then rinse.


Geranium Essential Oil - Young Living5. Geranium

Geranium essential oil is a popular choice to help smooth and tone skin. This essential oil is great for all skin types, but it’s especially beneficial for skin that’s either oily or dry.

Add a few drops of this essential oil to a DIY face mask or use it during a stress-reducing facial massage.

Add 4–5 drops to a water bottle with 2 ounces of water. Spritz lightly over skin for a refreshing, revitalizing effect.


6. Ylang Ylang

Young Living - Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

Known for its sweet floral fragrance, Ylang Ylang essential oil also helps moisturize and revitalize skin. This uplifting essential oil is great for all skin types, but it especially benefits dry or mature complexions.

Add several drops into a carrier oil, such as V-6™ Enhanced Vegetable Oil Complex, and incorporate into a relaxing massage at the end of the day.

Add 2–3 drops to your bathwater.

Add a few drops to your face cream or body lotion and rub directly into skin.


What essential oil skin care tips are you most excited to try? Tell us in the comments below!

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  • MSPS

    Have you considered or heard of Sea BuckThorn Seed oil? It is as close to a miracle oil as I have ever used. Note that there are two formulations of Sea BuckThorn oil (SBT) There is seed oil and a berry oil. The berry oil has a tendency to stain the skin a bit so it is best used as a massage oil while the seed oil is colorless. SBT can be used alone it and it can also be used in combination with other favorites such as those mentioned above, and it has many medicinal qualities. SBT is especially helpful for those who struggle with roseacia and/or demodex mites.
    SBT has so many beneficial uses one should research it to understand how powerful and effective it is and why it is one of my personal favorite oils~*~

  • Donna

    Would you mind sharing your face serum recipe? I’m new to YL but have used EO (different brands) in the past. I now use YL. Thanks, Donna

  • I thought I had tried it all, but I never thought of Ylang Ylang and its for “mature” skin that’s a win win for me. Adding it to my regimen tonight!!

  • Moriah mcleod

    When you click onto the picture for cedarwood, it goes to Frank oil instead. Just FYI.

  • Josh Yeshua Langner

    I have psoriasis & store bought soaps & lotions aggrivate my skin. So I go homemade. I use a blend of German Chamomile, Cedarwood & Tea Tree in my body wash. Lavender, Tea Tree, and Geranium are in my homemade lotion. These combos don’t “treat” the condition, but they are gentle on the skin, smell good, & may promote overall healthy skin. 🙂

    • Thumbs up to you Josh for taking the time to make your own products. I love my homemade skin trio and will never use store bought again. Thanks for sharing your story.

  • Kim True

    Ylang Ylang & Geranium.

  • Melissa Martino

    I have started to add Patchouli to my ART Light Moisturizer. I have dry skin and this has been a wonderful combo. I use Orange Blossom Facial Wash twice a day and Wolfberry Eye cream at night.

  • theresa

    If I’m rubbing a few drops each of thyme and clary sage on my abdomen for uterine fibroids, how long do I need to wait before cleaning them off? They are very strong and not my idea of perfume.

    • Hi Theresa, Because Young Living’s products are not labeled to be used as drugs, they are not intended for use in the treatment or cure of disease or any abnormal function of the body, including ailments or injuries. Therefore, Young Living cannot provide advice or recommendation for products to address any type of disease, ailment, or injury. We advise that you consult with a medical professional on your specific issue. Thanks for stopping by!

    • Elaine

      I use a carrier oil to dilute essential oils that have a strong smell, such as DiGize. A carrier oil will calm down the scent.

  • forever flawless

    Use avocado, which is a good source of vitamin E, is full of natural oils that will hydrate and moisturize the dry skin naturally Forever flawless

  • BATulip

    Lavender Hand & Body lotion with Bergomot and Peppermint – I have very dry, scaly patches on my shin (eczema). I love this combination for me because I have super sensitive skin and it doesn’t cause a secondary, allergic reaction. 🙂

  • Bridget Burton

    So many recipes and I appreciate all the ideas! My newest “have-to” is the Essential Beauty Serum which has some of the oils listed that people use on their faces. Frankincense is awesome but I really like Myrrh & Geranium with the serum!!

  • I visit a lot of websites, but I think this one holds something special in it.

    • Thanks Bella. We think it is pretty special too 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  • Kristen Wacht

    I started using Rodan and Fields products (brightening), but when I got into essential oils, I started adding frankincense to my lotion at night when I take off my make-up. It makes my face feel amazing and soft, but I have to keep my dog away, because all he wants to do is lick my face!

    • Meggin Eyre

      Do you still use Rodan and Fields?

    • Yvonne

      Dogs love Young Living’s Frankincense. My dog, Old Grumpy, loved it! He would snuggle in my arms for cuddles. Another friend’s doggy he comes over and leans against me till i put them down his back! It is his favourite!
      Yvonne

  • Susan

    I have terrible bags under my eyes. Anyone find some oils to help? I would live some input, if there is any.

    • Young Living

      Hello Susan, Young Living’s products are intended only for the use listed on individual labels—either for topical/aromatic use or as a dietary supplement. Please always refer to the label for usage directions. Because Young Living’s products are not labeled to be used as drugs, they are not intended for use in the treatment or cure of disease or any abnormal function of the body, including ailments or injuries. Therefore, Young Living cannot provide advice or recommendation for products to address any type of disease, ailment, or injury. We advise that you consult with a medical professional on your specific issue.

  • jj

    Im wanting to make my own face moisturizer,my face is oily…what type of essential oil do you recommend?

    • Hey JJ! Some of my favorite oils to add to my face moisturizer (I have oily skin too) are Tea Tree, Lemon, and Frankincense. The oils listened in this post are also great choices too. Especially if you want the floral scents to make your face smell amazing. I would definitely try Tea Tree first though. I add a drop or two to my lotion, but be sure to avoid your eyes, ears, nose, and mouth. Hope that helps. It is so much fun to experiment and discover what works best for you. Have fun!

  • Karen Jones

    Is anyone using any or a combination of these oils for stress induced eczema of the hands? Are you using a carrier oil? If so, which one(s)? I have heard mixed reviews using coconut oil with the eczema. Trying to help a friend combat this problem he’s had since chemo ended.

    • Young Living

      Hi Karen, Young Living’s products are intended only for the use listed on individual labels—either for topical/aromatic use or as a dietary supplement. Please always refer to the label for usage directions. Because Young Living’s products are not labeled to be used as drugs, they are not intended for use in the treatment or cure of disease or any abnormal function of the body, including ailments or injuries. Therefore, Young Living cannot provide advice or recommendation for products to address any type of disease, ailment, or injury. We advise that you consult with a medical professional on your specific issue that is familiarized with Essential Oils.

  • Rachael

    Hi ladies! What face moisturizers do you like? I’m trying to find a base lotion with non-toxic chemicals, which is SO hard to come by! For those who use a carrier oil instead, do you find it absorbs like lotion, and looks okay under makeup? Thanks!

    • Jana

      I use jojoba oil with EOs, I find that they need just a bit of time to absorb before makeup. I’m going to try raspberry seed oil for summer since it has some natural SPF. Hope that helps!

    • Gwen

      I’ve been using Rose Hip oil and find it amazing! Evening out skin tone, moisturizing dry areas and clearing wrinkles.

    • Sparkette

      HI Rachel, I have the perfect face moisturizer that has natural products, some of our products are even certified vegan. Visit my site https://sparkette.po.sh. Or email me at sparketteposh@gmail.com

  • Carmen

    I use geranium with fco as under arm deodorant and frankincense with fco on the rest of the body including face.

  • Janine Lutz

    I love one drop of Patchouli with my face cream. I have dry skin and do not wear make up. This combination gives me a natural supple look and feel.

  • Teoh

    I use myrrh,frankincense & lavender .

  • Deb

    I have been using Frankincense in the evening with my moisturizer and Cedarwood in the morning with my moisturizer. I can’t wait to try the other oils!

    • Rachael

      Hi Deb! What moisturizer do you use?

  • frankincense is my favorite

  • SJ

    Coconut oil, tea tree and frankincense is my favorite face combo day and night.

  • I use Ylang Ylang with my face moisturizer / SPF cream.

  • Stephanie Hammel

    I use frankincense and lavender daily, and a spritz of lavender (in a spray bottle with distilled water/witch hazel) during the day.

  • Ann Saucier

    I add 1 drop Frankincense oil to a wet cotton ball with my regular toner. It lifts more dirt off my skin and makes it feel softer. I also apply tea tree oil directly on a blemish until they clear up.

  • Sarah Bowers

    I add two drops of lavender and two drops of the V6 oil and massage onto my face. I wet a washcloth with warm water and place it on my face for 15-20 seconds before wiping off. I also have used frankincense and Manuka oil on my face.

    • Rose

      I use 7 drop of frankincense, 7 lavender, 3 thieves, 3 purification and the rest of 2oz dropper glass bottle with carrier oil. I apply it twice a day, even under make up. Just give it a few minutes to absorb.

  • Freddi Pyrek

    Myrrh is my favorite skin supporter. I am 73 years of age and I love how it feels and how it smells. 1 drop goes a long way. And, of course, I love all the other oils you mentioned too! Thank you

  • Kim Moore

    I absolutely love Geranium! I put it in my Argan Face Oil and use it nightly!! Has helped a ton… and smells great!

  • Robin G

    I make an amazing face serum with frankincense, geranium, lavender, Melrose, Manuka and rose hip oil. I use it on my face & neck after a shower then use YL Sandalwood Moisturizer after. I’m 48, and get lots of compliments on my skin! 😁

    • Danette

      I would love your recipe. How many drops of each and how much rose hip oil did you use?

      • Pat

        Would love your recipe if you don’t mind sharing…Thank you

    • Karen Ingeman

      I, too, would love your recipe. I have mature skin as I’m 64 years. old.
      Thanks for sharing!!

    • Mary P

      I would love your recipe too. I am 63 years young and could use a good face serum.

  • Dawne

    I use Frankincense oil, Lavender, oil, and Geranium oil in a DIY skin serum with Rose Hip Seed oil and Geranium oil, Ylang Ylang oil, and Lavender oil in a roll on. 😍 Love them all.

    • Carol Smith

      yes, please share!!!

  • Jamie Gildehaus

    I put tea tree oil on my face everyday!

  • Trish Buehler

    Definitely going to use Frankincense oil on my face now, esp. Since colder weather is on the way!

  • Carolyn Shepperd

    Haven’t tried ylang ylang in my beauty regimen….yet!. But I am now.

  • Donna

    I add Frankincense in my moisturizer daily, it does help a lot

    • Rachael

      Hi Donna! What kind of moisturizer do you use? Thanks!

  • Izetta Grossman

    I use all of these together in my soap and lotion bars. Love.

  • Patricia Justice

    Going to add frankincense to my face cream

  • Amie Howell

    I use Frankincense daily with the Sandalwood Moisturizing Cream & I love the way it makes my face feel! I am excited to try the Cedarwood as part of my new nightly ritual.

  • Jennifer Duval

    The Geranium, haven’t used this one before and sounds like something my skin and myself really would love

  • Becky Hopper

    I am going to use Frankincense in my body lotio tonight after my shower.

  • Syahida Baharuddin

    I would to try geranium add with water and bath time with ylang ylang..

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