Can essential oils be used directly on skin?
The short answer is yes, for those that are gentler on your skin like lavender, but there are many benefits to mixing essential oils with carrier oils. Besides the fact that essential oils are highly concentrated oils that can cause irritation, rashes and other unwanted reactions, carrier oils can add their own benefits and even increase the benefits of the essential oil you are using. Carrier oils are not only used to carry oils and other compounds into our bodies that cannot otherwise be absorbed by our skin, but are also widely used in many skin care products as well as by themselves as face washes, cleansers and moisturizers. Some are great at balancing oily skin while others are good at hydrating and protecting our outer layers. Knowing why and how to use them is essential and will take your skin care routine to another level.
Here are 5 great reasons you should always use carrier oils with essential oils.