A Guide to Beauty Oils

A quick list of some of the best oils for hair and skin


There are many reasons oils have been used since ancient times from head to toe. Facial oils are helpful for sealing in skin moisture by preventing moisture loss. I like using oil in my PM skin routine. I apply it after my serums for hydration. I also love using oil on the body after a warm shower. I massage the oil in on damp skin to help it absorb better and faster. I use oil on my hair as a deep conditioner from time to time. It gives shine and silkiness.

There is a wide range of many different oils out there. And each one has it’s merits and properties. Here are some of the most useful and common beauty oils and their benefits.

Base oils

Argan oil

Argan oil is a very popular oil because it’s moisturising, has many fatty acids and is high in vitamin E, which is a great antioxidant. It a great moisturiser for skin, hair & nails.

Avocado oil

Great for hair care. Has vitamin E and A, fatty acids, minerals. Boost your skin’s ability to generate more and stronger cells.

Coconut oil

Packed with protein, vitamin E, and fatty acids that can be absorbed into the skin easily. It’s naturally antibacterial and antifungal, excellent as a moisturiser. Great for makeup removing and deep cleansing. However, regular use of coconut oil is comedogenic (which means it clogs pores and may create acne). Smoothes and moisturises hair.

Grape seed oil

Great for acne-prone skin for it’s astringent properties. It naturally contains linoleic acid, which has healing and anti-inflammatory properties. Has high vitamin E and omega 6 levels.

Jojoba oil

Jojoba oil is actually a liquid wax. It is naturally similar to human sebum, therefore great for oily skin and scalps, as it helps regulate the epidermis’s natural production of oil.

Olive oil

Olive oil has great antioxidant properties, doesn’t clog pores and is a general beauty booster. It can be used for nail & cuticle care, as an eye makeup remover and has been used as a natural hair conditioner for centuries.

Sesame oil

Sesame oil can act as both moisturiser and emollient for skin. Besides vitamin E, it also contains linoleic acids, stearic acids, and palmitic acids. Thanks to antioxidants it can help slow down skin ageing, detoxify and help repair damaged skin cells.

Sweet Almond oil

It is rich in Vitamin E, monounsaturated fatty acids, proteins, potassium and zinc, and a number of other minerals & vitamins. Almond oil is a mild, hypoallergenic oil that can be safely used even on baby skin. Great for deep cleansing – light in texture, can easily penetrate deep into the skin, softening and dislodging dirt & debris accumulated in the skin pores and hair follicles. This prevents blackheads and acne.

Treatment OILS

Aloe Vera oil

The oil contains vitamins C, A, E, B1, B2 & B6, minerals and amino acids. It has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, antioxidant, and astringent properties. Known for it’s ability to promote skin health – assist in keeping skin supple and firm, prevent the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and stretch marks. Aloe vera is also an effective hair care agent. Aside from helping treat dandruff and dry scalp, the plant can also promote hair growth.

Carrot seed oil

Rich in Beta-carotene. Also contains vitamin A and antioxidants. Carrot seed oil helps stimulate cell growth and detox the skin. Assists in protecting against environmental damage (UV rays, pollution) as well as to keep moisture in the skin.

Castor oil

Probably most recognized for having anti-inflammatory qualities, as it’s often used on sunburn, acne and dry skin. Penetrates deeply and stimulates the production of collagen and elastin which helps soften and hydrate the skin. It delays the appearance of wrinkles & fine lines and makes the skin smoother, softer. Castor oil is often used for fading blemishes and scars, preventing stretch marks and reducing pigmentation all with the help of fatty acids that it contains. It promotes hair growth and treats scalp infections, conditions hair.

Evening Primrose oil

This oil is rich in fatty acids. It has been used to soothe skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis. It is very gentle and can be used as moisturiser to keep dry areas hydrated. The oil helps to prevent nails from cracking and keeps them healthy. In addition, it also nourishes the scalp and treats many other hair problems.

Rosehip Seed oil

The oil is full of vitamins, antioxidants and essential fatty acids that are known to correct dark spots and hydrate dry, itchy skin, all while reducing scars and fine lines. It’s anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties help to decrease environmental damage and soothe the skin. It also works wonders for a dry scalp and itchiness.

Tea Tree oil

Great for treating acne thanks to it’s antibacterial and antiseptic properties. It can help relieve any type of skin inflammation. Tea tree oil has proven to be very beneficial for the health of hair and scalp – it has the ability to soothe dry flaking skin and remove dandruff.

Essential oils

Calendula oil

Benefits acne-prone skin, it soothes the skin, reduces redness and swelling. It’s an anti-inflammatory and free-radical fighter. Used also to minimize under-eye bags.

Chamomile oil

Soothes irritated skin. The oil is anti-allergenic and calms psoriasis, eczema, sunburns, helps with spider veins and acne scars, dark spots on skin. It has skin repairing, regenerating, and strengthening properties.It also moisturises and softens hair.

Eucalyptus oil

Eucalyptus oil benefits are due to its ability to stimulate immunity, provide antioxidant protection and improve respiratory circulation. It also moisturises hair and has antibacterial properties.

Geranium oil

It is a powerful anti-ageing oil. It has astringent properties, which can tighten loose skin. It also has antioxidants that help encourage cell turnover. Helps in fading the look of scars and other spots on the skin quickly.

Jasmine oil

Has the ability to improve skin elasticity, brighten dark spots, fade stretch marks and acne scars. It can help in treating dry or dehydrated skin, eczema and dermatitis. However, it should not be applied to open wounds as it can cause skin irritation or an allergic reaction.

Lavender oil

Most known for it’s calming scent, lavender oil can do much more. It provides anti-oxidant protection against free radicals (toxins, chemicals, pollutants, etc.). Has antimicrobial and antioxidant characteristics, speeds the healing of burns, cuts, scrapes and wounds.

Peppermint oil

It has the ability to soothe skin. Also used for normalizing oil production. The scent is regenerating, it is anti-inflammatory, an antiseptic, and helps reduce itching. It can naturally thicken and nourish damaged hair.

Rosemary oil

A rich antioxidant. Used on skin, stimulates blood circulation. When applied over the scalp rosemary essential oil helps stimulate hair growth.

Ylang-Ylang oil

Protects, conditions and promotes hair growth and thickness. Helps regulate the production of sebum, maintains skin moisture, clears and heals acne. Ylang-ylang oil also has antimicrobial properties that can help reduce skin irritation and redness.

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