The 6 best essential oils for your skin

With so many options to choose from, it can be hard to know which essential oil is best for your skin. The right oil can work magic if used properly, with benefits ranging from reducing stretch marks to fighting wrinkles and acne. But before applying any product, you’ll want to be confident it’s tackling your specific skin worries and will nourish your skin.

In this guide, we’ll talk you through the benefits of various ingredients so you can make an informed decision about the essential oils that are good for your skin type.

Is Argan Oil good for skin?

Extracted from the Argan Tree which grows exclusively in south-east Morocco, argan oil is gorgeously rich in Omega 6 and 9. Its ability to improve hydration and make skin velvety-soft has made it a skin routine staple. It’s the perfect essential oil to help protect the skin from dryness while helping to reduce the early signs of aging.

If you want a nourishing coverage, treat your skin to Clarins’ Extra-Comfort Foundation SPF 15. The exclusive anti-aging formula uses Argan Oil to smooth fines lines, leaving skin feeling instantly more supple and youthful. Your complexion will be left glowing with youth and radiance.

Argan Oil superpower: helps to reduce the early signs of aging.

Is Jojoba Oil good for skin?

Cherished by skin experts for its ability to nourish the skin without leaving it sticky or oily, Jojoba Oil features in many skincare products. It’s a key ingredient for acne prevention and is also great for soft, supple lips. As the natural plant extract is rich in fatty acids, it’s ideal for hydrating your face and perfect for relieving chapped lips.

Jojoba Oil protects as well as heals. When applied on your lips, it acts as a barrier, keeping them safe from the wind, cold temperatures and indoor heat. Kiss goodbye to dry and cracked lips, and say hello to a smooth smile.

You’ll find Jojoba Oil in our Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil. The lightweight formula – which also includes extracts of Hazelnut and Raspberry – provides instant and long-lasting comfort, while leaving lips satin-soft and non-greasy.

Jojoba oil superpower: helps your lips stay soft and smooth.

Is Rosehip Oil good for skin?

Is your skin feeling dehydrated and dull? Then Rosehip Oil is your beauty saviour. Containing Omega 6 and 9, Rosehip Oil is a much-loved skincare ingredient that leaves skin super-hydrated with no oily residue. The many essential fatty acids found in Rosehip Oil will penetrate deeply into the skin, providing deep nourishment and radiance.

Derived from the rosa canina rose bush which is mostly grown in Chile, Rosehip Oil also helps to reduce the appearance of stretch marks and improve skin elasticity, so it’s a firm favourite among many pregnant women.

But is Rosehip Oil good for oily skin? Oily skin usually lacks Linoleic Acid – a fatty acid found in Rosehip Oil – so while it may seem counterintuitive to apply more oil to an oily complexion, Rosehip Oil is actually a great product for managing excess sebum and restoring natural balance.

Rosehip Oil superpower: helps to reduce the production of excess sebum.

Is Avocado Oil good for skin?

Though you may think Avocado Oil’s uses are limited to the kitchen for cooking healthy meals, there are many benefits to adding this absorbent oil to your beauty regime, too. Most notably, the antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties of Avocado Oil can help reduce the symptoms of skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Fatty acids and vitamins found in the oil are easily absorbed into the outermost layer of the skin – the epidermis – and will leave flaky skin visibly smoother and ultra-hydrated. So, if you struggle with dry skin, adding Avocado Oil to your beauty regime will help to soothe and soften it.

You’ll find Avocado Oil in our best-selling product, Clarins Double Serum – a concentrate designed to work on the five vital skin functions for younger-looking skin. The Avocado extract promotes regeneration of the skin and helps keep it soft and supple. It also replenishes dry skin leaving you with a noticeably more luminous, even complexion.

Avocado Oil superpower: helps to deeply nourish and moisturise dry skin.

Is Grapeseed Oil good for skin?

Grapeseed Oil is a byproduct of the winemaking industry, harvested by pressing leftover grape seeds to extract the oil from inside. With antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, Grapeseed Oil helps to even skin tone and prevent acne-causing bacteria from gathering on the skin's surface. This means Grapeseed Oil is great for oily skin that’s prone to blemishes. Call its discovery a delightful fortuity for your skin.

Rich in vitamins C, D and E, grapeseed oil can also tighten your skin and help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and scars. The combination of vitamins and fatty acids make it great for minimising stretch marks, too. Grapeseed Oil works as an absorbent moisturiser that can handle both dry and oily skin, giving you super-smooth and grease-free skin all over.

Also high in Omega 6 and 3, Grapeseed Oil helps to combat the effects of daily life – pollution and sun damage – to restore natural radiance and maintain nourished, hydrated skin. Not bad for a byproduct.

Grapeseed Oil superpower: helps to remove acne-causing bacteria and reduce blemishes.

Is Castor Oil good for your skin?

Castor Oil is an age-old remedy for supple, nourished skin. Its qualities have been appreciated for years, dating as far back as the ancient Egyptians who used it to minimise the appearance of wrinkles. By penetrating the skin deeply and boosting the production of collagen, Castor Oil smoothes skin and makes fine lines less visible, so you can say a big hello to beautifully youthful skin.

Containing protein, vitamin E, and Omega 6 and 9, it’s also a great product for restoring the skin’s natural moisture balance while turning up the hydration. With this moisture-locking wonder, your skin is protected from damaging dust and dry heat – helping to keep your skin beautifully nourished and hydrated all year round.

Soothing Castor Oil can calm irritated skin, too, with its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties helping to reduce acne. It’s a serious all-rounder, one that will earn its place in your beauty cabinet day in, day out.

Castor Oil superpower: helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines.

Make the magic happen

We’re here to help you use your new favourite ingredients in the best way. So, if you’re looking for a silky-smooth, fresh face, visit our guide on how to use facial oil. For discovering squeaky-clean skin, we’ve also put together Clarins' guide to cleansing oils. Whatever skin fix you’re looking for, we can match you with the right essential oil – and the perfect product, too.

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