The Truth about Carrier Oils

by Judi Moise | Posted: July 12, 2017 | Get Obsessed
The Truth about Carrier Oils

The use of carrier oils is gaining popularity due to its natural remedy for skin and health purposes. Carrier oils “carry” essential oils to the body and skin. It’s a great way to drive moisture, reaping the benefits of vitamins rapidly.

Carrier oils are great base oils to dilute concentrated essential oils (lavender, peppermint, lemongrass, etc.) Applying essential oils directly to the skin can cause painful irritations such as blisters, especially after prolong sun exposure and tanning beds.

 

What are the best carrier oils?

Carrier oils varies in function. I recommend these due its non-comedogenic properties, or doesn’t clog pores. We’ll discuss that later.

Jojoba: Mimics the natural oils of your skin. Light in fragrance and rich in Vitamin E

Avocado: Rich in protein. Great to stimulate cell repair and growth

Argan: {BEST KEPT SECRET}: Contains ESSENTIAL Fatty acids* and Vitamin E oil. Minimize skin conditions such as eczema

Olive: Rich in antioxidants, Vitamins A & E

Grapeseed: Minimize pores and help reduce acne. High in ESSENTIAL Fatty Acid* that prevents moisture loss

FRACTIONATED Coconut+: Plant-based moisturizer. Nearly Indefinite shelf life.

Shea Butter: Contains antioxidants꙳, highly moisturizing to restore skin elasticity

Rose Hip: Contains anti-aging properties. Vitamin A & C stimulate collagen

 

Back to comedogenic products. They block and congest pores, causing blackheads. Let’s use regular coconut oil for example. When it sits in room temp, it’s solid. The same way it sits on top of the skin. How is this beneficial? Carrier oils should penetrate the skin for efficient moisture.  A great alternative is 100% Premium Shea Butter. This creamy, superior moisturizer has the same thick consistency you’re looking for without clogging your pores The chart below shows ratings of other carrier oils. Are you using the right ones?

꙳Antioxidants: Products that help prevent and delay free radicals from cell damage.

* ESSENTIAL Fatty Acid: Our body can’t naturally produce this. Essential fatty acids are “good fat” that includes alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3) and linolenic acid (omega-6). These acids are required for proper cell function and absorption of vitamins/minerals.

+ FRACTIONATED Coconut+: Cold pressed and distilled, removing the “bad fat.” 100% saturated oil which is light and odorless. Remains liquid in room temperature.

 

Comedogenic Ratings of Carrier Oils

0-      Will not clog pores

1-      Low

2-      Moderately Low

3-      Moderate

4-      Fairly High

5-      High

 

ALMOND OIL-2 HEMPSEED OIL -0
APRICOT OIL-2 JOJOBA OIL- 2
AVOCADO OIL- 2 MINERAL OIL- 0
CAMPHOR- 2 MINK OIL- 3
CASTOR OIL- 1 OLIVE OIL- 2
COCOA BUTTER -4  PENUT OIL- 2
COCONUT OIL -4 SAFFLOWER OIL- 0
CORN OIL- 3 SESAME OIL- 2
COTTON SEED OIL- 3  SHEA BUTTER- 0
EVENING PRIMROSE- 2 SOYBEAN OIL- 3
GRAPESEED OIL- 2 SUNFLOWER OIL- 0
HAZELNUT- 2 WHEATGERM OIL- 5