For years, I ignored essential oils and their benefits; instead, I spent money on chemical-based creams and ointments. Once I learned of the benefits of essential oils and how they can help my skin, I was hooked. What are the best essential oils for skin repair?
The 5 best essential oils for skin repair are:
- Myrrh Oil
- Lavender Oil
- Rosehip Oil
- Sandalwood Oil
- Combination Serum
The skin is a reflection of your insides. It’s a great way to tell how healthy you are. I wanted to find a way to take my skin to the next level and do so naturally. If you’re a person who is struggling with any type of skin issue or just, in general, you want to have beautiful glowing skin, read on to learn my favorite essential oils and why.
Best Essential Oils for Skin Repair – Our Top 5 Picks!
1. Myrrh Oil
Some of my favorite essential oils for topical use on the skin for anti-aging. I’m a huge fan of rose geranium oil. Rose geranium oil actually works by naturally hydrating and moisturizing your skin. I also love myrrh essential oil, and although it can be a bit hard to find, it lasts a while as a little goes a long way.
Myrrh was mentioned in the bible in the store of the three wise men bringing gold, frankincense, and myrrh to the infant Jesus. Some researchers believe that myrrh would have been used by the whole family but potentially by Mary as well to prevent infection and to balance hormones.
Myrrh is found in another biblical reference with Queen Esther using a total of six oils, with one being myrrh essential oil, along with floral oils as a natural beauty treatment.
And of course, there is Cleopatra, who was perhaps one of the most famous historical figures who loved essential oil, including myrrh.
Myrrh is a little bit thicker than the other oils, so one of the benefits is it doesn’t evaporate as quickly as certain other essential oils. It is one of my personal favorites, especially for issues of red dry, and flaking type skin. It’s absolutely fantastic for those types of issues. It has general anti-aging benefits, such as minimizing wrinkles and fine lines as well.
2. Lavender Oil
Another one of my favorite essential oils for natural skincare and beauty is lavender oil. In fact, for me, almost every day, I use lavender, frankincense, and Rose oil. I pour it on my head morning and night. If you’ve been struggling with dry patches of skin and not seeing any progress, consider including lavender oil in your regular skincare routine.
Lavender oil does a wonderful job balancing your skin’s moisture barrier so it isn’t too dry or oily. Your skin needs oil too to stay moisturized throughout the day. Try a cream with lavender oil mixed in for nourishing protection against the harsh elements. Massage it into those dry spots morning and night to promote smoother itch-free skin.
Lavender oil also helps to reduce redness, rough patches, and scarring from acne. It has potent anti-inflammatory properties that make it great for soothing and healing skin that’s red from the sun or irritated. It also helps calm insect bites and helps to eliminate bad bacteria.
3. Rosehip Oil
Hydration is essential for soft, supple, young-looking skin. Lack of hydration can be a problem during the cold winter months. Rosehip oil can be your best friend to protect against these environmental hazards.
It contains a wealth of essential fatty acids, including linoleic acid. Fatty acids help to keep skin cell walls strong so that they don’t lose water. The many fatty acids in rosehip oil make it an excellent option for hydrating rough, dry, itchy skin. The skin also easily absorbs the oil, allowing its antioxidants to seep deep into the layers.
Rosehip oil also helps boost collagen. Collagen is the building block of skin. It’s essential for firmness and skin elasticity. Your body produces less and less collagen as you age. Rosehip oil is rich in vitamins C and A, which both help stimulate the growth of collagen.
Rosehip has also been shown to block or prevent the creation of MMP-1, an enzyme that breaks down collagen in the body. Research supports these benefits, too… In one 2015 study, researchers found that volunteers who took rosehip powder orally experienced a noticeable increase in skin elasticity. Consume orally or apply topically to start experiencing the benefits of rosehip oil on your skin.
4. Sandalwood Oil
Commonly known for its fragrant aroma and amazing medicinal properties, sandalwood oil is extracted from the distillation of shredded, matured sandalwood trees. The older the tree, the higher more sandalwood oil it produces.
Sandalwood oil works best when combined with some other essential oils. For example, if you add flowers like lavender, ylang-ylang, rosemary, geranium, rose, myrrh, and tulip, with sandalwood. Mixing these flowers with sandalwood oil will lend a heavenly aroma while increasing the therapeutic benefits of the oil.
Sandalwood has long been known for its anti-aging and skin-boosting properties. It soothes your skin and helps eliminate ugly scars, spots, blemishes, and eczema. This oil can help you get rid of those quickly and prevents them from coming back. It also helps tone and rejuvenates the skin keeping it look hydrated and young.
5. Combination Serum
There are millions of people all around the world using chemical-based products with things like EDTA, sodium lauryl sulfate, and parabens. All of these chemicals are found in our shampoo, and our body lotions, and our moisturizers.
I will encourage you today, if you’re using those chemically based beauty products and skincare products, getting them out of your house. Replace them with essential oils.
The serum my wife and I have recommended to many who are battling skin diseases such as eczema, psoriasis, acne, etc., is to mix a little bit of jojoba oil (which is very good for the skin), a little bit of pomegranate oil, and then mix in lavender, myrrh, geranium oils, and if you can find it, frankincense oil.
We mix all those oils together, and we use them on our skin, including the face, neck, hands, and other areas where there is dry or oily skin. This natural but potent mixture is actually good for both dry and oily skin. They work to naturally balance out the oil on your skin. Essential oils are so powerful for natural beauty and keeping a young, fresh look as you age.
If you deal with dead skin on your legs or feet, use these oils to spot treat the really dry patches. To learn more, see our post on treating dry, dead skin on legs.
See the below video for even more essential oils and what they can be used to treat:
Use These Oils to Repair Cuts and Scrapes
These oils are also amazing for cuts and scrapes. I cut two of my fingers the other day on my desk and added a few drops of the lavender oil that I had nearby. It felt so gentle and soothing and is healing quickly.
I also use frankincense by itself, but when mixed with lavender oil, that is a major one-two punch. Lavender brings healing, and frankincense is very anti-inflammatory, so they’re both amazing.
There are many other oils that are great for cuts and scrapes, such as rosehip oil and even coconut oil, which also is anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial.
Conclusion – Best Essential Oils for Skin Repair
So to recap, from our research, the 5 best essential oils for skin repair are:
- Myrrh Oil
- Lavender Oil
- Rosehip Oil
- Sandalwood Oil
- Combination Serum
There are many other oils you can use to help give glowing skin and repair various skin issues. The 5 I listed above, however, will give you great results. Remember to start with just a small application of each. You don’t want to use a lot at first only to find out it irritates your skin. Start with a small amount on a small part of your skin, and wait a little while to see how you react. Then over time, you can add more.
What essential oil can I use for itchy skin? Any oil with anti-inflammatory properties will help relieve itchy skin. One of the best of these is rose geranium oil. It has been shown to help relieve itchy skin caused by eczema and dry skin.
Which essential oil is best for shrinking pores? Lemongrass oil is one of the most effective essential oils for helping to shrink those large, stubborn pores. The benefits of lemongrass include being used as an astringent (contraction of skin cells), skin toner, and is overall just excellent at enhancing the skin’s natural glow.
Can you apply frankincense oil directly to skin? Frankincense essential oil is great for use directly on the skin. It is a bit thicker than other oils, which means it takes longer to evaporate, which makes it great for moisturizing. It also helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles, age spots, stretch marks, and acne scars.