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25 Essential Oils That'll Give You the Best Skin of Your Life

Otherwise, experts say you're doing it wrong

Stroll through any beauty aisle and you'll spot skin, hair, and nail products made with— or created entirely from—naturally derived essential oils Experts love 'em for their healing powers, and we're fans of how lightweight, yet hardworking, they are (Not to mention how customized they can be to help battle your biggest issues based on skin type) Not sure where to start? These are the best ones to look for on store shelves

Consider it the all-natural miracle hydrator for your face, body, lips, cuticles—anywhere you want to relieve dry skin "Coconut oil is packed with nourishing fatty acids, which help to keep skin cells moist and strong by minimizing water loss," says dermatologist David Colbert, MD, who has studied the skin benefits of oils for more than 15 years Skin pros also like it as a gentle makeup remover, and yes, you can cook with the stuff, too

As a snack, almonds are filled with good-for-you fats—and it's those same omega–3s that make this oil a super-soothing body moisturizer "Almond oil is hypoallergenic, so it's great on skin that's easily irritated," says Colbert "It works to ease the symptoms of eczema and psoriasis, too"

Got dandruff or a dry, itchy scalp? Good ol' olive oil can help, thanks to its antibacterial and antifungal properties "To calm either issue, once a week, massage 1/4-cup of olive oil into your scalp so it's evenly saturated," says Marmur "Wait at least 20 minutes, then shampoo and condition" You can also use olive oil—which is rich in vitamins that help battle lines and spots caused by sun damage—to amp up the anti-aging benefits of your favorite moisturizer: Just add two drops to your blob of lotion

On top of being a fantastic skin softener, this plant-derived oil works wonders on dry or textured hair "Jojoba oil smooths frizz, conditions, and keeps hair strong," says Mona Gohara, MD, an associate clinical professor of dermatology at Yale School of Medicine Look for it in shampoos and conditioners, or use it alone as a weekly deep-treatment: Work a quarter-size amount through clean, damp hair (avoiding your roots), then rinse after 10 to 20 minutes

You'll spot this on the ingredient label of many anti-aging creams and serums because it's shown to aid in restoring collagen, meaning it softens lines and helps skin stay firm "Plus, grapeseed oil is high in polyphenols, which are antioxidants that help calm inflammation," says Colbert Pure grapeseed oil is also available at health-food stores or GNC: Mix one to two drops into your daily dose of am moisturizer for an age-busting boost

This powerful anti-ager, which is extracted from the seeds of rose bushes, is chock-full of potent antioxidants like vitamins C and E, along with wrinkle-fighting vitamin A "So it both protects skin from damage that can cause lines and dark spots as well as increases cell turnover rate, which leads to a smoother complexion," explains Gohara Apply a few drops of the oil to your face like a serum, or blend them into your dollop of nighttime lotion

Try: InstaNatural Organic Rosehip Seed oil, $2197; amazoncom

Derived from the nuts of Africa's marula tree, this oil can help clear up acne Yes, an oil can nix breakouts: "It has antimicrobial elements that fight acne-causing bacteria, it's lightweight and doesn't clog pores, and it assists in balancing skin's oil production," says Colbert A number of natural beauty brands offer 100-percent pure marula oil; it's also an excellent frizz tamer, so look for the ingredient in hair products, too

This essential oil contains a skin-beautifying blend of fatty acids such as oleic, palmitic, stearic and linoleic acid, all of which keep skin supple and soft It's also known to increase circulation, says Ole Henriksen, founder of Ole Henriksen Skin Care, who recommends whipping up a body scrub using 1/2 oz brown sugar, 1/2 oz sea salt, and enough sesame oil to form a smooth paste (you don't want it to be too runny) Smooth over your body using circular buffing motions "It's great for diminishing the look of cellulite," he says

Try: Aura Cacia Organics Skin Care Oil in Protecting Sesame, $489; jetcom

Rich in omega 6 and 9, this oil is great for softening skin and sealing in moisture without leaving a greasy residue behind Smooth it over your face day and night, and dab some over the lower half of your hair, too: It will hydrate dry ends without weighing it down

Try: Russell Organics Camellia Seed Oil, $2860; amazoncom

A member of the mint family, lemon balm contains potent antioxidants such as caffeine and ferulic acid, which act as a shield against aging toxins like the sun's rays and smog Tap a bit of this oil on every morning after your regular moisturizer, underneath your sunscreen to give your skin a protective barrier

Try: Earth Elements Organics Lemon Balm Oil, $750; amazoncom

Known for their high antioxidant count, pomegranate seeds are healthy to munch on, and the oil within them makes for a great anti-ager, too That's because it helps increase the production —and reduce the breakdown of —collagen fibers, helping your complexion look firm and youthful Pat a drop over clean skin, or right after your am or pm moisturizer

Taken from the dried seeds of the carrot plant, carrot seed oil helps to fight wrinkles, fade age spots (and protect you from 'em), and can speed up healing when applied to eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis and other skin irritations

Widely recognized for its relaxing scent, lavender also has the ability to relieve tight, itchy skin and protect it from environmental aggressors like UV rays and pollution, both of which cause premature aging Smooth it straight over your face, or mix a small amount into your day and night cream

Try: Boots Botanics 100% Pure Essential Lavender Oil, $9; walgreenscom

With its disinfecting and anti-fungal properties, geranium is an ideal treatment for clearing acne-prone complexions and controlling oil production To reap the benefits, gently press it over problem areas, or even all over skin

For an all-natural fix for acne and blackheads, use this oil as a spot treatment It contains mild disinfecting properties, so it will quicken the healing process without drying out your skin like other acne medications can Simply saturate a q-tip or cotton pad with the oil, then sweep over areas of concern

Produced by cells inside the rinds of bergamot orange fruits, this oil is a natural antiseptic, meaning it helps repair wounds and stimulates healing Apply to acne scars, eczema, or psoriasis and get ready to see real results

Try: Edens Garden Bergamot 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil, $1050; amazoncom

Smooth this oil—extracted from the seeds of the Moringa tree—over skin for the most gorgeous, rosy glow It helps to battle skin fatigue, so your complexion will appear radiant and refreshed

Try: The Vitamin Shoppe Moringa Skincare Oil, $1499; vitaminshoppecom

Filled with vitamin E, this oil makes for a heavy-duty body hydrator Use a few drops on targeted areas like ashy elbows and knees, or all over, and you'll feel nourished and, well, hydrated

As a face oil, it helps stimulate cell renewal, getting rid of old, complexion-dulling cells and revealing fresh ones underneath When used as a scalp treatment, rosemary oil can treat dandruff: In a glass, mix five to seven drops in tepid water and use it as a hair rinse after shampooing

Roses aren't just pretty to look at—used topically, rose oil is a soothing moisturizer for sensitive skin and makes quick work of calming redness Plus, the scent has therapeutic, stress-relieving properties Can't get enough? Drinking rosewater is also a smart choice, as it's chock-full of vitamins A, C, D, and E

You already know that the healthy fats in the avocado fruit give you glowing skin and healthy hair and nails Use the oil version as a hydrator to get similar results, as the stuff stimulates collagen production and moisturizes skin You can even use it in place of, or after, your day and night serum

Try: Belleza Pure 100% Pure Avocado Oil, $1299; amazoncom

Native to India and Sri Lanka, lemongrass is an herb used in cooking, but has skin-beautifying benefits as well: It acts as an astringent when applied to skin, which helps to minimize pores, control oil production, and provide a temporary skin-firming effect

Extracted and distilled from the dried leaves of the eucalyptus tree, this oil helps calm inflamed skin from acne and treats minor wounds, blisters and bruises Massage some into your scalp, too, as the oil promotes hair follicle stimulation and increases blood flow to help your hair to grow out shiny and healthy

Try: Plant Therapy Eucalyptus Essential Oil, $6Almond oil is hypoallergenic, so its great on skin thats easily irritated, says Colbert.95; amazoncom

If you're dubious about the oil's naturally blue shade, read on: Taken from the blue tansy flower, this oil is brimming with anti-inflammatory properties, which helps to balance, hydrate, and even out your complexion Spread a dime size-amount over your face before bed

Try: Nature's Fusions 100% Pure Essential Oil Blue Tansy, $2209; luckyvitamincom

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