The Big 5 Carrier Oils for Beauty Care
For general beauty care, and primarily anti-aging, here's a list of the "Big 5" oils with researched therapeutic properties -- particularly for wrinkle reduction and smoothing of skin texture. The selection is just an opinion, but from our experience, these are excellent carrier oils for beauty care:#1 Tamanu Nut:
It's been the subject of MANY scientific investigations, showing it will heal wounds, stimulate skin cell growth, actually blocks UV rays, is anti-inflammatory, has antioxidant properties, and limits the development of skin tumors. It's also anti-viral, and can be used to treat herpes outbreaks too.#2 Rosehip Seed:
This was the first carrier oil to be the subject of controlled research, showing it both limited appearance of wrinkles and lines, and healed wounds. Its combination of essential fatty acids and phytonutrients is unique, and discussed by Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt in Advanced Aromatherapy as THE base oil for formulas to limit scar appearance (except when one is prone to acne).
#3 Borage Seed:
It contains the highest known amount of GLA, an essential fat missing in our diets, and the cause of many skin conditions. Simply using for beauty care, it is highly anti-inflammatory, and it is inflammation that is thought to be at the root of skin aging (along with oxidation -- they really go hand in hand).#4 Virgin Coconut:
While some find it a little heavy for their skin, it's worth experimenting by using it as only a small portion of your base. Like Tamanu, it is anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial/anti-fungal/anti-viral (can help with skin "conditions") and deeply hydrating. It has been used for centuries for skin and hair care, considered to give both a healthy glow with regular use. It's unique in its content of caprylic acid, to which many health benefits have been attributed. It's also considered a beauty supplement, consumed on the order of 1-3 tbs per day.#5 Hempseed:
Completely underutilized as a carrier oil, it has a "perfect" balance of omega-3, 6 and 9 fatty acids, and provides these nutrients to the skin directly. The omega-3's are anti-inflammatory, and, like coconut, can be consumed as a supplement -- an aside: One report noted that with regular supplementation of Coconut oil, the brain grew new cells at the rate of 3% per (now I can't remember "per" what - month? week?) and when combined with supplementation with Hempseed, this doubled to 6%!
And maybe right up there (but we're having trouble finding a large source
is Pomegranate Seed Oil
. With it's high level of punicic acid, it has many of the same properties as Tamanu oil (regenerative, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and protective). It can also be ingested -- where we're sure Tamanu can as well, we're just a little afraid of the taste Also, a runner-up: Argan Oil
-- Argan MAY be an exceptional beauty care carrier, yet it does not as of yet have a lot of science to back it up. While it does have celebrity endorsement, and helps support indiginous communities in Morocco, we'd like to see some rigorous research before recommending it more strongly than the oils above.You'll find several of these oils already blended in our Super Skin Care carrier oil blend,
so you can simply add the essential oils of your choice
to the formula, without having to buy each carrier. It's been a real hit, and hopefully -- should you give it a try -- is great for your skin as well.