19 Best Essential Oils for Glowing Skin

This is our favorite type of blog post because rather than thinking about what the best essential oils for glowing skin might be, we are going to get down to the nuts and bolts of how to use them. But not just any old facial. It’s a case of go big or go home. If we could use any essential oils which would we use? In this article, we are constructing the ultimate aromatherapy facial for each skin type. We’ll list the essential oils for each skin type in turn first, then look at how best to integrate them into your skincare routine.

If You Have Normal or Combination Skin

best essential oils for glowing skin

1. Rose Essential Oil

It takes over 240,000 rose petals to make just 5ml of rose essential oil. There are four different products you can use to integrate rose into your skincare routine.

Rose otto essential oil is distilled from the petals. If the volume of the petals needed wasn’t enough to make the price steep, you might be interested to know that when it is distilled rose essential oil doesn’t smell of roses. The component that has the beautiful fragrance, phenyl ethyl, remains in the rosewater, so then it has to be distilled a second time, using a process called cohabitation to put the sweetness and beauty back into the oil. 

There is a second oil, rose absolute, which is obtained using solvent extraction. The absolute is richer, golden, and achingly sensuous, but both oils do the same thing. That is to nourish the surface of the skin and absorb through to the granular layer where new cells are forming to nourish and plump up new cells. 

It is believed that a mother-in-law of a 15th-century Indian mogul emperor first discovered rose essential oil when it left a scum around her bowl when she had been making rosewater. The water is deliciously cooling and refreshing. It is astringent and nourishing so makes a fabulous toner for dry skins.

Lastly, a carrier oil is also made from the seed-bearing rose hips that appear on dog roses in the autumn. Rosehip carrier oil is like liquid gold, a spectacular skin healer not only good for dry skin but also for things like burns too. 

Rose oils are also uterine tonics, so do not use rose essential oil or the absolute during the first 37 weeks of pregnancy.

2. Geranium Essential Oil

Cheaper, lighter, and in our opinion lovelier than rose essential oil, geranium nurtures and nourishes the skin. One of the key things to remember when you first get into aromatherapy is not to use too much lavender essential oil or it will begin to dry out the complexion. Geranium is tremendously relaxing, so you can use it in the bath, in massage oils and creams and lotions, as well as in your skincare and it will only improve your skin. 

3. Patchouli Essential Oil

Patchouli is a lovely, rich, and nurturing oil that is particularly great if you are not sold on very floral fragrances. After all, you don’t get much girlier than roses, do you? 

It’s a great choice for men’s skin treatments, especially for aftershaves, because it had a great effect on heat. It is also one of the best essential oils for glowing skins that are radiating the fire of sunburn. Perhaps try combining it with spearmint and german chamomile essential oils to cool them down. Or of course, you could use some of your lovely rose water. 

4. Cypress Essential Oil

Unlike rose, geranium, and patchouli, which we have chosen as the best essential oils for glowing skin because they are so good for the dryness, cypress is great for cleaning.

Glowing skin has a good texture but it has translucency to it too. When we look at some of the ways to combine the oils, cypress essential oil is always used to clarify and tone the skin.

5. Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

Every essential oil has a kind of keyword or theme that it works to. Ylang ylang’s theme is balance. It balances hormones and blood pressure, but importantly when we are thinking about the best way to get glowing skin, it balances out combinations in the skin. So, if you have a greasy T-zone, usually across your forehead, then down your nose onto your chin, then dry or normal cheeks, ylang is really going to work well for you. 

Tips for Integrating the Best Essential Oils for Glowing Skin into Your Beauty Regime 

There can be a temptation to lather on lots of oil to nourish the skin but actually, what your complexion needs is water. Use hydrating bases for your moisturizers such as basic aqueous creams from the pharmacy, and add small amounts of carrier oils to wax-based nourishing creams to use at night. Treat your skin with a really good exfoliating facial massage to slough off old skin cells, once a week so the new more youthful ones show through. 

The best carrier oils for your skin type are rosehip, avocado, and jojoba.

If You Have Dry Skin 

6. Frankincense Essential Oil

Choose frankincense if your skin is now starting to show a few wrinkles or you are post-menopausal. It is nurturing and nourishing and restores elasticity to the tissues and is one of the best essential oils for skin tightening.

It’s quite nice to remember that the Egyptians embalmed their mummies with many oils including frankincense, and whilst, if we’re honest it was probably more the arid, desert conditions that desiccated the bodies, it serves as a great reminder of how fabulous frankincense is at preserving the tissues. 

7. Vetiver Essential Oil

It seemed a bit redundant to list all the same properties of rose and geranium essential oils again, but along with vetiver, they are the best essential oils for glowing skin if it has become a bit on the dry side. Likewise, ylang ylang will balance out any combinations you have in the skin. (Descriptions above.) Ylang Ylang Essential Oil 

Vetiver is a bit of a magical oil, to be honest because it will improve your skin if it’s dry, but it will also do it if it's oily. It’s a very strange phenomenon. In the same way, in massage oils, it has a warming effect, but actually, their main action is to cool hot, angry skins. It’s very peculiar, but vetiver is a must-have oil for great skincare and of course, with its deep, rich masculine fragrance it works well in aftershave balms and beard oils as well as for women’s skincare. 

8. Jasmine Absolute Oil

We know we’re not supposed to have favorites, but of all the oils jasmine must surely be the loveliest! It is most certainly one of the best oils for glowing skin, especially if it is hot and reactive. It has an added benefit that few people mention and that’s how good it is for helping the skin to heal after scarring, for this reason, it is also useful for acne. 

Sadly, again though, this is not one you can use in pregnancy. 

9. Helichrysum Essential Oil

The loveliest of the skin healers, helichrysum is rich in a constituent called neryl acetate which is wonderful for the skin. This is a great choice if you have problematic skin. Maybe that’s eczema, psoriasis, or acne. In all cases, helichrysum is nurturing, and kind and always improves the kind. Combined with rosehip carrier oil it is one of the best essential oils for scars.

10. Cardamom Essential Oil

Great recipes don’t include cardamom as a star in its own right, but cardamom is fabulous as a second in command for dry skin when paired with vetiver, rose or patchouli in particular. 

Tips for Integrating the Best Essential Oils for Glowing Skin into Your Beauty Regime 

If you have dry skin, there can be a temptation to lather on lots of oil, but actually, what your complexion needs is water. Use hydrating bases for your moisturizers such as basic aqueous creams from the pharmacy, and add small amounts of carrier oils to wax-based nourishing creams to use at night. Then, once a week give your skin a really good exfoliating facial massage to slough off old skin cells so the new more youthful ones show through. 

The best carrier oils for your skin type are rosehip, avocado, and jojoba.

If Your Skin is Oily or You Have Acne

11. Lavender Essential Oil

Regular readers of the Vinevida blog will likely have grasped this one by now. Lavender essential oil instructs the skin to stop making the oily substance that protects the skin called sebum. Sebum’s main job is to ensure no bacteria gets into the body. But it’s a thick substance that can block pores which is why oily skin is also usually spotty skin. 

12. Clary Sage Essential Oil

Clary sage is astringent and is a beautiful tonic for oily skins. It has the benefit of being very relaxing, which might also be why it is so useful to people who have been suffering from high blood pressure problems too. 

A caution with this oil, since it mimics estrogen, do not use clary sage during pregnancy.

13. Neroli Essential Oil

We love neroli essential oil for mature oily skins. It has a beautifully cleansing action and is such a joy to wear.

14. Carrot Seed Essential Oil

Again, not much you can say about carrot seed oil, that hasn’t been said. Carrot seed and cypress essential oils are probably the best essential oils for glowing skin that seem a bit dirty. If there are blackheads it can be a good plan to add some grapefruit essential oil. Just be careful you remember that you remember that grapefruit is a phototoxic oil. (See also bergamot)

15. Bergamot Essential Oil

Bergamot is a kind of green orange from Italy. The essential oil is obtained by pressing the oil out of the rind of the fruit. When this method is used, small lipids find their way into the oil that is phototoxic. This means that if they are exposed to bright sunlight or a sunbed, they can cause blotchiness on the skin, rashes, and irritation. In the case of bergamot essential oil, this happens more often than not. 

This can be avoided in one of three ways. First, only use it at night, so add it to a nourishing cream for example. You can also buy a bergamot essential oil that has the problematic components taken out. These are called furanocoumarins. A bergamot oil without these is called furanocoumarin free and is marked (FCF). Your best plan though would simply be to keep your dilutions very low. If you only use 0.5% dilution, you will not use enough to have a reaction.

Why do we care? Because bergamot is absolutely fandabbydozy at cutting through grease. Bergamot and myrtle are the best essential oils for glowing skin if it is very greasy or you have lots of open pores. 

Tips for Integrating the Best Essential Oils for Glowing Skin into Your Beauty Regime - Oily Skin

If you have greasy skin, or it is spotty, then focus your efforts on facial steams, cleansers and toners. 

See if you can find time once a week to steam your face, using cypress and bergamot. Add a couple of drops into a bowl of boiling water, then put your face over with a towel over your head. Be careful not to get so close to the steam that you scald yourself. Ideally, you are aiming for around 5 minutes, but pop in and out of your tent to help you breathe when you need to. 

If you have acne, this is a great plan. The steam opens the pores, making it easier for the dirt to leave your skin. 

Try making clay masques too. Blend a few of your chosen best oils for glowing skin into a teaspoon of carrier then mix into a tablespoon of clay. These are great for really drawing impurities out of the skin. 

Avoid too much carrier oil on your skin, maybe just a bit of jojoba and hazelnut to exfoliate away the dead skins and help reveal a cleaner fresher complexion. 

If Your Skin Is Very Sensitive or Reactive

16. German Chamomile Essential Oil

We cheated a bit here, to be concise, but you can also add rose and vetiver essential oils to this list as well as jasmine absolute. All of which are gentle enough to nourish your skin and have cooling actions for when your complexion becomes inflamed.

German chamomile is tremendously gentle, very soothing, and nurturing so if you are unlucky enough to have one of those complexions that react to everything, this oil can really help.

17. Yarrow Essential Oil

Like German Chamomile essential oil, yarrow is rich in a very soothing component called azulene. It is almost like a liquid anesthetic on your skin, taking the sting out of redness and soreness and reducing itching.

18. Melissa Essential Oil

This is one of the best oils for glowing skin if you are prone to allergic reactions. Melissa has a natural anti-allergy property but is gently astringent too. 

19. Violet Leaf Absolute

This one costs a small fortune because violets are such tiny plants with short seasons, however, violet is the gentlest of the gentle things from Gentleville. Nothing else comes close to it. 

Tips for Integrating the Best Essential Oils for Glowing Skin into Your Beauty Regime 

This will sound patronizing, but be as gentle with your skin as possible. Don’t be tempted to use facial steams or clay masques on your skin, or even heavy massage oil. Make a simple cleanser and moisturizer with the same oils in them, then tone your skin using rosewater. 

Nourishing creams are great to use at night time and are simple to make, but you do need to make a large batch to make it worth it. They keep well because they have a preservative in them, but alternatively, they make wonderful presents for people. The recipe says to put the essential oils into the liquid, which is correct, but if you do want to make blank ones and then add different essential oils each time you use a new pot, or for people’s gifts, that also works well. 

Recipe for a Nourishing Cream

To make a liter of face cream (which is obviously 20 x 50ml (2 fl oz) pots)

  • 550 ml (19 fl oz) water
  • 330 ml (12 fl oz) oil
  • 18 ml (1 tbs) glycerine
  • 2ml Liquid preservative
  • 70 g (2 ½ oz) Emulsifying wax
  • 30 ml (1 fl oz) essential oils (approx 600 drops total is probably easier)

Take your E/W and place it into a bain-marie. Allow it to warm and melt in its own time over medium heat.

Boil the kettle and measure out your boiling water.

Pour the melted E/W and water into a food processor, add the carrier oil, and mix.

Watch your mixture. You want it well mixed, but not full of air otherwise it will sink when it cools. I find it easiest to pulse the blender.

If you are adding E/Os now, drop them in and give one more quick blitz to ensure they are blended.

Use a jug to pour into sterilized jars

Leave to cool thoroughly before you put the tops on. If you rush, I can absolutely guarantee you it will go moldy on the top!


Combine your own best essential oils for glowing skin into three main sets. For daily use make a cleanser, using a shop-bought base for ease, floral waters like rosewater or lavender hydrolat for toners then make moisturizers from aqueous cream from the pharmacy. Once a week, if suitable for your skin type, do a steam and clay mask - adding in your choices of oils obviously, then finish with a moisturizer and nourishing cream for nighttime care.


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