Plant-based oils are key ingredients in handmade skincare, but they can also be wonderfully effective on their own. Most oils can be used in multiple ways, making them a great option for simplifying your skincare routine. And oils aren’t just for dry skin—they can benefit almost any skin type, including very oily or acne-prone skin.
Using the right container will make your oils easier to use. Put your face-moisturizing oil in a dropper bottle, so you remember to use only a few drops. Pour cleansing oil in a pump-top bottle. Body moisturizing oils can go in a spray bottle.
Sweet almond oil
This is a light oil that works well on combination skin. For a more moisturizing oil, try avocado oil. For a lighter oil, try sunflower oil or caster oil.
Bath oil – Pour one tablespoon of almond oil into bath water for a luxurious, moisturizing soak. For a scented bath, mix a few drops of essential oil into the almond oil first.
Body moisturizer – After a bath or shower, rub a light layer of almond oil into your skin while your skin is still wet.
Facial cleanser – Oil makes a surprisingly effective face cleanser. It removes excess oil produced by the skin and dissolves makeup. Pour 1/4 teaspoon into the palm of your hand and rub it gently into your face for two minutes. Remove with hot water and a washcloth. If your skin is acne-prone, add two drops of tea tree oil to the almond oil first (but make sure you don’t get any in your eyes).
In Morocco, argan oil is used as a food oil and also as a treatment for skin troubles from acne to aging. It’s more expensive than coconut or almond oil, but it’s tremendously effective, and a little goes a long way.
Hair oil – Rub a drop or two on your palms and then rake it through clean, wet hair to tame flyaways, fight frizz, and add shine.
Face serum – For glowing skin, use argan oil as a night treatment. Apply two drops to a freshly washed face before bed. If your skin is oily, use the argan oil on its own. If you have dry skin, layer it under a moisturizer.
Coconut oil is an excellent staple for skin and hair. Because it solidifies at room temperature, it can be easier to handle than other oils.
Shaving cream – Use coconut oil in place of shaving cream for a close shave that leaves your skin soft and smooth. Rinse the razor with hot water between strokes.
Deep hair conditioner – Before bed, rub 1/4–1/2 teaspoon into your hair, starting near the scalp and working your way down. Brush with a wide-tooth comb, then cover with a shower cap. In the morning, wash your hair as usual.
Eye makeup remover – Smooth a dab of coconut oil over your eyelids and lashes to dissolve eye makeup. Remove with a cotton pad.