When combined with other ingredients, including the always essential Intrinsics Gauze Facial Mask, carrier oils provide an array of benefits for your skin, but what exactly is a carrier oil?
Named for their ability to carry other essential oils into the skin, a carrier oil comes from a vegetable based source. It doesn't have a specific scent like essential oils. Even alone, a carrier oil is a great way to moisturize your skin, but choosing the right one depends on the treatment. Massages require heavier oils while facials are best with lighter oils full of essential fatty acids.
While you can use a carrier oil on its own, many spas and salons blend essential oils and other ingredients to create a winning beauty treatment. Below are some of our favorite carrier oils.
Argan Oil: A wonderful oil for clients seeking anti-aging treatments, argan oil helps to reduce fine lines and tighten the top layer of skin. A lightweight oil, it doesn’t leave an oily residue, making it great for a hydrating facial.
Coconut Oil: This carrier oil has experienced a recent surge in popularity due to its versatility and long shelf life. It’s also incredibly gentle, making it ideal for most skin types and overall hydration, including hair masks.
Jojoba Oil: With a similar makeup as the sebum our own skin produces, jojoba oil is fantastic for those with acne-prone skin.
Rosehip Oil: High in fatty acids, rosehip oil is ideal for facials that are seeking to treat scarring or to curb the signs of aging.
Other carrier oils our favorite spas and salons enjoy include sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil, and shea butter. Use any of these in combination with our Detoxifying Sea Salt Scrub or the Exfoliating Coffee Mask. Our Gauze Facial Masks are the key ingredient in a quick clean-up too!