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The Best Essential Oils for Skin Whitening

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The process of lightening skin color with the aid of physical, herbal and chemical treatments is called skin whitening. There are several substances and mixtures which help in achieving the desired results. Natural face masks prepared from the readily available items like milk, yogurt or lemon juice are beneficial as they contain antioxidants and nutrients while chemical bleaches have harmful substances like mercury which is harsh on the skin.

Lighter skin tone adds to one’s beauty and personality. Skin whitening treatments such as laser surgery and cryosurgery can also be performed to reduce or reverse the effects of hyperpigmentation, moles and lentigo spots for a uniform skin tone besides the creams/lotions or homemade face masks.

Essential Oils for Skin Whitening

Coconut Oil

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Coconut oil is an excellent alternative to moisturizer, scrub, lip balm, skin lightening agent and makeup remover. It contains essential fatty acids and has a low molecular weight which enables it to penetrate deeper into the skin and has antimicrobial properties.

These fats lock up the moisture and keep the skin hydrated, radiant and smooth. When mixed and applied along with sugar it acts as a natural scrub to get rid of dead cells. It provides relief from dryness lightens and soothes burns and inflamed skin. The most organic way to treat diaper rashes is by application of coconut oil around the affected area.

Gently massaging coconut oil on the face helps in improving skin tone especially for treatment of skin problems like eczema and psoriasis owing to its anti-inflammatory properties. It also allows rapid healing of stretch marks caused due to pregnancy or fluctuations in weight. Application of coconut oil on scalp and hair prevents dandruff and gives hair shinier look, and can also be used instead of shaving gel for removal of unwanted hair to avoid any ingrown hair.

Sandalwood Oil

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Sandalwood oil is renowned for its aromatic fragrance and is used as a base in numerous perfumes. It is an excellent skin lightening agent and helps in improving skin tone. Gently applying the oil on the face every night helps fight dryness of skin along with the removal of blackheads, spots, scars, eczema, and blemishes.

It has anti-aging properties owing to the high content of antioxidants which reduce damage caused by free radicals. It has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties which heal wounds apart from improving skin tone by improved blood circulation for smooth, wrinkles free skin. It provides a cooling effect on rashes and swelling and protects skin against harmful UV rays of the sun.

Besides reducing itching and skin infections, it is useful for dandruff free scalp and luscious locks. It is a safe option for treating insect bites, warts, pimples and boils due to its antimicrobial nature. Sandalwood oil also helps in relaxing the mind and staying calm. Since the oil is light in nature, it can be readily mixed with other essential oils.

Almond Oil

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Almond oil is another essential oil that whitens the skin by exfoliating the skin of dead cells. It can not only be used on the face but the entire body as a massage oil for removal of tan and flawless skin. It is beneficial in the reduction of dark circles around the eyes. It has been used for many years on a global scale for skin whitening.

It can be directly applied to the face or mixed along with other organic ingredients for effective results. It is loaded with unsaturated fatty acids, minerals, phytosterols and Vitamin E, Vitamin B2 and Vitamin B6 which help in removal of blemishes, reducing the appearance of wrinkles, freckles, acne, rashes, and scars. Application of warm almond oil on face and neck followed by a gentle massage for few minutes improves blood circulation and helps in the lightening of the skin. It also acts as a moisturizing, nourishing and cleansing agent. When applied to the scalp, it cools down the scalp and enables hair growth.

Olive Oil

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Olive oil is an excellent product not just for cooking but lightening of skin as well. It is rich in Vitamin A, D, E and K along with antioxidants. It not only moisturizes and hydrates the skin but also helps reduce acne by attacking bacteria due to its anti-bacterial property.

In cases of sunburns, application of olive oil on the affected area helps it heal without leaving behind any marks. It is an active ingredient in numerous facial products like soaps, face wash and lotions due to these properties. However, it is not recommended for use in case of dermatitis or oily skin. It has scientifically been proven that application of olive oil reduces the risk and cures skin cancer. Use of face mask with olive oil as a base along with honey and yogurt can reduce the fine lines, crow’s feet and pigmentation. It not just lightens and brightens the face but also provides even skin tone.

Frankincense Oil

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Frankincense Oil is also known by the name of Olibanum and plays a significant role in relieving stress and anxiety, fighting sagging and aging of the skin, improves immunity and reduces pain. This essential oil has been used by either application on the skin or by inhalation. When added to oil vaporizer, it has dual benefits of reducing the stress and disinfecting the room thus reducing pollution indoors because of its antibacterial and antiseptic properties.

It also aids in the prevention of oral health problems like bad breath, tooth decay, infections, and cavities. Frankincense oil also fights against certain types of cancer due to the presence of a chemical compound named AKBA thus having tremendous potential to cure cancer. Besides acting as a sleep aid, easing digestion and balancing hormonal levels, it is very efficient in improving the elasticity and tone of skin. Due to these properties of Frankincense oil, It is widely used in various Facial Treatments. It helps in the reduction of scars, blemishes, and acne and heals dry skin.

Castor Oil

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Castor oil is best used for numerous skin and hair benefits due to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial benefits. It is known for providing benefits such as skin hydration, whitening, reduced acne and slowing down aging. When applied on face, it stimulates the production of collagen and elastin proteins which hydrate the skin and maintain suppleness.

It provides even skin tone by reducing pigmentation and removing oil from open pores, thus lightening and revitalizing the skin. It also enables the prevention of stretch marks when applied externally from the beginning of pregnancy due to its rich fatty acids. Besides improving growth of hair and preventing premature graying, it also can be used to treat scalp related issues like dandruff, bald patches, and itchy scalp. Castor oil is extremely beneficial for all skin types and can be utilized for healing inflamed skin besides reduction of pigmentation, acne, blemishes, and reduction in the appearance of signs of aging.

Lavender Oil

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Lavender oil is one of the organic ingredients which fight against acne and helps in whitening, especially for oily skin type. It stops hyperpigmentation and soothes the nerves. It is anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging best suited for all skin types. It aids in the reduction of the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles owing to its regenerative properties. Lavender oil is rich in antioxidants like catalase, glutathione and superoxide dismutase which reduce free radicals and detoxifies skin.

It also has antiseptic properties which help in the treatment of skin diseases like eczema by hydrating the affected area. It helps in healing burns and insect bites as well. Gently massaging with lavender oil improves blood circulation leading to better oxygen supply to cells which in turn makes the skin smooth and supple. Lavender oil can be used as a toner and as a muscle relaxant. It also helps in the treatment of insomnia, anxiety, and depression besides being used as a natural perfume and in aromatherapy for relieving stress.

Rose Oil

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Rose oil is prevalent for its sweet and aromatic scent. It is beneficial in skin lightening and the reduction of skin imperfections. It aids in the maintenance of elasticity of the skin by preventing collagen breakdown leading to delayed aging. It locks moisture in the skin leaving it well hydrated. It can be directly applied on pimples and dark spots daily for reduced visibility and lightening of the skin.

Rose oil is rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals and has antiseptic and astringent properties. It helps in reduction of acne, inflammation, and redness. Besides controlling psoriasis and other skin infections it also reduces stress and anxiety levels. A recent study shows that rose oil can also be used to treat postpartum depression. It can be mixed with sandalwood essential oil or lavender essential oil and applied on the face every night for best possible results of the firm, younger-looking revitalized skin with reduced appearance of blemishes.

Blackcurrant Seed Oil

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Blackcurrant Seed Essential Oil is extremely beneficial for the firm and bright skin. It not only aids in lightening the skin but also provides even tone and heals scars. It is rich in Omega 3 and Omega 6 which help in delay of wrinkle formation. Gentle massage with a drop or two every day can be extremely beneficial for the skin. Consumption of this fatty acid and antioxidants rich berries improve cardiovascular health by reducing LDL (bad cholesterol) and increasing HDL (good cholesterol).

It is also rich in Vitamin C that enhances immunity. It has anti-bacterial properties and also hydrates dry and cracked skin. It also has anti-inflammatory properties which when applied externally can aid in the treatment of conditions such as atopic dermatitis, eczema, and psoriasis. Blackcurrant seed oil is rich in gamma-linolenic acid which prevents hair fall and split ends. It can also be used to treat dry scalp and promotes hair growth.

Argan Oil

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Argan Oil has a characteristic gold color and is also referred to as liquid gold which is extremely useful for skin and hair. It is popularly used for hydrating the skin as a moisturizer. It is light, non-sticky and can be utilized by people of any skin type. It is rich in Vitamin E and fatty acids. It also reduces the visibility of wrinkles and signs of aging by gentle massage every night.

Its high content of anti-oxidants helps in reduces harmful free radicals and provides elasticity to the skin. This leaves skin looking lighter, radiant and flawless. It also nourishes skin of conditions like eczema and dry skin. It soothes the flaky, itchy irritable skin when applied on the affected area. The non-greasy nature of Argan oil helps in providing balanced moisture and reduced acne. The presence of anti-oxidants helps in healing damaged skin cells. It can also contribute to preventing stretch marks in pregnancy when applied on a daily basis.

Other Essential Oils

Geranium Essential oil is one of the most beneficial essential oils for hydration of the dry skin, reduction of wrinkles, spots, and scars on the face with even skin tone.

Lemon oil is another example of essential oils when used in diluted form can remove blemishes, reduce breakouts and balance oily skin. Limonene is an antioxidant in lemon oil which helps fight free radicals.

Ylang Ylang oil is rich in phenols and has skin lightening properties besides fighting aging and acne.

Grapeseed oil is beneficial for skin whitening and lightening of skin complexion.

Cedarwood Essential oil is helpful in keeping secretion of sebum under check which enhances skin whitening for people with oily skin type.

Lemongrass oil is naturally available oil for improving skin tone and makes the skin look radiant and bright. It has detoxifying property along with antifungal and anti-microbial ones which help in clearing the skin of spots and blemishes.


Nature has gifted us with various organically procurable essential oils which are extremely beneficial for radiant, bright and younger looking skin along with other benefits for hair and health. There are countless products available over the counter to treat various skin problems like aging, dull skin, acne, blemishes, scars which might be effective but are loaded with harmful chemicals which are harsh on the skin.

It is always the right choice to opt for naturally available organic products and use them in required amounts to help our skin, hair, and body heal in the best possible manner. Caution needs to be taken when two oils are mixed. It would be great to find out if they can be infused together and the ratios in which it can be done before using. Most of these oils have no adverse side effects, but it is always suggested to take a patch test to find out how your skin reacts. Each of these oils has multiple benefits and helps us achieve blemish free, light and radiant skin.


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Sophie Moran

Sophie Moran

Beauty & Skin Care Expert at Advanced Laser & Aesthetics Inc.
Sophie Moran, a beauty Diva, writer by passion and adventure wanderer to the core. She loves to carve out a beauty not just physically but right from your soul. She is a Beauty & Skin Care Expert, working as a content strategist at Advanced Laser & Aesthetics Inc.
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