Rose absolute and rose (otto) essential oils have been in the press as of late because of their skin-softening properties. They are fantastic for your skin, but rose is also expensive. If you are interested in making your skin that bit softer, then here are a few essential oils that will produce a glowing visage, without breaking the bank.
The sleep oil. I like to use lavender oil during the winter, when I have to be up early. It truly encourages sleep, and makes your skin baby-soft. The oils in lavender are similar to the oils of roses - they are both flowers, so have similar properties. It is important to only use a maximum of three drops compared to ten drops of a carrier oil. The beauty is that lavender oil lasts, you only use a small amount, and it really makes your skin soft to the touch. Blend this essential oil with a carrier oil at night, gently rub all over your face, and you'll wake with a soft-to-the-touch visage - not to mention having a deep and peaceful sleep.
The following oils are fabulous for the skin in terms of softening, improving wrinkles and anti aging:
Clary Sage - has antioxidant, antibacterial and antiseptic properties - avoid if pregnant Neroli - for dry, sensitive skin
Patchouli - benefits all skin types
Rosewood - a natural tissue re-generator
Rose Geranium - for all skin types
Never apply essential oil directly to the skin, dilute them first in a fragrance free cream or carrier oil - the general rule of safety is a 2% essential oil dilution (12 drops essential oil to 30ml carrier oil) and 1% dilution for children and babies.
Almond (prunus dulcis)
Almond oil is a carrier oil, which means you can use it as a base oil to mix other oils with. For example 10 parts almond oil to 1 part rose otto. Almond oil alone is a good facial oil that is safe to use on a daily basis without a strong scent because it is so mild.
Moringa (moringa oleifera)
Moringa oil is a mild carrier oil, but generally has a stronger scent compared with the other oils listed. It is slightly thicker, which makes it the perfect oil to use before bed - especially during the winter.
Avocado or jojoba carrier oils are also lovely on the skin.
Be aware the oils you use on your face have a difference potency to the oils you can use on your body. The skin on your face has smaller pores, and the molecules in body oils/creams are simply too large to be absorbed, which will leave an oily film on the upper layer of your skin. So remember, never use a body oil on your face, it could irritate, and won't do much to give you the soft, supple skin you desire.