Finding the perfect face oil can quickly turn into a nightmare if you’re not sure what you’re looking for! After all, how are you supposed to tell the good ones from the bad? The fakes from the all natural? Do oils need anything added to them in order to be effective? And most importantly, which oils are best for your skin type?
All great questions we’re happy to address here, along with giving you our top recommended oils for all skin types!
But before we get into which oils are best for your skin, here are a few important things to keep in mind when shopping for your oil...
Firstly, be sure your oil doesn’t contain any preservatives! Why? Oil is a preservative all it’s own, and doesn’t need anything added to it! Secondly, when shopping for a natural oil, be wary of anything added like fragrance, silicons, and other unnecessary additives which simply dilute the oil and don’t serve any real purpose for your skin.
Let’s get to the oil recommendations!
When it comes to choosing an oil for your oily skin, stick with lighter oils that absorb quicker and have less chance of potentially clogging your pores. Certain oils actually work to target excess oil and remove dead skin cells from the skin’s surface which may end up clogging your pores and leading to more acne. Facial oils are also anti-inflammatory, and offer naturally antibacterial properties - all great news for targeting acne.
Here are our top picks for balancing oily, acne-prone skin:
Jojoba oil is the one oil that most closely resembles your skin’s natural sebum and because of this can actually “trick” your skin/body to produce less excess oil.
Acne prone skin will benefit from jojoba oil due to its non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores) properties and ability to penetrate deeper into the skin. When used alongside ingredients that target acne like vitamin C and retinol, jojoba oil helps to carry them deeper into the skin as well, making these ingredients more effective. Just a few drops are all you need.
Just like jojoba oil, argan oil is also non-comedogenic and won’t clog your pores making it an ideal choice for oil and acne prone skin. Rich in oleic and linoleic acids, argan oil will balance the skin and reduce sebum levels to return your skin to its natural zen. Argan oil is great for retaining moisture without triggering breakouts, while its antioxidant properties reduce redness, inflammation, and irritation.
Finding an oil that keeps moisture locked in is the key for dry skin! And for ladies who enjoy wearing makeup, applying oil below your foundation will go a long way in preventing typical flaking and caking some experience!
Our top oils for nourishing dry skin are:
Suitable for all skin types, rosehip oil is especially beneficial for dry skin due to it being ultra moisturising and nourishing. Popular as an anti-aging ingredient, rosehip oil effectively targets lines and wrinkles, helping reduce their appearance. Your skin will rejoice at the incredible range of antioxidants, fatty acids, and other nutrients in this wonder oil.
Marula Seed Oil
A dream for dry skin, marula oil has incredible emollient properties which work to fill in any gaps and cracks in your outer skin layer. This leaves your skin very soft and incredibly hydrated. With a rich fatty acid profile, marula oil will leave your skin baby soft, while working similarly to jojoba oil in mimicking your skin's natural oils and not leaving any oil residue behind.
With normal skin, you’re in luck! Since your skin doesn’t easily clog up, or produce excess oil, your choices are a lot wider! In addition to any of the oils already mentioned in this article, below we’ll give you a few more options to choose from!
Naturally produced by your body, but also naturally depleting as you get older, squalene is an important oil to supplement with topical application. One of the superpowers of squalene oil is it’s ability to deeply penetrate the skin, targeting problems at a cellular level.
One of the more wellknown oils in beauty, coconut oil has become a standard in natural beauty. Jam packed with anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antioxidant properties, coconut oil is great for not only normal skin but problematic skin as well.
A gentler substitute for retinol, bakuchiol may be your next secret ingredient in your skincare routine! It can produce the same skin-rejuvenation benefits as retinol, without the potential harsh side effects associated with using it!
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