To many of us, the thought of putting oils on our faces brings a really bad breakout image to mind.
Facial oils are an old-school beauty secret that can be traced back to the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Indians, and Chinese that have been using essential oils for medicinal and spiritual purposes as well as beauty treatments.
But, the old-school beauty secret from centuries ago is making a big bang of a comeback, and even the top dermatologists and skincare experts agree that facial oils may be that step you’re missing in your beauty regimen.
Still, there is a catch to this, and I would love to discuss it in this post.
Is Oil Good For Your Skin?
The short answer to this would be yes.
However, while some oils can nourish and complement the skin’s healthy appearance, there are others that can act as potential irritants.
Oils are packed with vitamins, amino acids, and anti-oxidants that work around the clock to heal, protect and hydrate our skin.
As much as counter-intuitive as it sounds, oil can be your saviour when you suffer from acne breakouts and even *you better be ready for this* – oily skin.
Yes. Absolutely. Hell yeah!
There are oils that are moisturizing, hydrating, safe and actually beneficial to be used even on oily skin types without clogging the pores and making oily skins become even oilier.
Contrary to the popular belief, some oils can balance out sebum production and won’t leave your face looking and feeling greasy.
Besides this, oils can help plump the skin and reduce wrinkles, nourish dry skin, and there are some of them can even help shrink enlarged pores and reverse skin damage.
The 7 Best Oils For Your Skin
You always have to consider your skin type when deciding to purchase a facial oil.
These can create a big confusion as there are simply way too many claims of what oils can do for your skin, and which one is the right one for you.
If you are already using oils on your skin and this is working great for you, then there is absolutely no need or a reason for you to change that.
But there is nothing wrong with experimenting and trying out something new and potentially beneficial for your skin.
So I came up with a short and rather simple list of oils that you should consider incorporating as an extra step in your skincare routine according to your skin type.
If your skin is on the dry side, Marula oil may be the nourishing step you’re missing.
Marula oil is lightweight and it absorbs easily into the skin.
It is an effective moisturizer for dry skin and beneficial for smoothing and softening fine lines and keeping the skin hydrated and well-nourished.
Marula oil can be used as a daytime and nighttime moisturizer. It can also be applied prior to using makeup as it absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave the skin looking greasy.
Cold pressed avocado oil is one of the richest sources of beneficial fatty acids like oleic acid.
These fats, besides being a great addition to your diet, can also have an immediate effect on the texture and appearance of your skin.
Avocado oil is mega rich in vitamin E and Omega-3 fatty acids.
Vitamin E is a fat-soluble antioxidant that supply nutrients for your skin and aids proper cell function, while Omega-3 helps soothe inflammation and relieve irritations.
Avocado oil can be used as a daily moisturizer, but it is incredibly rich and nourishing, so if you are someone that doesn’t really enjoy that very nourishing film, applying it as a nightly facial moisturizer is more recommended.
If your skin tends to get oily throughout the day – jojoba, tea tree, and even squalane may be best for you.
These oils are light in texture and provide good hydration without making the skin greasy.
More importantly, they will not clog the pores as this is recognized as one of the main concerns for this skin type.
Jojoba oil, for example, mixes seamlessly with our own sebum and dissolves the excess oil while balancing the natural sebum production.
The fatty acids in this nourishing oil penetrate deep beneath the skin where they work to unclog pores and dissolve impurities from the skin.
Tea-tree oil works in a similar manner as it also penetrates deep into the skin and helps to unblock the sebaceous glands with its antibacterial properties.
It is important to remember that tea tree oil is never to be applied directly to the skin. It should always be diluted with a carrier oil, such as olive or almond oil.
Topping each of these oils with a moisturizer that contains alpha hydroxy acid will give your oily skin the hydration it needs and gently exfoliate to improve the texture of the skin.
If your skin is prone to acne breakouts and blemishes, healthy supplemental oils such as squalane, tea-tree, and lavender might be the solutions for your concern.
Squalane is clinically proven to be non-irritating which makes it perfect for anyone with sensitive skin conditions.
This oil is completely odourless and colourless and it is safe to be used on acne-prone skins as it is non-comedogenic.
This means that it won’t clog pores and worsen acne breakouts and it will soften the inflammation present on the skin.
Acne-prone skin can also benefit incredibly from tea-tree oil as this oil consists of compounds that help prevent microbial growth.
It contains impressive antibacterial properties that work specifically good against Propionibacterium acnes, effectively destroying the acne-causing bacteria and reducing acne breakouts.
Lavender oil may be especially beneficial for acne and general skin irritation as it is a natural antiseptic and has healing and calming properties.
It is used to treat many health conditions like high blood pressure and infections, and it is excellent for treating skin congestions and conditions like acne rosacea, inflammation, and even sunburn.
Rosehip Seed Oil:
If your skin needs an anti-ageing boost – allow Rosehip seed oil to become your new best friend.
Deeply moisturizing rosehip seed oil is an excellent option if you are looking for dry skin treatment.
It provides rich nourishment to the skin and it is an amazing anti-ageing ingredient that helps to firm and smoothe out the surface of the skin.
This oil is packed with vitamins and antioxidants that protect and renew skin.
The powerful effects of vitamins A and C help increase cellular turnover and promote collagen and elastin production while the omega-6 essential fatty acids eliminate signs of flaky, dehydrated-looking skin and play a role in maintaining your skin’s healthy appearance.
Trying to cope with my obnoxious acne breakouts forced me into finding a solution to my problem by pursuing a career in the beauty industry. Today, I’m a certified esthetician & I’m passionate about sharing what I know to help you achieve healthy, glowing skin. You can learn more about me here.