What face oils should you be using? Why? and what you shouldn’t be touching with a ten-foot pole.
Our full understanding of oils of somewhat involved. So we now realize that they’re suitable for all skin types and can benefit all skin types. However, these are very powerful ingredients, so they can betray you brutally if you use the wrong ones.
So again, this is all about ingredients. There are many great blends out there and many beauty products with oils in their formula. So I will talk about the ones that we hear about, the most visible ones, and available in the market so that you can find the face oils that are best suited for your skin.
The kind of oils that I am going to share are the ones that benefit our skin the most, which are plant oils. All plants contain oil and fats in their seeds mainly.
These are rich in antioxidants, nutrition, and vitamins that really nourish and even heal the skin when applied by rebuilding and sustaining the skin, the outermost lipid barrier.
You’ll also see mineral oils and a lot of ingredient lists. These are primarily used to give emollients to a product like a cream.
And they also sit on top of the skin, so they form a seal and smooth out the surface.
These are also cheap and easy to obtain. So if you’re buying an expensive luxury product, you do not want to see mineral oils appear in any of the first few lines of the ingredients list.
You’ll also see essential oils appear in a lot of ingredient lists.
These are fragrant oils, but you need to be cautious because these have the potential to seriously irritate your skin, particularly the trendy ones like lavender and citrus oils.
Citrus oils are also present in many skincare products, many oil blends sold by companies, and even sheet masks.
They are highly phototoxic and can cause severe damage if exposed to the Sun.
So before I begin listing the oils that will be great for you if you have oily skin, I want to distinguish what makes an oil better for oily skin versus dehydrated skin?
Face Oils For Oily Skin
If you have oily skin, then you need an oil that is high in linoleic fatty acids. These tend to be a much thinner consistency. They don’t sit on top of your skin. They get absorbed quite quickly.
Studies have shown that acne people have lower levels of linoleic fatty acids in their skin surface lipids. So what happens when your skin is deficient in this fatty acid is that your sebum starts to become thick and sticky, a pore-clogging. This is when your sebum is unbalanced and contains too many oleic fatty acids.
So when you have oils that are high in linoleic acid in your skincare products, it will balance out your sebum situation and decrease your breakouts.
So the following face oils are what you should be looking for; they will nourish and protect. The skin will not be heavy enough for dry skin.
Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil products are great for oily skin, acne-prone skin. This has disinfecting properties that will kill bacteria in your pores.
Never use straight-up, pure tea tree oil directly on your skin; you will get burned.
Maracuja Oil or passion fruit seed oil is found in many tart products. It is moisturizing, but it’s not heavy at all.
This is a fantastic under-eye treatment. It’s not too greasy, but it’s nourishing, and it will treat your under-eye skin.
And I love that Tarte has maracuja under-eye concealer.
Grapeseed oil is another one of those oils that you want to look into if you’re prone to breakouts.
This can also be an excellent spot treatment. This is great for lowering inflammation. It can even dry the skin out a bit, but it has an antimicrobial effect on the skin. This is also a natural preservative.
Apricot Seed Oil
Apricot seed oil is another beautiful light oil that’s great for oily skin. It is:
- Contains a lot of Vitamin E and A
Evening Primrose Oil
Evening primrose oil is antioxidant-rich, vitamin C and E, lovely Komodo genic, and is excellent for inflammation, any skin inflammation.
Face Oils For Sensitive Skin
If you experience the following properties, that means you have sensitive skin.
- Reddens easily
Sea Buckthorn Oil
Sea buckthorn oil is just a fantastic ingredient.
It appears in a lot of fabulous cosmetic products and creams.
This is a soothing and calming oil used to heal burnt skin and protect the skin from really windy or harsh weather conditions.
This oil naturally contains all the essential omegas. It is antioxidant-rich with vitamin C and E. This helps repair inflammation and heal the skin. This is a heavier, more moisturizing oil, which is excellent for me when I have dry skin.
It’s excellent for the winter months or if you have severely dry patches of skin, so freshest Seabury moisturizing face oil is one of my all-time Favorites. Sea buckthorn oil is the reason why it is so special.
Chia Seed Oil
Chia seed oil is a fantastic ingredient. It is a superfood for your skin. Also, it contains seven times the vitamin C of an orange.
Avocado oil is extracted from the pulp of the fruit and not the seed. Like sea buckthorn oil, this is a heavier oil but is fantastic for healing and treating dry, itchy, damaged, and sensitive skin. And if you have those horrible dry patches on your skin, this is the right treatment for that.
Coconut oil is one that we all know and loves. It’s been used for a century to heal damaged skin. There’s not much more that needs to mention it other than this oil tends to be very Kamata genic. While cooking oil is fantastic for the skin, all over your body, and your hair, you might want to be cautious about putting it on your face if you’re prone to breakouts.
Face Oil For Dry Skin
The oils in this category are high in oleic fatty acids, which means they’re richer, they’re more occlusive, so they’re good at sealing moisture into your skin.
And some of these can deliver more moisture than some of your most potent night creams.
Camellia oil has been my oil of choice lately. I’ve used it throughout the winter months, and I am deeply in love with it. If I see camellia oil or extract in any ingredient list, I ‘ Ve decided it’s for me. This is super-rich in antioxidants. In Japanese skincare products, this is called Tsubaki. So I’ve been using all the Tsubaki haircare Japanese products, which the Saito has ahold, Tsubaki skincare line, and bozhe.
So this oil is native to East Asia and was priced by geishas to help remove their stage makeup and nourish their skin, which is exceptional.
Safflower oils are great for dry skin. It contains ceramides and helps your skin naturally retain a lot of water.
Sunflower oil is very rich in vitamin E and is excellent for building a healthy skin barrier.
So this helps protect the skin from environmental damage.
Sweet almond oil is fascinating because it’s very moisturizing, but it’s also incredibly good at cleaning out the pores.
This has also been found to help with photosensitivity and even help reverse sun damage.
Face Oils For Aging Skin
Mature and aging skin needs oils that are chock-full of anti-aging antioxidants.
Rosehip oil is one of my favorites. This is a form of vitamin A, so this is nature’s Retin-A. It’s well known for repairing sun-damaged skin, which is what a lot of aging is about, basically, exposure to the Sun.
This is good for hyperpigmentation, great for treating scars and stretch marks. This is a rejuvenation oil.
Jojoba oil is non-comedogenic or, at the most, very mild comedogenic. Still, it also has the most sebum-like consistency or makeup, so it absorbs well into your skin.
This is from the Moroccan tree’s fruit and is endlessly moisturizing for hair and your skin.
This is antioxidant-rich, very high in vitamin E. It is also meant to help with new cell growth and increase cell turnover, which decreases as we age. This also helps restore the lipid barrier in your skin.
Even though argan oil is very well known to be non-comedogenic, this is very high in oleic oils. So this could be a problem if you’re prone to breakouts or if you have rosacea or dermatitis. This could further exacerbate the condition.
Marula oil is the fruit from the South African marula tree. It is a powerhouse of antioxidants. This contains more antioxidants than even argan oil. This is quite thick but does absorb well and nourish your skin.
When you see a lot of oils in formulations, you are getting what you pay for. All the cheap products are usually that way for a reason, they’re either over-processed, or they have a lot of cheap fillers added, which completely dilutes their effectiveness.
You also want to make sure that your oils are either organic or natural or cold, pressed to maintain the nutritional value, as our soils are so packed with antioxidants and nutrition.
When you’re talking about an oil blend, then you want to make sure that all that stuff sinks into your skin and gets absorbed so in your routine.
You will always put oil on before your moisturizer because your moisturizer will seal all that it. In my skincare routines, I prefer to press the oils into my skin to make sure it gets in there.
And the great thing about good-quality oils is that you can pretty much mix them into any product in your skincare routine. I have used this after serum before my moisturizers, but you can also add a few drops into your serum and create this little microemulsion.
You can add a few drops into your moisturizer to make it a little richer. You can even mix it into your foundation. Your foundation would sort of glide over your face. Another great thing to do during this summer is to replace your moisturizer with oil for your skin type. Only after a few minutes of letting that oil absorb, layer sunscreen over sunscreen is naturally occlusive.
Zinc and titanium dioxide actually will form an occlusive seal which lets your oil just kind of sink into your skin and seal it all in okay. Well, I hope you found this helpful. I hope that this helped.
You understand why you’re reacting to specific ingredients or oils, and I hope that this has helped you make better choices.