Which Facial Oil is Right for You?
The Best Face Oils for Your Skin Type & Concerns.
By now you’ve probably heard about Face Oils. They’re all over the skincare world right now. It can all be somewhat overwhelming and leave you wondering what oil do I use? Will Face Oil work for me? The most asked question when it comes to Face Oils is, “Can I use them if I have Oily Skin”. The answer is YES, YES, YES! You can actually fight oily skin with oil! Face Oils are also beneficial for Dry Skin, Normal Skin, Sensitive Skin and Aging Skin.
The key is to find the right Face Oil for your skin type & your skin concerns. Let’s dive right in and find out the best face oils for YOU!
Skin Types & Concerns
While it may sound counter productive, there are some facial oils that can really benefit oily or acne prone skin. Facial oils contain anti-inflammatory, antibacterial properties that can heal irritation as well as re-balance sebum levels and boost hydration. Oily Skin can benefit from facial oils with the right ingredients. Look for oils that contain vitamins, anti-oxidants and amino acids – all of which help to hydrate, protect, heal and moisturize the skin. Here are a few of the best oils for oily/acne prone skin:
Joboba Oil is very light and its molecular structure is very similar to that of the skin’s natural sebum. Extracted from the seed of the Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) plant, native to parts of Arizona, California and Mexico, this oil helps to halt the skin’s overproduction of its oils. Joboba Oil is also good for those with sensitive skin.
Sunflower Oil has a multitude of benefits for oily skin. This oil is non-comedogenic and has also been shown to repair the skin’s natural moisture barrier. This oil is rich in Vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps to fight off free radicals and reduce inflammation. An added bonus of Sunflower Oil? It’s really affordable!
Maracuja Oil is gentle and effective making it perfect for Oily Skin. Derived from the passion-flower, this lightweight oil contains Vitamin C (which aids in cell turnover and helps to brighten dull, tired complexions) and omega fatty acids (essential compounds found in the skin’s natural barrier).
Hemp Oil is cold pressed from Hemp seeds. This oil is very high in omega fatty acids, anti-oxidants, vitamins, and minerals. It reduce the appearance of scars, reduces redness and promotes healing. Hemp Oil won’t clog pores and is inexpensive!
Facial Oils can be extremely effective on dry skin. They deliver moisture and boost radiance providing a lit from within glow. The right oils on dry skin can help the skin retain moisture and stay hydrated all day providing moisture without any residue. Here are the some of the best choices for those with dry skin.
Extracted from the kernels found in the fruit of Moroccan Argan trees, Argan oil has works wonders on the face and the body. It contains high levels of Vitamin E, Omega 3 Fatty Acids, and Antioxidants. Argan Oil is effective at reducing inflammation and promote healthy collagen.
Another oil high in Omega 3 Fatty Acids and Vitamin E, Avocado Oil is rich in emollients making it the perfect solution for those with dry or itchy skin.
Extra Virgin Olive oil is a good natural moisturizer for dry and dehydrated skin. Super rich in Fatty Acids and Vitamin E, Olive Oil is similar to the oils naturally produced by our skin and so is absorbed well into the skin.
Not just any face oil will do for those with Sensitive Skin. Look for oils that calm irritation and redness. and contain soothing properties. Tamanu Oil, Chamomile Oil & Marula Oil are excellent choices and here’s why…
Derived from the inside kernel of the fruit bloomed by the Tamanu tree, Tamanu Oil contains omega fatty acids and is known to promote new, healthy cell growth. Its antimicrobial properties have been compared to the strength of antibiotics and the antioxidant properties are able to prevent sun damage and wrinkles. It has historically been used to treat rashes and skin irritations and has superior healing power.
Chamomile Oil soothes redness and irritation immediately after application. And it has amazing anti-inflammatory properties that make it ideal for people with sensitive skin and rosacea.
Face Oils with Anti-Aging Benefits
If you haven’t jumped onto the Face Oil bandwagon yet, here’s another reason to get on NOW! Many oils naturally contain anti-aging ingredients which help fight wrinkles and reduce the appearance of aging. Adding the right face oil to your routine can help firm your skin, keep it well-moisturized, and boost the skin’s production of collagen. And many essential oils also have antioxidant properties that help rid your skin of free radicals to reduce the visible signs of aging and sun damage. There are literally hundreds if not thousands of face oil options now when it comes to anti-aging. You can opt for a pure oil that contains anti-aging properties or one of the face oil blends that contain a combination of oils that work together to fight aging. Let’s take a look at some of the best oils for anti-aging.
The most versatile essential oil, Lavender Oil contains anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and anti aging properties. And it has skin regenerative properties that help to delay fine lines and wrinkles and fade age spots.
I am a HUGE fan of Rosehip Oil (see my post on the amazing Skincare & Anti-aging Benefits of Rosehip Oil here). Rosehip Oil is harvested from the seeds of rose bushes predominately grown in Chile, and is full of vitamins, antioxidants and essential fatty acids that are known to correct dark spots and hydrate dry skin, reduce scars and fine lines and wrinkles. Rosehip Oil protects the skin and increases cell turnover because it contains vitamin E, vitamin C, vitamin D and B-carotene, a form of vitamin A, and which are all antioxidants that help fight free radicals. This is one powerhouse oil!
Carrot Seed Oil
Carrot Seed Oil is great for aging skin as it contains antioxidant properties that defend the skin from free radicals. It tightens the skin and promotes cell regeneration. Carrot Seed Oil also provides a rejuvenating effect that improves the tone & appearance of aging skin.
Sandalwood Oil contains natural astringent properties that help tighten, firm & improve the tone of the skin. Extracts from sandalwood have great moisturizing properties and can help smooth skin that shows signs of aging. And, Sandalwood Oil protects skin cells from UV radiation and sun damage.
Regardless of which face oil you are using, skincare experts agree that you should press the oil onto your skin rather than rubbing it onto the skin. Here’s a few more face oil beauty tips that you may find helpful!
- Apply Face Oil after Serum but before moisturizer. (depending upon your skin type, you may not need to follow with a moisturizer)
- Face Oils can be used Day & Night
- Add a little bit of your Face Oil to your Shampoo for healthy, shiny hair!
- Massage your cuticles with a drop of your face oil and massage over the nails for a healthy shine
- Add a few drops to your body lotion for added hydration
Have you tried Facial Oils? Which one(s) are you using? What is your favorite Face Oil? Please leave your comments below. I would love to hear your thoughts!
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