Natural oils are liquid gold that has been used for thousands of years for the purpose of beauty. They restore complexion, reduce wrinkles, give the skin a glow and elasticity. Whether you have oily, dry, combination or normal skin, oils can greatly contribute to its nicer and healthier appearance and with help of antioxidantes prevent further aging. Their strength lies in the fact that they supply the body with essential fatty acids, vitamins and other ingredients necessary for nourishing and regenerating the skin. Provided they are used properly they can make a miracle for the skin.
How to chose an oil?
The most important factor is the size of the fatty acid molecules in oil.
If molecular structure of an oil is too big (heavier, comedogenic oils) they cant get through the skin barrier and will just sit on top for hours not allowing your skin to breathe – like coconut oil. Heavy oils can clog pores and cause acne and very few people can tolerate this type of oil.
Lightweight oils (non-comedogenic) have small molecules which can get through the skin barrier and nourish your skin.
Generally, regardless of the skin type, the best is to use lightweight oils.
The best face oils for every skin type
1. Oily and acne-prone skin
Even though it sounds contradictory, oil can really be great for oily skin – it can help stabilize and regulate the skin’s sebum production. The best option are lightweight oils with anti-inflammatory and calming properties and linoleic acid (skin has been shown to be prone to acne in the absence of linoleic acid).
Tea Tree Oil
Used as a traditional medicine by Aborigines for many purposes. It is one of the best natural choices for acne treatment, due to its high concentration of terpinen-4-ol can also help reduce acne and inflammation.
The perfect carrier oil for oily skins. It dissolves sebum, keep skin calm and thanks to vitamin E (antoxidant) and B-complex vitamins it helps the skin repair. Jojoba oil is humectant (keep skin from losing moisture) and antibacterial, thanks to its antifungal properties.
Aloe Vera Oil
Aloe has been used throughout history to treat different types of skin conditions. With its highly anti-inflammatory properties it cools down the affected area, reduces redness and pain. Rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants, 100% aloe vera products (oil, gel) are very good for every skin type.
Linoleic acid and vitamin E in Grapeseed oil help control acne and reduce inflammation. The oil contains antioxidants (stimulate collagen production), minerals, vitamins, and fatty acids (high in omega-6 fatty acids) and is wonderful for oily, dry and wrinkle-prone skin.
Vitamin A in rosehip oil keeps the skin moisturized and helps fight wrinkles. The oil contains essential fatty acids (linoleic and linolenic acid) and vitamin E, which can help reduce inflammation and hydrate the skin.
2. Dry and normal skin
Sweet Almond Oil
Thanks to retinol in vitamin A your skin will become smooth and healthy. Vitamin E with its antioxidant properties may reduce inflammation and omega-3 fatty acids make the skin soft and moist.
Argan oil significantly increases elasticity in the skin thanks to linoleic acid and vitamin E (also good for stretch marks). The oil also calms and hydrates the skin and helps with UV damage.
Marula oil is high in antioxidants, amino acids (L-arginine and glutamic acid) hydrate skin, omega-9 fatty acids help the body produce healthy skin cells and vitamins C and E neutralize free radicals and boost collagen production.
Olive oil has ability to moisturize thanks palmitic, linoleic and oleic acids. It is rich in vitamins A (promotes natural moisturising), D (helps in skin cell growth), E (significant antioxidant properties ) and K (produces new skin cells).
Apricot Kernel Oil
This rejuvenating natural oil contains vitamins E and K, as well as oleic acid that nourish skin deeply. It reduces wrinkles, moisturizes skin and leaves it smooth and soft.
- Do not apply oil too often. If you have dry skin, you can use it twice a day, and if you have oily & normal skin it is enough once a day (the best time to use the oil is before going to sleep)
- Depending on oil, three or four drops are enough to cover your entire face
- Apply the oil by massaging a few drops gently into skin
- All oils have different properties and will have different effects on your skin. Feel free to make experiments with lightweight oils and find the best one for you