When I was first introduced to facial oils, I remember being so apprehensive because I naturally have oily skin. The oil production exacerbates in the summer so I can easily look like a major grease ball.And I thought it would only make my condition worse. But then, I was so surprised at how neutralized my skin felt and looked after using facial oils. I have since incorporated oils into my beauty routine on the regular. If you’re new to oils or feel as skeptical about it as I did, here’s an introduction on how to pick the right facial oil for your skin type.
Squalane – Only in recent months did we see squalane crop up as an essential oil. It’s great for oily skin because squalane naturally diminishes the production of oil. When applied to the skin, it feels dry and lacks the greasy residue of most oils which is why my oily skin girls would love it. It’s also non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t clog pores.
Neroli – The antiseptic and antibacterial properties of neroli help maintain the oil levels in one’s skin and balance it out.
Rosehip Seed – This was one of the first oils I ever tried to help combat hormonal acne and I was impressed at how great it worked. The oil is full of nutrients and antioxidants that fight dark spots, scars, and fine lines. I love that it also hydrates the skin as it performs fights bacteria.
Marula – Marula is one of my favorite oils because it increases the smoothness and plumpness of the skin. It’s rich in oleic and linoleic, which is excellent for battling acne.
Squalane – Along with the benefits listed in the Oily Skin section, squalane seeps into the skin and helps fight bacteria. So if your acne and breakouts are bacteria related, this is where squalane will come in handy.
Lavender – Lavender Oil is potent and gentle! You guys already know about my healing experience with lavender when I got stung by a bee in Provence. It’s a natural anti-inflammatory and can heal breakouts. Others love using lavender oil to lighten skin discolorations and treat hyperpigmentation.
Tea Tree – This is an excellent ingredient to add to your routine if you’re trying to treat acne. However, it can be powerful and drying if you’re not careful. I recommend sticking to oils that contain tea tree or diluting it before applying.
Grapeseed – If you have sensitive skin, grapeseed oil is considered hypoallergenic, meaning you shouldn’t have a reaction to it. It can be used as a lightweight moisturizer as it hydrates the skin without feeling too heavy.
Coconut – Coconut oil is an old-age treatment for dry, chapped, and cracked skin. The saturated fats help retain the moisture levels and give off healthy even toned skin.
Argan – What I love about argan oil is that it’s not too heavy or too light. It’s packed with so many vitamins that work to moisturize the skin and soften dry patches. If you need more moisture, simply add a few drops to your daily facial lotion or foundation! You’ll get the perfect glow.
Avocado – Heavier oils like avocado oil work great on dry skin because they help retain hydration especially in the wintertime.
Jojoba – Jojoba is most known for its ability to balance out the skin! There are times when the skin stops producing sebum naturally, which impacts those with dry/dehydrated skin most. Incorporating jojoba oil will ensure that you don’t lose out on moisture.
Argan – If your aging skin is a result of dryness, you def want to add argan oil to your routine. It also works for dry hands or cracked heels, making it an all-around perfect oil.
Marula – In addition to the acne benefits, marula oil also deeply hydrates the skin and reduces redness while nourishing and healing it. This makes it an excellent option for aging skin as well!
Sandalwood – Sandalwood rejuvenates the skin, and it ultimately helps you look more radiant and youthful. It also helps tighten skin, and is great for toning the saggy skin around the eyes or mouth.
What are some of your favorite oils?