Find the best facial oil for your skin type
You might be wondering why you should add this extra step into your (already long) skincare routine. Are facial actually worth the hype? Some of you may still be tempted but don’t know which one to choose. Not to mention that if you have combination/oily skin prone to blemishes you might be skeptical about how adding more oil to your face could actually help it! Well, we’re here to tell you that the right facial oil could actually be the most life-changing of all your skincare products and get a dewy complexion like Victoria Beckham, Miranda Kerr and Jessica Alba who have already adopted facial oils.
Read on to find out what’s yours.
Our body produces oil naturally, but as we age that production decrease significantly. Your skin needs oil to maintain a healthy complexion. Stripping out your skin from its natural oil with astringent products actually leads to more breakouts, dryness and wrinkles.
Look for argan, squalane and jojoba oils base as these are very similar to our skin’s natural oil composition, making it a great “balancing” agent for skin oil. These will replenish your skin with moisture and will be absorbed very quickly. Because of their larger molecules, oils lock in moisture to keep your skin hydrated and plump all day. Cherry on the top: concealer and foundation blend so well for an even more smooth and natural makeup look!
Even though most oils only serve as a source of moisture and hydration, they are just as important as serums in your skincare routine. Increasing the moisture in your skin and providing it with essential oils is fundamental for a healthy, glowing complexion. Because facial oils have a rich texture and heavy molecular weight, they should be applied as the last step of your skincare routine to seal in lighter-textured products.
THE BEST FACIAL OILS FOR OILY AND ACNE PRONE SKIN
Surely the last thing you want when you skin is producing an excess of sebum is to add more oil. Applying more oil to your face will lead to more breakouts and sebum production… Well, let’s clear this up, this is a myth - only if you apply the right oils of course. While some are known to clog the pores even more (like shea butter), others will help to regulate sebum production.
Actually, more you take the sebum away and use products that can be too aggressive for your skin, more it will produce sebum to compensate the lack of moisture.
In all of that, what oils are best for you?
The first thing to check is if the facial oil is non-comedogenic and non-greasy. Take Jojoba Oil as an example: it is known to work well with acne-prone skin because it has antibacterial properties and doesn’t clog pores nor cause blemishes. While Jojoba is great for acne-prone skin, someone with extremely dry skin would benefit from choosing a richer, more nourishing oil.
Other oils include:
- Rosehip oil base so is rich in linoleic acid and linolenic acid, an unsaturated fatty acid which are ideal for acne-prone skin.
- Argan oil has very similar properties to Jojoba oil.
- Pomegranate oil is suitable for all skin types and rich in antioxidants it helps prevent damage caused by free radicals, which causes the skin to wrinkle and thicken.
- Jasmine oil, thanks to its properties, this essential oil is good for those who suffer from acne as it helps balance the excess sebum production.
Shine brightening facial oil will be our choice for this skin type, although it is suitable for all skin types and smells… divine!
THE BEST FACIAL OIL FOR AGING SKIN
If you have slightly more mature skin, it can be prone to dryness and will benefit from a nutrient-rich plant-based facial oil which promote cell regeneration and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
You can use your facial oil in addition to your moisturiser to lock in hydration. Note that your facial oil should be applied after your cream as oil molecules are bigger than serum’s or cream’s. All skin are different so try what works best for you. If your skin is prone to blemishes and acne, you could replace your cream by your facial oil.
If you’re using other anti-aging ingredients like retinol, which tend to dry your face, using a facial oil will rebalance your skin’s hydration levels.
Look for natural oils packed with antioxidant properties that help fight free radicals that cause premature aging and will help keep your skin plump. Antioxidants also boost collagen production and strengthen skin elasticity.
Some natural oils are:
- Clary Sage, one of the top 10 anti-aging ingredients has antioxidants and helps with skin discolouration.
- Pomegranate: A study shows that pomegranate could reduce oxidative stress, inflammatory activities and protect form free radicals which may help prevent the formation of new wrinkles.
- Lavender, with its relaxing scent it is often used in aromatherapy as it helps protect against oxidative stress in the brain.
- Honeysuckle soothes sensitive skin and nourishes, dry, oily and mature complexions. It helps to tone the skin and improves its texture.
- Rose oil could be particularly helpful for skin cell renewal, which can keep the skin looking youthful for longer.
To tone and revive your complexion, we recommend Rewind organic toning oil.
THE BEST FACIAL OILS FOR DRY OR SENSITIVE SKIN
It’s important for this skin type to choose plant-based natural oils as they will be more gentle on delicate skins. Sensitive skins are usually prone to dryness and redness so make sure to check the ingredients list. It should be free from any artificial fragrances and alcohol.
Look out for face oils that have anti-inflammatory properties as it will help calm the skin and reduce rashes. You also want to protect your skin from irritation and allergies. You can check our article on how oils enriched in Essential Fatty Acids could help with any skin conditions and sensitivity.
Here are some natural oils that will leave your skin oily smoother, moisturised and radiant:
- Jojoba plant grows in the desert and is well-known for its moisturising properties. It also closely mimics the skin's own sebum, making it an effective natural conditioner.
- Like Jojoba oil, Squalane has a very silky, oily texture and penetrate quickly in the skin.
- Yarrow extract is good for healing sensitive and problematic skin irritation as it is very nourishing and restorative.
- Lavender of course is very well-known for its calming properties. It also helps cleanse your skin and lessen redness and irritation.
- Argan: It’s rich in fatty acids–essential and non-essential–and contains 3x as much Vitamin E as olive oil. This oil is extremely moisturising and non-comedogenic.
HOW YOU SHOULD USE FACE OILS:
You don’t need a lot to see the benefits, just three drops work like magic. You can combine face oils with serums or moisturisers to enhance the effects, although it all depends on your skin type. For instance, if you have a combination skin, you might want to swap your moisturiser for a face oil or incorporate the oil in your night routine instead.
Facial oils are also a good primer! If you have dull skin, blend them with your foundation to get a nice glow.
You can incorporate a facial oil into the last step of your morning and evening routine. But before sunscreen or makeup of course ;)
Just dab or tap (no rubbing) to “push’ the oil into the pores. This helps the skin to absorb the benefits quicker. After doing so, you can gently massage your skin to tone and relax your muscles, over time helping to sculpt your facial contours.
Want to learn more?
✧ Why facial oils are an essential step in your skincare routine, read our article here.