Best Types of Face Oils for Your Skin Type
Face oils are a skincare must. But with different skin types, they require a unique mix of ingredients, how are you supposed to know which oil is the one for your skin type? Let us help you figure it out.
Your moisturizer might be doing some of the hard work, but oils can give that extra boost that a cream can't do. Facial oils offer powerful and deep nourishment, unlike a moisturizer, they replace lost and low level natural oils (sebum) found from within our skin. As we age we loose our natural oils and it can cause overall lackluster appearance and dehydrated cells.
There are many blends of oils to suit all skin types, and carry high powered active essential oils, with properties that offer a huge amount of benefit to the skin including all the "antis" (bacterial, oxidant, inflammatory), effective moisture retention, reducing environmental and sun damage, repairing and strengthening the skins barrier function which helps to heal sensitive skin.
There are two types of oils: carrier oils and essential oils that have to be combined in order to work efficiently. Carrier oils are usually cold pressed from fruits and nuts. This gives them a strong penetrative ability that allows them to carry botanically derived essential oils deep into the skin.
What about putting oil on oily skin? This most definitely is a misconception, but there is a reason for this, as using an incorrect oil choice for your skin type can have an adverse reaction such as breakouts, congestion, oily residue, inflammation & eczema.
How to choose the right face oil for your skin type?
Best Face Oil For Dry Skin
Our skin is composed of lipids responsible for preventing dehydration, retaining moisture and keeping toxins out, but as we age, we produce less oils that compose this layer, which is where essential oils come in play. They have a high concentration of oxygen and quickly pass through the skin's lipid barrier to prevent water loss and plump it with active ingredients more effectively.
Dry skin needs an oil rich in omegas and fatty acids, choose oils like Grape Seed, Vitamin E, Squalane, Borage, Marula, Jojoba, Camomile.
Best Carrier: Avocado oil is high in Vitamin E and sterolin, which softens the skin and protects from free radicals. It's also rich in lecithin, a lipid that helps deliver nutrients directly to the bloodstream and deeper layers of the skin.
Best Essential: Rose oil is active in promoting and retaining your skin's natural moisture levels thanks to its high levels of Vitamin A, which help to increase collagen production and Omega's 3 and 6, which strengthen your lipid barrier.
Best Face Oil For Oily Skin
As counter-intuitive as it sounds, oils can help balance your natural oil levels, without stripping your skin. Oily skins need light and absorbent oils such as Jojoba, Rosehip, Ylang Ylang, Tea Tree, Squalane, Kukui, Buckthorn.
Best Carrier: Jojoba oil resembles the actual molecular structure of your skin, delivering nutrients sub-dermally, while tricking your skin into thinking it has produced enough oil.
Best Essential: The drying agent within Clary Sage oil works with your skin cells to regulate sebum production without parching it. Studies have also found that this oil helps women maintain hormonal balances, which can be the cause of increased oil production throughout your menstrual cycle.
Best Face Oil For Sensitive Skin
Those with sensitive skin might be wary of face oils, and quite rightly. Some essential oils can cause mayhem and cause flare ups, and anything unnaturally perfumed can be irritating too. So it's important to choose oils specially formulated to keep the skin calm and protect the skin barrier.
Sensitive skins need a light and calming oil without scent and rich in fatty acids to reinforce the skins barrier function, choose Squalane, Jojoba, Marula, Vitamin E, Rosehip oils.
Best Face Oil for Brightening Skin
Any oil should add help add radiance to the skin if it's right for your skin type, but those that are formulated with a combination of oils and usually left on to work with your skin regeneration overnight, it can really help brighten from within.
When to Apply Face Oil
It might sound obvious, but to avoid trapping dirt or other nasties, your skin needs to be clean and make-up free. Most experts recommend layering your skincare by consistency, starting with the lightest products (serums) and finishing with the heaviest (moisturizers).
Always apply a serum before an oil but you can experiment with putting an oil under or over a moisturizer.
As for whether to apply morning or night, that’s down to personal preference. If you’re new to oils and worried about the possibility of breaking out in spots, start by just using one as part of your evening routine, a couple of times a week. You can always ramp up your usage depending on how your skin reacts. If it’s crying out for more moisture, double down with twice a day applications.
Facial oils are traditionally associated with colder weather, when a tricky blend of plummeting temperatures and soaring central heating leaves even normally content skin tight and flaky. But that’s not to say they can’t be used all year round.
In the summer switch to a lighter oil, like jasmine and calendula, as they tend to have a fast absorption into the skin. They are lightweight and don’t make your skin sweat when you apply SPF on top. In winter, nourishing oils will repair dry, sensitive skin.
The golden rule is to always layer your SPF over oil, and never mix the two together. Blending them could affect the efficacy of your sun protection, and no one wants to end up burnt.