Move over moisturizers, facial oils are here – and they rock.
Oils are an excellent natural substance containing everything your skin needs – fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Some oils are better than others and the best natural oils for skin care will be those that offer truly exceptional skin-healing qualities.
Yes, we could slather canola oil on our skin and get some benefits from the fatty acids it contains, but I would rather find a non-gmo, highly potent oil that comes from an organic or wild-harvested plant, rather than a mass-produced, probably rancid, vegetable oil. I especially love seed oils because they absorb so well into the skin.
Why Are Oils Awesome?
- Oils Contain Potent Antioxidants – Oils such as Marula and Argan contain high amounts of Vitamin E and other antioxidants that fight free radical damage and skin aging.
- Oils Can be Anti-Inflammatory – Triterpenoids and phytosterols in oils have anti-inflammatory effects.
- Oils Plump the Skin – Because of their fast absorption, skin is left soft and supple.
- Oils Increase Absorption of your Actives – Oils carry active ingredients (such as vitamin C) deeper into your skin, they also reduce surface irritation that these actives can cause.
- Oils Protect the Skin – Oils defend the skin’s acid mantle, rebuild and sustain the skin’s lipid barrier, and speed up healing.
People are often intimidated by oils, as was I when I first started hearing about them, “why would I want to put an oil on my face, when my skin is already oily?” But the fact is – many oils will not clog your pores, and can actually help regulate your skin’s oil production.
Oils are an amazing addition to your skin care routine. Oils are so good that in fact, many people have opted out of using moisturizers all together and have replaced their skin’s hydration needs with facial oils. The key is to find the right oil for your skin, and to learn how to use it for the best results.
Tips on Buying Oils
It is best to buy oils that are:
- organic and unrefined (sometimes you can’t find “certified organic” oils but you can often find natural and unrefined.)
- free of preservatives and fillers
- “cold-ressed” or “expeller-pressed” to make sure the oil has not been extracted with chemical solvents.
With oils, you get what you pay for. Cheap oils are cheap for a reason – they are overly-processed or have fillers added. Expensive oils are generally higher quality. This is especially true with labor-intensive oils such as Argan. If you see a cheap bottle of Argan oil, avoid it, it is not going to be a high enough quality to do any benefit to your skin.
What is the right oil for you?
Below we have listed the best oils for your skin’s needs.
Best For: Acne
Hemp oil is an amazing moisturizer for acne-prone skin because it has a zero comedogenic rating – this means that it will not clog your pores and create breakouts. Hemp oil is high in linoleic acid, which has been shown to be deficient in the skin of people with acne.
It is best to keep you hemp oil stored in the fridge, as it can go rancid quickly.
I have used hemp oil in my face and I like to use it in my salad dressings, to get a boost of omega 3’s.
–>We Recommend: Nutiva Organic Hemp Seed Oil – this is a high-quality hemp oil that is highly recommended on Amazon. It is cold pressed and certified organic. It comes in a dark glass bottle.
Best For: Oily Skin
Grapeseed is a lightweight oil that penetrates the skin quickly, not leaving an oily residue behind. It effectively moisturizes the skin, balancing oily and dry patches. It fights free radicals and helps restore collagen, making it an excellent anti-aging oil.
Grapeseed oil fights inflammation, reduces itching and improves skin elasticity.
I love to use grapeseed oil as a massage oil, because it is so lightweight and absorbs well.
–>We Recommend: Herbal Choice Mari Organic Grape Seed Oil – A high quality, certified organic grapeseed oil (important because grapes are highly pesticided.) This oil comes in a dark glass bottle and is hexane free.
Best For: Anti-Aging
Argan oil is all the rage, and for a good reason. It is high in vitamin E and other antioxidants. It is another oil that will not clog pores. Poly-phenols in Argan oil actually stimulate new cell growth and increases cell turnover, thus exfoliating and clearing pores.
Argan oil is an excellent anti-aging oil because it restores the skin’s lipid barrier, softens and plumps the skin, and mops up free radicals.
I use argan oil on my face and hair. I love mixing it with my water-based serum for added hydration.
–>We Recommend: Gio Organic Argan Oil – Certified organic, unrefined, and cold-pressed Argan oil in an amber glass pump bottle. This is an affordable, yet high-quality oil.
Best For: Discoloration
Rosehip Seed oil is a superstar at repairing sun damage and discoloration. This oil contains vitamin C and vitamin A (retinol). Rosehip is an excellent rejuvenating oil, it reduces the appearance of scars, stretch marks, age spots, and hyper-pigmentation like no other oil can.
I use rosehip seed oil on my face to help get rid of acne scars. I love it’s dark orange color and sweet smell.
–>We Recommend: Voila Ve Organics Rosehip Oil – a top of the line, high-quality rosehip seed oil. This oil is certified organic, cold-pressed and unrefined. It comes in an amber glass bottle with a pump dispenser.
Best For: Dry/Mature Skin
Marula oil deeply nourishes and hydrates the skin, repairs dry and damaged skin, and reduces the look of fine lines.
Marula oil is a powerhouse of antioxidants, containing more antioxidants than Argan oil. It is thicker than some other oils, but it still absorbs well into the skin. Marula oil gives your skin a youthful glow.
I have not used Marula oil on it’s own but it is a part of one of my favorite facial oils – Lina Hanson Global Face Serum.
–>We Recommend: Slice of Nature Marula Oil – 100% pure, wild-harvested marula oil that has been ethically traded.
Best For: Irritated Skin
Red Raspberry seed oil has exceptional anti-inflammatory properties and works well on eczema and other skin rashes. It moisturizes the skin and contains an abundance of antioxidants.
Raspberry seed oil has been shown to offer some UVB and UVC protection (it’s SPF has been calculated to be between 28 -50) . Ellagic acid contained in raspberry seed oil has been shown to inhibit skin cancer in animals.
I love that one of my favorite facial oils (Laurel Whole Plant Organics Antioxidant Serum) for everyday wear contains this lovely seed oil.
–>We Recommend: Berry Beautiful Red Raspberry Seed Oil – 100% pure and natural, cold-pressed oil. This oil is in a glass bottle with dropper.
Best For: Sensitive Skin
Sea Buckthorn oil contains an omega 7 fatty acid that rejuvenates and promotes healing in the skin. It is excellent for dryness, redness, eczema, and rosacea. It is moisturizing, gentle, soothing, and anti-aging.
High in vitamins C and E, making it an excellent free radical scavenger. It nourishes the skin, repairing inflammation and boosting elasticity.
I have only tried this oil in a blend and not all on it’s own. After researching all of it’s benefits, I really want to give it a try.
–>We Recommend: SeaBuck Wonders Sea Buckthorn Berry Oil – A certified organic, 100% pure sea buckthorn oil. This is a berry oil, rather than a seed oil. It is a deep orange color. There is lots of amazing info about this oil on seabuckwonders.com.
Best For: Flaky Skin
Pomegranate seed oil is an intense hydrator and moisture retainer. It enhances skin texture by encouraging dead skin cells to slough off. It promotes collagen and elastin production and brightens and evens skin tone.
Punicic acid in pomegranate seed oil reduces inflammation and aids in skin repair, while having anti-microbial and wound healing properties.
I have used this oil only in facial oil blends and have not tried it by itself.
–>We Recommend: Leven Rose Pomegranate Seed Oil – 100% pure and unrefined oil in a dark amber bottle with dropper.
Best For: Repairing Skin
If your skin has suffered trauma, from wind-burn to laser treatment, black current seed oil is a great friend. It is rich in gamma-linolenic acid, a potent antioxidant.
Black current seed oil is an excellent anti-inflammatory oil with skin regenerating properties.
I have not personally used this oil, but it is on my list of “must-trys”.
–>We Recommend: Au Natural Organics Black Current Seed Oil – pure, cold pressed oil with no fillers. This oil is not extracted using chemical solvents.
How to Use Face Oils
Using your face oils properly will ensure they last a long time and you don’t get a greasy finish.
You only need to use a few drops of oil at a time. Here are a few tips on using your facial oil:
- Use a couple drops of oil mixed into your moisturizer.
- Use a couple drops and apply to a damp face.
- Mix a couple drops of oil into your facial toner and apply them both.
- Make a micro-emulsion. Mix a couple drops of facial oil with a couple drops of your water-based serum, mix the two together on your hands and apply to your face.
I hope that you have found this article to be helpful. Any of the above oils will be a great choice for most skin types, but they all have their own individual strengths.
You will need to try them out for yourself to really see the benefits they can have for your skin.
If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below 🙂
Yours In Beauty,