When people think of face oils they think that it might cause breakouts or make your skin more oily and it doesn’t do any of that. Face oils can provide extra hydration to your skin and using a moisturizer with it helps to lock the moisture in the skin.
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What is face oil?
Face oils are mainly used to provide moisture and hydration to the skin. They are formulated with a mixture of plant oils.
They can be used to treat skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis. It helps to soothe the skin.
What is the difference between face oil and moisturizer?
What face oils do is help build and maintain a strong skin barrier, and lock the moisture in your skin. These oils work perfectly on the top layers of your skin, and this is where your skin already has natural oils.
What moisturizers do is draw moisture into the skin and keep it there. It works for the first few layers of the skin.
How can I use face oils?
You can try one oil at a time. Allow 1-2 months for results to show.
Note: remember to patch test.
1. Dry, Sensitive, or Dehydrated Skin
The oils we are going to be talking about are rich in oleic acid. These oils are very heavy, rich, and moisturizing. The molecule size of these oils is too big to penetrate your skin so they will sit on the top of your skin.
Best Face Oils for Dry Skin:
- Avocado Oil: Avocado oil has a lot of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory effects. It helps to calm itchy skin and hydrate the skin. It is really rich in vitamins, minerals, and a lot of fatty acids. It also acts as a good moisturizer by penetrating deep into the skin and keeping it protected.
- Jojoba Oil: Jojoba oil is perfect for all skin types and is perfect for dry skin. It also has anti-inflammatory and healing properties. It also penetrates deep into your skin therefore moisturizing your skin.
- Rosehip oil: This is the perfect oil to use if you have dehydrated skin or dry sensitive skin. This oil can moisturize your skin and also has anti-inflammatory effects because it contains vitamin E. Since it has anti-inflammatory properties it helps to calm irritated skin and helps with sensitive skin. Rosehip also helps with anti-aging and it has many other properties.
- Other oils: you can use for dry skin are safflower oil, sunflower oil, sweet almond oil, and marula oil.
2. Oily, Acne-prone Skin
The type of oil you need is the oils that are rich in linoleic acid. these oils are very light and dry. They can penetrate your skin very easily. Using face oils won’t make your face break out or produce more oil, what these oils can do is regulate the production of sebum in your skin.
Best face Oils for Oily, Acne-prone Skin:
Squalene oil: This is a really powerful moisturizer and it is the perfect oil for oily and acne-prone skin. Squalene is naturally occurring in our bodies. It helps to keep the skin moisturized. Tricking your skin to think it has more oil than needed can actually reduce oil production.
- Grape Seed Oil: Grapeseed oil is high in linoleic acid and also helps in inflammation. It’s also useful if you’re prone to acne breakouts. Now grape seed oil does not clog pores so it’s perfect for both oily and acne-prone skin.
- Tea Tree Oil: This is a very popular oil that has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties that help to remove sebum and dirt.
- Hemp Seed Oil: Hemp seed oil is an oil that can be used for both oily and acne-prone skin. It helps to moisturize the skin without clogging the pores. It helps with inflammation and soothes the skin. It is actually a dry oil so that means it can penetrate to the deeper layers of your skin, therefore, moisturizing your skin.
- Pumpkin seed oil: pumpkin seed oil is said to have anti-inflammatory properties making it perfect for acne-prone skin. It is also rich in zinc, vitamin A, vitamin E, and antioxidants which also makes it suitable for oily skin types.
3. Combination Skin
This is a skin type that is oily+dry.
Best Face Oils for Combination Skin
- Jojoba oil: Now we talked a lot about this oil and it’s perfect for all skin types. Jojoba oil mimics the sebum in our skin and it’s perfect for using it in the T-zone so it won’t lead to the overproduction of sebum. It also has moisturizing properties, therefore, keeping the skin hydrated.
- Rosehip oil: this is a lightweight oil that absorbs quickly into the skin without clogging the pores.