Face oils are a wonderful addition to your natural skin care routine, but not every face oil is suitable for everyone. The right oil, of course, depends on your skin type. In the summer, our skin produces more sebum (oil that our skin naturally produce) while during the cooler months, production is decreased. So it’s best to use lighter oils, like apricot oil during the day, if you have oily skin.
I am here to help you guide what oils are best for your skin. Let’s discuss the best face oils for each skin type: blemish-prone, oily, dry, aging or mature, and sensitive or irritated skin. But first, read about face oils and the importance of face oils for your skin if you don’t know about its benefits and application.
The Best Face Oils for Oily Skin
Oil means acne for some people but you won’t believe that only an oil can regulate and balance out the production of oil by your skin. Using cleansers, made for oily skins, contains high contents of drying ingredients and not using a facial oil after that leaves the skin over-dried. That in turn, activate the sebaceous glands to produce more oil, making the skin more oily than before. So applying a proper face oil is needed to slow down the over-production of sebum and moisturize the skin deeply.
Continuing using of a good face oil will eventually balance the skin’s natural oil production, leaving with a moisturized and an oil-free skin.
Those still afraid of breakouts, listen up: “Oils can help stabilize and regulate the overproduction of sebum, and actually help get rid of acne,” says a French facialist Isabelle Bellis.
Jojoba oil is the closest oil to the natural sebum/oil that our skin naturally produces and, therefore, is good for almost all skin types. It helps balance oil production by tricking the skin into thinking that it has already produced enough oil and in turn, our skin produces less oil. It is also packed with antioxidants and fatty acids to protect and moisturize skin. It absorbs rather quickly as compared to other oils and gives a naturally-hydrated feeling to the skin.
“Using jojoba oil in moderation can actually reduce oil production…” says Dr. Tung, chair of the Division of Dermatology at Loyola University of Chicago..
Grapeseed oil it is so light and absorbs so quickly that is great for those with oily skin and are nervous about trying oils on the face. It is filled with antioxidants which helps fight off the UV light damage. It also has anti-inflammatory properties.
Macadamia nut oil is an ultimate oil for the skin as it is rich in mono-saturated and poly-saturated fatty acids and non-comedogenic (does not clog pores). It is a lightweight oil and that’s why absorbs into the skin without feeling greasy. It is moisturizing, regenerating and softening on the skin. It contains omega-7 which is naturally found in the youthful skin so it can be used for aging skin too. It is also beneficial for healing burns, relieves itchiness and redness.
The Best Face Oils for Blemish-Prone Skin
Blemishes refer to dark marks or skin discoloration left behind due to acne, whiteheads, blackheads or pimples. They are usually the result of either oily or combination skin and occur when an oil or sebum gland becomes blocked with excess oil and dead skin cells. Blemish-prone skins are usually high in Oleic acid (omega-9) and less in Linoleic acid (omega-6) that’s why incorporating linoleic acid in the face oil blend helps to bring skin back to a state of balance.
Hence, the best face oil for blemish-prone skin would be that contain high amounts of linoleic fatty acids (omega-6). They tend to be of much thinner consistency, do not sit on top of the skin and absorbs quickly. And the people with blemish or acne-prone should look towards drier oils, such as:
Pumpkin Seed Oil
Rich in skin-loving nutrients vitamin A, vitamin C, and zinc, pumpkin seed oil is the one that benefits all skin types. It is especially fantastic for blemish-prone skin since the antioxidant vitamins A and C help prevent the sebum oxidation. It is also high in linoleic acid, making it a great choice for blemish-prone skin.
Like pumpkin seed oil, grapeseed oil is also high in linoleic acid, making it a good oil for blemish-prone skin. It is a very light textured oil that absorbs quickly into the skin. It is filled with antioxidants and has astringent and anti-inflammatory properties which help reduce redness and swelling when you are breaking out.
Tamanu oil has been thoroughly researched and found to greatly heal damaged skin and prevent scarring. Antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, tamanu oil is great for blemish-prone skin. It also reduces the appearance of wounds, bumps, rashes, scars and stretch marks. But be sure to perform a skin patch test before use, just to be sure you will not have an adverse reaction to it.
The Best Face Oils for Dry Skin
A skin type that is flaky, chapped or dehydrated is known as dry skin. A dry skin leads to fine lines and premature aging. So the oils that are best for dry skin also slows down the aging process.
Dry skins are usually low in oleic acids, which creates an imbalance in the skin, and, therefore, needs a oil that is rich in oleic acids to balance out the oil on the skin.
It is super rich in anti-oxidants, is lightweight and absorbs well, relieves dry and irritated skin. It is rich in vitamins, omega-6, and omega-9 fatty acids, promoting skin elasticity and protecting against the signs of premature aging.
Sweet almond oil is a light oil that is extremely nourishing, moisturizes deeply and relieves itchy, dry, dehydrated skin. It is hypoallergenic and cleans out the pores. It also works for blemish-prone skin types as it serves to heal blemishes too.
Apricot Kernel Oil
It is derived from the seed of an apricot. It absorbs quickly and is extremely moisturizing. It can help to exfoliate the skin, helps it retain moisture and eliminates patches of dry skin. It contains high levels of vitamin E and K. It also treats acne and reduces inflammatory conditions such as rosacea, psoriasis, and eczema.
It is a powerful anti-inflammatory oil. It is rich in omega 9’s and balanced in omega 3 & 6 essential fatty acids which help to replenish the skin’s own natural lipids. It is also rich in vitamin E.
Maracuja Oil is extracted from passion fruit. It is a super emollient rich in vitamin C. It has both anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties making it good in improving the appearance and increasing the elasticity of the skin. The high content of essential fatty acids of this oil helps to heal dry, chapped and cracked skin and balances the moisture in the skin. Maracuja is relatively expensive as compared to other oils.
The Best Face Oils for Aging/Mature Skin
The skin which has a dull appearance, have fine line and wrinkles are categorized as aging or mature skin. When we’re young, our skin has a glow and luminosity and is nicely plump due to the abundance of naturally occurring oils. As we age, regeneration of our cells decline and so our skin’s ability to produce oil. So our skin needs oils that regenerate cells and remove fine lines.
Known as liquid gold, argan oil is a fast-absorbing oil. It increases cell regeneration and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Argan oil is also rich in phenols and carotenes, vitamin E and antioxidants that protect the skin from aging.
A dry oil that penetrates the skin quickly, rosehip seed oil is rich in the antioxidant vitamin C and has been known to increase collagen production. Rosehip seed oil is high in retinoic acid, which according to studies, reduces the appearance of wrinkles and scars and generally brightens the skin.
Pomegranate Seed Oil
Pomegranate oil is extracted by cold pressing the seeds of pomegranate fruit. As the antioxidants found in pomegranate seed oil help to protect the skin from the harmful free radicals, it is considered one of the best anti-aging oils. This oil contains a potent antioxidant like vitamin C which boosts collagen, enhances skin elasticity, improves skin tone and balances the skin’s pH level to create a healthy, radiant and youthful skin.
It comes from the nut of marula tree found in South Africa. It is also referred to as miracle oil because it eases the irritation from dry, chapped skin and helps reduce redness and scars. It also battles breakouts making it good for acne-prone skin too.
Marula oil can help reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks. It absorbs easily, leaving the skin nourished, supple, elastic and firm. Pregnant women can definitely get benefit from its healing and rejuvenating properties. Using it as a massage oil is ideal, as it offers relaxation benefits while beautifying the skin. So basically it is great for all skin types.
The Best Face Oils for Sensitive/Irritated Skin
A skin which becomes itchy or reddens easily is sensitive skin.
Seabuckthorn oil is an antioxidant powerhouse that helps to combat aging inflammation and free-radicals. It is rich in omegas and Vitamin C and E. It has a soothing and calming effect, therefore, used to heal burnt skin and protect the skin from harsh weather conditions. It is heavier and more moisturizing oil and better to use in winter months when you have dry skin.
Borage Seed Oil
Borage seed oil contains Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), which has been shown to significantly decrease inflammation in the skin when applied. Though borage oil is a popular dietary supplement to support skin health, topical application of borage oil has been shown to effectively preventing and treat inflammatory conditions like acne as well as eczema and dermatitis.
A richly moisturizing oil extracted from the pulp of the fruit, avocado oil is packed with B vitamins as well as the antioxidant vitamins A and C. It is especially great for those with sensitive or easily irritated skin because of its healing and treating properties. It is highly recommended as an effective treatment for skin conditions like acne, blackheads, eczema and other forms of skin inflammation.
It is also good for the dry damaged skin because it is richly packed with oleic fatty acids, which can have an immediate effect on the texture and appearance of dry skin.
Hemp Seed Oil
Hemp seed oil is also great for sensitive skin. It contains omega-3 which has great anti-inflammatory benefits that can heal skin conditions. For this reason, it is often used in skincare formulas that target eczema and psoriasis.
Evening Primrose oil
It is extracted from a small, yellow wildflower found in North America, Europe, and parts of Asia. Evening primrose oil contains a high level of GLAs and fatty acids essential for skin health. It’s also known to boost blood circulation which is helpful to treat tired, dull skin. It’s especially good for aging and dry skin but it works well for all skin types.