There’s the day you could never imagine doing it. And there’s the day you can’t imagine life without it.
I’m talking about oils on your face.
It’s the most luxurious, indulging feeling there is.
And it makes your skin look DAMN GOOD too.
If you know what oils are right for your skin type, that is.
Recently I shared my current facial oil blend in a post about my Winter DIY Beauty Essentials. But every person is unique. And what works for me might not work for you.
That’s why I present to you: an overview of my favorite skincare oils!
I know I’LL be using this list when I make a new blend come spring.
In this post I could tell you all about oils that are high in linoleic acid and those who are high in oleic acid. And how one type is better for sensitive, acne-prone skin and the other will nourish dry skin.
That’s the science behind it all.
But instead of talking percentages, I like to think in properties. Each oil is unique. And when you know what each of these facial oils can do for you, you can pick the right match for you.
Let’s start at the beginning.
Buy Good Quality
Whatever facial oil you end up picking, make sure it’s good quality.
This usually means it’s labeled extra virgin, organic and/or cold pressed.
These oils are usually more expensive, but they are well worth the extra money. And know that a little goes a long way. Even though these oils might be more expensive than your drugstore moisturizer or cleanser they will last a lot longer.
I’ve found this method to actually be cheaper than my old routine!
Choose Skincare oils
Stay away from the cooking aisle and go straight for the beauty section.
Here you’ll find oils meant for cosmetic use. And they are usually better quality as well.
Also go for the 100 % pure kind. You make YOUR personal blend, without all the unnecessary additives.
Pick a carrier oil
This will be the star of your personal facial oil blend. Or you can choose to use it just on its own!
You can pretty much choose whatever oil you like as your base, but these are the most common ones along with their benefits:
If you’re interested in oil cleansing or moisturizing but have pretty good skin already this is your oil. Extra virgin olive oil works for pretty much all skin types.
Often recommended for skincare because this oil is very close to your natural sebum (= existing oils on your face). This makes it good for all skin types. For that reason it’s one of the first oils I tried. But for some reason this oil didn’t seem to do anything for me.
Sweet almond oil:
One of my personal favorites. Sweet almond oil is great for dry skin as it is extremely nourishing. I like to use this in the winter time.
This oil helps regulate the oil production of your skin, making it an excellent choice for oily skin. This is my favorite pick for the summer time, because it feels light on the skin and is absorbed quickly.
This one deeply moisturizes your skin making it a great choice for dry and mature skin.
This may seem like an obvious choice, but personally I’m not a fan. Coconut oil has anti bacterial properties, making it a great oil to fight acne. At the same time it’s comedogenic, which means it clogs your pores. Which in turn results to spots.
Some people add essential oils to their blend, but I’ve found they can be quite overpowering for sensitive skin.
The only essential oil I use on my face is tea tree oil. It’s an amazing all natural anti acne remedy. First I dilute it with some aloe vera gel as I explain in my DIY Zit Zapper Gel recipe.
So when I say add extras, I mean add more oil.
All of the oils metioned above as carrier oil can also be used as an extra oil in your personal blend.
The oils in the list below are often picked as additional oils instead of a base because they are more expensive. Or, as is the case for castor oil for example, they are just too much to handle on their own and work better diluted.
A good choice for acne prone skin. Castor oil is considered to be a purging oil, so only use diluted. I use 10 tablespoons of carrier oil for 1 tablespoon of castor oil. If you have very sensitive skin I recommend testing this oil on a small patch of skin first.
One of the more expensive oils, but at the same time amazingly moisturizing AND it fights signs of aging.
Rose hip seed oil:
Often used as a carrier oil, but I like to add it to my base for an extra hit of moisturizing and anti-aging properties. It works for all skin types and also diminishes scars. Just like grapeseed oil it’s absorbed by the skin quickly.
Vitamin E oil:
This oil helps prolong the shelf life of other oils. At the same time it’s great for your complexion. I like to add 1 teaspoon of vitamine E oil to all of my facial oil blends.
How to apply
Facial oils take a while to sink in. The trick is to make it part of your routine.
First, pull all your hair back and keep it out of your face with a headband.
Apply a few drops (start with one and add more if needed) on the palm of your hand.
Dip your fingers in the oil and massage your face.
I’ve had no problem applying foundation after the oils have sunken in.
I do this routine every morning and evening on clean skin and I’ve been loving the results. My skin has never been this clear and balanced in my life!