Face Oils can be quite tricky. Depending of which skin types you have, some may work for you while others may work against you. The first thing to do is to identify which skin types to you have. Generally face oils are great as they are packed with i.e.: omega 3 to help visible reduction in inflammatory skin conditions like acne and psoriasis. The following are some examples of skin oils that are suited for your skin types:
Oily / Acne-prone Skin :
Tea Tree Oil -This is perfect for spots treatment. I usually use this on an angry pimple (pustules)
Maracuja Oil – Tarte products are known to contain Maracuja oil but I haven’t used it first hand. This oil is also known to be great for under eyes. The molucles are small enough that it would not clog your pores and will easily sip in to the skin)
Apricot Seed Oil
Evening Primrose Oil – Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate
Sensitive Skin :
Sea Buckthorn Oil – (this oil is quite thick and rich, therefore you may need to apply in areas where you have skin inflammation. Once your skin sensitivity or itchiness settles you could resume with your normal face oil i.e.: face oil for combination skin.)
Chia Seed Oil- Maya Chia is known to produce supercritical extraction chia seed face oils. I’m interested in trying them out but would have to safe a little prior to that)
Coconut Oil (this oil may be considered as comedogenic (blocks pores) to some, especially if you have over access sebum (oil) production). It’s light and normally used during summer due to its cooling effect.
Dry Skin :
Camellia / Tsubaki Oil – it’s known as Tsubaki in Japan and some brands such as Boscia and Tatcha have them.
Olive Oil -Yazemeenah Rossi (61 year old model) who is known for her ever lasting youth (and possibly have found the fountain of youth) swears by this. She concocts a homemade exfoliant from olive oil and fine sugar which she uses a scrub once a week).
Sweet Almond Oil- This oil is perfect for cleaning out pores! It’s true! Although it sounds completely counterintuitive to use oils to clean out “oil” (sebum) from your skin but it’s true! It helps unclog pores by loosening comodones.
Mature / Aging Skin :
Rosehip Oil – Can also be for oily/combo skin as it’s high in linoleic acids. I am aware that Pai Skincare has them and are retailing at £22 per 30ml. I think this will be my next purchase as Pai Skincare is one of the rare brands that has C02 supercritical extraction. Meaning the oil in itself contains nutrients that are as close to the original fruit/ plant itself! Score!
Jojoba Oil – Great for all skin types! A great balancing oil. Closest oil to the natural oil (sebum) produced in the skin. Slightly thicker consistency.
Marula Oil- Another brand that I’m keen to try is Drunk Elephant’s Cold Compressed Marula Oil. It’s a bit steep in terms of price tag, but there has been so much buzz lately about how life-changing the oil is I think it’ll be worth the investment. At about $72 a pop, I think for now I may just need to resort to The Ordinary’s version. There have been Youtube reviews saying how the consistency of The Ordinary is a little thicker and the selling point for DE’s Marula Oil is that it’s light, instantly absorbs into the skin and… the LAST drop bottle feature. But as an introductory to Marula Oil I’d recommend that you first try The Ordinary’s version.
Hope that helps.