If the very idea of a facial oil screams breakouts to you, it might be time to rethink that reaction. Facial oils have long been a favored beauty secret of the Egyptians, who used natural oils like olive, sesame, moringa and fenugreek to achieve that goddess like glow (okay we’re listening!).
Like with mastering any task, a little bit of homework, and a trial and error experiment, can help you gather some data and formulate an oil routine that’ll work for your skin type. It’s also important to remember that your skin can change its ‘skin type’ over time due to natural ageing, environmental factors and hormones, so that chia seed oil you swore off 5 years ago might be worth a revisit!
Firstly let’s identify your current skin type. A solid test is to wash your face in the evening with your cleanser and leave your skin for 30 minutes to an hour, don’t moisturise! After some time has passed examine your skin for any oil or shine, or any tightness and dryness. Now you know!
It’s important to distinguish your skin type as you’ll need this key info for selecting an oil that’s right for you. Using the right oil will help you achieve the plump, hydrated, youthful glow we’re all chasing (am I missing any dewy adjectives?). Let’s get down to which oil you’re choosing.
The two types of acid we’re looking for in our oils are; Oleic acid & Linoleic acid, otherwise known as omega 9 and omega 6.
To put it simply
Drier skin: go for oils high in oleic acid.
Oilier skin: opt for linoleic abundant oils.
Oleic acid penetrates deeply into the skin, replenishing, and helping to lock in lost moisture. This acid is also high in antioxidant compounds, helping your skin to fight free radical damage and premature ageing. This acid type will also help to restore your skin’s natural oil without clogging your pores.
Those with oily skin will typically be deficient in linoleic acid, making your skin’s natural sebum thicker, clogging pores and leading to breakouts. Introducing linoleic acid into your routine will balance your skin’s natural oil, leading to clearer, healthier skin.
Alright, here’s the list.
Oils high in oleic acid:
Apricot Kernel Oil
Sweet Almond Oil
Oils high in linoleic acid:
Evening Primrose Oil
Grape Seed Oil
Hemp Seed Oil
Rosehip Seed Oil