7 Tips on Choosing a Facial Oil for Your Skin Type
We should all want to look after our skin, especially the extra sensitive skin on our faces. With many options available on the market for skin care, it can be difficult to know what to choose for your skin. These 7 tips below will help you find the best facial oil for your skin type.
Tip One: Identify Your Skin Type
Everybody has a different kind of skin and not one remedy will work for all! Knowing your skin type will help you to know the problems you need to solve and to find the best solutions possible:
● Normal Skin is the perfect skin we all desire. No excess oil or dryness with a soft, even texture throughout.
● Oily Skin is skin which is more oily than necessary, showing largely on the nose, cheeks or forehead. Oily skin results in excess acne and larger pores and requires gentle regular cleaning.
● Combination Skin has areas of oily skin and normal or dry skin, a combo.
● Sensitive Skin can mean skin that’s allergic, easily irritable or can mean baby skin. Conditions like eczema and rosacea count as sensitive skin. Special care needs to be taken with this skin type.
● Dry Skin is the opposite to oily skin, being too dry, flaky and without enough oils. This skin particularly needs gentle regular moisturizing.
Tip Two: Choose Natural Facial Oils Instead of Synthetic Ones
This tip addresses the question of Natural vs. Synthetic when choosing an oil for your face. Basically, more natural oils yield the best skincare results when matched against synthetic counter parts.
Facial oils that are made from natural bases are better for you, giving your skin nutritional benefits such as enriching nutrients, minerals and vitamins, and naturally penetrating deeper to support the way skin functions healthily.
Many synthetic oil bases will not penetrate the skin deeply enough to correct skin problems, cause damage, irritations and acne to the skin and often include known carcinogens.
Tip Three: Know What Facial Oil Bases Work Great For All Skin Types
Usually natural oils for your face will have a carrier oil, or a base with a few drops of other oils for extra effects. The best all natural carrier oils for facial skin care (regardless of skin type) are:
1. Coconut Oil
2. Olive Oil
3. Jojoba Oil
4. Hemp Oil
5. Sesame Oil
6. Almond Oil (Only if you’re not allergic to nuts!)
7. Argan Oil
Tip Four: Understanding What Essential Oils Work Best For Specific Skin Types
Essential oils act as auxiliary facial oils which are added to the main carrier oils, imparting extra benefits to them. Many essential oils will come up as beneficial for many skin types, while others are specific to one.
● Normal Skin will benefit from a healthy dose of nutrients every now and then. Oils like Frankincense, Geranium, Lavender, Myrrh, Neroli, Rose, Evening Primrose and Ylang Ylang can help keep normal skin shining, elastic and youthful.
● Oily Skin can benefit from Frankincense, Geranium, Lavender, Rose, Grapeseed, Hazelnut, cedar wood, cypress, lilac, basil, rosemary and eucalyptus. All of these help reduce oiliness and tone the skin to help discourage excessive oils from being produced.
● Sensitive Skin needs oils that are soothing, gentle and non-abrasive and also in small quantities! Essential oils such as chamomile, camellia, macadamia and rose hip are very gentle and perfect for sensitive skin.
● Dry Skin needs lots of moisturizing to ease tightness and flaking. Geranium, Lavender, Myrrh, Rose, Ylang Ylang, Cedar, Chamomile, Neroli and Cypress are all known to be excellent choices for dry skins.
● Combination Skin depends upon what combo your skin has and the oils to choose will be dependent upon that. If you suffer from acne, tea tree oil is another useful essential oil for your skin.
For more in-depth information on the above essential oils, recipes and more, here is a great article on 17 Anti-Ageing Oils for Beautiful Skin.
Tip Five: Avoid Synthetic Oil Bases & Chemical Ingredients Like…
● Alcohol, Isopropyl (SD-40)
● DEA (diethanolamine)
● MEA (Monoethanolamine)
● TEA (triethanolamine)
● DMDM Hydantion
● Urea (Imidazolidinyl)
● FD&C Color Pigments
● Synthetic Fragrances
● Polyethylene Glycol (PEG)
● Propylene Glycol (PG)
● Butylene Glycol
● Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
● Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)
● Mineral Oils
● Para-Aminobenzoic Acid (PABA)
Tip Six: Quantity, Storage & Life Span of Facial Oils
Do research on the shelf life of an oil and keep in mind how often you will use it so you don’t overbuy. Remember that oils have shelf lives and may go rancid if you purchase too much in one go or store it incorrectly. Store your facial oil in glass, in a dark, cool place such as a cupboard and away from moisture. Light and heat can spoil oil and plastic containers can leach more harmful substances into the oil you are going to put on your face!
Tip Seven: Assessing Budget Options
It may work out cheaper for you in the long run to make up your own natural facial skin oils, as opposed to buying ready made products. The frequency with which you use facial oils and how well they work for you will determine this. It’s a good idea to invest in an essential oils kit if natural products work best for your skin and you use them very often.
Author Bio: Hello, Hannah, here from FixYourSkin! I have a lot of experience with skin health and have written several articles that have been published. FixYourSkin has a lot of useful tips and skincare advice on best vitamin c serum , moisturizers and DIY recipes which can give you great looking skin without any side effects!