I don't necessarily think skin types are a permanent fixture. Sure, you get oily skin, dry skin and hormonal skin. Skin with sensitivities and skin that's prone to breakouts or irritants. But your skin can also change along with the seasons, where it's drier in winter or oilier than normal on hot days in summer. So instead of feeling confused by the vast display of products out there that are all claiming targeted perfection, choose more intelligently by opting for simple, multi-purpose ingredients instead.
When it comes to face oils, the fewer ingredients the better (IMO). Naturally derived oils are packed with antioxidants, vitamins and skin-boosting minerals that your body will happily absorb and thank you for it. They're gentle, nourishing and completely natural. They help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, calm irritation and sensitive skin, clear acne and balance your skin's acid mantle too. Talk about nature pulling through!
But the market for face oil is rather saturated right now. With almost every large cosmetic company cashing in on the all natural goods. The difference lies in the company's track record and the product's ingredients list, of course.
So with that said, here is a breakdown of the natural oils you want to be using on your skin, according to your skin issues. Look out for them in the products you buy or use them straight for all their healing benefits.
When your skin is feeling dry:
Look for a face oil with organic and cold pressed oils like Avocado or Jojoba. These are high in Vitamin E, which locks moisture into the skin. Use it mainly at night, as this is when water loss is at its highest for our skin. Apply it last, after your toner and serums and other lightweight products, to seal it all in.
If you have an unbalanced t-zone:
Oily in some places and dry in others. Combination is a common skin type and can be confusing to work with. Some products may cause breakouts and irritation on different parts of your face, so it's best to find a face oil that will work at treating your skin as a whole. Look for a product that combines Jojoba, a rich and nourishing oil that intensely hydrates the skin, with another oil like Rosehip, which is high in Vitamin A & C and absorbs quickly into the skin. Another option is Argan oil, which is rich in monosaturated fatty acids, making it a good ingredient that will help to balance combination skin types.
If you’re acne-prone:
A face oil might sound the last product you’ll want to reach for, but choosing the right one could benefit you long-term by healing blemishes and reducing scars and inflammation. Choose oils for their acne-fighting benefits, Apricot Kernal Oil, Evening Primrose and Hazelnut oil are all non-comedogenic, meaning they don’t clog pores, making them the perfect base oil to treat your skin’s needs. Apricot Kernal Oil has anti-inflammatory properties too, while Evening Primrose can help to balance hormones and Hazelnut oil kills bacteria. If you're treating your acne with Tea Tree essential oil, dilute it with any one of these and then dab it onto the area with a Q-tip.
If your skin is oilier than normal:
Oily skin often happens during the change in seasons, when the weather suddenly shifts and your skin isn’t used to the new climate and the amount of products you were using on your face before. Always remember to clean your skin gently. You don’t want to strip your face of it’s natural protective layer, which will only cause it to produce more sebum. You’ll want to use a face oil that will help to balance your skin’s oil production. Apart from the oils mentioned above, Hemp Seed oil, Wheat Germ and Grape Seed oil are also non-comedogenic and won't leave your skin feeling greasy or looking shiny. If you’re using a face oil at the beginning of your day remember to apply SPF as well.
When you’re breaking out:
So long as you’re cleansing daily (but not too much and not too vigorously) a face oil won't make your break out. Look for ingredients like Jojoba or Black Cumin Seed Oil as these help to clarify the skin. Pair this with a non-comedogenic oil if you're also oily or a hydrating one if your skin is quite dry. Before applying the oil, spritz your face with an antibacterial toning mist, then gently pat the oil onto your damp face so that it all fully absorbs. Always remember to clean your skin at night. Dust, sweat and pollution can all play a role in having unruly skin.