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Green Beauty Month is in full swing, and today we are talking about the best oils for your skin type! Yes, this is probably the complete opposite of what you know to do.
However, oils are exactly what your skin needs. Oils balance out the skin, maintain the pH levels, and moisturize your skin. It does not matter your skin type, because there is an oil for every skin type.
What are the best oils for your skin type? & How to use them effectively!
Depending on your skin type, you may have a few oils that will help balance your skin. However, you may only find one favorite.
I have personally tried a few, and my favorite is Jojoba oil [pronounced hohoba]. It works great to cleanse my skin, hydrate my lips, and moisturize in the winter. My skin’s moisture consistency is amazing when I use it!
But enough about me! Let’s get to the best oils for your skin type, shall we? Now to make things super simple, I have listed these oils in order from oils that work best for dry skin to oily skin, then share a few that work for all skin types.
As I said above, there are oils for EVERY skin type, and I am going to prove it to you!
Flaxseed Oil //
Flaxseed Oil is used for dry skin. It is known to smooth and hydrate irritated skin. It also helps with redness, swelling, itching, and is also known to help fight off wrinkles. Flaxseed Oil contains omega-3, which is why you may see these specific skin improvements when using it in your regular skincare routine.
You can use Flaxseed Oil as a moisturizer, but you can also take it as a supplement.
Avocado Oil //
Like Flaxseed Oil, Avocado Oil is best used for dry skin. Avocados are rich in fatty acids, which are great for your skin. Using this oil, you may notice a boost in hydration and softer skin. Avocado Oil is also good treatment oil for acne and blackheads.
You can use Avocado Oil as a moisturizer and spot treatment. It is also a great product to use in your hair and for cooking! Versatile oils are my favorite to use around the home, and this oil is no exception!
Almond Oil //
Almond is great for dry and sensitive skin. You can use it as a deep conditioner for your skin, due to it being easy to penetrate deep into your skin. Because it can penetrate deeply into your skin, it can also be used to clean out dirt and debris from your pores.
Almond oil is also good for reducing irritation in the skin, specifically dealing with dry, itchy skin.
Since this oil is great for sensitive skin, mixing it with a little sugar makes a great scrub. It is less likely to cause irritation, compared to other oils. You can also use almond oil as a moisturizing and clarifying mask, moisturizer, or spot treatment for dry spots.
For the moisturizing and clarifying mask, apply a thin layer over the skin, let sit for 5 minutes, take a warm, wet wash cloth and lay it over your face, let sit for about a minute, then wipe off the mask.
Castor Oil //
While Castor Oil is used on many skin types, it is best for normal and acne prone skin. It helps with irritated skin, acne, and moisturizes the skin. It contains Ricinoleic Acid which helps improve the skin in many ways, from reducing inflammation to fighting off bacteria and infections.
Castor Oil can be used as a moisturizer, but the most popular way to use it is as an oil cleanser. Sarah’s Green Beauty Post for today is all about the Oil Cleansing Method, so I will let you learn all about our favorite face cleansing technique from her!
Rosehip Seed Oil //
Rosehip Seed Oil is one of my favorite oils! It works great for combination skin, which is what my skin likes to be most of the time. It penetrates deeply into the skin to give your skin a boost!
Rosehip Seed Oil contains a natural Vitamin A, which means that it is great to help fight off wrinkles and gives your skin a collagen boost. Vitamin E is another natural benefit to Rosehip Seed Oil, so it is an effective moisturizer and prevents free radical damage, as well!
I have personally noticed a difference in how smooth my skin is when I use it in my regular beauty routine. It is a slow seeping oil, which I love, because I feel like it is getting to exactly where it is needed.
Two ways to effectively use Rosehip Seed Oil is as a nighttime serum and a moisturizer. My personal favorite is a nighttime serum, because it is light and slow to penetrate the skin. When I wake up in the morning, my skin feels renewed and vibrant. There is a noticeable difference when I use it.
You can also mix in some essential oils to the nighttime serum. I like to mix Tea Tree Essential Oil to calm my skin when Mother Nature is visiting.
Just a drop of each with Rosehip Seed Oil works great! The Rosehip Seed Oil helps the essential oils penetrate deeper than they would on their own.
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Grape Seed Oil //
Grape Seed Oil is great for oily skin. It is rich in Vitamins D, C, and E, as well as beta-carotene and fatty acids. All of these together are great to help with reducing scars and wrinkles. It is the perfect oil to balance oily skin due to its light consistency.
Grape Seed Oil is great as a toner or moisturizer. If using it as a toner, apply a light application, and if using it as a moisturizer, apply a little heavier application. Using it as a toner is helpful for penetrating deep into the pores, clearing out any dirt, and preventing future breakouts.
Olive Oil //
Olive oil is another oil that is good for oily skin. It is rich with anti-aging antioxidants, and levels out the skin well. However, Olive Oil is one to be weary of when using.
It is highly recommended that you test a small area on your arm to see how your skin will react. In some cases, olive oil has worsened skin conditions, so be careful when using this oil.
You can use Olive Oil as a cleansing oil or moisturizer. But again, I advise that you test it on other areas of your skin first. It can be comendogenic, but for some people it works great.
Hemp Seed Oil //
Hemp Seed Oil balances oily skin well. It can be used for all types of skin, but known best for treating oily skin. It provides long-lasting moisture, so your oil glands understand that they do not need to over produce, as they probably do without the proper moisture.
Hemp Seed Oil is another oil that helps fight fine line and wrinkles, and who does not want that?!
Hemp Seed Oil is best used as a moisturizer, but can also be used as a cleansing oil.
Tamanu Oil //
Tamanu Oil is great for helping 0ily, acne prone skin. It is great a great oil for teenagers. Some other benefits include being anti-inflamatory, anti-microbial, contains a natural SPF, and encourages skin cell turnover. This is a rare oil, but the benefits can be worth the price.
I am new to learning about Tamanu Oil, but the ways to use this oil are very versatile, which you know I am a big fan of having in my routine!
You can use this oil as a toner, cleansing oil, or moisturizer. Working this into my routine, I may dare to try it as an added serum, too!
Jojoba Oil //
Jojoba Oil is my current favorite oil, as mentioned earlier! It is great for all skin types, and acne prone skin. Jojoba Oil is a thicker oil, but is noncomedogenic.
It is rich in iodine, and mimics our sebaceous glands. This means that our face will produce less sebum, which reduces dry skin and leads to a proper moisture balance.
It is gentle enough for eye makeup removal, which is one reason I love it so much! It contains Vitamins E and B Complex. Together these vitamins help with anti-aging, fights off free radicals, and healing of the skin.
Jojoba Oil is best use as a cleansing oil. Since it is a thicker oil, it can easily breakdown makeup, especially mascara! It can also be used as a deep conditioning moisturizer, but I would only do that once or twice a week. I also use this as a moisturizer for my lips.
Coconut Oil //
Coconut Oil is a very popular oil. It works for all skin types, but it is tricky to use, like Olive Oil. Coconut Oil can be comedogenic for some people, so again, use with caution. It is a slow penetrating moisturizer or effective makeup remover. The best way to use Coconut Oil is as a carrier oil.
I experimented with an entire tub of coconut oil, since it is a very versatile oil. I used it as a cleansing oil, moisturizer, massage oil, hair mask, etc. Being honest, this oil was not my favorite as cleansing oil.
The consistency of it just did not work great for me. Using it as a moisturizer worked well, but it takes a long time to soak into the skin. It did not clog my pores, but I see a lot of people complain about it clogging their pores.
Now, I use it as a lip balm, massage oil, hair mask, and oil pulling. It is great for those! I mix in a couple of drops of essential oil, depending on the care I need, to give it an extra boost.
Argan Oil //
Argan Oil is great for all skin types. It is rich in Vitamins A and E, anti-oxidants, omega-6 fatty acids, and linoleic acid. This oil works great for reduction in inflammation, anti-aging, moisturizing, reduces sebum levels, and deep conditioning. This oil is very expensive, but the benefits definitely make up for that.
Using Argan Oil as a moisturizer works great. You can also use it with brown sugar for a nice scrub. Lastly, you can use Argan Oil for spot treatments or lip moisturizer.
Finding the Best Oils for Your Skin Type
It may take trying a few oils before you find the best oils for your skin type, which is why I tried to recommend a few for each skin type.
I started with Coconut Oil, then moved onto Rosehip Seed Oil and Jojoba Oil. Once my Jojoba Oil is used up completely, I do plan to try Grapeseed Oil to see how I like it compared to Jojoba oil.
The most important thing about the oils you try is that you must use quality oils. I only use organic oils. Be sure to read the ingredients list before purchasing something.
You may be surprised to find additional ingredients in some products. So again, use organic, quality oils. Price does not guarantee quality, so do not be fooled.
Jojoba Oil is much less expensive than Argan Oil, but that does not mean that it is any less of an oil. It is all about the quality and how it works with your skin.
So which oils are you going to try?