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Best Oils for Face Care By Skin Type

One of the neat things about people is that we are all unique.  From our likes & dislikes, our taste in food, our fashion style, the types of movies we like to watch, our preferences of music! The list goes on and on.  That goes for our skin also.  And, if you are like me, my skin type has changed over the years.  When I was a teenager, I had acne-prone and very oily skin.  In my mid-twenties, I still had the occasional acne, but I was only oily in the “T-zone”.  By my 30’s, I had developed hormonal cystic acne (which that is a whole other story) and my skin starting drying out and thinning more.  Now that I am 40, I have what is considered “mature” skin!  Finally, after 40 years, most of my acne issues have resolved – this also has a lot to do with cleaning up my diet and eliminating a lot of chemicals in my environment (again, another story) but, my skin is showing signs of aging – sun damage from my youth, fine “crows feet” around my eyes and uneven skin tones.

Oils are naturally rich in vitamins and antioxidants necessary for healthy skin.  It is important to use oils that are right for your unique skin needs. This guide will help you find the best carrier oil for your skin type.

So many carrier oils! Which one do I choose?

Blemish-Prone Skin

Pumpkin Seed Oil

Rich in skin-loving nutrients vitamin A, vitamin C, and zinc, this oil benefits all skin types. It is especially fantastic for blemish-prone skin since the antioxidant vitamins A and C help prevent the sebum oxidation behind many outbreaks. It is also high in linoleic acid, making it a great choice for blemish-prone skin, which has been shown to often be too high in oleic acid — the linoleic acid in the blend helps to bring skin back to a state of balance. (Buy Pumpkin Seed Oil here)

Grapeseed Oil

A very light oil that absorbs into the skin quickly, grapeseed oil is filled with antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties. Like pumpkin seed oil, grapeseed oil is also high in linoleic acid. These benefits make it ideal for blemish-prone skin. (Buy Grapeseed Oil here)

Hemp Seed Oil

Hemp seed oil is rich in the antioxidant vitamins A and E, as well as skin-loving zinc. It is also high in linoleic acid, helping to bring blemish-prone skin back into balance. A dry oil, hemp seed oil is best blended with a more moisturizing oil. (Buy Hemp Seed Oil here)

Tamanu Oil

Tamanu oil has been thoroughly researched and found to greatly heal damaged skin and prevent scarring. Antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, tamanu oil is great for blemish-prone skin. NOTE: If you have a tree nut allergy, you may need to avoid tamanu oil or check with your doctor before using it. (Buy Tamanu Oil here)

Oily Skin

Jojoba Oil

Actually a liquid wax, jojoba oil is very similar to the skin’s own sebum. For this reason, it helps balance oil production in those with oily skin by “tricking” the skin to produce less oil. It’s also packed with antioxidants and fatty acids to protect and moisturize skin. (Buy Jojoba Oil)

Grapeseed oil

Since it is so light and absorbs so quickly, grapeseed oil great for those with oily skin. Again, it’s filled with antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties, bringing added benefits to the skin. (Buy Grapeseed Oil here)

Dry Skin

Almond Oil

This light oil absorbs quickly yet moisturizes deeply. If you’re sensitive to scent, almond oil is for you since it virtually odorless! (Buy Almond Oil here)

Apricot Kernel Oil

Like almond oil, apricot kernel oil absorbs quickly and is extremely moisturizing. It also has little to no, scent. (Buy Apricot Kernel Oil here)

Aging/Mature Skin

Argan Oil

This fast-absorbing “liquid gold” is known for increasing cell regeneration, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Argan oil is also rich in the phenols and carotenes, antioxidants that protect the skin from aging free-radical damage. (Buy Argan Oil)

Rosehip Seed Oil

A dry oil that penetrates the skin quickly, rosehip seed oil is rich in the antioxidant vitamin C and has been linked to increased collagen production. Rosehip seed oil is also high in retinoic acid, which studies show reduces the appearance of wrinkles and scars, and generally brightens skin. (Buy Rosehip Seed Oil here)

Seabuckthorn Oil

Rich in carotenes, tocopherols, and phytosterols, seabuckthorn oil is an antioxidant powderhouse that helps to combat aging inflammation and free-radicals. (Buy Seabuckthorn Oil here)

Pomegranate Seed Oil

Rich in the antioxidants flavonoids, pomegranate prevents aging by neutralizing collagen-damaging free-radicals and reducing inflammation. (Buy Pomegrante Seed Oil here)

Sensitive/Irritated Skin

Borage Seed Oil

Borage seed oil contains gamma linolenic acid (GLA), which has been shown to significantly decrease inflammation in the skin when applied topically. Though borage oil is a popular dietary supplement to support skin health, topical application of borage oil has been shown to effectively preventing and treat inflammatory conditions like acne as well as eczema and dermatitis.(Buy Borage Seed Oil here)

Avocado Oil

This rich, moisturizing oil is packed with B vitamins as well as the antioxidant vitamins A and C. It’s especially great for those with sensitive or easily irritated skin. (Buy Avocado Oil here)

Hemp Seed Oil

Hemp seed oil is great for chapped, broken skin. For this reason, it is often used in skincare formulas that target eczema and psoriasis. (Buy Hemp Seed Oil here)

There are so many wonderful ways to use face oils!

You can…

  • Apply a single face oil on its own
  • Blend a few different face oils and add some essential oils to create a custom moisturizer


Do you have a favorite face oil? Let me know what you use!


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