How to choose a facial oil ? - Part 1

Plant-based natural oils have been used for beauty purposes for centuries. There are powerful moisturizers that penetrate into 2-3 layers of the skin and create an occlusive layer on the surface of the skin to reserve water. Here we are going to talk about the oils we use in skincare.

Most of our customers get confused when they are going to select the skin oil for their skin concerns, especially when selecting facial oils for people with oily and acne-prone skin types. 

Why plant-based oils? 

Their lipid composition is similar to the lipids of human skin. Therefore, plant-based oils are absorbed into our skin’s lipid layer where they can be metabolized by our bodies. Moreover, plant-based oils and butter contain fatty acids beneficial for healthy skin such as Linolenic acid, Myristic acid, Stearic acid, Gamma-linolenic acid, Oleic acid, Palmitic acids. Out of those Linolenic acid and Oleic acid are more focused in the beauty regime. 

Oils used in beauty products can be categorized into two types by which they are high in and this helps to determine the suitable facial oil for your skin type, especially for oily, acne-prone & combination skin types. 

To explain, The oils high in Linolenic acids are called Non - comedogenic oils, which means they do not cause blocked pores but moisturize the skin. Therefore, they are best for oily & acne-prone skin. According to the studies, the skin with acne blemishes has a lower concentration of Linolenic acid on the skin surface. Since the body cannot produce Linolenic acid (Omega-3 & Omega-6 are two essential Linoleic fatty acids) on its own, we need to take external Linolenic acid to the body. That is where we need our plant oils high in Linolenic acid.

Oils high in Linolenic acid: Evening primrose, Hemp oil, Grapeseed oil, Rosehip, Safflower, Sunflower, Sweet almond oil, Argan oil

Whereas oils high in Oleic acids are known for anti-inflammatory properties, but due to the tendency to clog pores, they are not suitable for oily acne-prone and combination skin types. Therefore, this category is best for dry and mature skin types.

These oils are effective in hydrating dried, irritated, and mature skin types as a result of moisture loss or psoriasis or eczema. But it does not claim that these oils are not healthy for Oily and acne-prone skin types. Oils such as Neem oil, Tamanu oil are beneficial in treating acne due to their Antimicrobial Properties.

Oils & Butters in high Oleic acids: Apricot oil, Avocado oil, Carrot seed oil, Olive oil, Palm oil, Jojoba oil, Coconut oil, Sea buckthorn oil, Cocoa butter, Mango butter, and Shea butter.


What are Dry oils?

Next, let's discuss what Dry oils are. Simply, oils with fast penetrations into the skin are called dry oils. These oils are very light oils where you do not feel oiliness on your skin after applying your skin ex: Rosehip oil, Grapeseed oil.

Apart from dry oils, some oils have fast to medium penetration but, still great for oily skin ex: Grapeseed oil, Argan oil.

The oils with medium to slow penetration speed are best for extra moisture. Therefore, they are suitable for dry skin types ex: Coconut oil, Jojoba oil, Avocado oil.

  Why is Jojoba oil good for oily skin?

Jojoba oil is good for oily skin. It regulates sebum production because it is like sebum and mildly comedogenic. Any skincare ingredients mixed into this oil become more effective because it penetrates to the skin well.

Why is Shea Cocoa butter not for the face?

Something you would like to note is that Shea, Cocoa butter are not for the face. Even though natural butter is high in skin nutrition, it can cause clogged pores in the face. Therefore, they are mostly used in body butter, lotions & scrubs.

Next time when you are buying a face oil serum, check whether one of these is combined in the ingredient list.

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