When it comes to facial oils, it is very important to pick the right kind for your skin type/skin condition so that it does not become irritated or worsen the condition. Vegetable herb oils are carrier oils with added therapeutic benefits. Many vegetable oils interact well with the skin, providing excellent protective and hydrating properties. Beyond that, these oils are a source of oil-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K), fatty acids, and phospholipids. But not all carrier oils are created equal, so, here is your guide breaking down the best carrier oils for each facial skin type.
1. Jojoba Oil – Jojoba is full of nutrients like Vitamin E and B, as well as antioxidants and minerals like chromium, copper, and zinc, which all nourish and protect the skin. This oil is most recommended to those with sensitive, acne-prone, or oily skin due to its gentle nature, as well as its ability to deter microbes, helping prevent the growth of bacteria on the skin. Jojoba oil is very similar to human skin oils and its use can trick the skin into thinking it has produced enough oil and thus balances oil production.
2. Avocado Oil – This is the only vegetable oil that contains vitamin D. It also contains beta-carotene, potassium, lecithin, and many other nutrients, all great for nourishment and protecting the skin. It is great for wound healing and sunburns, as the essential fatty acids and oleic acid in avocado oil can promote collagen synthesis, which is the process of creating new connective tissue. This oil is also great for scalp health as it reduces dandruff by soothing and hydrating dry skin. Avocado oil is most recommended to those with dry skin, as it penetrates the skin deeply, and therefore is not recommended to those who are acne-prone as it may cause breakouts.
3. Sweet Almond Oil – This oil is great for those with aging/mature skin as well as combination skin. The vitamin E and vitamin K present in this oil are very beneficial in regenerating the skin, maintaining skin elasticity, and improving better blood circulation. Sweet almond oil is also very mild and hypoallergenic, also making it a great choice for those with sensitive skin. It also is a natural ultraviolet blocker, which makes it ideal for those who have to spend many hours in the sunlight.
4. Apricot Kernel Oil – contains gamma linoleic acid that is useful to firm and tone your skin. This also contains Vitamin A and E to soothe and slow down the aging process. It has nourishing properties and an anti-inflammatory effect to soothe eczema. This oil is best for those with sensitive and combination skin, as it is light and very quickly makes the skin smooth. It’s non-irritating and easily absorbed making it perfect as a makeup primer. It nourishes and rehydrates skin without the oily residue.
5. Rosehip Oil – Another great choice for those with aging/mature skin or sensitive skin. This oil can also be used for combination skin as it is extremely versatile and has close to a 50% ratio of linoleic acid and oleic acid, meaning it doesn’t range too far on the spectrum for either oily or dry skin. The vitamin A and C promote collagen production, which also helps to reduce scarring and stretch marks. This oil is full of antioxidants, which protect the skin against free radical damage. This oil also protects against age spots and helps with eczema.
6. Evening Primrose Oil – Whether you suffer from flaky, dry, irritated or blemished skin – the supply of essential omega-6 fatty acids (linoleic acid and gamma-linolenic acid), which are present in unusually high amounts in Evening Primrose Oil, will be a great benefit for the skin. Evening primrose oil may also benefit rheumatoid arthritis and breast pain associated with PMS.
7. SeaBuckthorn Oil – Very moisturizing, as well as a UV protector. Sea buckthorn oil is light and has been known to help people with rosacea maintain healthy skin. It has a balanced composition of fatty acids that can care for dry, flaky or rapidly aging skin. The omega 6 and 7 in it also help to regenerate the skin.
8. Argan Oil – is described as “liquid gold.” This rare and expensive oil is rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids, making it excellent for anti-aging and reducing fine lines. The oil is known to help a handful of skin ailments and keeps your skin smooth to the touch and glowing. This oil is best for those with combination skin.
9. Tamanu Oil – This oil is great for any skin type, due to its many benefits. Tamanu oil possesses anti-inflammatory activity due to its calophyllolide molecule, as well as antioxidant and UV protective properties. What really makes tamanu oil for skin care so effective is its high level of polyunsaturated fatty acids. These fats are essential because our body can’t produce them on their own. So, they must come from other sources such as tamanu oil.
Remember when choosing oils to go for non-gmo or organic, cold-pressed and unrefined as these oils will have a minimal nutrient loss and you will reap the most benefits. If you’d like to know more information, visit us in store or give us a call at (780) 453-1313.