​Choosing a Facial Oil for Sensitive Skin of All Types

"Oils can help an oily face."

When I first heard that, I cringed. At that time in my life, I was having many hormonal problems and had terrible acne. On top of that, I already had naturally sensitive skin, making many products, including oils, unsuitable for me. The thought of adding oil to my already oily face was difficult to comprehend.

The trick, I eventually learned, is to choose the right oil. For instance, jojoba oil skin care products are great for oily skin. And that’s not all! Oils can also help dry faces, aging faces, and combination faces. Read on to learn more about our favorite facial oil for sensitive skin of all types.

Acne-Prone Skin

Acne-prone skin tends to be on the oily side, and so the natural reaction of most people is to dry the skin by using things like alcohol, which can be found in many toners and oily skin lotions. Alcohol actually can overdry the skin, leading to a vicious cycle of creating more oil. It’s also hard on the skin, making it a poor ingredient for any facial oil for sensitive skin.

If you look around the Internet, you will find a great deal of information about using coconut oil on the face, but you really need to understand your skin to attempt this. Oily skin is not the right skin type, as coconut oil can be very comedogenic (blocking pores, leading to blackheads).

So which oils are good for oily skin?

  • Jojoba Oil:Jojoba oil skin care products are at the head of the pack by a long shot for oily skin. Jojoba is really a wax, which is close to the oils naturally found in our skin. Its nature actually makes it suitable for all skin types. It contains vitamins E and B, zinc, and copper.
  • Tamanu Oil: A great facial oil for sensitive skin! This oil has one of the highest antioxidant concentrations around, and is also fantastic for cell regeneration. It has numerous antimicrobial and antibacterial qualities, making it good for keeping bacteria at bay in the land of acne skin.
  • Rosehip Oil: This oil is not usually recommended for acne skin alone, but is great when blended with jojoba oil. It helps even out the skin tone, and is loaded with omega-6 fatty acids. It has a very dry finish.
  • Castor Oil: Even our grandmothers used this one! Its composition is great for acne, as well as more mature dry skin. However, like rosehip it is best used in a blend, as it may cause a rash on some skin types. It is the thickest of the oils, and can be used as an overnight treatment. Try mixing it with jojoba oil skin care products.

Dry Skin

Dry skin is often especially sensitive and prone to irritation. Anyone with dry skin will tell you that they are constantly slathering on oils, lotions, and creams to bring hydration to their skin. What few understand is that it takes more than layering on these products to bring relief to dry skin. What you eat and drink matters a great deal.

To help with dry skin, make sure to eat plenty of leafy greens and drink plenty of water. When choosing a facial oil for sensitive skin that is also suffering from dryness problems, look for products that are gentle, hydrating, and work in tandem with your skin’s natural processes. In addition, apply your facial oils as soon as possible after washing your face or showering. These are good ones to try:

  • Argan Oil: This oil is rich in omega 3 fatty acids, which help promote healthy collagen production. It contains antioxidants, including vitamin E, that help with free radicals and reduce inflammation.
  • Apricot Kernel and Sweet Almond Oil: Both of these oils are wonderful for skin, particularly dry or aging skin. These are both lightweight oils that penetrate quickly, and are rich in antioxidants, vitamin E, and omegas, and are helpful for softening the skin. Apricot kernel also has a secret weapon: vitamin K, which helps with pigmentation correction; while sweet almond oil is rich in minerals like calcium, potassium, and zinc.

Mature Skin

  • Baobab Oil: This oil is making a buzz in the beauty industry right now, and is a perfect addition to an anti-aging blend. Like its African friend the marula tree, both provide moisture in dry environments, both are a great facial oil for sensitive skin, and both are loaded with antioxidants and fatty acids that feed the skin.
  • Marula Oil: We love this one so much that we decided to sell it! Our Virgin Marula Oil is fair trade harvested, and only a few drops of this luxurious oil keep the skin hydrated. It absorbs very quickly, and penetrates deeply. Great for hair, nails and the face, especially sensitive skin types.
  • Evening Primrose Oil: Like rosehip, evening primrose oil is good for aging skin because of its ability to help even out the skin tone and its ability to hydrate the skin, helping slow down the production of new wrinkles. Both of these oils are rich in omega-6, which helps stimulate collagen and elastin production, and are loaded with vitamins like A and C. And, like rosehip oil, evening primrose oil is best used in a blend with other oils.
  • Macadamia Nut Oil: This is hands down one of our favorite oils for mature skin, and is the star performer in our Tranquility Dry Body Oil. It is one of the richest oils, very rejuvenating, softening, quickly absorbed by the skin, and high in omega fatty acids. A star facial oil for sensitive skin!

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How to Choose Oils Responsibly

The popularity of oils for skincare has risen dramatically in the last decade. Every now and then the benefit of some oils will rise to the forefront, like marula and baobab are right now. As consumers learn the benefits of these oils, demand rises, which creates new challenges for consumers.

The key to getting the best benefit from these popular oils is making sure that you are purchasing the freshest, highest-quality oil. We had one comment from a person who was trying our marula oil for the first time. She had tried other marula oils online, and they had caused a reaction on her face. Yet marula is a great facial oil for sensitive skin! What happened was that she had been sold oil that was old or poor in quality. When she used our marula oil, she had a very different and pleasant experience. Quality matters!

When we choose which oils we use in our blends, like with our Tranquility Dry Body Oil, or our jojoba oil skin care products, we have global considerations. Many of the oils that we love come from the poorest countries, and it is our responsibility when buying oils to make sure that local people who harvest and process the oil are paid fairly. We take great pride in knowing that our marula oil purchase benefits the village in South Africa who produce it, because we know that the women in the co-op that harvests the nuts are able to support their families with what they are paid. That’s the beauty of fair trade. Yes, it will cost more, but it is the right thing to do.

When choosing a facial oil for sensitive skin, do your research, find out where it comes from, and enjoy blending a few oils yourself!

Bye for now!

Kirsten xx

If you have any questions or comments, we would be happy to answer you personally! Please contact us at info@ayrskincare.com.