What is the Best Facial Oil? | Types of Facial Oils

What is the best facial oil for you?

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Facial oils have been very popular in the last few years, but the use of specific oils for moisturization has been around for centuries. Our skin produces its own oils, but even oily skin can benefit from using oil, as long as it is the right one! The right oil can help balance your skin’s natural oils, help support healthy collagen production, help with brightening your skin and soften and moisturize it to help prevent water loss on the skin.

While oils can be the best product on your shelf, choosing the right one can be daunting. There are a gazillion single oils and oil blends on the market. We’re going to help you break it down into types of oils based upon what kind of skin you have, and then tell you easily how you can add a face oil into your existing routine.

When deciding which type of skin you have, be aware that you may have two different types of skin. You might have a dry forehead, and oily cheeks or you may have dry skin, which is also sensitive. When choosing your skin type, default to what your more serious issue is, and also read both sections to see which one you resonate with more. Here we go!

Knowing Your Skin Type & What Facial Oil is Best for You

Ideally, you’ll opt for vegan facial oils with a smaller molecular size, namely argan, vegan-sourced squalane, and jojoba oils. If the molecular structure of the oil is too big, it can’t penetrate through the top layer of the skin, Lighter oils will sink into the skin quickly without clogging your pores.

1. For oily skin

Little known fact: Most people with oily skin are actually dehydrated. Our skin overcompensates by producing more oils. All skin types produce and need oil to stay healthy, so if you are over-producing, you need an oil that will balance your skin. What facial oil is best here? Bar none, we suggest jojoba oil. Jojoba is not really an oil at all, but a plant wax, which works to mimic your natural sebum. It is able to penetrate, lubricate and restore the balance of skin that has been over-cleansed.

Camellia oil is an oil that not too many people talk about. It is rich in oleic acid and vitamins A, B, D, and E, as well as nourishing Omega 3, 6, and 9. Like jojoba, it matches our own skin, allowing the oil to absorb quickly without feeling greasy. Camellia oil was used by the Geisha in Japan and has been popular in Korean skincare for centuries as well.

2. For acne-prone skin and sensitive skin

One of the worst types of facial oils for acne-prone skin is coconut oil, and yet many facial oil blends contain it, listed as caprylic/capric triglycerides. If you have acne-prone skin, read the labels carefully, and make sure to stay away from comedogenic (pore-clogging) oils like coconut. Look instead for oils like moringa oil, which is naturally antibacterial and contains 90 different types of nutrients, 36 anti-inflammatory agents, and 46 antioxidant proteins. Moringa packs a punch! It is also anti-inflammatory, which is good for sensitive or acne-prone skin types.

Another recommended oil for acne is baobab oil. This incredible African oil is high in linoleic acid, a kind of omega-3 fatty acid that has anti-inflammatory properties, and which may support the health of the skin’s barrier. It is also rich in vitamin C, B, and several minerals which help support skin health. Some people are sensitive to baobab used “straight”, so it is often safest to try it first in a blend, with jojoba or another neutral oil.

3. For dry and mature skin

Virgin Marula Oil vegan facial oil by Ayr Skin Care pictured with flowers

Mature and dry skin types require oils that are high in vitamins and help moisturize deeply. One of our favorite vegan facial oils is our Fair Trade Marula Oil, which helps soften, protect, and revitalize dry skin. It works well on both mature and dry skin types, and even some people with combination skin.

Drier skin needs a heavier oil rich in oleic acid, to help seal in moisture. Lighter oils like camellia seed oil or even Tamanu oil can also be used. Tamanu is from the Pacific and is popular in Polynesian culture. It is ultra-moisturizing, is high in antioxidants, and is also anti-inflammatory and antibacterial. So, if you have dry and mature skin, but still get a breakout from being sensitive, this might be your newest and best friend!

Tamanu is one of the oils that also shows signs of stimulating natural collagen production, so it is indeed a special oil. Mature skin can also use other oils, and is oftentimes dry and sensitive (as previously mentioned) or combination and mature. Don’t be afraid to combine Ayr Skin Care’s Fair Trade Marula Oil with another oil of your choice for the best of both worlds. And make sure your Marula is organic and cold processed, to keep all of the nutrients of the oil intact.

4. For combination skin

For combination skin types, you need a facial oil that is balancing, so that you are adding moisture to dry areas but

Serenity Balancing Blue Tansy vegan facial oil by Ayr Skin Care made with prickly pear oil, pictured with prickly pear cacti plants.

still helping balance oil production. Argan oil and camellia oil are both excellent at this. Antioxidant-rich oils like argan and camellia (a dry oil) absorb quickly and create a protective barrier against free radicals that can damage and potentially age the complexion.

Another oil that is becoming popular is prickly pear oil, which contains the highest percentage of unsaturated fatty acids (88%), essential to stimulating healthy cell production and turnover. This amazing oil is really good for almost every skin type. With high levels of linoleic acid, it nourishes the skin, while strengthening the skin barriers.

If you are looking for a preventative vegan facial oil to begin using now, and continue using no matter your age, prickly pear oil is an amazing choice. It is also one of the most expensive oils in the world, and oftentimes actually better in a blend. We use prickly pear in our newest oil, Serenity Balancing Blue Tansy Facial oil, where it is combined with Fair Trade moringa, baobab, jojoba. This combination of these facial oils is what makes Serenity one of the best, across the board, for most skin types.

Can Facial Oil Replace Moisturizer? Other Thoughts on Age, Skin Type, and Moisture

Remember that oils are a barrier against the elements. Although some of them, like the Serenity blend, are quickly absorbed, they still form a layer against the environment. We suggest using your oils alone at night or using them in conjunction with a day cream during the day. If you are applying cream, you can experiment with whether or not you prefer your oils first, or after the cream, or if you are like me, just mix them together!

Age matters, I am afraid. Younger skin types, such as the 20-30something range, may be very happy using oils alone at bedtime, whereas those approaching or passing menopause, will be much dryer, and require a thick night cream. For those of you in that latter group, we suggest Restore Replenishing Night Cream, combined with some oil, to form a thick, rich barrier with vitamin C and peptides, to nourish your skin while you sleep.

For those of you wearing foundation during the day, you will have to play with what facial oil works best underneath your particular foundation. You may have to apply a few drops of oil, wait a few minutes until it is absorbed, before attempting to put on your foundation. If you are wearing Pure Moisture day cream, it may dry matte enough for you to apply your foundation right away. Our tip: Don’t wait until you are late for a date to figure this out! Play on the weekend.

Remember, that if you have not used oils or oil blends before, your skin may react. Also, if you make changes to your routine, your skin can go through a “detox” phase, where it breaks out, especially if you are transitioning from mineral oil-based skin care to natural skin care and oils. Be patient, give yourself time, and always apply a test patch to your inner arm for a while before putting new products onto your face. This goes for oils, face products, and facial masks.

Bye for now!

Kirsten xx

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