The Benefits of Oil
Nourishing, healing, softening and cell regenerating properties, plus a lot more. Using oils in your skincare routine has so many benefits.
When I was in my early twenties and prone to the occasional breakout, I never would have thought of using oil on my skin. If anything, then I wanted to strip my skin of oil, thinking that would help get rid of occasional pimples and midday oiliness. That was before I knew that there were oils for every skin type and that applying the right kind of oil can actually help combat pimples and even acne.
Let me explain. Our skin naturally produces oils (sebum) that act as a protective layer on the skin. Since our skin's PH is slightly acidic this acid mantle protects skin from bacteria entering the skin. However, when we use harsh cleanser that strip the skin from it's sebum, the skin tries to protect itself by producing more oil, not less. It can also leave the skin more sensitive and prone to red patches and inflammation.
It's all about balance. We don't want our skin to be too oily, but also not strip it from all it's oils. Unfortunately, many cleansers are too harsh and leave skin feeling, well, unbalanced.
When starting out with oil moisturisers and cleanser, it's important to choose the right type of oil for your skin. We listed the most skin-loving oils below and which skin types and conditions they may be most suitable for.
Almond Oil (sweet) | normal, dry, sensitive, eczema and psoriasis
A very mild, hypo-allergic oil that is very suitable for sensitive skin. It is high in antioxidants and protects skin from environmental stressors, leaving skin feeling soft and even-toned. Being a very mild oil, Sweet Almond oil is also suitable for removing make up from the eye area. Simply massage oil gently into skin and eyelashes and remove with a soft wet cloth.
Apricot Kernel Oil | normal, dry and sensitive skin.
Apricot Kernel Oil is a brilliant moisturiser and reduces inflammation and the appearance of wrinkles. It is high in antioxidants which protect the skin from environmental damage and supports the skin looking and feeling soft. It is a soothing and gentle oil which makes it perfect for those with sensitive skin. High in fatty acids, Vitamin A and E it is beautifully hydrating and softening. Best to be avoided when you have acne-prone and oily skin as it is a mild comedogenic.
Avocado Oil | very dry, dehydrated and mature skin.
A super-hydrating and rich oil. Avocado oil is perfect for very dry, dehydrated or mature skin, nourishing and deeply moisturising. It's high content of fatty acids and vitamins improves the skin's visible signs of ageing and dehydration. You can also use avocado oil as an after-flight treatment to soothe the affect of long-distance flying. It has a pleasant herbal scent and is a deep green colour.
Coconut Oil | normal and dry skin.
It's gorgeous tropical scent makes this oil a favourite. Best used in the summer months this oil is cooling and hydrating for sun-kissed skin. You can use coconut oil on your face as well as your body for a moisturising after-sun treatment. But it is best avoided on oily and acne-prone skin as it is a comedogenic oil.
Coconut oil gets solid below 25 degrees, so if you wish to use it in cooler weather, simply place your jar of coconut oil in some hot water and see it liquify. Coconut oil is also ideal as a facial cleanser to remove make-up and dirt. Simply apply in circular motions and wipe off with a wet cloth. Follow with a rinse of lukewarm water.
Camellia Oil | dry, mature skin.
Deeply moisturising Camellia Oil is very nourishing for dry and mature skin. It's healing properties repair damage caused by the environment (e.g. sun, dry air) as well as improve the signs of aging by encouraging collagen production. Camellia Oil absorbs quickly and can be applied easily before make-up.
The are three most used types of Camellia oil are: Camellia Sinensis (tea plant), Camellia Oleifera and Camellia Japonica. Whilst all of them are relatively light oils compared to other oils, they do differ in their composition and use. Camellia Sinensis is used in tea production and skincare. Camellia Oleifera is mainly used in China as a cooking oil and Camellia japonica has been used for centuries in Japan to improve skin and hair health.
Grapeseed Oil | normal, sensitive, oily, acne prone skin.
High in linoleic acid (omega-6 fatty acid) Grapeseed oil is beneficial in soothing and smoothing the skin's surface. The oil moisturises skin without feeling too greasy and balances the skin's oil production. The antioxidants in Grapeseed Oil and it's astringent properties help visibly improve the skin's appearance and calm any signs of inflammation (redness, flaky skin). It's anti-inflammatory and balancing properties make it a suitable oil for those with sensitive, oily and acne prone skin.
Kukui Oil | sensitive, dry and mature skin
Soothing, protective and hydrating Kukui Oil is perfect for those with sensitive or dry skin. Used extensively in Polynesian and South Asian cultures Kukui Nut Oil was used for centuries in skin and hair care. Rich in polyunsaturated acids which are deeply hydrating, Kukui Oil is nourishing and absorbs easily into the skin - leaving your skin feeling silky soft and smooth.
Jojoba Oil | normal and dry skin & rosacea and psoriasis.
A lightweight oil that soothes and moisturises. Containing vitamin A, D and E Jojoba Oil helps nourish the skin and can support skin conditions such as rosacea and psoriasis. Very similar to the skin's natural sebum this oil is easily absorbed and feels lightweight on the skin, leaving no greasy layer. This oil doesn't have a strong smell and is mostly neutral, perfect for those who prefer a simple, but effective oil.
Evening Primrose Oil | sensitive, very dry and mature skin & rosacea and eczema.
This wonderful oil is deeply nourishing and with it's anti-aging properties very well suited to mature skin. Due to it's high antioxidant levels and hydrating abilities it is also highly recommended for dry skin and skin affected by inflammation, rosacea and eczema.
Evening Primrose oil has a strong smell and is a very heavy oil, so it should be diluted with another oil before applying to skin.
Rosehip Oil | normal, sensitive, dry and mature skin.
My personal favourite. I fell in love with using oils on my skin after my very first use of rosehip oil. Amazing at regenerating skin cells, healing scars and soothing irritated skin, rosehip oil is also high in vitamin C, beta-carotene, antioxidants, essential fatty acids and retinoic acid, making it an excellent oil to protect your skin from free radicals.
Rosehip Oil is also a brilliant anti-aging oil. It's the ingredient tretinoin (all-trans retinoic acid) that makes rose hip oil so great at preventing the signs of ageing. Whilst there are mainly two types of Rosehip oil on the market; Rosa Canina and Rosa Rubiginosa (also called Rosa Mosqueta or Eglanteria), it's the latter that contains tretinoin.
The oil is perfect for those starting out with using facial oils, as it doesn't leave a greasy film. It stimulates collagen, evens skin tone and promotes soft, beautiful looking skin.
Tamanu Oil | acne, oily, blemished and mature skin.
Tamanu oil is a tropical oil that is incredibly healing and ideal for treating acne-prone skin. Due to it's healing properties it is also suited for blemished skin and mature skin, healing scars and improving the appearance of wrinkles. Truly a remarkable oil!
You can use the above oils on their own or in combination. Selecting the right oils for your skin will depend on your skin type and what goal you are looking to achieve.
If you enjoy DIY, try mixing different oils and see which combination works best for your skin. Not so keen on making you own? Don't worry, there are a number of beautiful oils to choose from. Just make sure the oil you choose is pure and if possible 100% organic. Make sure to avoid products that are named "oil" but include ingredients that don't belong on your face (e.g fragrance or petrochemicals). We have a lovely selection of face oils and an oil cleanser in our shop for you to choose from. The lovely facial oils and oil cleanser we stock are all listed below and feature some of the lovely oils introduced above.
Not sure where to start? Email us and we will gladly help you choose the oil that is most suited for you.
Wishing you much fun exploring the world of oils! 🐚