A Guide to Facial Oils

by Chinea Rodriguez

guide to facial oils


Oils can be beneficial for any skin type from the from super dry to oily skin. If you have dry skin you might want an additional layer of nourishment with oil to soothe your dry skin. It may seem counterintuitive to add additional oil to oily skin but a lightweight oil can add or seal in moisture, which can be useful because sometimes oily skin is caused by skin overproducing oil to compensate for lack of moisture.  


Oils can also be confusing, there are a lot of them out there but they can easily be added to your routine following the use of your water-based moisturizers to seal the hydration in. So, where do you start? We’ve all heard about the possible benefits of oils like organic coconut oil. Many praise the potential medicinal properties and use the oil on their skin and hair but it’s a different story for using it on your face. 


Some have had no problem using the oil as a makeup remover or moisturizer but the oil has a high likelihood of causing breakouts due to the fact that it is comedogenic so it sits on the surface of the skin and that can lead to clogged pores. 


What are the best oils for skincare routine?

To find out more about the types of oils you should be putting on your face, we reached out to US-based esthetician Sean Lundy.  


“One of the main oils I tell clients to stay away from is coconut oil. There is so much information on if it’s good or bad, but I personally don’t recommend coconut oil to be used on the face, it’s highly comedogenic which means it’s pore-clogging and can be a big issue for acne-prone and oily skin types,” says Lundy. 


6 Facial Oil Favorites

However, tons of oils won’t clog pores and they’re just as affordable and beneficial. Lundy shared a few of his favorite facial oils and why.


The Ordinary Squalane 

This buzzy ingredient with a strange name started popping up as a major ingredient in several moisturizers as of late, and with good reason. The oil derived from plants or in some cases animals like sharks naturally occurs in the skin and doesn’t clog pores. This particular oil from The Ordinary is derived from plants and is cruelty-free and vegan. Lundy explains, “This is perfect for oily skin types. It’s super lightweight, absorbs quickly into the skin so it doesn’t leave the skin feeling greasy.”


Mother Nature Organics Jojoba Oil 

You may have spotted this oil in some of your favorite hair products but it has great benefits for skin as well. “Jojoba oil is good for all skin types but especially combination skin. It mimics the skin’s natural sebum production. It absorbs quickly into the skin and helps balance,” Lundy says. 


ACURE The Essentials Marula Oil

If you’re looking for relief from very dry skin look no further, marula oil is ideal for dry skin. The antioxidant-rich oil is derived from the fruit of the marula tree and “is rich in fatty acids and deeply moisturizes dry and flaky skin,” says Lundy. 


Shea Moisture Baobob Oil 

Extracted from the fruit of the Baobab tree this multitasking oil works wonders on skin and hair. Lundy explains, “Baobab Oil is also a great oil for dry skin types. it’s highly moisturizing and contains Vitamins A, D, E, and F, which helps repair damaged skin cells. Baobab oil is also great for treating skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis due to omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids.”


The Ordinary Rosehip Seed Oil 

Another buzzy oil that’s been highly recommended is rosehip, not to be confused with rose or rose extract, rosehip oil is extracted from rosehip, a fruit that grows on wild rose plants. If you’re looking to start adding oils to routine but have sensitive skin this is a great oil to start with. Lundy explains, “Sensitive skin type will benefit from pomegranate oil, moringa and rosehip oil — these all help calm inflammation and reduce redness.”


Kate Blanc Certified Organic Argan Oil 

“If you have normal skin, all these oils would work great but, argan oil is a great oil to use as well. It’s rich in antioxidants like Vitamin E,” he explains. This oil is easy to work into your routine and works on hair as well, like jojoba it’s also a key ingredient in many hair care products.


Image Credit: Daria Shevtsova


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