Some swear by oils for healthy and moisturized skin while others claim oil-based products cause breakouts. For me, I love oils and have been using oils as part of my skincare routine. The trick is to find which ones work for you, just like any other skin products. Different types of oils are suitable for different problems so you gotta to find out what works the best for your skin. There is at least an oil out there for everyone while some oils are benefiting for all type of skin types. Learn to know your skin type and specific needs and concern will help you choose the right oils for the best skin. One important factor to consider when selecting your oil, depending on the season and the climate where you live, you will need to change the oils for the changing needs of your skin.
Truth is, there is an oil out there for everyone. And you can easily whip up a DIY face oil that is customized to your skin’s needs with just two ingredients, the carrier oils of your choice. With a carrier oil carefully chosen, you can customize it with essential oils to create a perfect blend for your skin.
CARING FOR YOUR FACE – DIFFERENT TYPES OF SKIN
OILY SKIN is characterized by the grease on the tissue or blotting paper. Skin looks shiny and feels slick to the touch. Oily skin is more prone to acne breakouts and may feature a plethora of blackheads and whiteheads. Oily skin pores may be more visible because of their size expansion, and the skin may appear greasy throughout the day.
First things first: Oil doesn’t cause acne breakouts if you are using the right ones.
Argan Oil has a relatively very low chance of clogging pores with its ability to treat acne and acne scars. Argan oil regulates the production of sebum which helps prevent further breakouts and its Vitamin E content helps fade scars and smooth out the skin’s texture.
Evening Primrose Oil contains anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant properties thus applying this oil topically has also been shown to improve cellular structure in the skin.
Grapeseed Oil is excellent for blending with thicker oils to lower their viscosity, lighten the texture and help increase absorption. It is rich in Vitamin E which helps tighten and moisturize the skin. A non-allergenic, astringent oil, reduces inflammation, redness, and accelerates the healing of acne.
DRY SKIN feels tight, scaly, or rough. It shows flakes of dead skin It is associated with small pores. Dry skin generally has almost invisible pores and may suffer from premature wrinkles and regular irritation to the skin. Moisturizing is important.
Almond Oil is a mild, hypoallergenic oil which can be used on sensitive skin or dry acne prone skin due to its emollient properties. It protects skin against UV radiation damage and keeps skin soft and supple. It’s great for regenerating skin cells because it penetrates damaged cells and softens them allowing for better hydration.
Olive Oil is often referred to as a “beauty secret”. Besides being an excellent skin moisturizer, it helps stimulate cell repair for firmer and smoother skin. It reduces the signs of aging, smooth skin texture, and hydrate dry skin conditions. It reduces inflammation and brings down redness making it perfect for acne sufferers who lean more on the drier side.
Rosehip Seed Oil is a nourishing oil is perfect for dry or aging skin, rich in vitamins A, C, and E. It penetrates skin layers to hydrate and lock in moisture. It can be used straight from the bottle as a moisturizer.
COMBINATION SKIN is most common and it exhibits traits of all three of the above skin types. Usually, the skin has an oily T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin) and is normal to dry elsewhere (cheeks). Many mistakenly believe they have oily skin when they, in fact, have combination skin type. Unless an individual’s skin is oily all over, there are likely portions of skin that are dry or normal, which would qualify under combination skin.
Jojoba Oil is said to act as a natural anti-inflammatory which makes it a good choice for inflamed skin. It has a light moisturizing feel and absorbs well into the skin. Jojoba oil is the only oil that closely resembles human sebum. It gets in the pore, mixes with the hardened sebum plug, dissolves it, and unclogs the pore.
Rosehip Seed Oil is full of vitamins, antioxidants and essential fatty acids that are known to hydrate dry, itchy skin, all while reducing scars and fine lines. It penetrates skin layers to hydrate and lock in moisture. It can be used straight from the bottle as a moisturizer.
Sunflower Oil is considered to be an affordable all-purpose carrier oil. Most skin types respond well to sunflower oil as it helps keep your skin balanced and moisturized.
DIY Face Oil
This recipe is taking a 2% dilution. If you are feeling adventurous you can use increase the percentage of the dilution to address different skin needs. Get started with our printable essential oil dilution chart! Print it out and place it framed in your craft room or pinned to your fridge for easy and simple reminders.
- 15 mL amber dropper bottle
- 4 drops essential oil of your choice
- For: 10 mL
- Preparation: 2 min
- Ready in: 2 min
- Use a glass bottle to store your custom face oil.
- For 10ml of carrier oil, add 4 drops of essential oil. If you are feeling adventurous you can use increase the percentage of the dilution to address different skin needs.
- Store in a cool, dry place.
To learn more about essential oils, below the collection of essential oil guides will help you to provide quick reference on the most common essential oils.