Greetings Empress, Have you ever wondered what role oils should play in your skin care routine? Have you been wanting to use oils but worried that they will cause you to break out or cause your skin to feel greasy? In today’s blog post, I cover many misconceptions about oils and address a number of questions that I get asked frequently by clients and customers.
We are going to answer these questions and more in today’s blog post to help you understand everything you need to know about oils for skin care.
First, let’s go over the different types of oils that you may see in skin care products and what they are commonly used for.
Mineral Oil: Mineral oil is one to avoid in skin care products because it may contain impurities. It comes from petroleum which is where gasoline also comes from. It’s inexpensive and has a long shelf life, so that’s why manufacturers often use it. However, there are other oils that are much more nourishing and beneficial for the skin.
Plant-Based Oils: Plant-based oils are the best type of oils for skin care. In the right balanced blend they can hydrate, protect and nourish the skin without feeling heavy or sticky.
Essential Oils: Essential oils are often used to help with therapeutic value and natural fragrance in skin care products.
Animal-Based Oils: Animal-based oils such as emu can help with wound healing and repair. These are’t commonly used in general skin care products.
Top Recommended Oils
As mentioned above there are different types of oils that can be used for different applications. I want to share with you my top five picks for oils for the skin on your face.
ORGANIC CRANBERRY SEED OIL
This oil is extremely light-weight, and is able to absorb easily without clogging pores. It is highly antioxidant, rich in vitamin E, vitamin A, phytosterols and phospholipids. Cranberry seed oil has a natural ratio of Omega 6, Omega 3, and Omega 9 fatty acids which contributes to the lipid barrier protection of the skin and assists in moisture retention.
ORGANIC POMEGRANATE SEED OIL
This oil is packed with antioxidants and the rare omega 5 essential fatty acid. It has regenerative effects to aid in repairing the skin. Pomegranate seed oil can even out the appearance of skin tone and smoothes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
ORGANIC RASPBERRY SEED OIL
This oil is high in tocotrienols and offers the skin broad spectrum protection from the effects of damaging UVA and UVB rays. While it has great preventative properties, raspberry seed oil is NOT the equivalent of using a properly formulated SPF product. Make sure you still use a good mineral-based sunblock.
ORGANIC ROSEHIP FRUIT OIL
This oil is high in unsaturated essential fatty acids (3,6,& 9) and vitamin A. It is known for regenerating damaged skin tissue on burn scars and stretch marks. Rosehip fruit oil is also helpful with protecting against signs of sun damage, scarring and wrinkle formation.
ORGANIC APRICOT KERNEL OIL
This oil is rich in vitamins A, C & E, minerals as well as omega 6 and omega 9 fatty acids. Due to its light weight consistency, it absorbs fast without leaving a greasy after-feel. Apricot kernel oil is suitable for even the most sensitive skin types with its soothing, repairing, revitalizing, nourishing and softening properties.
My skin tends to be dry and I’m 25, so my skin loves a good plant-based oil blend when I need a little extra glow during the day. I keep a bottle of Glow Boost in my purse and apply it throughout the day to my face and hands and even the ends of my hair.