I think it’s pretty safe to say there’s an obsession exploding around face oils, and what they can do for your skin, as sales have more than tripled in the past five years.
But there’s still a lot of hesitation around using them as there's the notion that they'll cause breakouts, or make them worse.
Many face oils are non-comedogenic which actually work to regulate the skin’s overproduction of oil. Think back to chem class – like dissolves like. Oil dissolves oil.
Even though oils can help cure everything from acne to deeply de-hydrated skin choosing which one is right for you can be overwhelming as you can’t skip down the green beauty aisle and grab any old one to experience the best skin of your life.
The key to selecting the right oil(s) lies in their unique ratio of oleic to linoleic acids.
Based on the most common skin issues, here are my recommendations for which oil is best suited for you.
When your skin is deficient in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid, the skin’s sebum becomes thick which clogs pores and can cause a zit to pop out.
In order to re-balance the ratio choose oils that are higher in linoleic acid. These oils are light in texture and absorb quickly. They provide just enough hydration while at the same time preventing your sebum production from getting out of control.
Oils high in linoleic acid: grapeseed, pomegranate, hemp seed, safflower, evening primrose, pumpkin seed and rosehip seed.
Our Restart Face Oil Cleanser contains both evening primrose and pumpkin seed oil.
If you drew the dry skin card then look for oils high in oleic acid. They’re quite rich and heavy in texture which makes them brilliant for bringing back that luscious moisture. They’re also suitable for normal skin. Bonus points are given to these oils for ranking high on the antioxidant scale, which helps fight inflammation, and being superstars when it comes to repairing sun damage.
Oils high in oleic acid: seabuckthorn, avocado, apricot kernel, camellia seed, olive and hazelnut.
Our Restore Face Oil Potion contains seabuckthorn oil.
Skin that’s irritated, angry and generally moody all around can be characterized into one of these buckets: hormonal acne, eczema, rosacea and psoriasis. To correct these issues look for oils that are high in gamma linoleic acid (GLA). An omega-6 fatty acid, GLA can help prevent water loss and reduce inflammation.
Oils high in gamma linoleic acid: evening primrose, borage and blackcurrant.
Our Restart Face Oil Cleanser contains evening primrose oil.
Regardless of which oil, or face oil blend, you choose make sure not to use too much. Most oils are very concentrated and a little bit goes a long way.
Apply 3-4 drops on a moist face and increase or decrease depending on how much your skin needs – for example if there’s oil residue on your skin after 10 mins then you can probably pull back on the amount you’re using.