Facial oils are a huge part of our skincare routine – for brightening, softening, toning and more. They really do promise great results, just as long as you’re using the right one. If you’re stuck with which to go for, this guide may help…
Forgive us if our speech is about to get a little scientific – hang on in there – this could very well be groundbreaking for you and your skin!
If you were to take a closer look at the chemical composition of any oil you would see that it is made up of a number of different fatty acids. It is these fatty acids that help or hinder our skin, and the two that we want to pay attention to are oleic acid and linoleic acid.
Oleic acid is a monounsaturated fatty acid – also known as omega-9. On the flip-side, linoleic acid is an unsaturated fatty acid, a.k.a omega-6. Our body can produce omega-9, but it cannot produce omega-6. Oleic rich oils are also thicker, richer oils in comparison to linoleic rich oils which often have a lighter consistency.
Dry, Delicate Skin
If you suffer from dry or very dry skin, you will find that oleic acid rich oils are incredibly moisturising and beneficial for your skin.
Oils such as avocado, sweet almond, apricot, macadamia nut, papaya seed, coconut, sea buckthorn and shea nut work wonders on parched skin. Look for these oils, either alone or in a facial oil blend and hopefully your dry skin will be a thing of the past.
If you have normal skin that isn’t too oily nor too dry then lucky you! Your skin’s natural sebum is perfectly balanced between oleic and linoleic. Oils such as camellia, jojoba, argan, castor, cranberry seed, pomegranate and sesame all have balanced levels of oleic and linoleic fatty acids, but you could probably get away with using facial oil blends that contain oils from the other categories, too.
Studies have shown that oily and acne prone skin is extremely deficient in linoleic acid. The excess of oleic acid has caused sebum to become thick, sticky and caused congestion and acne. Sticking to linoleic acid rich oils helps balance skin once again and will help you on the right path to normal, blemish-free skin.
Watermelon seed, pumpkin, grapeseed, safflower, rosehip seed, kiwi, raspberry, black cumin seed and evening primrose are all your friends.
When you’re next looking for a new facial oil, don’t just read the description; instead read the ingredients list and see if the oils used are beneficial for your skin type.
Has this helped you choose?