An Oil For Every Skin Type

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.

Need our recommendations? Try Melvita’s Pure Avocado Oil (£16) or Aurelia’s Cell Repair Night Oil (£45).

Normal Skin
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.

Try the Bodhi & Birch Desert Rose Face Oil (£38) or Ambre Botanicals Luxurious Oil Blends Serum (£25).

Oily/Blemish-Prone Skin
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.

Try Herbivore Botanicals Lapis Facial Oil (£17) or Antonia Burrell’s Pure Therapy Facial Serum (£58).

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? 


Nouvelle Daily

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After several years of being immersed in beauty & fashion and contributing our thoughts and feelings to the online community, we realised there wasn't a one stop destination for advice and news, reviews and thoughts, latest collections and launches - as well as home and lifestyle inspiration and ideas.
  • Lauren S

    The Herbivore Botanicals oil sounds amazing, definitely great for some areas of my face!

    Lauren x

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  • Jackie

    These sound lovely and I’ve never tried an oil so I’ll keep this in mind.

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale | bloglovin’ |

  • Maiko

    Hey just wondering if you’ve tried the Josie Maran Argan oil, if not you should it is amazing for any skin type :)


  • Marjorie Peyric

    Thanks for the tips! I need to try those oils for acne prone skin!

  • Laura Murray

    This is really interesting. What about if you have dry yet blemish prone skin?

    • Annabel

      oooh, good question! I think something in the middle like argan oil would be a good place to start! It’s balancing, healing but still moisturising. x

  • thelikelylady

    Fantastic post! I thought I was pretty clued up on skincare already but this post has taught me a lot, thanks.

    Laura / The Likely Lady xx

  • Dream & Scheme

    I’m definitely eyeing the picks for acneic skin! Especially lately since my skin has seemed to be more reactive than fluorine.

  • Charlotte Roberts

    I’ve only recently started using facial oils but they are really helping the condition of my skin! X

  • Tarn Alexandra

    if I could recommend one skin care tip to anyone it would be using facial oil!

  • Angeline

    I’d love to try the Josie Maran Argan Oil and I want to know if it fits oily/blemish prone skin, like the comment below? x

    • Annabel

      I have used argan oil before (not Josie Maran’s though – the Kahina Giving Beauty one!) and it worked a treat on my oily skin to really balance it all out.. I really should buy a new bottle 😉 x

  • Chelsea Leigh

    Loved this post, i’m obsessed with oils but I haven’t tried any of the products you listed. Will have to add them to my list :)

  • Cath

    Do you use face oil before or after serum?

  • Paige McKinnon

    Ohh I love using Oils as a part of my Skin Care Routine! ^ v ^