3 Best Face Oils for Radiant Skin
Since going down a more natural route with my makeup and skincare, oils have become a major player in my routine. As a little background: I battled with acne (though not super severe) and oily skin throughout my teenage years. During that time I can say I tried all manner of creams, cleansers and treatments in an effort to balance my skin. The funny thing is, none of these so called ‘miracle’ products ever gave me long term results – and many of them actually made my skin worse! ?
I love oils because they’re gentle and they work with the skin to regulate natural oil production and moisture balance. Combined with good nutrition (a major determinant of skin health), my skin has improved out of sight!
That said, not all oils are made equally – and while some oils work fantastically for me, others do clog my pores. Everybody is different, what works for my skin might not work for yours. Case in point: I’ve never liked using coconut oil for face but I know some people who swear by it!
So try a few different oils, I guarantee you’ll find something that works for you!
If you’re looking for a place to start, here are my 3 best face oil suggestions:
#1 Jojoba Oil
Jojoba oil has been a recent addition to my skincare, but so far I’m loving it! I find Jojoba to have a lighter, less-greasy texture than other oils (I’m talking about you coconut oil!). After using a few drops of jojoba my skin feels velvety smooth and I can barely tell it’s there.
Traditionally, jojoba has been known for its anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties, and clinically there seems to be some success using jojoba oil for acne (1). Overall, it makes a great moisturiser for the summer months and I imagine would be suitable for most skin types.
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#2 Macadamia Oil
Macadamia oil is another favourite of mine, though I find it’s a little heavier than jojoba. Be sure to use only a few drops – a little goes a long way! This stuff will be sure to lock away moisture, keeping your skin nourished and hydrated.
Macadamia oil is rich in two types of fatty acids: oleic acid and palmitoleic acid. Interestingly, palmitoleic acid is released by the skin in the sebum and functions as an anti-microbial to reduce bacterial infections (think: the bacteria that causes acne!) (2). In this way, macadamia oil complements the natural processes of the skin!
#3 Argan Oil
We usually hear about using argan oil for hair – but hey, the beauty of oils is that they are multi-purpose! Again, argan oil is quite rich but it’s great for use in drier months, or in lesser amounts during the summer. This oil has a beautiful silky smooth texture, and is great for hydrating the skin.
In some studies, topical application of argan oil has also been found to increase skin elasticity, slowing down the skin ageing process (3). It’s also rich in vitamin E, which acts as an antioxidant to reduce free radicals – never a bad thing!
Though these what I consider my best face oils of the moment, I would also recommend apricot kernel oil, almond oil and avocado oil. I also like to use Rosehip oil a few times a week for a little skin boost!
Now let us know – Do you use face oils in your skincare routine? What are your best face oils? Comment below!