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What are the best oils for your skin type?

What are the best oils for your skin type?
I’m always writing about facial oils because they support my sensitive skin. I cleanse and moisturise with them. When I review oils I often mention that the key to choosing the right one is to understand the ingredients. Often people with oily/blemish prone skin shy away from facial oil but you can benefit from them.  Mainstream products aimed at acne are often harsh with ingredients that strip the skin making it difficult to manage so you are left needing re-balance the damage. On the other hand dry skin needs an extra boost and supplementing your face cream with a serum can help replenish moisture. I’ve chosen what I believe are some of the most popular ingredients to look out for but there are many more.

Apricot – a personal favourite because it easily absorbs into the skin, rich in both linoleic acid and oleic acid, protects and softens, a suitable choice for eczema prone and sensitive skin.

Avocado - ultra rich with high amounts of Vitamins and essential fatty acids, known to have healing and anti-wrinkle properties making it a suitable choice for mature and dry skin.

Baobab - high in vitamins and Essential Fatty Acids, said to be useful for treating scars, stretch marks and other blemishes making it suitable for all skin types

Borage – also known as Starflower Oil, rich in Essential Fatty Acids including Gamma Linolenic Acid making it a good choice for mature skin to fight free radical damage, a dry oil that is easily absorbed.

Grapeseed - high linoleic acid value, moisturising, light oil which absorbs quickly into the skins pores, suitable for normal and oily skin, a suitable option if you have nut allergies

Hemp – rich in Omega 3 and Vitamin E oils, anti inflammatory and healing properties to help dry skin, acne, eczema and psoriasis

Jojoba – similar in structure to sebum making it a good choice for all but especially oily as may regulate the skin and help prevent breakouts, rich in Vitamins.

Plum kernel - a personal favourite with a delicious natural scent, its an emollient which gives nourishment and hydration to damaged skins, high in oleic and linoleic acid, helps maintain healthy skin, rich in anti-oxidants, unsaturated fatty acid and vitamin E. Ideal for all skin types.

Pomegranate – dry oil which is easily absorbed, ideal for mature skin as rich in fatty acids and antioxidants. 

Pumpkin - rich in vitamin E, zinc, omega 3- and 6- fatty acids and antioxidants, ideal for mature skin.

Rosehip – a personal favourite which contains high levels of essential fatty acids, a rich source of antioxidants and vitamins, known for its regenerating properties so often recommended for stretch marks and scar tissue, suitable choice for mature, dry and sensitive skin.

Tamanu - rich in antioxidants, has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which may benefit oily skin types, also a choice for those prone to eczema and psoriasis. 

Seabuckthorn – rich in anti-inflammatory omega fatty acids, maybe helpful for eczema, ideal for mature skin as full of antioxidants.

A few product suggestions:
for dry, mature, sensitive - Odylique Superfruit ConcentrateSkin & Tonic Naked Beauty Oil, Silvan Skincare Extra Gentle Facial Oil, Evolve Organic Beauty Miracle Oil
for combination, oily, acne prone - Bodhi & Birch Neroli LucĂ© Revitalising Face Oil, Balmology Skin Remedy Treatment Oil, Evolve Organic Beauty Rainforest Rescue Blemish Serum

Do you have a favourite oil on my list or one to add?

Sarah x

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