Facial oils are an age old remedy for improving all sorts of skin conditions. There are so many on the market and it’s hard to know where to turn for advice on a basic oil for your skin type. There are cleansing oils and moisturising oils. I’ve reviewed cleansing oils before but this post is focusing on facial oils specifically for use as moisturisers or skin treatments. I’m breaking down the three that I use most myself and on my makeup clients.

Rosehip oil

Source: from the seeds of rosehips, which are the small bulbs from which the rose petals bloom.

Properties: contains fatty acids omega 3, 6, 9 and beta-carotene/ pro-vitamin A, vitamins B, C and D.

Benefits: nourishes, hydrates, maintains skin elasticity by promoting collagen synthesis (collagen production/ creation), facilitates skin renewal.

Best for: dry skin, scar repair, reducing fine lines

Jojoba oil

Source: it’s a liquid wax extracted from the jojoba nut

Properties: very similar to sebum naturally produced by the skin. Jojoba oil is antibacterial and contains vitamins A and E, as well as minerals zinc, copper, selenium, iodine and chromium. It also contains the following fatty acids: erucic, linoleic, oleic, palmitic and stearic acids.
Benefits: Jojoba oil acts like sebum so is naturally hydrating. Its use can regulate the skins own sebum production and help minimise acne caused by overproduction of sebum.

Best for: acne-prone skin, eczema prone skin, beard hair and beard roots & skin.

Should not be used by nut allergy sufferers.

Grapeseed oil

Source: from the seeds of grapes

Properties: high in vitamin E and linoleic acid. Also contains vitamin C and D, along with palmitic and stearic acids.

Benefits: Easily absorbed and light texture. Good for light moisture without blocking pores. High in antioxidants that fight free radicals in the body.

Best for: oily skin

Combined oil treatments

Body Shop Oils of Life

This has a bit of everything… active ingredients are black cumin seed oil, camellia seed oil, rosehip seed oil. Other active oils include olive oil, jojoba oil, rosemary leaf oil, lavender oil. There are also a number of additional oils within the Oils of Life Revitalising Facial Oil which are for fragrance purposes only.

Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate

The Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate contains evening primrose oil, lavender oil, and squalane. This is considered a holy grail oil/ concentrate for many people. I liked everything about it but the lavender oil, as I am apparently intolerant… not great for me, as lavender oil has many soothing properties for most skin types.

Darphin Chamomile Oil

The Darphin Chamomile Aromatic Care oil contains chamomile oil (hello Captain Obvious), lavender oil, sunflower seed oil, jojoba oil, sesame oil, sweet almond oil, bergamot oil, sage oil and myrhh oil. This was my pregnancy skin saviour back in 2009 and 2011 when my skin was all over the place with dryness caused by pregnancy hormones. Back then I didn’t have any intolerance to lavender oil and found it calmed my skin beautifully.
If you’re new to using facial oils, I recommend starting with a simple oil like rosehip, jojoba or grapeseed rather than a compound or combined oil.
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