Is your skin dry or oily or acne prone? Is your skin tired of using the chemical filled product? Face Oils can solve your all skin woes. Yes, there are some oils which are great for our skin. I was a kind of person who hated putting oils on the skin as well as on hairs (Now, I am obsessed with it). A few months back, I was suffering from acne as my skin is oily and I wanted to get rid of it immediately. So I went to a dermatologist and he gave me some prescribed medicine, cream (Benzoyl Peroxide), face wash and an anti-dandruff shampoo because had oily dandruff too. After some days, I noticed my skin has become dry and irritated and I had to use a lot of moisturizer in a day to keep my face moisturized but it didn’t solve my problem. After searching a lot on the internet I came to know that there are some face oils which do miracles on the skin as they are natural, pure and highly effective. Then, I thought I should give a chance to it and I made my own face serum for acne as well as hair oil for dandruff and hair fall because prescribed anti-dandruff shampoo made my hair rough and dry. I am not saying that it works fast but it removes the problems from the root. I got rid of my all skin problems with my face serum, my own mint face pack, and my apple cider vinegar toner. Now, I am happy that I made a good decision to put oil on face and hair and they are giving me great results.
So, come to the topic, we should know what are face oils and why they are necessary for our healthy skin.
What are face oils?
Face oils are the plant extracted oil commonly known as essential oils and carrier oil. It is called essential oil because it contains the essence of the plant’s fragrance from which it is extracted. Essential oils are very pure and strong in nature, it can’t be used directly on the skin. It is mixed with other oils called carrier oils, or base oils or vegetable oils. It is called carrier oils because it is used to dilute essential oils and it carries essential oils deeply into the skin.
Why are face oils important?
Face oils are important because there are many commercial products which contain harsh chemicals. So, we should go all natural for our skin problems.
1) It treats the existing skin problems like acne, rash, and irritated skin, removes wrinkles, eczema etc.
2) It prevents our skin to be infected from harmful microbes causing damage to our skin because it has antibacterial, antiseptic, antifungal and many more properties which help our skin to be healthy.
3) It heals our skin and makes them hydrated. It makes a protective layer on our skin which doesn’t let dirt, sunrays, microbes to enter and also deeply exfoliates the dead skin cells.
The American Medical Association published “Three Cases of Lead Palsy from the Use of a Cosmetic Called Laird’s Bloom of Youth.’” This case study paved the way for the formation of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1906.
Three decades later, Ruth DeForest Lamb, the FDA’s chief education officer, published a book that documented the serious complications from beauty products. This prompted the passing of the Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act in 1938, putting cosmetics and medical devices under the FDA’s control. (Source)
Top 20 face oils for all skin types
1) Frankincense Essential Oil
It is very effective for aging skin. Ketonic alcohol(olibanol) is the main component which makes frankincense oil great for dry and mature skin. It helps in regeneration of skin cells and makes them healthy due to its powerful astringent property. It removes acne and acne scars, slows signs of aging and keeps skin hydrated.
Recipe: Take the required amount of any unscented carrier oil like sweet almond oil (good for aging skin) and mix 1 drop of frankincense oil and apply to the face. You can apply anywhere on the skin like loose skin of stomach, saggy skin or under eye area. The amount of carrier and essential oil should be moderated accordingly.
2) Rosehip Seed Oil
It deeply penetrates into the skin and it is super light and non-greasy. It good for oily skin. It is high in vitamin A and antioxidant which make it essential for mature skin. It removes the age spots and discolourations made by sun rays. It has a high content of vitamin C and lycopene which removes wrinkles and scars due to its regenerative property. It is also great for acne.
3) Carrot Seed Oil
High in antioxidant helps to remove dead skin cells and regenerate fresh healthy skin cells. It reverses the reaction made by sun rays and keeps skin moisturized. It is non-greasy in nature and perfect for all types of skin.
Recipe: Apply carrot seed oil directly to the skin and gently massage the skin for 2-3 minutes.
4) Apricot Kernel Oil
Organic apricot kernel oil is rich in gamma linoleic acid, or GLA, which comes from essential fatty acid omega-6. The GLA content in apricot kernel oil helps skin to maintain moisture balance. GLA also plays a role in firming and toning your skin, according to Close. Additionally, organic apricot kernel oil contains vitamin A and E, which soothe the skin and slow signs of aging. It is very light in texture and non-greasy, perfect for oily and combination type of skin. (Source)
Recipe: It is easy to apply on the skin as it spreads easily and penetrates deeply. Apply apricot kernel oil directly on the cleansed skin for twice a day.
Acne Prone Skin
5) Tea tree Essential Oil
Tea tree oil has antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and antimicrobial properties which kill the microbes causing acne and pimples. Some study has shown that it is as powerful as 5% Benzoyl Peroxide(a prescribed cream for acne). It removes the dirt from the skin pores and calms the painful acne. It has an anti-inflammatory property which reduces the inflammation of acne, pimples, and boils. It exfoliates the skin and unclogs the blocked skin pores.
6) Clove Essential oil
Clove oil contains a substance called eugenol, which has antibacterial properties. In 2001, “Girls Life” investigated the claim that clove oil can clear cystic acne, reducing swelling as it kills the infection. Dr. Henry Gasiorowski told “Girls Life” that some of his patients had used clove oil. (Source). It Kills the bacteria causing acne and limits the excess oil production on skin.
Recipe: Do not apply clove oil undiluted, it is very strong in nature and can cause burning sensation to your skin. Always apply with some other oils like coconut or olive oil. Do not take more than 1 drop for a single application and wash it off after 15-20 minutes. You can also apply with your daily moisturizer to prevent future acne.
7) Oregano oil
It is a perfect oil for your skin. It has antibacterial and antiseptic properties which kill the bacteria causing acne. It has an anti-inflammatory property which reduces the inflammation of acne and boils. It is high in antioxidant which boosts the oxygen flow to the skin that speeds up the healing process. It is high in Vitamin E which removes the dark spots as well.
8) Cary Sage Oil
Clary sage has linalyl acetate which reduces skin inflammation. and works as a natural remedy for acne and skin irritations. It also regulates the production of sebum which is the main factor for clogging pores and attracting microbes and dirt which ultimately leads to breakouts. Clary sage also diminishes the growth of bacteria and helps to remove hormonal acne.
A recent study published in Advances in Dermatology and Allergology found that clary sage essential oil is an active natural antimicrobial agent. After testing the efficacy of clary sage on multiple drug-resistant bacterial stains, clary sage oil was active against bacteria that leads to skin infections that can lead to acne breakouts or skin irritation. (Source)
9) Lavender Essential Oil
It’s the perfect oil for those suffering from dry skin. It moisturizes the skin deeply and soothes the skin. It has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which help you to get rid of acne, boils, and rashes. It relieves the nervous tension, boosts the oxygen flow to the skin and removes the dark spots. It also helps you to get rid of dark circles and eye bags.
Recipe: You can apply it directly on the skin or mix few drops of it with your moisturizer and apply daily.
10) Patchouli Essential Oil
It has the power to soothe the inflammation on the skin and prevents them from getting infected. It has the moisturizing property which will deeply hydrate your skin and unclogs the blocked pores. It has quick healing process and minimizes the scars caused by boils, acne, chicken pox etc.
Recipe: Mix few drops of patchouli oil with witch hazel oil and apply to the skin.
11) Argan oil
Argan oil absorbs quickly into the skin and is non-greasy in nature. It’s a healing oil for those having dry and sore skin. It reduces the inflammation of the skin and speeds up the process of healing. It’s a great moisture and exfoliator too which removes dead skin cells and gives a healthy glow to the skin. It is even beneficial for irritated, cracked, damaged and burnt skin. It also helps to remove fine line around eyes and a good moisturizer for lips too.
Recipe: Take few drops of argan oil on palm and gently massage your face with this oil for 2 minutes.
12) Coconut oil
Antibacterial property and moisturizing capabilities of coconut oil make it perfect for skin. It has saturated fats which prevent skin from moisture loss and deeply exfoliate skin. It unclogs the blocked pores and helps in regeneration of new cells.
Recipe: Apply coconut oil directly on skin or mix it with sugar and use it as a scrub to get rid or dead cells.
13) Lemon Essential Oil
Lemon itself is a great remedy for oily skin. It controls the skin oil production and shrinks the open pores. It is a powerful astringent as well as it has an antibacterial property which makes it great for acne as well. It removes the dark pores and removes the fine line due to high in vitamin C content. It reverses the reaction of sun rays and keeps skin hydrated with the help of potassium content.
Recipe: mix few drops of lemon oil to argan oil or rosehip oil and apply to the skin. Repeat it twice a day.
14) Jojoba oil
It has the unique capability to moisturize our skin when our body stops it naturally. It’s just like our skin oil which seeps into the skin fast and gives a naturally glowing skin. It’s a good moisturizer for oily skin because of it non-greasy texture. You can also use it for acne, sunburn or psoriasis, damaged or dry skin because of its healing property. It’s a very good carrier oil for all essential oil and this is one of my favourite oil.
Recipe: Apply directly to the target area daily to get rid of your skin woes.
15) Geranium oil
It is the best oil for oily and congested skin. It is also beneficial in eczema prone skin. It has the power to minimize the wrinkles due to its astringent property. It shrinks the pore and regulates oil production (sebum) on the face. It is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory in nature beneficial in treating acne as well. It has the ability to regenerate new skin cells and helps to get rid of dark spot and patches.
Recipe: Mix some drops of geranium oil with argan oil or your moisturizer and apply to targeted area twice a day.
16) Grape seed Oil
Grapeseed Oil is very light and easily absorbed by the skin. It is non-comedogenic in nature which means it doesn’t clog pores and helps to reduce acne. It regulates the sebum production and protects from being infected by the microbes. It can be applied around eyes which help us to remove dark circles and puffy eyes. It cleanses the skin pores and exfoliates dead skin cells. It is full of antioxidant property which slows down the aging process.
17) Sandalwood Essential Oil
Sandalwood is a mild astringent which shrinks the open pore, calms the irritated and sensitive skin. Due to it’s antibacterial and antiseptic property, it’s good for getting rid of acne, boils, wound etc. It has the healing power as well as it reduces the wrinkles because of antioxidants. It reduces the inflammation and soothes the irritated and damaged skin. It is also beneficial for lightening of skin tone or suntan.
Recipe: Apply few drops of sandalwood oil fixed with any carrier oil like jojoba oil or witch hazel oil (Good for sensitive skin).
18) Neroli Essential Oil
It is rich in antioxidant and Vitamin C which remove the fine lines as well as dark spots. It hydrates the skin from within and boosts the collagen production. It has the skin regenerative property and improves the health of skin cells. It is best known for a soothing effect and calms the sensitive and irritated skin. It helps to remove acne and improves the skin flexibility.
Recipe: Apply neroli essential oil with a carrier oil or your favourite moisturizer. daily I would recommend it to apply at night time because there is the possibility of sun rays reaction with the oil.
19) Hemp Seed Oil
Hemp seed oil is used to moisturize our skin. It makes the protective layer on the skin which protects the skin from being infected by microbes and helps prevent rashes, irritated and sensitive skin. It also helps to get rid of acne and reduce the inflammation of acne. The fats found in oil is similar to skin oil which makes it a perfect protectant and moisturizer for skin. It is rich in Vitamin A and E which help remove fine lines as wells dark spots and patches.
Recipe: Directly massage your skin for 2-3 minutes twice a day with this oil.
20) Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint Essential Oil is good for sensitive skin as it has a calming and cooling effect on skin when applied. It has an antimicrobial property which helps to get rid of acne and reduces redness and inflammation due to anti-inflammatory property. It’s a good oil for daily skin care for that suffering from a sensitive and irritated skin. It can relive the sun burnt skin and hydrates the skin deeply.
Recipe: Mix few drops of peppermint oil with your daily cream or moisturizer and apply daily to get the desired result.
- Firstly dilute the essential oils in a carrier oil. Be sure to do a patch test to make sure your skin does not have an adverse reaction to the oils. The inner forearm is a great place to do a test since the skin is delicate, similar to facial skin.
- Additionally, pregnant women, infants, and young children should avoid certain essential oils. so be sure to do your homework beforehand.
- Keep the face oil bottle away from light.
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