Adding oils to your skin is no longer taboo—even if your complexion isn’t super dry (or even if it’s oily). In fact oils can be super cleansing and hydrating depending on the formula. “Oils are considered great for the skin as they mimic what the skin should normally produce,” says Charmaine Cooper, Canadian Education Manager of Dermalogica & The International Dermal Institute. According to Cooper, skin produces ceramides, natural serols and fatty acids, but changes due to age and climate impact the skin’s natural oil levels and defenses. “It’s important that all skin types and conditions have the proper oil levels.”
But not all oils are created equal, and not every oil will be good for your specific skin concerns. Here’s a brief overview of natural oils for our skin—and what they’re best for.
Jojoba oil closely mimics sebum, making it a great moisturizer, especially for those with dehydrated skin, as it can lock in moisture and help to restore the lipid layer of the skin.
#TeamE7 Pick – Antonin B. Ceramides Enriched Desert Serum
Squalane is naturally produced in the skin, so squalane oil is easily accepted by almost any skin type. It’s lightweight so it absorbs super quickly—those with acne-prone or oily skin will want to try this one.
#TeamE7 Pick – Biossance Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil
Rosehip oil is rich in essential fatty acids, making it nourishing and regenerating. It’s also anti-inflammatory helping to repair as it hydrates. Many also find that it helps to even out skin tone.
#TeamE7 Pick – Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Infusion de Rose Nourishing Oil
Argan oil is an excellent source of anti-oxidants which fight free radicals, which makes it a good pick for many skin types, but especially dry skin or for those looking for anti-aging benefits from their oil.
#TeamE7 Pick – Josie Maran 100 Percent Pure Argan Oil
Almond oil is great for sensitive skin, as it’s mild and non-irritating. It’s a good pick for your body and it really does leave skin soft and supple, helping to relieve itchiness and inflammation.
Grapeseed oil is lightweight, making it ideal for acne-prone skin (it’s also non-comeodogenic, meaning it won’t clog pores). It’s rich in vitamin C, D and E which are also great anti-aging and healing ingredients too.
#TeamE7 Pick – Caudalie Vinosource Overnight Recovery Oil
Marula oil is rich in essential fatty acids and its non-comeodogenic, absorbing quickly without that sticky aftermath. It’s a great option for those with sensitive skin, helping to balance oil levels in the skin.
#TeamE7 Pick – Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil
Coconut oil is packed with vitamin E and saturated fats so it’s great for trapping in moisture and repairing the barrier. It’s also great at killing bacteria. But, it’s also very comeodogenic, meaning it can clog pores so it’s not the best options for acne-prone skin.
#TeamE7 Pick – Goop Luminous Melting Cleanser
Essential oils are highly concentrated versions of botanical oils. “They are usually quite fragranced naturally and quite potent,” says Cooper. Usually essential oils will be diluted in a carrier oil (one of the other options on this list), and are used with more wellness effects in mind. Think sleep aids, calming or invigorating effects.
#TeamE7 Pick – Bio Oil
(Story by Contributing Editor, Alexandra Donaldson)