Face oils are a wonderful addition to your natural skincare routine, but they’re not one-size-fits all! Let’s take a look at the best face oils for each different skin type: blemish-prone, oily, dry, aging or mature, and sensitive or irritated skin.
So you’ve heard about how amazing oils are for your skin…
How oils are naturally rich in vitamins and antioxidants necessary for healthy skin. How they provide unparalleled moisture. How they help keep skin clear.
And it’s SO true! It’s surprising at first given all of the skincare products out there that tout “oil-free” on their packaging, making us feel like any oil on our skin whatsoever will turn us into giant walking, talking blackheads… at least that’s what I once thought. But oils were actually key in helping me clear my acne and continue to be a very important part of my all-natural skincare and beauty routine.
But face oils are not one-size-fits-all — it’s important to use oils that are right for your unique skin needs! So I wanted to assemble here for you the best face oils by skin type so you can find the oil or oils that are just right for you.
The Best Face Oils for Blemish-Prone Skin
Pumpkin Seed Oil
Rich in skin-loving nutrients vitamin A, vitamin C, and zinc, pumpkin seed oil is one of my newest favorite face oils, and one that benefits all skin types. It is especially fantastic for blemish-prone skin since the antioxidant vitamins A and C help prevent the sebum oxidation behind many outbreaks. It is also high in linoleic acid, making it a great choice for blemish-prone skin, which has been shown to often be too high in oleic acid — the linoleic acid in the blend helps to bring skin back to a state of balance.
A very light oil that absorbs into the skin quickly, grapeseed oil is filled with antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties. Like pumpkin seed oil, grapeseed oil is also high in linoleic acid. These benefits make it ideal for blemish-prone skin.
Hemp Seed Oil
Hemp seed oil is rich in the antioxidant vitamins A and E, as well as skin-loving zinc. It is also high in linoleic acid, helping to bring blemish-prone skin back into balance. A dry oil, hemp seed oil is best blended with a more moisturizing oil.
Tamanu oil has been thoroughly researched and found to greatly heal damaged skin and prevent scarring. Antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, tamanu oil is great for blemish-prone skin. NOTE: If you have a tree nut allergy, you may need to avoid tamanu oil or check with your doctor before using it.
The Best Face Oils for Oily Skin
Actually a liquid wax, jojoba oil is very similar to the skin’s own sebum. For this reason, it helps balance oil production in those with oily skin by “tricking” the skin to produce less oil. It’s also packed with antioxidants and fatty acids to protect and moisturize skin.
Since it is so light and absorbs so quickly, grapeseed oil is great for those with oily skin. Again, it’s filled with antioxidants and has anti-onflammatory properties, brining added banefits to the skin.
Best Face Oils for Dry Skin
Almond oil is a light oil that absorbs quickly yet moisturizes deeply. If you’re sensitive to scent, almond oil is for you since it virtually odorless!
Apricot Kernel Oil
Like almond oil, apricot kernel oil absorbs quickly and is extremely moisturizing. It also has little to no, scent. (Really, I have yet to discover any big differences between almond and apricot kernel oils!)
Best Face Oils for Aging/Mature Skin
Referred to as “liquid gold”, argan oil is fast-absorbing and known for increasing cell regeneration, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Argan oil is also rich in the phenols and carotenes, antioxidants that protect the skin from aging free-radical damage.
Rosehip Seed Oil
A dry oil that penetrates the skin quickly, rosehip seed oil is rich in the antioxidant vitamin C and has been linked to increased collagen production. Rosehip seed oil is also high in retinoic acid, which studies show reduces the appearance of wrinkles and scars, and generally brightens skin.
Rich in carotenes, tocopherols, and phytosterols, seabuckthorn oil is an antioxidant powerhouse that helps to combat aging inflammation and free-radicals.
Pomegranate Seed Oil
Rich in the antioxidants flavonoids, pomegranate seed oil prevents aging by neutralizing collagen-damaging free-radicals and reducing inflammation.
Best Face Oils for Sensitive/Irritated Skin
Borage Seed Oil
Borage seed oil contains gamma linolenic acid (GLA), which has been shown to significantly decrease inflammation in the skin when applied topically. Though borage oil is a popular dietary supplement to support skin health, topical application of borage oil has been shown to effectively preventing and treat inflammatory conditions like acne as well as eczema and dermatitis.
A richly moisturizing oil, avocado oil is packed with B vitamins as well as the antioxidant vitamins A and C. It’s especially great for those with sensitive or easily irritated skin.
Hemp Seed Oil
Hemp seed oil is great for chapped, broken skin. For this reason, it is often used in skincare formulas that target eczema and psoriasis.
There are so many wonderful ways to use face oils!
- Apply a single face oil on its own
- Blend one or a few different face oils with some essential oils to create a custom face oil blend. See How to Make a Custom Face Oil Blend (perfect for YOUR skin!) for all the details!
- Follow the Oil Cleansing Method to cleanse and moisturize your skin with oils
Do you have a favorite face oil?
Please share with us in the comments below!