There are different skin types and many people can’t figure out their actual skin type. A lot of us deal with really dry skin, acne prone skin, dehydrated skin, or oily skin. Some people even experience dry and oily skin at the same time. So, if you are wondering how you can control the dryness and oiliness you will find the answer in this article.
HEALING OILS FOR BALANCED SKIN – WHAT ARE THE BEST OILS FOR YOUR SKIN TYPE?
If you thought that using oil to battle oily or dry skin is weird, you need to try some oils, particularly during winter time. First, you need to determine which oil suits your skin the best. Many people have used healing oils since ages to nourish their skin. For instance, ancient civilizations such as Greeks have used olive oil to cleanse and moisturize their skin.
The benefits of using oil on your skin:
- Reduces clogged pores
- Reduces visibility of fine lines and wrinkles
- Doesn’t strip the skin of its own oils
- Clears the acne
- It doesn’t contain toxic chemicals
- Moisturizes the skin
- Soothes irritated skin
- Oils can actually trick the skin into thinking it doesn’t need to produce oil
YOUR SKIN TYPE AND HEALING OILS
Let’s take a look at some oils and how are they supposed to work according to your skin type. When you apply an oil to your face it should absorb completely. If the oil sits on top of the skin, doesn’t sink, looks patchy, or makes your face really shiny, you should know that the oil isn’t right for your skin type.
If the oil you apply on your face absorbs well, and your skin looks supple and dewy, but not shiny, it means that the oil is right for you. If your skin is dehydrated it will not allow the oil to sink in the skin, which means you need to be patient. You might need to use some hyaluronic acid to trap the water into the cells.
Oily Skin Type
Oily skin produces too much sebum, and that creates the shine and greasy feel to the skin. These people usually struggle with acne. Oily skin can benefit from light oils that have a lot of linoleic acid because it doesn’t clog the pores.
List of oils with the highest amounts of linoleic acid:
- Safflower Oil – 75%
• Evening primrose oil – 73%
• Grape Seed Oil – 70%
• Sunflower Oil – 66%
• Hemp oil – 61%
• Wheat Germ Oil – 60%
• Apricot Kernel Oil – 51%
• Sesame Oil – 50%
• Rosehip Seed Oil – 45%
• Tamanu Oil – 37%
You should keep these oils in a dark and cool place or in the fridge so they won’t go rancid. If it has changed its smell from when you first bought it, it means that it has gone off.
Dry Skin Type
Dry skin looks flaky, tight, itchy, or irritated. People who have dry skin can have acne because of the sticky skin cells that clog the pores. The best oils for this type of skin are those with oleic acid, because they are heavy and dry slowly. They are excellent for thirsty skin. If you start using these oils but your skin suddenly breaks out, it means that your skin is dehydrated and not dry. If this is the case you need to use the oils with linoleic acid.
Oleic acid has anti-inflammatory properties when it is used both internally and topically. Therefore, you should include healthy fats in your diet as well.
Oils that contain the highest amounts of oleic acids are:
- Olive Oil – 55-85% depending on quality
• Macadamia nut oil – 85%
• Avocado Oil – 75%
• Almond Oil – 68%
• Hazelnut oil – 66%
• Canola Oil – 57%
• Argan oil – 42.8
Extremely Dry Skin Type
If your skin is extremely dry you need to use coconut oil and plant butters. A lot of people debate whether coconut oil causes break outs, but it actually depends on the skin type. If it breaks you out, it means it is not the right oil for you. However, coconut oil will moisturize even the driest skin type.
The high amount of palmitic acid found in mango butter, cocoa butter, Shea butter, and kokum butter will make your skin super smooth. Just be careful if some of this butters clogs your pores. Find the one that suits your skin best.
Combination skin Type
You don’t need to buy two different oils for your combo skin. You can try using argan oil, almond oil, sesame oil, apricot kernel oil, or rosehip oil because they have a percentage ratio closer to 50%. Rosehip oil is one of the best oils you can use on a combination skin types because it prevents dryness and oiliness as well.
All Skin Types
Jojoba oil is another oil that is worth mentioning. This oil is amazing because it resembles the skin’s natural sebum and has low amounts of linoleic and oleic acids.
This oil reduces sebum production and inflammation, and it’s excellent for all skin types, even for acne prone skin. However, you need to know that you should be patient with this oil as it is a purging oil that digs out impurities. Use gentile scrubs that will pull the toxins from the skin.
If you are not sure where to begin you can pick one oil and try it out for two weeks. Within this timeframe you will see what amount works for you and whether that is the right oil for you. You can also mix oils to create the best one for you. Jojoba oil is an oil that goes well with pretty much any other oil. You can also include couple of drops of some essential oil such as:
- Tea Tree Oil – for dry and acne prone skin
• Lemon Oil – to brighten skin tone
• Rose Oil – for oily skin
• Chamomile Oil – for combination skin
You can also use herbs with your oils such as:
- Calendula flowers– for dry and irritated skin
• Arnica flowers– for healing acne eruptions
• Comfrey–Reduces inflammation and heals wounds
• Aloe– Heals and softens scars
As you can see you can make endless combinations. Have fun while finding the right oil!