Natural oils have been used for hundreds of years in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine for their potent healing properties. Today, they’re reclaiming their place in the spotlight. While many people shy away from using facial oils for fear of breaking out or looking greasy, this is rarely the result. Natural oils can be exactly what troubled skin needs. Many acne medications and face washes strip the skin – introducing a facial oil to your routine can help teach the skin to rebalance itself. The abundance of essential fatty acids, vitamins, and antioxidants found in natural oils have many different functions – strengthening the skin’s protective barrier, preventing free radical damage, healing scarring, boosting elasticity and more. But not all oils were created equal, which is why it’s important to know which one will work for you. Different oils have different properties and nutrients – especially if they’re naturally derived. The conditions where the plant is grown, the age of the plant, and how it is extracted and formulated all have an effect on the properties of the oil so make sure to do your research on the product you choose.
For acne: Jojoba Oil
Using oil on acne-prone skin can seem counterintuitive but it might be just what you need. Technically, Jojoba Oil is a wax ester, which is part of our body’s natural oils called sebum. Sebum is what locks in moisture and protects your skin from environmental stressors. Since the consistency of jojoba oil is so similar to your natural sebum, it binds to and carries off excess sebum secretion – a major contributor to breakouts. Jojoba oil also contains high levels of iodine which helps fight harmful bacteria growth that can cause breakouts.
For anti-aging: Rosehip Seed Oil
Rosehip seed oil is a light and gentle oil that can treat a wide variety of skin issues. It’s chock full of nourishing fatty acids, anti-inflammatory compounds and vitamins A and C. In a two-year study, rosehip oil was applied to patients with surgical, traumatic and burn scars, as well as to a group suffering from premature skin aging. They found that the continuous application of rosehip oil effectively diminished scars and wrinkles, stopped the advancement of premature aging, and restored natural color and tone. We’re sold.
For dryness: Chamomile Oil
You’ve probably had chamomile tea before bed for it’s soothing effects and that magic translates to its effect on your skin. Itchy, dry skin is often caused by inflammation and a lack of new skin growth. Chamomile oil contains several potent anti-inflammatory compounds that soothe the inflamed skin, allowing for natural healing and promoting cell growth. It’s antibacterial properties gently cleanse to keep the fresh skin supple and clean.
For sensitive skin: Grapeseed oil
Grapeseed oil is non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t clog your pores, so it’s suitable for even the trickiest of skin. It’s chock full of anti-inflammatory minerals and antioxidants and high in linoleic acid which is an essential fat that helps treat acne and speed up the healing process. If you’re making your first foray into facial oils, this is a good one to start with. The strong antioxidants (PTOs) in grape seeds increase collagen production, reducing the appearance of fine lines. This, combined with the high level of vitamin E, also make this oil a miracle weapon against scarring.
If you’re just starting out with facial oils and aren’t sure where to start, our elixir is a potent blend of deeply nourishing and intensely healing oils to restore skin’s balance, texture and health. It’s a mix of sacha inchi oil (rich in alpha-linolenic acid to revitalize skin); tamanu oil (helps rejuvenate damaged skin); sandalwood oil (loaded with anti-inflammatory benefits); rosehip oil; and camellia oil. The result is soft, even and glows with naturally healthy skin that glows from the inside out.