HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT OILS FOR YOUR SKIN





For thousands of years women and men have used oils to clean and nurture their skins and hairs, and we can do the same even today! Using natural oils is much safer and cheaper than using store bought moisturizers and oils (wich are made of mineral oils, aka petroleum, the same that are used for machines), and they are also more effective in nourishing the skin. The only thing is to choose the right ones that suit our skin better.

So, here’s a small guide on how to choose the right oils for your skin to make it beautiful and healthy. I listed different oils, you don’t have to buy them all, just choose and try with a few ones.

Enjoy!

Oils for your face

How you can use them:

1. As a Face Night Serum: massage a few drops of oil after wetting your face, and then pat it dry gently, or mix them with a little bit of Aloe Vera gel.

2. As an Eye Serum: use anti-aging oils as eye serums, around your mouth, and wherever you have wrinkles. Just apply a few drops mixed with Aloe Vera or water ( it is even better if you can use a natural Rose Water or any other infused water, like Chamomille and Green Tea).

3. On specific areas as scars and stretch marks.

For dry and mature skin

Warnings: as many of these oils are for needy skin, they are really rich and can be comedogenic, so avoid them if you have acne prone skin. You can test how your skin reacts by applying a few drops oil the oil on your jaw. In case it cause you to breakout, use it only around your eyes, on scars and stretch marks on your body.

Rosehip

It helps the skin to regenerate as it contains carotenoids, Vitamin A, a high concentration of vitamin C, fatty acids and more good stuff. It is mainly used for anti-aging, anti- wrinkle products and to help fresh stretch marks and scars heal and disappear.

How to use it: as a Night Serum, Eye Serum and on scars and stretch marks.

Warnings: avoid it if you have acne prone skin, as it can be comedogenic. You can test how your skin reacts by applying it on your jaw. In case it cause you to breakout, use it only around your eyes, on scars and stretch marks on your body.

How to buy it: the best quality Rosehip oils are cold pressed and unrefined, so that the oil maintains its properties. If unrefined, it will smell a little bit ( but  it should not smell fishy, otherwise it’s a sign it went bad). Buy only small and dark bottles of Rosehip Oil as it can go bad quickly and store it in the fridge if possible.

Berry Oils: Blackberry, Cranberry, Blackcurrant oils.

They have strong anti-aging properties and are rich in vitamins C and E. They moisturize and improve skin elasticity and help to reduce wrinkles and dryness.

How to use it: as a Night Serum, Eye Serum, and Everyday moisturizer.

How to buy it: Again, unrefined and cold pressed like is better.

Rice Bran

It has a high content of vitamin E, fatty acids, and has antioxidant properties.

How to use it: as a Night Serum, Eye Serum, Everyday moisturizer and Makeup Remover.

How to buy it: unrefined and cold pressed.

Wheat Germ

It is high in vitamin E and has amazing regenerating properties. It is also the best oil to use in Winter to protect the skin from wind and cold.

How to use it: as a Night Serum, Eye Serum, Winter moisturizer, for stretchmarks and scars.

How to buy it: Wheat Germ oil goes bad pretty quickly, so, as other oils that spoil fast, buy soft gels that you will poke with a clean needle, like these.

Soybean

It has anti-aging properties and is high in vitamin E.

How to use it: as an Everyday moisturizer, Makeup Remover, and for stretchmarks and scars.

How to buy it: Soybeans crops are extensively sprayed with chemicals, so try an organic oil as much as possible.

Argan

It regenerates and nourishes the skin, it also has good anti-aging properties.

How to use it: as an Everyday moisturizer, Night Serum, and Eye Serum.

How to buy it: choose a cold-pressed and unrefined oil.

Avocado

It is a precious oil as it is rich in fatty acids, proteins, minerals, beta carotene and vitamin E. This oil will give your skin a healthy glow.

How to use it: for anything as it is a very good oil for skins that need a boost.

How to buy it: choose a cold-pressed and unrefined oil. The darker the color is the better, like this one, as they have more intact properties.

Almond

It has soothing, nutrient, anti-inflammatory properties. It is good also for eczemas and dermatitis.

How to use it: as an Everyday moisturizer, Makeup Remover, and for stretchmarks and scars. Avoid it if you have acne-prone skin as it can be comedogenic.

How to buy it: choose a cold-pressed and unrefined oil, and buy small and dark bottles.

Olive

It’s rich in protein, minerals, vitamins and fatty acids. It is wonderful as an anti-wrinkle oil, and it soothes and helps the skin to regenerate. The only downside is that I find it a bit too thick and it has its typical smell of olives. You can repair by mixing it with a more liquid oil like rice, jojoba and add a citrus essential oil.

How to use it: as an Everyday moisturizer, Night Serum, Makeup Remover, and for stretchmarks and scars.

How to buy it: the best to use are the extra-virgin and cold-pressed. Just buy a big bottle so you can enjoy it also on your salads as it is really good for your health.

Sesame

Excellent oil, rich in vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids. It soothes, nourish, replenish, and rejuvenate skin. It’s also very tasty! I love adding it to rice, soups, meat, anything!

How to use it: as a Night Serum, Eye Serum, Winter oil, and on scars and stretch marks.

How to buy it: choose a cold-pressed and unrefined oil.



Oily skin and Acne-prone skin

Primerose

Rich in vitamins and minerals, it has a soothing effect. It’s my favorite oil as it’s the best I’ve ever tried on my acne-prone and sensitive skin. Plus, it is wonderful to be taken internally as it helps us when our hormones go crazy during our periods.

How to use it: as an Everyday moisturizer and Night Serum. For better use on acne prone skin, you can mix it with a drop of Tea-tree oil, Lavander or Lemon essential oil.

How to buy it: buy only the ones sold in soft gels like these as it goes bad very quickly. Just poke a bead with a clean pin and keep it in a small pill container.

Blackcurrant

This is another excellent oil that is rich in properties. It is also good for allergies, dark spots and blotches. As Primrose oil, it’s good to be taken internally for skin and menstrual health.

How to use it: as an Everyday moisturizer and Night Serum. For better use on acne prone skin, you can mix it with a drop of Tea-tree oil, Lavander or Lemon essential oil.

How to buy it: buy soft gels like and poke a bead with a clean pin and keep it in a small pill container.

Jojoba

It’s not really an oil but a liquid wax. It is good for any skin type as it is similar to the natural sebum produced by our own skin. It soothes and has anti-inflammatory properties helping the skin to regenerate.

How to use it: as an Everyday moisturizer and Night Serum. For better use on acne prone skin, you can mix it with a drop of Tea-tree oil, Lavander or Lemon essential oil.

How to buy it: buy it cold pressed and unrefined to keep all the properties.

Grapeseed

Very good for oily skin too as it is a very light oil. It nourishes and soothes the skin, and it has anti-aging properties.

How to use it: as a Night Serum, Eye Serum, Everyday moisturizer and Makeup Remover.

How to buy it: choose a cold-pressed and unrefined oil.

Rice bran

See above, as for Dry and Mature skins.

Soybean

See above, as for Dry and Mature skins.

Sensitive skin

Primerose

See above, as for Acne-prone skins.

Jojoba

See above, as for Acne-prone skins.

Avocado

See above, as for Dry and Mature skins.

Wheatgerm

See above, as for Dry and Mature skins.

normal skin

You can try any of the oils above, and also make a mix of a few of them. Either your skin is more oily or dry, choose your oils accordingly. You can start with Primrose Oil or Avocado Oil.



Oils for your body

How you can use them:

apply them after the shower when the skin is still wet and massage, then just pat your skin dry.

These are the oils that you can also use for your body.

1. Almond

2. Rice bran

3. Soybean

4. Coconut

5. Olive

As for your face, choose them based on your skin needs. Keep expensive oils like Avocado and Rosehip oils for your face or blend them with these listed above (carrier oils) to make them richer.

Carrier oils: Soybean, Rice Bran, Almond, Coconut.

Oils with properties to add: Wheatgerm, Rosehip, Avocado, Argan, and Olive oil (you can use this also as a carrier oil, but I find it too thick on its own).

Example Formula

70 ml Soybean/Rice Bran/Almond/Coconut oil + 15 ml Olive oil + 10 ml. Wheatgerm/Avocado oil + 5 ml. Rosehip oil

How to store your oils

To preserve them, have them in a dark bottle and keep them away from the Sun and any heat source. Store them in the fridge if possible, especially Rosehip oil, Sesame oil, Primrose, Blackcurrant and Avocado oil.

 

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References (in Italian)

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