The Rundown on Natural Oils
Oils have been the latest natural product everyone is going crazy over. Skin care enthusiasts have incorporated natural and essential oils into a variety of recipes. While oils have their fair share of benefits for the body, determining which one is right for your skin can be a challenge.
Determining What Your Skin Needs
Depending on the consistency and property, different kinds of oils can be utilized to moisturize the skin, combat acne, or heal hyperpigmentation. This is how to achieve flawless skin–know what oils to use on your type of skin!
Knowledge of the various oils and their healing properties can be utilized to combat certain skin problems.
If you have oily skin or acne prone skin, opt for dry, thin oils. Oils with thinner consistency are often high in linoleic fatty acids. Linoleic fatty acids are composed of omega-6, a property that acne-prone skin often lacks. While oils may seem like the last thing someone with acne may want to put on their face, the right type of oil can help dilute thick, pore-clogging sebum and regulate its production as well.
For those who have dry skin, heavier oils are a better option. Oils with thicker consistencies are composed of oleic acid, which contains omega-9. Oils in high oleic fatty acid contents work wonderfully to moisturize the skin, also combatting aging and brightening the skin.
Of course there are oils that have more of a balance between linoleic and oleic acid for those with combination skin. Combination skin type is when there’s an excess of oil production in certain regions (like the t-zone) and normal or dry skin in other regions of the face.
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Choose Your Oils
Oils High in Linoleic Acid (for oily/acne-prone skin):
- Rosehip Oil
- Hemp Seed Oil
- Pumpkin Seed Oil
- Maracuja Oil
- Jojoba Oil
- Tamanu Oil
- Grapeseed Oil
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Oils High in Oleic Acid (for dry skin)
- Avocado Oil
- Olive Oil
- Macadamia Nut Oil
- Sea Buckthorn Oil
- Green Tea Seed Oil
- Chia Seed Oil
- Coconut Oil
Oils with a Balance of Linoleic and Oleic Acid:
- Castor Oil
- Pomegranate Oil
The oils listed above are very easy to attain; you can find them online or even at your local grocery store!
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