The Best Organic Oils for your Skin Type

Everyone’s skin is different and has different needs, but how do you know what type of oil is best for your skin?

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Before putting any oil near your face it’s important to know what your skin type is. When I first started using oils on my face, I used what everyone else was using and talking about at the time. I figured if something was good for one person it would most likely work for me too. But that’s not always the case, as this led to me having some bad breakouts. So I decided to learn more about my skin and how different oils work with different skin types.

There are two types of oils you should know about, comedogenic and non-comedogenic. If you suffer from acne or breakouts you may have heard the term ‘non-comedogenic’ before as it’s usually found on some labels of skincare products meaning it won’t clog up your pores therefore it wont cause spots. This doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll make your spots go away though as a lot of the types of spots come from other things such as hormones, your diet or even your genes.

So why on earth would anyone want a comedogenic oil?! Well, as bad as pore blocking may seem, for certain skin types it isn’t so much a worry. Dryer skin types aren’t prone to pore-clogging therefore a comedogenic oil can really benefit this skin type as it gives it the moisture it needs. A good example of this is coconut oil, which a lot of people often swear by! It is an excellent oil for giving that extra moisture dryer skin needs whereas for others who are more prone to pore-clogging, it will most likely clog up those pores and cause breakouts (This is where I went wrong!).

 

Skin types can always change too, it’s never something that is set and sometimes it can even change with the season. So what are the different skin types and what oils work best for which?

 

Normal Skin

If you have a normal skin type, this generally just means that your skin is well balanced and healthy with no dryness or excess oil. Remember, your skin still produces oil but it’s only minor, not to be confused with having oily skin.

For normal skin you’re pretty easy going when it comes to oils, the only thing I’d recommend is not overdoing oils that are very pore-clogging, your skin isn’t lacking moisture and there’s still a small risk of pore-clogging with your skin type so this may lead to some breakouts.

Here are some that are recommended:

  • Argan Oil
  • Shea Oil (This is what I currently use and I’m obsessed!!)
  • Coconut Oil
  • Rosehip Seed Oil
  • Grapeseed Oil
  • Pumpkin Seed Oil
  • Raspberry Seed Oil
  • Carrot Seed Oil
  • Aloe Vera Oil
  • Jojoba Oil

 

Dry Skin

If you have a dry skin type your skin can feel very dry and rough. Often your skin can feel quite tight as a result of your skin producing less sebum which is needed to keep your skin moisturized. As a result of this you may also notice some flakiness on your skin.

For dry skin you want the comedogenic oils that will give your skin some much needed moisture loving! Although some non-comedogenic oils can also work just as well for dry skin!

Some of these oils include:

  • Coconut Oil
  • Argan Oil
  • Sweet Almond Oil
  • Olive Oil
  • Flaxseed Oil
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Macadamia Nut Oil
  • Hazelnut Oil
  • Avocado Oil
  • Safflower Oil

 

Oily Skin

Having an oily skin type is a result of your skin producing more sebum than usual which in other words, means excess oil on your skin. Oily skin can be identifiable by a shiny appearance and visible pores. People who have an oily skin type often suffer from breakouts.

For oily skin the last thing you want is anything that will clog your pores so you’ll be looking for the non-comedogenic oils. Even oily skin can benefit from face oils as it can regulate the sebum production!

Some of these oils include:

  • Argan Oil
  • Shea Oil
  • Hemp Seed Oil
  • Tea Tree Essential Oil (These types of oils can sometimes irritate the skin, start with a patch test or dilute first!)
  • Sunflower Oil
  • Castor Oil
  • Rosehip Seed Oil
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Olive Oil
  • Poppy Seed Oil

 

Combination Skin

Having combination skin basically means that you have a combination of the skin types listed above. You can experience the different skin types on the different areas of your face such as the t-zone, your head and cheeks. For example, someone could have an oily t-zone and dry cheeks.

For combination skin, some like to use two different oils on parts of their face to cater for the different skin types but it’s probably easier to use an oil that is generally good for all the skin types.

Some of these include:

  • Argan Oil
  • Olive Oil
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Grapeseed Oil
  • Sunflower Seed Oil
  • Aloe Vera Oil
  • Carrot Seed Oil
  • Raspberry Seed Oil
  • Rosehip Oil
  • Hemp Seed Oil

 

I like to apply oils by patting it into my skin with my hands (make sure hands are clean!). Make sure you apply the oil on a clean face after toning. I prefer doing this routine just before I go to sleep and clean my face in the morning. Some of these oils also have many other benefits which are worth checking out!

These oils can be bought for affordable prices at most shops or online and are a great alternative to skincare products containing a lot of chemicals.

Remember everyone’s skin is different and likes different things! Some of these may work better for you than others but this is a basic guideline to get you started on finding the oil that works best for you!

If you’re still unsure what your skin type is, pop into a skincare store and ask an expert! I visited the Khiels store where they offer a free patch test, they use these little stickers that are stuck on the forehead and cheek, which then shows any signs of excess oil or dry skin, the two stickers are used to look for any signs of combination skin too!

Thank you for reading, I hope it was useful for you!

 

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. hann182014 says:

    My skin is dry so will be looking at the oils you suggest

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    1. Glad to hear It! I hope you find one that works well for you!

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  2. Brooke says:

    I love using oils! The whole line from The Ordinary is great 🙂 I love your recommendations by skin type – it can be hard knowing which to use!

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