Unless you have very dry skin, putting oil directly on the delicate skin of your face may seem counterintuitive. Won’t oil clog pores and cause complexion problems? Actually, the best oils for your face do just the opposite. The right oils can reduce acne and help erase acne scars, prevent breakouts, ease inflammatory conditions, improve the texture of your skin, lighten dark spots, soften wrinkles and tighten skin. Perhaps no single oil can do all of those things, but by combining the best oils for your specific skin issues, you can create a one-of-a-kind moisturizer that leaves your face looking healthy and glowing.
The Best Oils for Your Face May Surprise You!
1. Jojoba Oil
Jojoba oil is extracted from the jojoba plant, found in the deserts of Arizona, Mexico and California. It begins as an odorless liquid wax with a light golden color but is colorless after being refined. On a molecular level, jojoba oil is very similar to the natural sebum (oil) in our skin and hair.
Using it regularly can actually discourage the production of sebum—the skin is “tricked” into thinking it already has enough—and reduce complexion problems caused by oily skin. Jojoba oil is often used to treat eczema and rosacea.
2. Rosehip Oil
Rosehip oil is a relatively new kid on the skin-care block. As the name indicates, it’s produced by pressing the seeds found inside rosehips. Any fan of rosehip tea already knows this part of a rose is the swelling from which a flower blooms, and it’s the fruit that is left behind after the petals fall.
Like rosehips themselves, the oil is rich in vitamin C and omega fatty acids. It is also high in retinoic acid. Studies on retinoic acid show it can help brighten the tone of skin and soften wrinkles. Rosehip oil is considered a “dry oil” which means it absorbs quickly into the skin, penetrating at the cellular level to help increase collagen production.
3. Pomegranate Seed Oil
Oil pressed from pomegranate seeds is gaining popularity in all types of cosmetic products. It is clear and odorless and makes a great carrier for essential oils. Pomegranate seed oil is rich in polyphenols (plant micronutrients), and a unique type of fatty acid known as punicic acid.
Punicic acid aids in cell renewal and helps repair skin that’s been damaged by age and environmental exposure. Preliminary studies on mice have even shown that pomegranate seed oil may have potential as a skin- cancer preventative.
4. Coconut Oil
It will come as no surprise that we think coconut oil is the king of all skin treatments. Especially our organic, extra-virgin coconut oil which retains all the goodness coconut oil is meant to have. Coconut oil is high in vitamin E which is known as an important antioxidant for keeping skin healthy and protecting it from UV-induced damage. The lauric acid found in coconut oil provides natural protection from inflammation and bacteria, meaning it helps protect against eczema, acne, psoriasis and other skin irritations.
Studies on lauric acid also show it lightens dark spots on the skin, including dark eye circles. Coconut oil absorbs quickly into the skin, moisturizing and softening almost immediately. Coconut oil has one big advantage over most cosmetic oils, and that is affordability. You can purchase a 16-ounce jar of Coco Treasure Organics Extra Virgin Coconut Oil for about the same price has two ounces of good-quality pomegranate seed oil.
Combining one or two of the suggestions from this list with coconut oil is a wonderful way to use the best oils for your face every day. Simply mix a few drops of jojoba, rosehip or pomegranate seed oil into a tablespoon of solid coconut oil to create a personalized facial moisturizer to address your specific complexion needs. Always purchase unrefined, organic oils—for eating or for cosmetic use—to make sure you’re actually getting the nutrients and benefits the oil is known to provide. When using pure, coconut oils for skin care remember that a little goes a long way. While you might need a dime-sized dollop of your favorite commercial moisturizer—which is pumped up with water and other unnecessary ingredients—just one or two drops of pure oil will be enough to help your skin look its healthiest.