Plant oils have been used cosmetically for centuries (did you know ancient Greeks used olive oil in their beauty routines?) and they’re still being used today! Exhibit A: face oils. Face oils, or plant-derived oils for skincare, are often used in conjunction with a serum and moisturizer. You typically apply 3-4 drops of an oil after cleansing and moisturizing to help hydrate skin and add a natural glow.
If you’re looking to incorporate face oils into your skincare regimen, here are 5 popular oils with different healing properties to help promote healthy, glowing skin.
Rosehip oil, an oil extracted from rosehip seeds, has been shown to combat redness, inflammation, and reduce the signs of aging. It contains a variety of antioxidants and fatty acids, such as vitamin E, so it can also help minimize scars or sun spots. Rosehip oil is a great choice for those with acne-prone or sensitive skin.
Tip: Try using rosehip oil if your skin gets red or irritated easily and you’re looking to calm it.
Argan oil is extracted from the kernels of Argania spinosa, a tree native to Morocco and Algeria. Argan oil contains plenty of fatty acids, and daily application has been shown to improve skin elasticity and hydration. Argan oil has a low comedogenic rating, which means that it won’t easily clog pores.
Tip: Argan oil is good for most skin types. Try using argan oil after moisturizing (or even to replace moisturizer) if you have normal to dry skin.
Don’t restrict olive oil to the kitchen—it’s a deeply hydrating oil that can be beneficial for your face, too! Olive oil is high in antioxidants. It may also help reduce acne by killing off bacteria that causes it. However, be cautious with olive oil: if you have oily skin, it’s not recommended as it is heavy and isn’t easily absorbed. As well, be careful about which olive oil you choose. Ensure that you opt for a high-quality product (i.e. 100% organic olive oil) without additives or chemicals.
Tip: Try applying a few drops to lightly damp skin and massage until absorbed. Alternatively, try using olive oil as a makeup remover to remove mascara or eyeliner.
While coconut oil is popular for hair, body, and cooking, it actually has mixed reviews as a face oil. Research has shown that it has antibacterial properties, and may help reduce inflammation; however, like olive oil, coconut oil is quite heavy and should be used sparingly. Try using once daily at nighttime, or even as an occasional/once per week moisturizer.
Tip: Coconut oil is heavy, so try using if you have dry to semi-dry or flaky skin. Apply at nighttime once 2-3 times per week for extra hydration. Ensure to remove any excess oil with a tissue.
Jojoba oil is a humectant, which means that it works as a protective barrier to keep moisture in. It mimics the skin’s natural sebum quite easily, so it’s hydrating without being too heavy. Jojoba oil also contains vitamin E, which works with your skin to fight oxidative stress. This can be beneficial if you’re exposed to the sun, daily pollutants, or other toxins.
Tip: Jojoba works well for all skin types. Try using 3-4 drops daily after moisturizing, either in the morning or evening, for a dewy glow.
What’s your favourite face oil? Let us know in the comments below!