From nourishing your skin and reducing the appearance of wrinkles to doubling up as a makeup primer and shrinking enlarged pores, essential oils can provide you with a whole host of benefits when included as part of your skincare regime.
Oils typically include ingredients derived from natural plant sources, such as rosehip-seed, argan and coconut, which all work in their own unique way to improve the appearance of your skin. You might think that slathering your face in oil would cause your skin to breakout, but since oil combats oil, these ingredients can actually help to combat any existing residue on your face.
That said, there are a wide range of products available and each one will give you slightly different results depending on which oils are included in the ingredients, so it’s important to make the right selection for your skin type. If you’re prone to sensitive skin or have any allergies, always remember to check with your dermatologist before experimenting with oils.
To help you find your perfect match and achieve radiant-looking skin, read on as we describe some of the most popular oils around and explore their many benefits.
Derived from the South African marula fruit and pale yellow-orange in colour, this light and nutty-smelling oil is growing in popularity with skincare enthusiasts – and for very good reason.
Not only is it ultra-hydrating and super soothing on the skin, it offers great anti-ageing properties to keep your skin looking youthful. Containing a high level of antioxidants and essential fatty acids such as omegas-6 and -9, marula oil can even protect your skin from the harsh effects of the elements. Dryness from windy weather, be gone.
Products that include this oil tend to be fast-absorbing when applied to the skin as the molecules in marula oil are small and will penetrate much deeper than other, thicker oils that simply sit on the surface to lock in moisture.
This is very good news for those of you that suffer with acne as marula oil won’t clog your pores. It also includes antimicrobial properties, helping to fight off bacteria and combat breakouts.
Rosehip Seed Oil
Aside from keeping skin silky smooth, rosehips were originally used as a remedy by the ancient Egyptians and Native Americans for healing wounds as it’s packed with vitamins A, C, D and E.
Got any scars that need healing? Then rosehip oil is the one for you. Derived from a specific variety of rose – Rosa Rubiginosa – this dark amber oil is harvested mainly from the seeds of rose bushes in Chile and contains essential fatty acids that regenerate tissue and reduce scars, making it a good choice for anyone with acne or eczema.
High in antioxidants, this super light and non-greasy oil also helps to defy the effects of time, improving the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Seriously, what’s not to love? It even works wonders on your skin tone as it hydrates and protects against discolouration caused by the sun’s harmful UV rays.
A firm favourite amongst beauty experts and often called ‘liquid gold’ owing to its glowing appearance, this oil finds its home mainly in Morocco and is produced from the kernals of the Argan tree. It’s especially suited to anyone looking to treat dry skin.
Just like marula and rosehip seed oil, it’s a fabulous anti-ager and hydrates the skin beautifully but also promotes youthful radiance and restores elasticity. If your skin is starting to feel like it needs a bit of pampering to get it feeling soft and plump again, give this one a go.
Whether you’re suffering with sore, itchy or dry and flaky skin, argan oil will be your best friend every time as it soothes and prevents against further dryness and inflammation.
Unlike many other products, this particular type of oil can be used safely in its pure form and even doubles up as an effective treatment for hair and nails. Sounds good to us.
Also known as copra oil, coconut oil is extracted from the kernel of mature coconuts and being an excellent all-rounder for pretty much all skin types – fair, dark, dry or oily – it’s definitely a must-have item on your shopping list.
When stored, coconut oil looks quite solid and feels waxy to the touch, but it quickly melts into butter-soft oil as soon as it’s warmed up between your hands and applied to skin.
Combining rich antioxidants with its delicious texture, coconut oil is the perfect daily moisturiser and effectively combats both wrinkles and skin irritation.
Not to mention it magically removes makeup (who would have thought?), and works wonders as an under-eye cream, shaving cream, body scrub and cuticle softener. Miracle product in a tub.
Grape Seed Oil
And last but not least, we thought we’d give grape seed oil a mention. As well as being a healthy snack and the mastermind behind your evening glass of wine, grapes also offer a number of distinct beauty benefits for us to enjoy.
When the seeds of grapes are pressed, grape seed oil is made. Light and gentle in texture, it’s often endorsed by holistic skincare experts as it helps to regulate your natural oil production. This is great news if you get lots of spots and blemishes.
Jam-packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, this fruity oil will tighten your skin, close up enlarged pores, naturally relieve dark circles below your eyes and unlike some cream moisturises, hydrates without causing any blockage.
Top Tips for Using Oils on Your Skin
- For best results, apply oil to your skin both morning and night.
- Try to get into the habit of using oils after showering to lock in moisture.
- To apply oils to your face, gently massage a few drops into your face and neck in an upwards motion.
- When applying to the body, use small amounts at a time and wait a few minutes before dressing.
- Feeling creative? Try mixing a few different oils together to really pamper your skin.