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The Best Oils For The Care Of Your Skin Based On Type And Condition


A guide to the best possible care of your skin based on natural cold-pressed oils for your type and condition of the skin, oils that are safe for daily use you enjoy greater benefits and a more enjoyable experience


Natural cold-pressed oils help to efficiently repair and regulate your skin’s moisture barrier, which is responsible for oil production and this is important because those oils are composed of lipids which are naturally found in your skin, also.

The oils alone as they are, are not moisturisers in their own right. They do however seal in moisture for longer and what you want is hydrated skin for longer with minimum moisture lose.

Oil has its characteristic nature and benefits for your skin. An oil such as Apricot is thoroughly rewarding for mature skin for example. Benefits of using a cold-pressed oil are is that many are saturated in Tocopherols, commonly known as vitamin E.

Retinoids: Health Alert

A leading anti-ageing ingredient, Retinoids prevent skin collagen breaking down.

Avoid their use during every stage of pregnancy.1 2 There has been a notable risk of increased birth defects. You can identify Retinoids on the ingredients label by looking out for:

  • vitamin A

  • retinoic acid

  • retinyl palmitate

  • retinaldehyde

  • adapalene

  • tretinoin

  • tazarotene

  • isotretinoin

Face oils vs Body Massage oils

In my experience, there is little difference between using an oil for the face (as a cleanser for example) and as a body massage oil for soothing tired muscles and joints.

The important thing is that you are using a natural oil best matched to your skin. Using a mismatched oil for your skin may cause your pores to clog, so knowing what to use is half the battle to clearer, glowing skin.

Oils for each Skin Type

Please understand that each skin type is different because how the skin is best able to a) breathe and b) clean its self. Applying an aromatherapy carrier oil should aid the skin to breathe, hydrate and moisturise. As much as helping with self-cleansing, by not clogging pores for example.

Without further delay let's take a look at each skin type first, and then the skin conditions.

Does it matter if I use a cold-pressed oil, or not?

It is best, better to opt for the cold-pressed, unrefined oil.

The process of chemically extracting and refining oils can destroy the phytonutrients that heal, protect, and revitalise your skin.

Obviously, therefore, cold-pressed oils are more expensive but it is money well spent on your health and beauty.

Normal Skin

Your skin is well balanced, not too oily and yet not so dry either. There is a natural glow, isn't dull and tight feeling.

  • Coconut

  • Hempseed

  • Grapeseed

  • Sunflower

  • Sweet Almond

Dry Skin

With less sebum than normal skin, the result is drier skin to the touch lacking lipids. More moisture is required to build a layer of protection against environmental harm, such as UV light.

  • Olive

  • Avocado

  • Sweet Almond

  • Camellia

  • Sea Buckthorn


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Oily Skin

Your skin's natural sebum oil production is out of control. This typically happens when the natural oil was previously stripped away, forcing your skin to go into overdrive.

  • Sunflower

  • Jojoba

  • Sweet Almond

  • Grapeseed

  • Hempseed

  • Castor (extremely oily)

Sensitive Skin

Your skin is prone to continued itching and irritation. Avoid exposing your skin to extreme heat or humid conditions, avoid cosmetics and skincare products with known sensitisers and allergens.

  • Sweet Almond

  • Apricot

  • Jojoba

  • Sesame

  • Evening Primrose

  • Borage

Mature Skin

Your skin is more uneven with gradual wrinkles appearing following this, pronounced expression lines. Skin is losing it's elasticity and thinning, experiencing dwindling levels of elastin and collagen.

  • Apricot

  • Rosehip

  • Jojoba

  • Sesame

  • Sweet Almond

  • Sea Buckthorn

  • Camellia

Attention, be careful with Coconut oil

Do not massage with 100% coconut oil.

Best for dry, normal skin types. Coconut is a very conditioning oil however on its own you may find it doesn't absorb as quickly as you'd wish.

Coconut has been known to clog pores if overly used.

Use coconut oil in a blend with another oil such as sunflower, a good bet to dilute the coconut.

Your beauty routine

Individually, each cold-pressed oil has a place in your life for improving the care of skin and health. Take a pick from what oils are best for you and learn more about how they're a benefit.


The kernel of apricot is home to this youth-boosting oil. And why it penetrates the skin quickly to condition and soothe inflammation. If you have sensitive, irritated, or ageing skin then use this oil neat for maximum reward.


This luscious oil is packed with vitamins A and E, making it excellent for dry, dehydrated, and mature skin. It banishes flaky and patchy skin, boosts cellular regeneration, and plumps up thinning skin.


A herbal when flowering has pretty star-shaped blossoms. The seeds release an oil that is loaded with gamma-linolenic acid, a powerful anti-inflammatory that has a soothing effect on psoriasis, eczema, and other skin irritations.


Camellia oil replenishes and protects the skin with oleic acid and a host of antioxidants. The oil absorbs quickly delivering powerful anti-ageing benefits. Enjoy fewer fine lines and plump, firm skin.


As one of the more comedogenic oils coconut oil can clog pores, so tread lightly if you are prone to breakouts. A little aromatic, coconut oil deeply hydrates dry, flaky skin and restores a gloss to hair.

Evening Primrose

Used as a massage oil it heals eczema and psoriasis and brings under control your sebum production for a clear, balanced complexion.


Grapeseed oil is a light, quickly absorbed oil that does not leave you a greasy feeling. Works well with combination and oily skin types, mostly. There are astringent properties helping to tighten enlarged pores and reduce blemishes.


Not the Cannabis variety but this oil is high in linoleic acid hempseed oil is nourishing and moisturising and non-comedogenic (cacadamia oil is another non-comedogenic) oil. If you are worried about breakouts, use this.


Actually, a wax that closely resembles human sebum. As a cold-pressed oil, it sinks in almost instantly, managing your skin's natural oil production and dissolving pore-clogging debris. Oily and combination skin types, you'll want this.


Neem oil is a serious blemish-fighting hero. Neem is deeply healing, properties of antibacterial, antifungal, and antiseptic, and it repairs and renews damaged skin cells and reducing inflammation.


Truly a nourishing oil softening dry and mature skin. A high concentration of antioxidants defends against the early signs of ageing caused by free-radicals, 3 environmental and UV damage.


A wonder in the skincare world. An anti-ageing powerhouse regenerating new skin cellular cells promotes collagen, and brightens dark spots and hyperpigmentation, in thanks to high levels of vitamin C. Smoothing out wrinkly fine lines and evens out skin tone.

Sea Buckthorn

Extracted from the bright orange berry of the sea buckthorn shrub and known to regenerate damaged skin and soothe inflammation.


Sesame oil is rich in vitamins B, D and E and Zinc. Balanced with linoleic and oleic acid this is a highly nourishing oil for most skin types. Antibacterial properties make this the best choice if you struggle with dryness and acne.


Sunflower oil enhances the skin's moisture barrier preventing flaky, patchy dryness, lessening skin tightness. An extremely high level of vitamin E, it forms a protective barrier from pollution and environment aggression.

Sweet Almond

A very light and nourishing oil that's full of vitamins and minerals. Often used as a quality massage oil with a generous amount of oleic acid. This oil is an excellent choice for dry, flaky skin.

Aromatherapy Carrier Oil Blends

This list should now help save you time and spare you worry about how you choose an aromatherapy carrier oil.

I wouldn't fret about one oil is better for the face, than another one. I don't. Simply pick out one oil for your particular skin type and enjoy. When you tire of one, look at another. You may experiment and blend two oils, 50% each.

If you've got combination skin, be tempted with 50% Apricot and 50% Jojoba. Both are similar to the skin's sebum, both are light and easily absorbing. Have fun experimenting, amaze yourself.

How can I tell what my skin type I have?

Ultimately it is your pore size that will determine your skin type. Have a look in a mirror up close and look for the size of your pores if they are visible.

If they're not so large then you'll likely have normal skin. Take a step back for a moment and take another look to see if your pores remain visible. If you see your pores from a step back you could have oily skin.

Dry skin types typically have very small pores, invisible. The middle ground between large visible and smaller, less visible you could have combination skin type.

Treating Skin Complaints

Looking at what oils are most beneficial for each skin condition or complaint next.4 The list is comprehensive but not exhaustive, apologies upfront.


  • Jojoba

  • Olive


  • Sweet Almond

  • Avocado

  • Borage

  • Sesame

  • Jojoba


  • Neem

  • Avocado

  • Borage

  • Rosehip

  • Jojoba


  • Apricot

  • Olive


  • Rosehip


  • Jojoba


  • Castor


  • Macadamia

  • Neem

Wounds and Liesions

  • Macadamia

  • Hempseed


  • Sesame


  • Evening Primrose

You should now have an understanding of what cold-pressed carrier (aromatherapy) oils to use for your skincare and treating of a skin complaint.

Keeping your pores in tip-top condition.

The following oils are said to be non-comedogenic meaning they'll not clog your pores. In fact, they very well could improve the cleansing of your pores.

Match the following oils with your skin type, hempseed, evening primrose, grapeseed, safflower, sunflower, sesame, sweet almond, and macadamia.

The comedogenic scale is a rating to indicate how likely an oil could potentially clog your pores.

  • 0 - highly unlikely to clog your pores

  • 1 - a low risk or possibility to pore clogging

  • 2 - low to moderate clogging may occur

  • 3 - err on the side of caution, clogging is possible

  • 4 - highly likely to clog your pores

  • 5 - definitely will clog pores

Applying an Oil

Apply your oil first thing in the morning waking up, or the last thing late at night before bed. As a cleanser, an oil can be used several times a day in fact.

Do you enjoy relaxing in a warm bath with a good book and a nice fragrance? Pour some oil in the water after stepping in. As the warm water softens your skin, opening pores, the oil will be absorbed deeply more quickly nourishing your skin.

Only be careful when leaving the bathtub you don't slip, due to the oil in the water.

Finishing Up

Follow this guide when choosing an oil for cleansing and massage for the best care and treatment of your skin and you won't go far wrong.

As stated earlier to choose a cold-press carrier oil and from a reputable supplier. If you can buy organic then do so because it really does offer the best worry-free care.

There are a lot of outlets where you can buy pure carrier oils in small amounts such as 30ml and 100ml. Personally, I would recommend you buy your aromatherapy carrier oils from Holland & Barrett on the high street, I shop there a lot for supplements and tea.





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