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
ELIZABETH QUINN 15/04/2020
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Castor (extremely oily)
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.
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.
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.
been known to clog pores if overly used.
Use Coconut oil in a blend with another oil such as Sunflower, a good bet to lighten
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.
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 (Macadamia 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, 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.
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.
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.3 The list is comprehensive but not exhaustive,
Wounds and Liesions
You should now have an understanding of what cold-pressed carrier (aromatherapy) oils to use for your skincare and treating of a skin
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,
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.
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.
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.