Thanks to the growing interests in organic and natural beauty products, face oils have taken over as The Must Have Product of 2017.
Face oils and serums are gaining popularity, and there is no shortage of products out there! This is why choosing a certain brand or product can sometimes be a daunting task! For someone like me who has combination skin (oily forehead, nose and chin with relatively dry cheeks) and cystic acne, it can be difficult to find the right product that doesn’t clog pores and cause problems.
So before you start spending your hard earned cash, here are some facts about the TOP 5 FACE OILS out there!
The Prickly Pear fruit, otherwise known as Optunia Ficus Indica or the Barbary Fig plant is a type of cactus found in countries such as Mexico and Morocco.
It is similar to Argan oil; however it contains the most Vitamin E out of any of the beauty oils on the market – roughly 150% more than Argan oil, which is why I put it as my first choice. It also contains the highest percentage of unsaturated fatty acids of around 88%, making it ideal for all skin types as it moisturizes without clogging pores.
Benefits of Prickly Pear Oil:
- Quick Absorbing due to the high Linoleic Acid Content (60%).
- Tightens Pores since the high essential fatty acid content keeps the collagen layer moist and healthy.
- Slows Skin Aging as it contains the highest levels of Betalains which are super antioxidants with powerful anti-aging effects.
- Will Not Clog Pores as it is a non-comedogenic oil comprised of Linoleic Acid (60%) and a low Oliec Acid (20%).
- Brightens Dark Spots as it contains Vitamin K which is known to brighten skin.
- Prevents Wrinkles as the Vitamin E content increases cell renewal and the high fatty acid content plumps the skin.
- Fantastic For Sensitive Skin since it is non-irritating, deep nourishing and reduces inflammation.
Where to buy :
Now there are a few brands of Prickly Pear Oil which I have found, however I chose to purchase from Repere Care; a local Dubai based company which offers a variety of Prickly Pear Oil products from facial cleansers, serums and moisturizers.
I really liked Repere Care because focus specifically on Prickly Pear Oil, sourcing their own raw materials from Morocco, while doing all of their manufacturing and formulations in house here in Dubai. I purchased the serum for AED170 ($45 USD) and moisturizer for AED 130 ($35 USD) and have been using it religiously twice a day and I can say that my cystic acne flair ups have been dramatically reduced and my skins complexion is smooth and refined. The products also have this sweet smell to them making my daily ritual that much more enjoyable.
The Marula tree flourishes in the driest, remotest and least agriculturally productive areas of Zimbabwe, Namibia and South Africa and has been a staple item in the peoples diet for centuries.
The nut inside the sweet fruit of the Marula tree is where the oil is extracted and turned into oil, which is traditionally used in cosmetics, cooking and to preserve meat. Marula Oil itself contains a large proportion of monounsaturated fatty acids and 60% more antioxidants than Argan Oil.
Benefits of Marula Oil :
- Anti-aging Properties The high antioxidant content slows down the breaking of collagen in the skin.
- Fights Acne Thanks to its anti-microbial properties, daily use can help fight acne causing bacteria.
- Quick Absorption Rate as it contains a high level of Oleic (70-78%), Stearic (5-8%) and Palmetic (9-12%) fatty acids.
- Contains Omega 6 and 9 essential fatty acids which work for all skin types from dry to oily to sensitive skin.
- Long Lasting Hydration Oils reduce water loss from the skin, allowing long lasting hydration hours after you apply it.
Where to buy :
Check out Marula Pure Beauty Oil, you can purchase the smallest bottle of pure Marula oil for $58 USD. Add a few drops to your daily moisturizer or use as a deep hydrating treatment after the shower all over your face and body.
Turmeric is not only a herb used in the kitchen as we mostly know it for, as Turmeric Oils are extracted from the turmeric root and used in various ways to provide powerful benefits to its users. Don’t be nervous about rubbing this magical plant on your face as it packs a punch for a variety of skin ailments.
Benefits of Turmeric Oil :
- Inflammation is reduced since the oils are 60-65% alpha-curcumene (a Sesquiterpene hydrocarbon).
- Anti-Bacterial and Anti-Microbial properties fight against acne infections allowing the skin to remain clean and bacteria free.
- Facial Hair Control is possible if a mask is applied daily to contain excess hair growth.
- Improves Skin Elasticity as it stimulates new cell growth and keeps the skins elasticity intact.
- Controls Oily Skin through its fatty acid and phytosterol contents which reduce excess skin oil production.
Where to buy :
Now I have yet to see Turmeric Oil used in a skin care product. After doing further research I have followed some of the DIY home masks on instagram using turmeric powder and honey as face mask and it’s definitely worth the effort! Mind you be VERY careful when applying as it will stain your clothing and hair!! Use gloves, wear old clothing you don’t mind ruining and do not get it in your hairline or eyebrows as it will be difficult to get out.
Argan Oil is an extract from the kernels of the Argan tree, native to Morocco. It is extremely rich in beneficial nutrients including Vitamin E and fatty acids, and with the nickname ‘liquid gold’ there’s a reason why Argan Oil is such a hit in the beauty world.
Benefits of Argan Oil :
- Acne is greatly reduced as the high linoleum acid content helps to reduce inflammation caused by acne.
- Reduces Stretch Marks by improving the elasticity of the skin.
- Moisturizes Dry Skin and aids in conditions such as eczema as the Vitamin E and fatty acids will repair damaged skin with nutrients.
- Stretch Marks are decreased as the Vitamin E content improves skin elasticity.
- Stimulates Collagen and helps restore the skin’s integrity and natural barriers from the fatty acids.
Where to buy :
Unfortunately, new oil discoveries have pushed our beloved Argan Oil further down the list but that doesn’t mean that it’s obsolete! Check out MoroccanOil as they have a variety of products for both skincare and hair care! I was a faithful user of their Intense Hydrating Hair Mask for $60.50 USD and the Original MoroccanOil Treatment for $47 USD for my hair and for my skincare I used the Pure Argan Oil for $52 USD.
To this day I still use their products for my bleached hair and it makes it feel smooth and silky, but I have upgraded to a different skincare regime.
The first and at a time most influential product on the beauty market was Coconut Oil. I started using Coconut Oils in my body butters and moisturizers but I was always too scared to put it on my face due to my cystic acne although it was stated to have anti-inflammatory properties, I just wasn’t willing to risk it.
Benefits of Coconut Oil :
- Excellent Skin Moisturizer since it is an all-natural product and doesn’t leave any residue behind.
- Anti-Bacterial Agent comprised of Lauric Acid which is a medium chain fatty acid comprising of around 85% of the Coconut Oil.
- Anti-Microbial Agent aids in the fight against fungal infections on the face and skin.
- Improves Collagenonce the oil is absorbed into the skin and the active triglycerides attract the collagen protein molecules which ensure timely repair.
Where to buy :
Coconut Oil can be found in its pure form, and many organic options are available in the supermarket. The best way to reap the benefits of this amazing oil is to add it to your DIY face and body treatments. Celebrity Halle Berry swears by it and attributes it to her flawless skin, and I got you the recipe! Simply mix your coconut oil and ground fresh coffee and rub all over your body in the shower.