Thanks to the growing interests in organic and natural beauty products, face oils have taken over as the must have skincare 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! With a combination skin (oily forehead, nose and chin with relatively dry cheeks) and cystic acne, it can be difficult to find the right product. The wrong formulation can easily clog my pores and cause more breakouts.
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, also known as the Barbary Fig plant is a type of cactus found in countries such as Mexico and Morocco.
It is similar to Argan oil. However prickly pear seed oil is lighter in weight and texture. It absorbs easily into the skin without clogging your pores. This is due to its high linoleic acid content. It also contains 150% more Vitamin E than Argan oil which is why it’s my number one face oil.
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.
The nut inside the sweet fruit of the Marula tree is where the oil is extracted, 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. You can use it as a face oil for mature skin types.
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. However, you can get all the benefits by whipping some DIY home masks. You can use turmeric powder from your spices cabinet! Just be careful to protect your clothing as turmeric can stain them. Otherwise you can use turmeric oil as a face oil at night.
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.With the nickname ‘liquid gold’ there’s a reason why Argan Oil is such a hit in the beauty world. Argan oil comes in different qualities, so make sure you buy yours from a reputable place. As a face oil, it still remains one of the best for all skin types.
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.
Coconut oil is still trending as a skin savior. 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 has anti-inflammatory properties, its texture is too heavy. Coconut oil is best used for the body and hair rather than the face. However, if you have extremely dry skin or have been exposed to the sun for too long, you can use it as a one time treatment.
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 Collagen once 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 coconut oil is to add it to your DIY treatments. Celebrity Halle Berry swears by it and attributes it to her flawless skin. Here is a simple DIY recipe: mix your coconut oil and ground fresh coffee and rub all over your body in the shower.
As with any DIY make sure you perform a patch test on your fore arm to make sure you are not allergic.