Using facial oils on oily, spotty skin sounds like completely contradictory advice, but use the right soothing oil and you could actually have clearer skin with less breakouts in no time.
The cause of breakouts are different for everyone, but it's a skin condition that needs such gentle care and attention. This is where nourishing facial oils come in. Whether you're treating genetic, hormonal or stress related pimples, facial oils have a variety of benefits, including minimising inflammation, redness and scarring. I am a convert to facial oils, especially when stress makes my skin break out like crazy! Here are my favourite types of facial oils and oil cleansers, how they work and who they're best for.
This classic oil is non-irritating and may help to balance oily skin, as well as treat breakouts. It works so well because it's similar to the skin's own sebum, so it can penetrate deeper to moisturise skin in the same way our own natural oils work. To cleanse, rub a few drops on your fingertips and spread over your face. Using a really warm face cloth, wipe over your face and repeat. You might find your skin feels so moisturised afterwards that you don't even need moisturiser, depending on your skin type. An all time classic moisturising oil, nourishing Jojoba is best used after cleansing at night for revitalised and replenished skin when you wake up. To make a spot treatment, mix a few drops of antibacterial tea tree oil with a few jojoba oil drops and apply onto the spot for overnight results.
The Jojoba Company Jojoba Oil
The lightweight yet deeply hydrating Jojoba Company Jojoba Oil is rich in Omega 6 & 9 fatty acids and Vitamins A, D and E and can be used on its own or as a serum under your usual facial moisturiser. This Jojoba Oil is extra virgin cold pressed and filtered to produce pure, rich Jojoba, and may be ideal for treating acne prone skin that needs a helping hand when it comes to balancing oil production.
Lariese - Organic Golden Jojoba Oil
The Lariese - Organic Golden Jojoba Oil is an impressive, pure, golden oil that hydrates and refreshes the skin, without leaving an oily residue. With Organic Jojoba Oil, it provides a highly protective antioxidant for the skin, rich in antibacterial, antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties. Suitable for all skin types, including acne-prone. Organic, cruelty-free and vegan.
According to Pai Skincare, clinical studies show that Rosehip is effective at improving the appearance of scars, stretch marks, sun damage, pigmentation and fine lines as it is rich in concentrated Trans-Retinoic Acid, known to help naturally repair skin. Apply morning and night (or just night if your skin tends to look shiny) on slightly damp skin for deeply penetrating moisture. Rosehip is known to aid the skin's natural healing process, helping to restore damaged skin and leave the complexion looking fresh, bright and youthful.
Pai Skincare BioRegenerate Rosehip Oil
The most potent Rosehip Oil available, the Pai Certified Organic BioRegenerate Rosehip Oil contains a rich blend of Rosehip Seed and Fruit Extracts as well as Vitamin E. This unique Rosehip Oil contains concentrated 'fruit' oil with twice the regenerative sterols and five times the carotenoids of the more regular used seed oil, boosting the skin's natural healing process which may help minimise the appearance of scarring and pigmentation and improve skin's elasticity and radiance.
ECO. Face Certified Organic Rosehip Oil
Formulated with Certified 100% Organic Rosehip, the ECO.Face Certified Organic Rosehip Oil is packed with essential fatty acids and Vitamin C to help transform skin tone and provide deep hydration. This moisturising oil can be used on the face as a serum as well as on the body and it may also help minimise scars and stretch marks.
Life Basics Pure Rosehip Oil
Ideal for all skin types, the very affordable and high-quality Life Basics Pure Rosehip Oil is cold-pressed from Rosehip Seeds and completely pure. Rich in essential fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamins, it helps to repair and protect the skin from signs of environmental damage and ageing by promoting moisture retention and encouraging regeneration. It can be used on the body to help with stretch marks and on the face to improve elasticity and texture, fade scarring and pigmentation, and smoothen out fine lines and uneven skin tone.
Oil has the ability to gently melt and clean away excess sebum, dirt and makeup from your skin, leaving it nourished, smooth and hydrated, without clogging pores. Some cleansers emulsify with water, others need a hot cloth to gently but thoroughly remove dirt, grime and excess oil. Cleansing oil also works beautifully when you double cleanse for extra hydration, or follow up with the facial oil of your choice.
Black Chicken Remedies Cleanse My Face Organic Purifying Oil Cleanser
The Black Chicken Remedies Cleanse My Face Purifying Oil Cleanser is a calming, luxurious cleansing oil containing 14 pure medicinal oils, including skin loving Jojoba, Castor Oil, Sweet Almond and Macadamia to deeply cleanse the skin and uplift your spirits. This sebum-controlling formula may oxygenate cells and promote circulation, can be massaged into the face using circular motions to dissolve makeup and cleanse pores of impurities, and may be ideal for those with hormonal acne.
Happy Skincare '3 Cheers' Cleansing Oil
The beautiful Happy Skin '3 Cheers' Cleansing Oil is a high performing cleanser containing Macadamia and Rice Bran Oils that melts away dirt, grime, makeup, sunscreen and environmental pollution quickly and easily without drying out your skin, or increasing the oil production. This vegan formula emulsifies on contact with water and carefully lifts off impurities, and is easily rinsed off.
Vitamin C is known for its ability to fade dark spots and acne marks, brighten the complexion and offers anti-ageing benefits too. It may have anti-inflammatory abilities too, helping to clear acne and restore vitality to the complexion. Most products with vitamin C are used as a skincare treatment, either under moisturiser or in its place.
ECO. Face Vitamin C Serum
Ideal for daily use, the ECO. Face Vitamin C Serum was specially developed to target the signs of ageing, containing a healthy dose of Vitamin C along with Rosehip Oil, Milk Thistle and Sea Buckthorn which may help brighten the complexion, reduce pigmentation, increase hydration and promote cell turn over for a radiant glow.
One of the most respected anti-ageing ingredients, Vitamin A also slows down the skin cell shedding process, which is an issue with acne. Acne skin sheds and flakes too quickly, and when mixed with excess sebum, creates spots. Use it as a treatment in a facial oil, serum or oil. Be sure to check directions as some Vitamin A products can make skin extra sun-sensitive.
ECO. Face Vitamin A Serum
Best used only a couple of nights per week, the ECO. Face Vitamin A Serum contains a powerful dose of Vitamin A in the form of microencapsulated Retinol, which is released on the skin as it's applied and when it's most active allowing for optimal penetration. Due to the intensity of the Retinol, which can increase the skin's sensitivity to sun, this serum is for use overnight only. This enriched formula also contains Aloe Leaf Juice, Calendula Flower, Elderberry Fruit Extract and Olive Oil which may help to promote cell turnover, discourage pigmentation, even tone and assist in the control of breakouts.