Oils have recently shed their bad rap and once again we can appreciate them for all their beneficial properties. The oil-free ads once permeating the beauty shelves are being replaced with the positive health effects of natural oils, it’s just a matter of finding the right oil for your skin. Natural oils can treat, moisturize, protect, and change your skin. The following guide to the best oils for skin is your go-to resource for getting even more gorgeous.
Oils for Aging Skin
1. Argan Oil
Often referred to as “liquid gold,” Argan oil containing high levels of vitamin E it promotes healthy collagen, treats acne, and premature signs of aging. It’s been used extensively on hair, because of its high content in vitamin E.
Initially used in Northwest Africa as a bactericidal and fungicidal agent, it has been increasingly popular in the skin care industry as a result of its wound healing and anti-aging properties despite sparse evidence based studies.
2. Olive oil
Olive oil is high in vitamins A and E, which have anti-aging benefits. It’s also an intense moisturizer, cleanser and protector, plus it helps fight inflammation (and subsequently sun damage).
Caution with use of olive oil if you have a history of eczema or allergic contact dermatitis as it has been associated as an allergen in those with a history of dermatitis.
3. Coconut Oil
It’s true, we love coconut oil. Why? It repairs cells, is high in antioxidants, and smoothes skin. It promotes soft skin and hair, giving it a healthy glow, and it can remove makeup. Coconut oil is an excellent body moisturizer and has been recommended to those suffering dry skin and eczema. Basically, it’s your skin’s best friend.
4. Avocado oil
Avocado oil increases collagen production, and is rich in vitamins A, D, E. Moisturizes and fights free radicals that make your skin age.
Oils for Acne Prone or Sensitive Skin
5. Jojoba Oil
Jojoba oil mimics our body’s natural oils and is a great multi-use oil for moisturizing skin. It’s non-greasy, anti-inflammatory, and a natural emollient, helping to maintain a protective skin barrier.
6. Hemp Seed Oil
Hemp seed oil is non-comedogenic, which means it won’t clog pores, and it has anti-inflammatory properties. Hemp seed oil is also rich in fatty acids and omega acids which help it function as a powerful humectant (quenching our “thirsty” skin!) and soothe inflamed skin. Hemp seed oil helps to regulate skin oil production and has been helpful in the prevention and treatment of mild acne.
7. Grape Seed Oil
Grape seed oil has been shown in studies to have both therapeutic effects against many diseases of the skin and chemopreventative (anti-aging) effects. UV radiation poses “stress” on our body—specifically oxidative stress on the skin cells.
Grape seed extract acts as a powerful antioxidant shielding our cells from this UV-mediated stress and subsequent decreases risk of skin cancer and skin aging. Though this topical agent has shown to be promising at the cellular level, there is less promising results when moving from bench to bedside.
Oils for Dry Skin
8. Sunflower Oil
Rich in linoleic acid, sunflower oil promotes skin hydration, minimizing skin water loss and maintaining the protective skin barrier. Sunflower oil can be used alone or add a few drops to your moisturizer. Rich in vitamin E, A and C it has been found to be incorporated in various anti-aging topicals.
Studies have suggested it’s anti-inflammatory properties as it regulates the activity of a primary inflammatory modulator and may helpful in those with inflammatory skin diseases.
9. Safflower Oil
Rich in essential omega-6 fatty acid, vitamin A and linoleic acid it has been shown to help prevent skin moisture loss and promote cell renewal and turnover.
10. Wheat Germ Oil
Wheat Germ oil is a nutrient-rich oil containing vitamins A, B, C, D, and E. This means high antioxidant and anti-inflammatory power, as well as fatty acids and proteins.
Initial uses of wheat germ oil was used in traditional Iranian medicine for the treatment of psoriasis. Few studies have shown that wheat germ oil may be helpful in increasing skin moisture.
No matter what your skin need may be or what type of skin you have, there’s a natural oil that can help you have amazing skin!
This post was medically reviewed by Dr. Rina Mary Allawh, M.D., a dermatologist who performs adult and pediatric medical dermatology, skin cancer treatment and cosmetic dermatology. Learn more about Hello Glow’s medical review board here. As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor.101