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Best Oils For Your Skin Type

Skin Types

We all get a little confused with the large variety of natural oils to choose from. It’s overwhelming honestly, but the key thing to always have at the forefront is your skin’s needs. And the best way to know your skin’s needs is by knowing your skin type to begin with. From there, you can work around what works for your skin in particular, as not all skin is the same, even if it’s the same skin type.

Although this has yet to be proven scientifically, through observation and practical analysis, there are believed to be 5 skin types. They include:

Oily skin

Dry Skin

Sensitive Skin

Combination Skin

Normal Skin

 

I did my homework and made things a bit easier for you by highlighting the best oils for your skin type. I also included the best oils/ butters for a body moisturizer.

 

Best Oils for Skin types

 

Oily Skin 

If you have oily skin, you’re more prone to acne and breakout. Oily skin is characterized by an overproduction of sebum which makes the skin appear greasy (abeg don’t mistake this with glowing). Despite this, you still need to supply your skin with sufficient moisture. This is like telling your skin ‘guy! I’ll give you moisture, there’s no need for you to overdo’. For an oily skin type, you don’t need anything heavy and clogging. A comedogenic rating of 0-1 is ideal. You also need something high in linoleic acid. Which helps to balance and soothe the skin.

  • Grapeseed Oil
  • Hemp Seed Oil
  • Aloe Vera
  • Rosehip Seed Oil
  • Goji Berry Oil
  • Safflower Oil
  • Jojoba Oil

 

Although Jojoba Oil has a rating of 2, it works just like our natural sebum and is effective for all skin types. If you have an oily skin, try to stay away from any substance with a comedogenic rating above 3.

 

Dry Skin

Although a dry skin type comes with its advantages, such as nearly invisible pores. It is still essential to moisturize so as to avoid your skin becoming flaky and rough. Depending on the severity of your dry skin, you could get away with using an oil with a comedogenic rating of 4, breakout-free.

  • Olive Oil
  • Avocado Oil
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Almond Oil
  • Aloe Vera
  • Argan Oil
  • Moringa Oil
  • Shea Butter
  • Cocoa Butter
  • Mango Butter

 

Sensitive Skin

If you have sensitive skin like mine, then you’re definitely not a stranger to itchy rashes, burning, and depending on your complexion redness. Sensitive skin is easy prey to various skin ailments and can be easily irritated. As a result of this, you should avoid harsh chemicals and ingredients. Substances like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is not only highly clogging (rating of 5) but is also a major irritant. If you’re not sure about how your skin reacts to products, it best to stick with single-ingredient products. Micellar water is an effective but mild cleanser/make-up remover, it’s excellent for sensitive skin.

  • Almond Oil
  • Grapeseed Oil
  • Marula Oil
  • Rosehip Oil
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Papaya Oil

Most people with sensitive skin usually have sensitive and dry skin, or sensitive and oily skin, or sensitive and combination skin type. I have a sensitive and oily skin type (Lord help me), so work with these oils depending on your skin type.

 

Combination Skin

Someone with a combination skin type has both an oily skin and dry skin. Some areas are dry while others are oily (like the T-zone). This makes it kind of tricky to handle. You can’t just use one oil. In most cases, you’ll have to mix things up a bit to properly moisturize the dry and oily areas.

 

  • Jojoba Oil
  • Rosehip Oil
  • Aloe Vera
  • Sunflower Oil
  • Almond Oil
  • Argan Oil
  • Evening Primrose Oil
  • Neem Oil

Best Oils Normal Skin Type

Normal skin is most likely the easiest to handle, as the name implies. It’s normal. You don’t have to deal with flaky skin or unhealthily shiny skin. Your main job is just to maintain the oil balance and keep it hydrated. Heavy Oils will not be necessary.

 

  • Argan Oil
  • Hemp Seed Oil
  • Safflower Oil
  • Aloe Vera
  • Sea Buckthorn Oil
  • Mango Butter
  • Shea Butter
  • Almond Oil

 

Best Oils and Butters for the Body

 

Shea Butter

Mango Butter

Coconut Oil

Olive Oil

Palm Kernel Oil

Cocoa Butter

Avocado Oil

Mineral Oils

 

 

If you’re confused about where to get quality oils and butters, I’ve created a list just for you.

 

What do you guys think? Do you already use any of the oils listed?

Or do you have an unpleasant experience with anyone?

Please let me know… We love hearing from you!

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