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October, 13 2017

How to pick the perfect oil for your skin


Gill @JdeV Auchterarder store

If you’ve made the decision to incorporate an oil into your skincare routine then we really couldn’t be happier! Oils are a great way of getting extra nutrients and moisture into your skin and can be wonderful for treating a range of different skin types.

However, knowing which oil to pick for your skin can be tricky – there’s so many choose from and it can be difficult to get an understanding of which oil will really benefit your skin! That’s why I’ve created this handy to guide to help you choose the perfect oil to complement your skin!

How to pick the perfect oil…for dry skin!

If you suffer from dry skin then undoubtedly, you will benefit from including a good oil in your skincare regime. This is because most oils are rich in essential fatty acids, helping to moisturise your skin and repair your epidermal barrier, keeping bacteria and pathogens at bay!

However, since dry skin is also prone to irritation, it’s important to pick an oil that’s gentle and unlikely to upset your skin. Essential oils, such as lavender or jasmine, should be ruled out at this point unless they are used sparingly and generously diluted with a nourishing carrier oil first.

What is a carrier oil? Unlike essential oils, which are distilled from the leaves or bark of a plant, carrier oils are pressed from the fatty portions (think seeds, nuts etc.). Due to their level of concentration, essential oils are often blended with carrier oils so they can be absorbed into the skin without causing any irritation.

One carrier oil that I always recommend to my customers at Jan de Vries, is rosehip oil. Incredibly rich in collagen-boosting vitamin C, rosehip oil is fantastic for dry or ageing skin types and, since it’s a dry oil, it absorbs into your skin quickly without leaving any oily residues behind.

We offer a number of rosehip oils but my personal favourite would have to be Sukin’s Organic Certified Rose Hip Oil. It contains a number of potent antioxidants that can help to soothe dry skin and it’s chockfull of beta-carotene and essential fatty acids! Great for stimulating the production of collagen, it’s 100% vegan-friendly and carbon neutral and, at £14.24, it’s one of our best middle-range products!

How to pick the perfect oil for…sensitive skin!

As with dry skin, sensitive skin will require a gentle oil that won’t cause any irritation or inflammation. Since sensitive skin is often brittle and prone to flare-ups, I would go for an oil that’s rich in antioxidants and capable of protecting your skin from oxidative stress.

Almond oil is a favourite of mine as this carrier oil is chockfull of essential fatty acids, including oleic acid and linoleic acid, making it extremely nourishing and soothing for irritated skin. However, since it lacks the antioxidant properties that I have mentioned, I would try blending this oil with another carrier oil, such as plum seed oil which, aside from containing an abundance of fatty acids, also possesses beta-carotene.

Weleda’s Soothing Facial Oil contains a blend of almond oil and plum seed oil, mingled with blackthorn blossom. It’s fantastically rich in nutrients and capable of soothing irritated skin and reducing sensitivity. Naturally hydrating and lightweight, it absorbs quickly with a faint aroma of marzipan, and can even be used to protect your skin against environmental aggressors!

Vegan-friendly, fragrance-free and dermatologically approved, this product costs around £17.95 but it’s worth every penny.

How to pick the perfect oil for…ageing skin

When it comes to mature skin, extra nourishment is really required. As we age, our production of collagen can slow down so it’s always worth looking for an oil that contains plenty of vitamin C, as well as essential fatty acids to help maintain your skin and ward off any signs of premature ageing.

Some of my colleagues have already elaborated about the benefits of rosehip oil for ageing skin and while I would agree, rosehip oil truly is amazing; it’s always worth considering a product that contains a nutrient-rich blend. Other oils such as almond oil and jojoba are known to be incredibly moisturising and chockfull of antioxidants so why not reap as much benefits as possible?

 Green People’s Anti-Ageing Facial Oil is definitely one of my personal favourite anti-ageing products and I never hesitate to recommend it to my customers, especially if their skin is in need of a little extra TLC! It contains a number of collagen-boosting ingredients, including rosehip oil, avocado oil, jojoba and antioxidant vitamin E.

It’s full of omega fatty acids and helps to increase your skin’s elasticity, locking in moisture without blocking pores. At £20.50, it’s one of our pricier skin oils but the benefits really do speak for themselves!

How to pick the perfect oil for…oily skin

As my colleague Yvonne covered in her article ‘6 great oils for oily skin’ you definitely shouldn’t be put off the idea of a skin oil if you do have oily skin. They can be enormously beneficial, as strange as it may sound, and can even regulate your production of sebum oil. There are a number of oils to choose from, but out of Yvonne’s 6, my favourite would have to be jojoba oil.

Jojoba oil is very similar to sebum oil so it can trick your skin, re-balancing your oil production! It’s also an amazing moisturiser and it’s rich in antioxidant vitamin E – what else could you ask for? And it just so happens that one of my favourite products for oily skin happens to contain this versatile carrier oil – Dr Hauschka’s Clarifying Day Oil.

This product contains a range of different oils, from jojoba to sweet almond, and is great for blemish-prone oily skin. It can even help to reduce oil production, whilst at the same time,  keeping your skin hydrated and preventing dry skin. My customers have definitely fallen in love with this product and they can’t get over how soft their skin feels afterwards!

This product is one of our premium oil blends and that is reflected in the price, coming in at £25.50. A little does go a long way though and it definitely delivers so I wouldn’t hesitate to treat yourself – you definitely deserve it.

How to pick the perfect oil for…dull skin

Dull skin can be difficult to deal with but there are ways of bringing your complexion to life. Oils are a good start – they contain plenty of plant-based nutrients and fatty acids to help soothe your skin and enrich with vitamins and minerals for a natural, healthy look. If you’re looking for a great oil to help reinvigorate your skin, I would start with antioxidants and plenty of them.

Of course, finding an oil that is rich in antioxidants can be difficult but that’s why I’m such a fan of Sukin’s Super Greens Nourishing Chia Seed Oil+as, not only does it contain an infusion of hemp seed and baobab oil, it also utilises extracts of spirulina, kale and parsley. It’s extraordinarily dense in nutrients, absorbs quickly and promotes hydration, improving the texture of your skin and brightening your complexion.

Bursting with amino acids and healthy fats, thanks to the inclusion of chia seed oil, you should definitely give this oil a try. At £14.95, it’s definitely affordable and best of all, it contains no preservatives so it shouldn’t upset or stress your skin.