As we previously demonstrated, plant oils have many amazing benefits. They are truly a gift of nature and contain therapeutic ingredients, which you can read all about here.
Choosing the right plant oil for you can be daunting at first, but it has the potential to be a total game-changer once you’ve tracked down the one that’s just right for your routine. Most plant oils carry ample amounts of healing properties, yet each and every one of them has different effects on different skin types. The right one can make a major difference.
You might be wondering, which one do I choose and how should I be using it? Worry not, you can count on us to fill you in on the deets. So in order to get the most out of your plant oil and skincare regime, here are the plant oils you should consider according to your skin type.
….if you have dry skin
If the skin on your face is dry, it may feel rough to the touch and tight sometimes. An excellent plant oil for your AM routine would be Rosehip Pure Oil as it is absorbed by the skin very easily. Being high in essential fatty acids, it’s also extra nourishing! Argan Pure Oil is another awesome lightweight oil for dry skin. Sea Buckthorn Pure Oil helps to alleviate dry, flaking, and itchy skin this way! (Side note: due to its naturally intense orange-red hue, it does have a staining effect until washed off.) We do recommend incorporating it into your PM routine instead and to even be left on as a sleeping mask. Don’t forget to apply on your neck as well!
….if you have oily skin
Oily skin is when there’s noticeably too much sebum being produced by your skin. Your skin tends to look shiny and feels greasy throughout the day, even after using a cleanser. The truth is, even if you have oily skin, it’s still thirsty for hydration. Facial oils would deliver just the right amount of added moisture for your skin. If you’re a beginner to plant oils, Argan Pure Oil is a great starter oil to balance skin’s oil production. Same goes with Rosehip Pure Oil, as they’re both lightweight oils that won’t feel heavy on your skin. Another option for your PM routine is Black Seed Pure Oil, which helps to reduce clogged pores as you get your much needed beauty sleep!
….if you have combination skin
Combination skin basically means there’s a mix of dry and oily areas on different parts of your face, with your T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin) being slightly to very oily. This means you need to ensure your skin is well hydrated and oil production is as balanced as it can be. We’d suggest our Argan Pure Oil to control oil production on your oily areas while nourishing the dry parts of your face. As we’ve mentioned before, Rosehip Pure Oil is a versatile plant oil that can be used to balance sebum production and won’t irritate the skin. For an extra boost of moisture at nighttime, Sea Buckthorn Pure Oil would be a wonderful choice as well.
….if you have acne-prone skin
Acne-prone skin is when your skin is vulnerable to breakouts often. It’s definitely common in oily and combination skins due to clogging of hair follicles with dead skin cells and excessive oil production. Tamanu Pure Oil has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that are great for healing of acne and scars. It’ll even help your skin target acne before it’s even begun. Black Seed Pure Oil also works to reduce pimples! Or if you’re looking for a plant oil with more moisturizing factors, another great option is Rosehip Pure Oil with its vitamin A and C content that helps to improve acne scars.
….if you want youthful skin
Your skin changes as it ages. You might see wrinkles, age spots, and dryness. And that’s completely fine; you should start embracing it! Don’t forget that mature skin requires some TLC as well. For daytime use, you can count on Argan Pure Oil and Rosehip Pure Oil to come to the rescue! These oils can help to rehydrate the skin if you’re starting to use other anti-aging ingredients such as retinol, which tends to dry out the skin. Black Seed Pure Oil is perfect for those looking to combat hyperpigmentation and increase skin’s suppleness. Sea Buckthorn Pure Oil helps to correct sun damage caused by UV rays when you apply it before bed.
….if you have multiple skin concerns
There is a plethora of skin concerns that everyone may experience in their lifetime. It really depends on your environment, diet, and hormonal changes. Yes, it is possible for your usual oily skin to turn into dry skin but also be acne-prone at the same time. If that’s the case, go for Tamanu Pure Oil. If you have oily skin but still feel tight, it’s likely that your skin is dehydrated. Argan Pure Oil’s your best bet! Those looking to fade pigmentation and fight acne breakouts can opt for Black Seed Pure Oil. Experiencing fine lines and needing an intense boost of hydration? Sea Buckthorn Pure Oil is a great choice in that case.
And there you have it, we hope we’ve helped guide you towards your first oil! Now that we’ve covered different plant oils for different skin types, let’s move on to a few tips that can help you start incorporating plant oils into your skincare routine.
Night time is the best time
Our skin starts the rejuvenation period at night. As we sleep, our skin cells rejuvenate and correct some of the damage that has been done throughout the day. To take advantage of that, it’s best to prep skin with the best ingredients before going to bed. It doesn’t matter what time it is at night, your skin will still reap its benefits.
To ease yourself through the transition period, apply plant oils on the skin every other day for the first 2 weeks. This is so that you can take a step back if any sort of adverse reaction occurs. As the skin gets used to it, you can always increase the frequency later on.
Stress and hormonal changes
We get that life can get hectic, but stress can be read on the face. And how does that happen, exactly? High levels of a stress hormone called cortisol weaken the skin and can cause hormonal shifts ranging from acne and rashes, and even accelerate fine lines. To avoid that, try not to introduce any new oil-based products when it’s that time of the month, when going through hormonal changes, or when you’re just having a busy and stressful week.
Give skin some time to adjust
Just because a product isn't doing anything drastic for your skin after 24 hours doesn't mean you shouldn’t use it. Depending on the person’s skin type, skin cells naturally regenerate every 30 days. Give yourself 2 weeks to ease through the transition period to get your skin used to natural plant oils. However, discontinue use immediately if any major adverse reaction occurs. Otherwise, be patient as the results will be completely worth it!
Explore and see what suits you!
If a plant oil doesn’t seem to be working for you, it doesn’t mean another one wouldn’t. Sometimes, even though a plant oil fixes a skin concern for most people, don’t feel disheartened if it isn’t showing the same results for you. There’s definitely an oil out there that would work wonders for you. And as you explore the wonderful world of plant oils, you have the opportunity to tailor your choice of products based on how they suit your skin type! Remember, everyone’s skin is different from one another. So, introducing a plant oil to your skin care routine should be done with care – and time!
What can’t plant oils do for the skin? A lot of people we know have observed almost immediately that plant oils kept their skin moisturised longer throughout the day and even noted a plumping effect. They also reported a bright and dewy complexion over time with consistent use of plant oils. We completely agree with that, plant oils can really give you a head-turning glow! Now’s the time to take care of your skin and put your best face forward.