As you age, your skin produces less oil, which means you get dried out more easily. This, for many women, exaggerates the look of wrinkles. Facial oils can reduce your wrinkles because they contain essential ingredients like antioxidants and pass through the skin quickly, preventing water loss and keeping the skin plump. Antioxidants boost collagen production and strengthen skin elasticity, thus reducing fine lines.
Best oils for aging skin: Argan and Rosehip seed
Whether your dry, parched skin is weather dependent or a year-round concern, face oils can be part of the remedy. Quick-absorbing, nutrient-rich face oils help to deeply moisturise and smooth your skin. For dehydrated skin, you may want to use a hydrating serum first, followed by a moisturising oil to lock in all of the benefits of the serum.
Best oils for dry skin: Marcuia, Argan, Olive, Sunflower, Jojoba and Coconut
Overly stripping oily skin in an attempt to get rid of oily shine actually causes your skin to product more oil to compensate, creating a vicious cycle. Certain oils can actually help balance your skin’s oil production, get rid of excess oil on your face and minimize the appearance of pores. Certain oils can dissolve excess sebum and remove grime and fats from pores, thus minimizing their appearance.
Best oils for oily/acne-prone skin: Macadamia, Jojoba, Tea Tree and Camellia Seed
Free radical–fighting antioxidants also protect your skin and combat future damage by reducing cellular oxidation, one of the processes by which skin ages. By tackling free radicals, products like those containing primrose oil or those with a vitamin E base protect against and reduce damage from the sun. (But, no, they don’t sufficiently block UV rays.) Be sure to apply sunscreen after massaging a few drops of face oil onto your skin in the morning. Face oils have anti-inflammatory properties, which means they can calm the skin and reduce rashes and are great for blemish prone skin.
Best oils for sensitive/damaged skin: Lavender, Chamomile Roman, Primrose, Argan, Yangu