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13 Facial Oils That Can Make Your Skin Healthier

Sheena Joseph | Apr 23 2021
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Summer can dry your skin and make your face look dull. A lot of us are under the impression that oiling is for winter because that’s when the skin is dry. However, the summer season can dehydrate your skin even if you are drinking four bottles of water during the day. The key to surviving summer like a healthy person is to pamper yourself as much as you can. Your body and mind will love it.  

Facial oils can not only repair your skin but make it glow. The one key factor you should keep in mind when shopping for facial oil is to find something that doesn’t clog your pores. Oils with smaller molecules are best for nourishing the skin. If the molecular structure of the oil is too big, it cannot penetrate the top layer of the skin. This is why coconut oil is not a good choice for face massage. Here are some of the facial oils that can make your skin healthier.

1) Rosehip Seed Oil

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Rosehip seed oil is one of the most popular facial oils. Even celebrities like Kate Middleton and Miranda Kerr swear by it. Some people replace their moisturisers with rosehip seed oil because it is the main ingredient in some of the best moisturisers. Rosehip oil is full of vitamins A and C which are anti-inflammatory. These will hydrate the skin, repair damaged skin, and treat pigmentation.

2) Hemp Oil

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Hemp seed oil aka hemp oil often comes in a clear green appearance and nutty flavour. If you suffer from excess sebum production and acne, hemp oil can balance the oil production and prevent pore-clogging. It also has linoleic acid and oleic acids that your body does not produce. They have anti-aging properties which lower the development of fine lines and wrinkles. 

3) Marula Oil

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Marula oil is one of the non-greasy, lightweight options you have. This makes it an effective replacement for a night serum. If you have been losing weight, your face is the first place to lose fat. Applying marula oil will keep the face toned and skin firm. You can also apply it on your lips to prevent chapping. Mixing it in your face cream is also a great way to boost your skincare.

4) Argan Oil

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Argan oil is a blessing in the summer because it can protect your skin from sun damage. Loaded with vitamin E, argan oil is equally effective for all over your body. If you do not want to use two different oils for your body and face, argan oil is your best option. It also has antioxidants that protect the skin against free radical damage. It also has both antibacterial and fungicidal properties.

5) Jojoba Oil

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Jojoba oil is the best option for those who naturally have dry skin. Its waxy molecular structure allows the oil to seal the skin with a protective barrier and prevent the loss of moisture. It is one of the botanical substances that have a similar makeup to the sebum that your skin cannot tell the difference. If you are close to 30, incorporating jojoba oil into the skincare routine is recommended because it promotes collagen synthesis.

6) Saffron Oil

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Saffron is one of the most revered ingredients in skincare. It has been part of traditional regimes in the Middle East and Asia for centuries. Similar to the spice, saffron oil also comes from the  flower. The most popular benefit of this extract is the glow imparted to your face. It can also fight hyperpigmentation, inflammation, and premature ageing.

7) Kumkumadi Thailam

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Many people confuse kumkumadi thailam with saffron oil due to the similarity in the name. However, they are most definitely different. Kumkumadi thailam is a complex decoction made with 20-26 ingredients. Some of those ingredients are saffron, sandalwood, Indian licorice, turmeric, Indian madder (a blood purifier), vetiver, Indian lotus, Indian water lily, banyan, lotus stamen, bael, Shellac, Dusky Fire Brand Bark, Broken Bones Tree, and goat milk. Kumkumadi oil is known for healing, rejuvenating, and illuminating the skin.

8) Sweet Almond Oil

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Sweet almond oil is rich in zinc, vitamins A and E, and omega-3 fatty acids. The topical application on the face will reduce puffiness and under-eye circles. It is perfect for a face massage after a long day. It can also help with dry skin, uneven skin tone, reversing sun damage, and the appearance of scars as well.

9) Pomegranate Oil

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Pomegranate is known for the superfood status and antioxidant content. Pomegranate oil is no different. It can increase cell regeneration - the process of getting rid of old skin cells and making new healthy ones. If your diet or smoking habits have hindered your collagen production, applying pomegranate oil will boost it. When paired with a balanced diet, pomegranate oil can give you clean-looking and glowing skin. 

10) Moringa Oil

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Moringa oil can solve almost any problem you skin is facing. It can act as a moisturiser, prevent premature ageing, lower hyperpigmentation, and treat dark spots. If your skin has been neglected for a long time and you are thinking of going all in to revive it, moringa oil is a good place to start. Extracted from the seeds of moringa tree, the pale yellow oil with nutty odour is one of the most powerful skin care substances. It's plant growth hormone zeatin promotes cellular growth and nourishes cell tissue.

11) Aloe Vera Oil

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Aloe vera is known as the overachiever among plants. There is seldom any skin issue that aloe vera gel cannot solve. However, once plucked from the plant, aloe vera leaves do not have a long shelf life. They may last a couple of weeks in the refrigerator. If you are someone who travels a lot and wants the goodness of aloe vera, the oil form is your answer. Aloe vera oil has a much longer shelf life and is easy to carry around.

12) Kakadu Plum Oil

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Kakadu plum oil is part of many skincare products due to its polyphenols content. It also has high vitamin C content which can boost the quality of your skin and promote collagen production. The antibacterial properties can help acne-prone skin and breakout prone skin. If your skin is sensitive to most products, kakadu plum oil might be the answer as it is known for soothing the irritation with the presence of gallic acid.

13) Squalane Oil

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Squalene is a lipid produced in human cells but its amount declines with age. Fortunately, it is present in olives, rice bran, and sugarcane as well. The skincare industry has found a way to stabilise squalene through a process called hydrogenation. The stable form is called squalane which is an oil with long shelf life and many benefits for the skin. Squalane oil is a detoxifier you can rely on if you have been using many makeup products or are exposed to pollution. It can also boost collagen production and make skin more vibrant.