THE RIGHT OIL FOR YOU

The best thing you can do for your skin, is to listen to it. Generally, all-natural, organic oils of any type are beneficial to the overall wellbeing of the body, but when putting oils on your face, there are a few things to consider. Choosing the right oils for your skin type can be a challenge, but it will maximize the results. Adverse skin reactions may mean the oil you are using is not suitable for your skin type. Understand and know your skin type, listen to what your skin is telling you, and use only chemical-free, all-natural organic products. Be patient and persistent, your skin will thank you.




SENSITIVE SKIN


People with sensitive skin commonly have reactions of irritation, redness, dryness, stinging, burning, or tightness due to skin care products, or household products that contact their skin. There are many possible reasons, but often it's in response to particular skin care products. Those with sensitive skin types should avoid harsh chemical-based skin care treatments, and can be caused by other skin conditions like rosacea or allergies. Sensitive skin is easily inflamed, so it’s important to choose the right natural skin care products recommended specifically for sensitive skin. Some with extreme sensitivities experience itching and hives. If your skin is sensitive, try to find out what triggers flare-ups, are so you can cautiously avoid them.



TIP : Less is almost always more with sensitive skin, usually just a drop or two will do the trick. Apply oil, let sit for a few minutes, then blot with tissue to remove excess.


OILS : Those with sensitive skin types should look for oils that are lightweight, absorb quickly, and use only a small amount on the face. We recommend Jojoba oil, Avocado oil, Camellia oil, Sweet Almond oil, Apricot kernel oil, Hemp seed oil, and Rosehip oil for sensitive skin.




DRY SKIN


People with dry skin may feel an overall tightness in their skin, along with possible scaly patches or flaking. Those with dry skin generally have almost invisible pores, and may suffer from premature wrinkles and regular irritation to the skin.  Your skin can crack, peel, or become itchy, irritated, or inflamed. If it’s very dry, it can become rough and scaly, especially on the backs of your hands, arms, and legs. Dry skin can be caused, or made worse, by any of the following; genes, aging, hormonal changes, environmental factors, weather, indoor heating, hot showers, medications, or ingredients in soap, skincare, or cleaning products. 




TIP : Moisturize religiously, especially after washing hands and body, use lotion or oils regularly to replenish and restore hydration to dry skin.​


OILS : Look for oils that are high in oleic acid, they are rich and heavy, so they're better suited for people with dry skin. We recommend Jojoba oil, Avocado oil, Camellia oil, Sweet Almond oil, Apricot kernel oil, Pomegranate oil, Coconut oil, and Rosehip oil for dry skin.




OILY SKIN


Those with oily skin tend to notice a great deal of shine on their face, and may deal with terrible acne breakouts. People with oily skin usually have dull, or shiny, thick complexions, enlarged pores, and blackheads, pimples, or other blemishes. The oiliness of one's skin can change depending upon the time of year or the weather. Things that can cause or worsen oily skin conditions include; stress, hormonal imbalances, puberty, heat, or too much humidity.​ Many individuals struggling with oily skin tend to use products that promise to dry out the skin, which actually can make it worse. Acne treatment products, some containing harsh ingredients like benzoyl peroxide, can cause extreme dryness and irritation, this can actually be counterproductive. Drying ingredients may trigger your skin to work harder at producing more oil, resulting in oilier skin.




TIP : Wash face with a gentle cleanser, no more than twice a day.


OILS : Choose oils high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid. These oils have a very thin, light texture and are rapidly absorbed, leaving no trace of oil behind. We recommend Jojoba oil, Sweet almond oil, Apricot kernel oil, Hemp seed oil, and Pomegranate oil for oily skin types.




COMBINATION SKIN


Combination skin features two or more different skin types on the face, usually dry and flaky skin on some areas, with excessive oil on others. Combination skin is the most common skin type, but it can be hard to identify and treat. The skin will often be shiny in the T-zone, which includes the forehead, nose, and chin. These areas tend to have more active oil glands than other parts of the face like the cheeks. Dealing with both dry and oily skin means finding the perfect skin care regimen that’s strong enough to exfoliate, without irritating the skin.



TIP : Follow a strict wash, tone & moisturize routine before bed. Using a toner will help even out the skin, reduce redness, and prevent breakouts.


OILS : Finding the right oils will require some experimenting. Try using two different oils - a heavier oil on the areas with skin dry, and a lightweight oil on the oily parts of your face. We recommend Avocado oil, Sweet Almond oil, Coconut oil, Pomegranate oil, Roship oil, and Jojoba oil for Combination skin types.



NORMAL SKIN


It may be hard to believe, but it does exist. People with a "normal" skin type generally don’t describe their skin as oily, or dry. Normal skin doesn’t normally have a great excess of shine, and it also doesn’t tend to be cracked or flaky. Normal skin types usually exhibit few lines and wrinkles, and the skin’s tone is generally even, with no marked blemishes. Those with normal skin have no sensitivities, barely visible pores, and an overall, even, radiant complexion. However, skin changes over time as well, meaning those that have no skin problems currently could potentially develop issues with age and life events, including pregnancy and menopause.




TIP : While normal skin types require less maintenance, it’s important to remain consistent with a regular skin care regime. Always remove makeup, and moisturize before bed.


OILS : Experiment with a variety of oils, this gives you a variety of health benefits, and you can compare results. We recommend Jojoba oil, Coconut oil, Sweet almond oil, Apricot kernel oil, Hemp seed oil and Pomegranate oils for those with normal skin types.



ACNE-PRONE SKIN


Acne-prone skin is often oily, inflamed, and appears red or shiny. The sebaceous glands produce more sebum (natural skin oil) than in other skin types. Excess sebum production can cause acne, and those with oily skin often struggle with whiteheads, blackheads, and pimples. People with acne-prone skin experience breakouts very easily, and quite frequently. Listen to your skin, and look for signs of irritation, inflammation, and overall angry-looking skin. Your body is telling you that there is an imbalance, and its good to know what are triggers. Be aware of synthetic fragrances, and harsh chemicals in hair and face products. Many non-organic and synthetic products can cause reactions when in contact with your skin, much like tiny acnelike bumps around the forehead and hairline. Look for products with natural humectants like glycerin, and wash with gentle exfoliators.



TIP : Change your pillowcase regularly, and keep your hands off your face. Do not pick, pop, or touch pimples, as bacteria from your hands can easily spread, making acne worse.


OILS : Those with acne-prone skin should stick to using lightweight oils that absorb relatively quickly. We recommend Jojoba oil, Sweet almond oil, Coconut oil, Apricot kernel oil, Hemp seed oil, and Rosehip oil for acne-prone skin types.




MATURE SKIN


With age, the skin's sebum production slows down, often leading to increased dryness, an accentuation of fine lines, wrinkles, and flakiness. The skin may appear dull, and finally start to itch and burn. In women, the shifting balance of hormones with both pregnancy and menopause causes various physical changes in the skin. As skin thins considerably after the menopause, the skin may become more sensitive to sun damage and weather extremes. Another problem is hyperpigmentation, especially in persons with a long history of sun exposure. Replenishing with natural oils can enhance the skin's vibrancy, elasticity, and reduce wrinkles and dark spots.



TIP : Use products with natural oils, and remember to moisturize neck when moisturizing face.


OILS : Look for oils high in antioxidants and essential fatty acids, these are all-around great for slowing the aging process in the skin. We recommend Jojoba oil, Sweet almond oil, Avocado oil, Camellia seed oil, Apricot kernel oil, Pomegranate oil and Rosehip oils for mature skin types.


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