Facial oils have been a classic in all natural skin care. In the last few year they have started to make their appearance in main stream beauty brands. With so many around you might wonder if facial oils  are a new trend or if there is something really special about them. Here we share with you our insights for you to find their benefits and how to choose a good facial oil for your skin.

Facial oils: the most ancient skin care products?

Facial oils are probably the most ancient skincare products. Egyptians used castor (ricinus communis) and moringa (moringa oleifera) oil to take care of their skin in dry and sunny Egypt. Romans and Greeks used olive oil (Olea europaea) to keep their skin soft and nourished. The same oils are used today in face oils, what a test of time!

What are facial oils?

Traditional and genuine facial oils are a pure blend of vegetable oils, from almond oil (prunus amygdalus dulcis), to rosehip oil (rosa canina), argan oil (argania spinosa) and so on. They are easy to blend and therefore making your own facial oil has become a popular hobby. However home made facial oils tend not to last as long, need to be kept in the fridge and tend to be quite heavy on the skin.

Why facial oils are so good for the skin?

Vegetable oils are obtained from plants seeds. Mother nature smartly provides them with precious and vital nutrients for the seed to germinate when the right conditions arise. Some of these vital nutrients are:

  • antioxidants such as vitamin E
  • omega 3s, 6 and 9, excellent for strengthening the skin barrier making the skin soft and nourished
  • squalene (not to be mistaken for its hydrogenated form squalane which is not as beneficial), an excellent skin conditioner for dry and sensitive skin

To obtain further anti-ageing skin results (such as collagen boosting effects and reduction of fine lines and wrinkles) and to get stable facial oils, concentrated plant extracts need to be added to facial oils.

Tips to choose the best facial oil for your skin

  • Check the ingredients list to make sure it is 100% natural. Not all facial oils on the market are a pure blend of botanical oils. Some contain oil soluble silicones (for example cyclopentasiloxane) or other oil soluble ingredients (isopropyl myristate) to make the oils lighter and cheaper.
  • If you have combination or oily skin it is best to avoid oils that clog skin pores such as coconut oil, wheat germ oil and isopropyl esters (see the example above)
  • Keep your facial oil away from direct sunlight to protect its beneficial properties
  • Which oils are best for your skin? we like apricot oil (prunus armenica), argan oil for mature and combination skin, rosehip oil for mature skin
  • If you hate facial oils because the ones you tried are greasy and leave a residue, try our easily absorbed and residue free facial oil.
Dr. Barbara Olioso

Dr. Barbara Olioso

I am Dr Barbara Olioso, and I am the founder of Forest Secrets Skincare. I am a professional chemist and I have worked only with natural and organic cosmetics since 1999.