Our Guide to Face Oils now on The Moment with Jenna Levine of Linne Botanicals

Guide To Face Oils

Face oils are the huge 2017 beauty trend- but honestly, we don’t see them going anywhere any time soon. We’ve collectively broken down the ‘oils = acne’ barrier myth, and instead have witnessed first-hand the instant glow they bring to your skin. It’s safe to say face oils have matured into medicine cabinet staples. What we want to talk about today goes beyond stylish packaging and cute brand names- we want to talk about the ingredients behind these oils, and more specifically, which oils work for your skin type. It’s part of our mission to educate and empower our clean beauty community as consumers so that we all can be our own advocates for health rather than trust and rely solely in brand marketing. Since we are not scientists or formulators ourselves, there was no better person to talk to than our friend and Founder of LINNÉ Botanicals, Jenna Levine. Levine is a clean-beauty power house, and her exuberance for plant knowledge shines through her elegantly formulated skincare line.

We met Levine at Cap Beauty for a down and dirty lesson on skincare science. Now we present to you, our handy guide to face oils:

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A few additional notes about this post:

  • We couldn’t profile EVERY oil, but we recommended a few additional oils and ingredients to look out for when shopping for product.
  • All of the face oils on this list are 100% natural and can be found at Cap Beauty.
  • Get familiar with the differences between hydration and moisture: Dehydrated skin lacks water and needs hydration while dry skin lacks oil and needs moisture. Hydration may make the skin soft, but it won’t stay that way unless there is an oil protecting that hydration from evaporating. On the flip side, an oil on top of already dehydrated skin may soothe it, but it will still lack hydration, softness, and elasticity.
  • Carrier oil vs essential oils: Carrier oils are generally cold-pressed vegetable/plant oils that carry the therapeutic essential oils. Essential oils are highly concentrated forms of a plant and should never be put directly onto the face without a carrier oil. They work best in the small amounts.
  • Essential oils should never be put on the face, however when diluted with a carrier oil, they act as tiny botanical powerhouses that overtime (in small and consistent doses) can bring a world of benefits to all parts of your body- not just your skin.
  • For sensitive and easily irritated skin, look for lightweight oils with small molecules like Jojoba, Rosehip, Evening Primrose, or Grapeseed. Save the heavier stuff like Coconut, Tamanu, and Olive Oil for mature and dry skin.
  • Using coconut oil straight from you kitchen on to your face is not all it’s cracked up to be! If you’re going the coconut oil route- make sure it’s fractionated coconut oil (the kind that doesn’t solidify at room temp because the long-chain fatty acids has been removed). Extra Virgin Coconut Oil can solidify in your pores and cause breakouts.
  • Look out for our second post with Jenna in which we break down terms like “wild-harvested”, “organic”, and more!

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Jojoba Oil

Best for Sensitive / Dry Skin

“Jojoba oil is widely recognized for its powerful emollient, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant qualities, as well as its ability to be readily absorbed by the skin and deliver high levels of moisturization. Unlike most other oils, jojoba oil’s texture closely resembles sebum and can therefore work to naturally condition the skin and provide benefits to both dry, sensitive, and oily skin types. Jojoba oil’s properties allow it to aid in removing excess oils and balancing the skin’s natural oil, reducing the effects of sunburn, controlling and treating acne and psoriasis, soothing dry or cracked skin.” – Jenna Levine

Other Great Ingredients for Dry and Sensitive Skin:

  • Palmarosa Essential Oil
  • Prickly Pear Seed Oil
  • Sweet Almond Oil
  • Jasmine Essential Oil
  • Shiso/Perilla Oil
  • Sandalwood Essential Oil

We love: Shiva Rose Face Oil for acne prone sensitive skin for it’s healing and regenerative Seed Buckthorn Oil and Rosehip Seed Oil and Wonder Valley Face Oil for skin in need of moisture because of it’s Calendula infused Olive Oil (not acne-prone).

Guide to Face Oils

Avocado Oil

Best For Irritated Skin

“An occlusive skin-conditioning agent, Avocado Oil retards the evaporation of water from the skin’s surface. This oil absorbs easily and it is full of beneficial fatty acids and vitamins. Avocado contains more than 20% essential unsaturated fatty acids, vitamins A, B, C and E, proteins, lecithin and potassium (the latter of which is sometimes called the ‘youth mineral’). In the US, avocado oil is patented as a treatment for some forms of dermatitis and arthritis. It is reported that long-term treatment with avocado oil can help to relieve eczema. Avocado oil is reputed to be beneficial in reducing age spots and the appearance of scars because it has a high content of unsaponifiables (sterolins) that soften and moisturize skin’s upper layer. It is also recommended for fine lines and wrinkles and is said to help protect skin from the effects of ultraviolet rays. Unruly or dry hair will benefit from avocado oil too; rich and nourishing, it helps to add strength and shine and conditions the hair, too.” – Jenna Levine

Other Great Ingredients for Irritated Skin:

  • Lavender Oil
  • Comfrey Oil
  • Marula Oil
  • Palmarosa Essential Oil
  • Active Charcoal
  • Sacha Inchi Oil
  • Juniper Essential Oil
  • Sandalwood Essential Oil

We love: Balmyard Beauty Moonlight Lover Facial Oil for dull/inflamed skin because of its brightening and cell stimulating Prickly Pear Seed Oil, and In Fiore Comfrey Botanical Oil for sun-damaged skin because of it’s wound healing Comfrey Extract.

Guide to Face Oils

Rosehip Oil

Best For Healing Skin

“Rosehip seed oil is particularly high in beta carotene, and also contains omega 6 and omega 9 fatty acid, vitamin E, and lycopene, which is a powerful antioxidant. Beta carotene can act as a gentle retinol alternative as it is converted into pro vitamin A when it interacts with enzymes on our skin. Because beta carotene is a water soluble plant source of retinol, any excess can easily be flushed out of the body unlike other sources of vitamin A. These components make rosehip seed oil an effective treatment for various skin conditions, such as dermatitis, acne, hyper-pigmentation, psoriasis, and eczema, and give it powerful healing properties, the ability to repair and renew skin tissues, and to fight against premature aging. Rosehip seed oil provides restorative benefits and anti-inflammatory properties that allow it to regenerate skin cells, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, scars, rashes, and burns, and improve skin color, tone, texture, and elasticity. It can be used effectively both as a treatment for skin problems, and as a preventative agent against such issues.” – Jenna Levine

Other Great Ingredients for Healing Skin:

  • Lavender Oil
  • Comfrey Oil
  • Palmarosa Essential Oil
  • Sage Essential Oil
  • Grapeseed Oil
  • Sunflower Seed Oil
  • Evening Primrose Oil

We love: Linné Botanicals Repair Face Oil for anti-aging skin because of it’s vitamin E rich Argan Oil, age spot eliminating Sea Buckthorn Berry Oil, and regenerative Frankincense Essential Oil or Pai Bioregenerate Rosehip Oil for sensitive skin and rashes.

Guide to Face Oils

Argan

Best for Early Signs Of Aging

“Argan oil contains high quantities of vitamin A and vitamin E, and it is also a rich source of antioxidants, Omega-6 fatty acids, and linoleic acid, which allow it to ease inflammation, deeply moisturize the skin, combat damage from harmful free radicals that causes premature aging, restore the skin’s elasticity, soften its texture, and boost cell production and regeneration to promote healthy skin.

These properties also allow argan oil to be an extremely powerful healing and soothing agent; vitamin E and the fatty acids in argan oil are particularly effective in repairing damaged skin and delivering nutrients that will work to combat further dryness and irritation, making argan oil useful in treating skin suffering from conditions such as eczema or other forms of dryness, and to give skin a nourishing boost that will help to reveal its natural radiance. It can also be healing to bug bites, rashes, and other skin infections when applied topically. Due to its non-greasy, non-irritating, and highly absorbent qualities, argan oil can be soothing and healing to skin afflicted with acne and associated inflammation, as it will balance and neutralize the skin’s oil production levels. Argan oil is safe to use around the eyes to reduce the appearance of fine lines and age spots, and it can be preventative against stretch marks and other sagging or puckering of the body’s skin.” – Jenna Levine

Other Great Ingredients for Anti-Aging:

  • Apricot Oil
  • Frankincense Oil
  • Sea Buckthorn Berry Oil
  • Sacha Inchi Seed Oil
  • Fractionated Coconut Oil
  • Palmarosa Essential Oil
  • Olive Oil
  • Rosemary Essential Oil

We love: Tata Harper Beautifying Face Oil for mature skin/ not acne-prone skin for it’s moisturizing Olive Oil and brightening Brown Algea Extract or Butter Elixir Face Oil for dry or sensitive skin for it’s healing Rosehip Oil.

Guide to Face Oils

Hazelnut Oil

Best For Oil / Dry, Combination and Acne Prone

“Hazelnut oil is celebrated in the field of skincare as a light, deeply penetrating, and wonderful astringent oil that is high in Vitamin E and oleic acids. These qualities make Hazelnut oil ideal for use on oily, dry, combination, and acne-prone skin. Its nourishing composition and ability to improve circulation will serve to soothe irritated skin, promote elasticity and firmness, tone and tighten the skin, and stimulate cell regeneration. It is noted for its ability to soften and restructure skin that has been damaged by acne, wounds, or environmental contaminants, and therefore making it both a great protector and corrector. Studies have also shown that it can filter harsh UV rays, and therefore may bolster sunscreen usage.” – Jenna Levine

Other Great Ingredients for Acne Prone:

  • Green Tea Seed Oil
  • Sandalwood Essential Oil
  • Shiso Seed Oil
  • Tamanu Oil (not for sensitive skin)
  • Black Cumin Seed Oil
  • Rosemary Essential Oil
  • Grapeseed Oil
  • Geranium Essential Oil
  • Neroli Essential Oil

We love: Vintner’s Daughter for aging and dull skin because of it’s Vitamin E- rich Grape Seed and Rosehip Seed for hyper-pigmentation and Linné Botanicals Balance Face Oil for irritated, acne-prone skin because of it’s soothing black cumin and numerous anti-fungal, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties.

Guide to Face Oils

Special thanks to Jenna Levine for the quotes!

Photo by Sally Girffiths

Product photo via Cap Beauty

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