One of the latest trends that has ventured onto the skincare market is oil…. i mean the one thing that we were usually told to stay away from for our skin…. from jojoba to rose hip to sweet almond & coconut…. talk about choices! But how do we know which ones are the best for our skin? Should we be taking a “one fits all approach”? From oil blends to serums, lotions, cleansing oils to the pure oil itself minus the carriers – where do you start? the amount of people who now swear by coconut oil as there go to beauty product astounds me… who could blame them – $10 gets you a jar of cold pressed goodness with hundreds of uses and beauty advocates all over the world basking in its glory…. but if you had oily/ acne prone skin would coconut oil be the best choice? Or jojoba? Or almond or Olive? Or how about an oil serum with ALL of them? Confused?! Well I sure am! The more issues you have with your skin, the more you tend to start reading labels & making sure that a product won’t cause a breakout. Not to mention my recent trip to the shops resulting in a well-known brands oil serums major ingredient being mineral oil – with all the health oils to follow! It that case you might as well grab a jar of Vaseline and use that instead… it’s the same stuff!.
I have come to a conclusion that an oil “serum” for all skin types is not possible, to read the ingredients & to check if it is dermatologically tested & non comedogenic ( wont block pores) & if you are after a “pure” oil check if it has a carrier oil or if it is actually 100% pure. . Don’t get me wrong I LOVE coconut oil – but as a body / face moisturiser it makes me break out being a level 4 comedogenic rating ( 5 being the highest). Every oil has a certain amount of Oleic & linoleic acid which can cause the skin the react differently especially with acne prone skin & may benefit from a high linoleic acid content. At the moment I am currently using Hemp seed oil (0 comedogenic rating-Oleic 22.6% / Linoleic 56.48%) and Grape seed oil (2 comedogenic rating- Oleic 16.2% / Linoleic 70.6%)( percentages can vary) which I am really enjoying! These below sites have been extremely beneficial when I have been choosing my oil for my skin especially the comedogenic ratings!: