In case you missed it, oily skin is in. Every day, another celeb or makeup artist admits to being over-the-moon about oiling up, whether with a natural oil (like coconut) or essential oil (like lavender). Oils definitely have their perks.
Since many over-the-counter products contain toxic or allergenic compounds, they can be an especially good alternative for consumers with sensitive skin, allergies or who are synthetic chemical-wary. In addition to providing a moisture barrier to soften skin, essential oils, in particular, have effects beyond moisturizing. Essential oils have an unusual chemistry– the small molecular size lets them penetrate the skinâ€™s top layers.
Before you play with oil at home, dermatologists say itâ€™s important to always test first to make sure you donâ€™t have an allergic reaction.
Thyme, oregano, cinnamon and clove are particularly irritant,including citrus oils like bergamot and lemonâ€” can also make you more prone to sun damage.
Here’s a guide for you to find out which oils work best.
For Acne: Tea Tree Oil
Even the most skeptical derms agreed that tea tree oil works. It does have microbial properties. It can help to clear up pimple-causing bacteria. As with any essential oil, never apply tea tree oil directly; instead, either buy it diluted or use between 5 and 15 drops of an undiluted essential oil per ounce of base oil, like argan, rosehip or jojoba.
For Rosacea: Lavender Oil
Lavender oil does have antibacterial and antifungal properties. Itâ€™s thought to also have some antioxidant activity. That makes it ideal for someone with rosacea. It does make your skin extra-sensitive to the sun, though, so slather on the SPF.
For Dry Skin on the Body: Coconut Oil
For Dry Skin on the Face: Argan Oil