By now, a lot of us have heard many different opinions about using oils in your skincare routine. There are those who will never, ever let oil come near their face, swearing it clogs their pores, while others praise it for giving them clear, glowing skin. Figuring out what kind of oils to use and how to use them can be tricky — that’s why VALLEY is breaking down five must-have beauty oils and their benefits.
Hemp Seed Oil
This green oil is packed with a seemingly endless list of vitamins, including vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin B3, and vitamin D — all of which are key to a healthy, glowing complexion. It also doesn’t clog pores because it contains linoleic acid, a lipid that mimics our skin’s natural oils and actually stops your pores from over-producing oils, making this perfect for anyone with oily skin. Oil may sound like the last thing that’ll help oily skin, but hemp seed oil is a dry oil, which means that your skin will soak up all the moisture without the slick film left on top. It is used best right after cleansing and works perfectly underneath makeup as a daily moisturizer.
Evening Primrose Oil
Evening Primrose Oil is notorious for treating hormonal imbalances due to its high content of healthy fats. Dabbing just a few drops of this oil onto your skin can help treat hormonal acne and soothe irritation with its anti-inflammatory properties. It’s gentle enough to use under your eyes and works well as an eye serum to treat puffy eyes and dark circles. Packed with vitamin C and E, it also works to lighten dark spots and reduce hyper-pigmentation. Overall, this oil is super hydrating and makes for an amazing moisturizer for acne-prone skin.
Like evening primrose oil, rosehip oil can help reduce acne scars and hyper-pigmentation. Its high amounts of lycopene and beta carotene (the chemicals that give this oil its orangey-red color) have potent lightening properties that help even your skin tone and diminish any marks left after a breakout. This oil also exfoliates and brightens skin with vitamin C and vitamin A, encouraging skin cell turnover for brighter, fresher skin.
We all love a clean face after a long day of makeup, and one of the best ways to cleanse is with safflower oil. Safflower oil helps break down all kinds of makeup and waxes – even your favorite waterproof mascara. It’s extremely light and gentle, and it helps prevent your skin from being stripped of hydration. VALLEY suggests applying a quarter-sized amount of oil onto your face and massaging it into your skin for a few minutes. Then simply wipe your face off with a warm washcloth — no extra soaps or makeup removers are needed! Not only will this oil make your face nice and clean, but it will also help to give you clearer skin, as it contains one of the highest levels of linoleic acid – an acid helpful in reducing both whiteheads and blackheads.
One of the best remedies for dry, dull skin is marula oil. Packed with even more essential fatty acids and antioxidants than the popular skincare ingredient argan oil, this oil helps heal and repair dry, sensitive and sun-damaged skin. This oil locks in moisture without being greasy and works to heal skin with its high levels of vitamin E.
Adding just a few drops of these beauty oils into your skincare routine can make an incredible difference. VALLEY hopes this guide helps you find the right kind of oils for your skin type and concerns.