I have been making my own facial oils for a year now. It’s pretty simple, probably one of the simplest thing to make. But from the very beginning my concerns were about which base or carrier oil to use for the face without making it feeling heavy or greasy or clogging pores. Because my whole point was to nourish my skin and make it look and feel better not the opposite.
After some research was done, and after personal tries I can now name some of my favorite base oils for the face. These are jojoba, argan, sweet almond, rosehip, baobab and macadamia nut oil. Of course other oils like wheatgerm or avocado (and many more) are for sure extremely beneficial, but they are more heavy in a texture and better to be used as an addition to the whole blend.
Jojoba wax, which is also known as jojoba oil, is highly penetrating and moisturizing. It is very close to our own sebum (skin oil) by its molecular structure. It is ideal as a base and can be used instead of moisturizing cream. Jojoba wax contains vitamin E, minerals, skin nourishing fatty acids and antioxidants. It is ideal for the face and fits any skin type. The texture is pretty light, jojoba absorbs fast without leaving any oily residue. Jojoba wax does not clog pores. It does not go rancid. In fact it can extend the shelf life of other oils in a blend. Jojoba wax has very mild aroma.
Argan oil comes originally from Morocco and was traditionally used by local ladies to treat skin diseases and also as a cosmetic oil for skin and hair. Argan oil is naturally rich in oleic, linoleic, palmitic, stearic, linolinic fatty acids and vitamin E, which are known to be very beneficial to the skin. Argan oil has great anti-aging properties. It softens and moisturizes the skin, helps to maintain natural skin’s elasticity, helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and it doesn’t clog pores. Argan oil is very light in its consistency, which I really love, can be use on its own as a moisturizer. It has nutty aroma. Better use unrefined oil in order to benefit from it in all capacity.
Sweet Almond oil is another wonderful oil. It is great in moisturizing and nourishing the skin, it leaves the skin soft and smooth, which I like (I have normal to dry skin). It contains vitamins A, B and E, minerals and essential fatty acid. Almond oil promotes a healthy looking skin, is helpful in improving the tone of the skin. By the texture it is moderately light, good for dry, normal or mature skin, for oily skin I’d use it in a combination with more light oil like argan or jojoba. It has slightly nutty aroma. If you have nut allergy do a test first on your skin, it may create a reaction.
Rosehip oil became pretty popular as a facial oil mainly for its high content of essential fatty acids – gamma linoliec acid (GLA) and fantastic skin healing benefits. Rosehip oil is known to help treating scars, various skin damages from the sun or acne, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, helps to regenerate the skin and to improve and regain its natural tone and glow. Rosehip oil is one of the best choices for aging skin. The texture of the oil is light and it absorbs pretty fast, though if your skin is oily you may find mixing it with argan oil a better idea.
Baobab oil is also naturally very rich in essential fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants. This oil is highly penetrating, deeply nourishing and softening for the dry skin. Baobab oil also has skin regeneration properties, which makes it a good choice to treat scars, or to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It leaves the skin soft and smooth. It has very mild aroma. Can be used on its own.
Macadamia oil is a very good choice for mature or dry skin. It has pretty high content of palmitoleic acid (20%) and oleic acid (59%) and other essential fatty acids in smaller amounts. This makes it very beneficial in moisturizing the skin, nourishing, restorative, great for reducing the signs of aging alone with reducing the appearance of already formed wrinkles, it promotes the natural radiance and skin healthy skin glow. This oil is a bit viscous but leaves the skin with nice soft and not oily feeling. Suitable for dry, mature skin types, in case of oily skin better to use it as an additive of 10-20% to a lighter oils like argan or jojoba.
Tips for using facial oils: I personally found that in some more cold or dry climates I feel good using facial oils or even single oil instead of moisturizer even in day time, but I still feel better using it at night time. In hotter or drier climate I prefer to use it at night. In that way I avoid shiny skin, and don’t have to worry about the makeup. My favorite way of using facial oils or any base oil on my face is with massage, especially it feels great and nourishes the skin after my little home-made beauty routine. In that way my skin feels just divine, so soft and plump like a baby skin.