Regular use of a face oil can be beneficial for all skin types, even oily skin! High-quality oil can help skin retain moisture, improve smoothness, and believe it or not, produce oil.
But with the growing popularity of facial oils, there’s more and more talk surrounding organic certification. Traditionally, the discussion of organic oils has centered on the food on your plate. Now, it’s especially important to extend the conversation to skincare, since those sumptuous oils go all over your face. Some of your most delicate skin lives there!
Why use an organic oil rather than a non-organic one? More importantly, which oils should you avoid for the best results and which are best for getting the glowing skin of your dreams? Keep reading to find out!
Why should your oil be certified organic?
For an oil to be certified organic, the oil must be certified by a third party to be free of conventional pesticides and other by-products. This implies that the farmers who grew the plants for the oil did not use any pesticides or artificial agents.
Why opt for an organic oil as soon as possible? The primary advantage is that organic is environmentally friendly. Organic farming practices help restore soil vitality and prevent harmful chemicals from entering water supplies, like streams. The use of conventional pesticides can also lead to a decrease in the diversity of fauna and populations.
Perhaps most important, research suggests that organic farming emits less greenhouse gases and is more energy efficient than conventional farming.
The bottom line: using organic oil is better for our health and our planet.
But there is a caveat! There are still non-organic oils that are clean; many growers grow plants without pesticides, but simply cannot afford organic certification. Some hardy, pest-resistant plants (think olive trees) don’t normally even need the help of pesticides, making certification unnecessary. But, being certified organic gives you a third-party guarantee that your oils don’t contain any unnecessary chemicals or additives.
What to avoid
Essential oils generally need to be diluted with a carrier oil to avoid serious side effects. However, when using pure vegetable oil on your face, beware of diluted or “cut” oils. Similar to grocery store oils, less reputable brands may mix an organic oil with cheaper, lower quality oils. These lower quality oils will not have the same nutrient levels as organic oils, meaning your skin will not reap the benefits.
To combat this, choose a brand that’s USDA-certified organic or transparent about farming practices. Check the ingredient list to make sure there are only organic (and unrefined, low-quality) oils. Make sure the product is also not diluted with filler ingredients. Apart from a natural preservative, your oil doesn’t need anything else to work!
Face vs. Body Oils
While oils are great for promoting skin suppleness, certain kinds are better for your face or body.
Some heavier oils can be comedogenic if you have pores that clog easily – usually those with higher oleic acids – think avocado and marula oils. Oily or acne-prone skin can choose to use them on the body instead. What these skin types can use are non-comedogenic oils with higher levels of linoleic acid; rosehip seed oil and grapeseed oil are some popular options.
Regardless of skin type, if your skin is sensitive, an organic face and body oil might be a safer bet. Since there are fewer harmful chemicals or potential by-products, you are less likely to have a reaction. Try organic jojoba oil first – it mimics your skin’s natural sebum structure and helps restore your moisture barrier.
6 tips for choosing and using an organic oil
Many essential oils have beneficial properties for the skin. To maximize the greatest benefits of these super elixirs for the skin, it is important to use them correctly. Follow us for the best advice on when and how to incorporate an organic oil into your skincare routine.
#1: Use an oil in colder months to help seal in moisture.
Heavier, more occlusive oils can be especially effective for drier skin in the winter.
#2: Choose an oil rich in vitamin A, C or E for additional anti-aging action.
Rosehip oil is rich in vitamins A and C; sunflower oil is rich in vitamin E.
#3: Avoid mineral oils.
They are derived from petroleum and certainly Not Certified Organic. Many find them too heavy and greasy on the skin, and a major complaint is pore clogging.
#4: Try a pure carrier oil for the first step in your double cleanse.
This organic carrier oil will help break down and dissolve your makeup, so you can continue to cleanse your skin.
#5: Work a few drops of oil into your moisturizer.
If you want your moisturizer to be a bit more occlusive, an oil can enhance this function for you. This tip works well if you don’t want separate steps in your routine for an oil and a moisturizer.
#6: Use your organic oil in the final stages of your routine.
If your oil is light and very absorbent, use it just before your moisturizer. If your oil is heavier, use it after.
The best organic oils for healthy, glowing skin!
Organic oils are popular in skincare for a reason. There is a wealth of skin benefits in essential oils, proving that these beauty elixirs are here to stay. Here are some of the benefits of the best organic face oils.
As one of the most beloved beauty elixirs, rosehip oil is versatile enough for skin and hair, plays well with moisturizers, and is packed with beneficial nutrients. This is precisely why we use it in many of our fabulous formulas! Our Organic Rosehip Oil contains deeply hydrating Rosehip Oil, rich in vitamins and omega fatty acids to deeply replenish thirsty skin.
This cold-pressed oil offers maximum power to effectively target fine lines, loss of elasticity and uneven skin tone. The essential fatty acids in rosehip oil help lighten dark spots and fade acne scars, while promoting collagen production for glowing, supple skin!
Normal to dry skin types will love marula oil! Lightweight, fast-absorbing marula oil is rich in vitamins and omega fatty acids to replenish dry or aging skin. Our Organic Marula Oil is a cold-pressed oil that helps smooth and minimize fine lines, soften stretch marks, and keep skin hydrated and nourished.
The oleic and linoleic acids in marula oil add radiance and plumpness to the skin. Its fatty acid content helps maintain healthy, youthful skin, while its high antioxidant content helps defend against free radicals. Vitamins E and C rejuvenate skin for a youthful, supple glow. Continued use of this golden elixir improves skin texture and a more even complexion.
If you’re looking to target the signs of aging, our Multivitamin + Antioxidant Face Oil contains organic oils including jojoba, rosehip, green tea and sea buckthorn oil to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles and to increase firmness and elasticity. This multivitamin facial oil treatment is designed for targeted anti-aging benefits and it contains concentrated potencies of vitamins E, C, D3, retinol and CoQ10 for a radiant, younger-looking complexion.
Hopefully, with this collection of tips and benefits, your skin should be glowing, soft and supple in no time! It’s a bonus if we clear your mind of any myths preventing you from using organic oils as any skin type can benefit from their great benefits.
Whether you’re dealing with dry, oily, or combination skin, using a face oil is your best bet for a glowing, youthful complexion. Your skin will thank you every day!