How well do you know your oils?! I think it's fair to say I'm pretty well acquainted with them after the amount of time I've now spent reading about them 😂 Skin care creation takes a lot of research and testing to make sure we come up with the best recipes. Whilst researching oils I've discovered a key differentiator I wanted to share with you. Generally speaking, oils can be split into two camps based on whether they are high in Oleic or Linoleic acid (there are some that straddle the fence, more on them later 😉). Oleic acid is good for dry skin as it will replenish it. Linoleic acid is great for spot prone skin as it thins out sebum. If you don't get enough linoleic acid from your diet your body may turn to oleic acid to create sebum, oleic is more sticky and can block pores.
Topical use of linoleic acid can counteract a deficiency in your diet. It is found in: flaxseed, safflower, grapeseed, sunflower, watermelon, nigella seed, evening primrose, Barbary fig seed, red raspberry and rose hip oils.
Oleic acid for replenishing skin is found in:
Sweet almond, carrot, avocado, buriti, Marula and shea oils/ butter.
Oils that straddle both are argan, baobab, sesame, kiwi and pomegranate, these can be used for combination skin. Hopefully this has been useful in giving you an idea of oils that are suitable for you based on your skin type 😊🤗
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