Softy’s Guide to Facial Oils

Different oils and how to use them

Common Oils

Argan Oil – good for everyone; high in Vit E, great for helping heal scars, eczema, and dry scalp. Oleic acid helps regulate sebum production, and linoleic acid promotes healthy skin turnover, which can be good for acne control.

Avocado Oil – intense hydration; lots of fats and fatty acids; may be too hydrating for certain skin types

Castor Oil – promotes hair growth

Chamomile Oil – Sensitive skin; soothes redness and irritation

Coconut Oil – very moisturizing; however it’s comedogenic so it works well for the body, but may not be good for the face (but if it works for you, go for it!)

Jojoba Oil – all skin types; mimics natural sebum so it’s a good balancer for all sin types

Rosehip Oil – skin discolouration & scarring; also good for helping combat environmental stressors like dry air and wind; improve skin elasticity, boost skin cell regeneration,

Tea Tree Oil – acne (but NEEDS to be diluted if you have 100% tea tree oil)

Grapeseed Oil – oily skin & acne; help regulate oil production while keeping skin moisturized; also has anti-aging & skin-brightening Vit C

Maracuja Oil – anti-inflammatory; brightening (has lots of Vit C); sun damage, discoloration, spots, and fine lines; also said to help with anxiety, insomnia and stress?

Marula Oil – irritated skin; v. soothing & hydrating; high in oleic acid; high in anti-oxidants;

Sweet Almond Oil – great for sensitive & dry skin

Less Common

Dilo Oil (found by Kate Sommerville); good for firming

Black Currant Oil – skin that needs repair; anti-inflammatory; even good for eczema

Camellia Oil – Lightweight hydration; absorbs quickly; great for sensitive skin

Pomegranate Oil ­– anti-inflammatory; reduces redness; brightens skin; packed with Vit A, D, E, & K; goof for combination skin

Hemp Seed – light moisture; good for dry, aging skin

Pumpkin Seed Oil – blemish prone skin

Evening Primrose Oil – soothing & anti-inflammatory; great for sensitive skin

- Softy’s Guide to Acids -

Different Acids & what they’re good for

The Most Common:

Salicylic Acid – acne!!! But veryyyyy drying so if you have dry skin and acne be very careful (only spot treat) or use a gentler acid

Glycolic Acid – brightening, smoothing, lightening pigmentation, helps with fine lines, treats acne; pretty much good for most skin types

Hyaluronic Acid – moisture moisture moisture! Soft, plump skin – helps strengthen & protect the skin’s moisture barrier

Lactic Acid – v. gentle, good for those with dry & sensitive skin (has a moisturizing element because it’s derived from milk)

Ascorbic Acid – aka Vitamin C! Great for fine lines and brightening

Other less common acids:

Azelaic Acid – most commonly found in prescribed skin care treatments, good for inflammation, redness & bacterial acne

Citric Acid – antioxidant; good for those with who have early signs of aging and sun spots

Kojic Acid – a skin lightening agent that can often be very irritating

Linoleic Acid – a lighter version of Oleic acid, so its a much better moisturizer for people with oily skin

Lipolic Acid – a “universal antioxidant”, anti-aging, fights free-radicals

Malic Acid – gentle & good for clearing acne – so if you have acne-prone skin that’s too dry for salicylic acid, try this

Mandelic Acid – has the largest molecule of all AHAs meaning it penerates the skin slower so its suuuuuuper good for people with sensitive skin

Oleic Acid – a fatty acid found in oils like argan, and olive oil, creates a moisturizing seal, might be too moisturizing for people who don’t have dry skin

Tartaric Acid – smoothes skin texture

*DISCLAIMER : alwaysss patch test when trying a new product/acid because you don’t know how your skin will react – also, only try one new product at a time so you know exactly what product is giving you which reaction/result!

the best vitamins (&foods) for your skin!

1.    vitamin D

  • getting 10 minutes of sun exposure a day
  • eating fortified foods like breakfast cereals, orange juice, and yogurt
  • eating foods that have vitamin D naturally, such as salmon, tuna, and cod

2.    vitamin C

  • oranges & other citric fruits
  • strawberries, broccoli, and spinach
  • orange juice

3.    vitamin E

  • nuts and seeds, like almonds, hazelnuts, and sunflower seeds
  • using topical products that contain both vitamin E and vitamin C (this can be more effective in photoprotection than those that contain only one of the two)

4.    vitamin K

  • kale
  • spinach
  • lettuce
  • cabbage
  • green beans

*note that you can also take supplements for any of these vitamins if you don’t think you’re getting enough in your diet!