A Complete Guide to the Best Natural Face Oils [Infographic]

A Complete Guide to the Best Natural Face Oils [Infographic]

Face and body oils are a cen­turies old beau­ty tra­di­tion. They are lux­u­ri­ous, antibac­te­ri­al, pro­tec­tive, and high­ly mois­tur­iz­ing. In the recent past, oil got a bad rap and oil-free prod­ucts reigned supre­me. How­ev­er, the oils that were caus­ing all the trou­ble were (and still are) syn­thet­ic or unwhole­some processed oils that can clog pores and unbal­ance the skin’s oil pro­duc­tion. Now that peo­ple are start­ing to come around on the sub­ject and learn the dif­fer­ence between good oils and bad oils, oil-based cleansers, mois­tur­iz­ers, and serums are mak­ing a huge come­back. The amount of face oils now on the mar­ket now is stag­ger­ing, but a lot of them are the typ­i­cal fluff in a pret­ty bot­tle. As usu­al, I am here to help you wade through the mish­mash and make a great choice for your skin.

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Why Face Oils are Perfect

Our skin loves fat. LOVES it. Which makes sense, since our skin pro­duces its own fat (sebum) that acts to pro­tect our skin from out­side assailants (bac­te­ria, fungi, funky weath­er). Oils are pro­tec­tive and help main­tain the integri­ty of our skin’s acid mantle, which keeps out bad bac­te­ria and pre­vents blem­ish­es, dry­ness, and irri­ta­tion. Keep­ing the skin hydrat­ed and sup­ple also speeds up heal­ing, so if you have a break­out or a rash or der­mati­tis, a prop­er face oil will do won­ders. Dewy, plump skin is a result of hydra­tion, from both water and fat­ty acids. If you’ve ever made your own aro­mather­a­py treat­ments, you may have heard the term “car­ri­er oil.” That is because oils are used for deliv­er­ing active ingre­di­ents into the skin – effec­tive­ly and with­out irri­ta­tion.

What to Look For in a Face Oil

Most impor­tant­ly, look for unre­fined, min­i­mal­ly processed oils from a com­pa­ny with a good back­ground and solid ethics. Green­wash­ing is preva­lent, and you don’t want to end up with an oil that looks good on paper but doesn’t deliv­er when you use it. You also need to avoid addi­tives and oils pro­duced with chem­i­cals and bleach­ing (those byprod­ucts, such as hexa­ne, end up in the oil and on your skin). Look for organ­ic cer­ti­fi­ca­tions or organ­i­cal­ly grown pledges, as well as words like “cold processed” or “unre­fined.” Avoid ingre­di­ents that sim­ply say “fra­grance” since that can mean it is a syn­thet­ic fra­grance and con­tains phtha­lates (endocrine/hormone-disrupting chem­i­cals). Fun, right? Sen­si­tive skin types should also avoid linalool and limonene, which are com­mon scent addi­tives usu­al­ly list­ed at the very end of ingre­di­ents labels. They are not inher­ent­ly bad, it’s just that sen­si­tive types don’t always agree with them.

How to Use Face Oils

Apply your facial oil to your fresh­ly washed face. Make sure your skin is still a bit damp from the water or your alco­hol-free ton­er. Facial oils are much eas­ier to spread on damp skin, and will also hold the remain­ing water to the skin for deep­er hydra­tion. The best way to apply a facial oil is to dis­pense on or two drops on a fin­ger­tip, spread the oil across your fin­ger­tips, and then pat your fin­ger­tips in quick suc­ces­sion all over your face and neck. Just pat pat pat all over your skin. No need to mas­sage it in. Your warm fin­ger­tips alone will help the oil sink in quick­ly and dis­pense prop­er­ly all over your skin.

Best Face Oils for Your Skin Type

Down­load the info­graph­ic to find out! Click here to down­load the nat­u­ral face oils info­graph­ic PDF or click here to down­load the nat­u­ral face oils info­graph­ic in JPG for­mat.

A Note on Face Oils for Oily & Acne-Prone Skin

Face oils are amaz­ing for oily and acne-prone skin because they help reg­u­late oil pro­duc­tion and are antibac­te­ri­al. Peo­ple with oily skin tend to strip too much oil from their faces through over­wash­ing or using dry­ing skin prod­ucts. This only caus­es the skin to pro­duce more oil to com­pen­sate and leaves the skin’s bar­ri­er weak and vul­ner­a­ble to bac­te­ria (such as p.acnes acne bac­te­ria). You can restore bal­ance and nat­u­ral­ly slow down sebum pro­duc­tion by using qual­i­ty oils. Seed oils are best for oily skin because they tend to pen­e­trate quick­er and leave a very sub­tle dewy fin­ish (or even a more mat­te fin­ish, which argan tends to provide) instead of look­ing or being greasy.

Recommended Facial Oils

I recent­ly launched Epic Beau­ty Bar, where I curate and car­ry only the very best, exquis­ite nat­u­ral brands. Thus, most of the prod­ucts I rec­om­mend are avail­able on EBB. If they’re not avail­able there yet, then I have linked you to where you can eas­i­ly pur­chase the cor­rect facial oil for you. If you need help pick­ing out an oil, leave a com­ment and I will help you.

Lina Han­son Glob­al Face Serum (ide­al for dry, sen­si­tive, mature, and stressed skin)

Acure Argan Oil (ide­al for all skin types – espe­cial­ly oily and acne-prone skin – though very dry skin may need addi­tion­al mois­ture)

MUN No. 1 Aknari Night­time Dream Youth Serum (ide­al for all skin types, though very dry skin may feel the need for addi­tion­al mois­ture)

La Bel­la Fig­u­ra Bar­bary Fig Seed Oil (ide­al for sun dam­aged, stressed, irri­tat­ed, or hor­mon­al skin)

May Lind­strom Skin The Youth Dew (ide­al for all skin types, espe­cial­ly hor­mon­al, sun dam­aged, and mature skin)

Dr. Alkaitis Nour­ish­ing Treat­ment Oil (ide­al for all skin types)

Skin Apotheke Radi­ance Renewal Face Oil (ide­al for anti-aging, dull, sun dam­aged, and acne-prone skin)

Eliz­a­beth Dehn for One Love Organ­ics Active Mois­ture Vit­a­m­in C Serum (ide­al for sun dam­age, dehy­dra­tion, fine lines, wrin­kles, and hyper­pig­men­ta­tion)

One Love Organ­ics Super­crit­i­cal Chia Oil (ide­al for sen­si­tive, dam­aged, flaky, stressed skin or those with der­mati­tis, eczema, or in help­ing to heal oth­er skin dis­or­ders caused by weak­ened skin bar­ri­er func­tion)

This guide will be updat­ed fair­ly reg­u­lar­ly! Leave a com­ment if you have ques­tions or need help. 🙂
~Steph  x

37 Comments

  1. hey there -
    i’m new-ish to your awe­some blog & found you about a mon­th ago when i became des­per­ate to get my new­ly adult acne under con­trol — stat. i have TONS of ques­tions. tons. i’ve nev­er com­ment­ed on a blog before… so i’m gonna start slow & see if i get a respon­se ; ) i know you’re real­ly great with respond­ing. first off, just want­ed to say that i’ve start­ed using all nat­u­ral, organ­ic, qual­i­ty skin care prod­ucts only last week because the oth­er stuff wasn’t work­ing (only wors­ened the sit­u­a­tion actu­al­ly). i’m now in love with Arcona prod­ucts. my break outs pret­ty much stopped after the first use… i’m just now try­ing to light­en my acne scars left­over from the break outs & heal my skin inside & out.
    since this post is about facial oils, my ques­tion is this — i was rec­om­mend­ed to use jojoba oil because my skin was in des­per­ate need to hydra­tion. so far, i’m lov­ing it & my skin is sup­ple & smooth. but i’m won­der­ing if this is the best oil for me? should i be using a more acne-prone oil? also — the kind of oil i have is oxy­genat­ed — do you real­ly think that makes a dif­fer­ence? here’s the brand i use: https://www.inventiveecoorganic.com/cgi/commerce.…

    thanks for all your invalu­able info. — it has helped me so much!
    amy 

    ps. don’t be sur­prised if you start see­ing me around here with loads of ques­tion!!! ; )

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    • Hi Amy,

      Since your a new­bie to Steph’s blog I thought I would let you know awhile back Steph shared on the EBG FB page that she only buys her Carrier/ Essen­tial Oils from 2 places.
      http://anandaapothecary.com/ http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/

      She buys her coconut oil for cook­ing from Trop­i­cal Tra­di­tions.

      I have used Inven­tive Eco-Organ­ic prod­ucts in the past and they are nice, but if you need a pro­duct that’s more afford­able or your going to cre­ate your own face/body oil (Steph post­ed a great DIY body oil recipe a few months back when she was doing the Clean Cleanse.) 

      If your skin is the oily/acne type than jojoba oil as long as you don’t break out with its use should work fine as long as its organ­ic, cold-pressed, and unre­fined.

      Steph is car­ry­ing in the EBB store Cel­sus cream which works for acne scar­ring (Steph has used it and rec­om­mends it in pri­or posts) 

      ~Chelsea

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      • hey chelsea —

        thanks so much for respond­ing! i appre­ci­ate the infor­ma­tive feed­back. although i do like the jojoba oil, i feel like it’s not help­ing with the lit­tle pim­ples i tend to get on my fore­head. i think i’ll con­tin­ue to use it since it wasn’t that cheap & it’s hydrat­ing my skin great but will try some­thing else that Steph rec­om­mends next — like the Acure Argan Oil or Skin Apotheke Radi­ance Face Oil. Although i def­i­nite­ly don’t mind invest­ing mon­ey on qual­i­ty prod­ucts for my skin & body, i just think oils shouldn’t be so freak­ing expen­sive ($80 for 1 oz!! ). 

        may­be you can answer this ques­tion for me also? why isn’t any Arcona prod­ucts being sold on the EBB store? i know Steph was real­ly into this line & i’m won­der­ing if she’s moved on & not into it as much? because hon­est­ly, i LOVE the prod­ucts i’ve tried so far. but may­be that’s because it’s my first for­ay into the nat­u­ral skin care thing?? 

        i’m try­ing to catch up on this blog, but my time is so very lim­it­ed, as i have a tod­dler & baby — so thanks for doing the home­work for me! 

        i already pur­chased the Cel­sus scar cream based on Steph’s rec­om­men­da­tion & have been using it for less than 1 week, so i’m keep­ing my fin­gers crossed that it’s as effec­tive as she says it is! 

        and i’m actu­al­ly one of the few peo­ple out there that doesn’t do FB — i know, i’m a Lud­dite!

        TIA,
        amy 

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  2. Hi Steph!
    Can you rec­om­mend a good nat­u­ral foun­da­tion (pow­der or flu­id) for oily, acne prone and sen­si­tive skin? Will they be avail­able in your store? Thanks~ 🙂 

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    • Hi Katie!

      For oily, acne-prone skin, you might like Vapour’s Soft Focus foun­da­tion, which is a liq­uid. It is excel­lent for acne-prone and sen­si­tive skin — there’s no dry­ing, harsh ingre­di­ents, and they only use about three essen­tial oils that are non-irri­tat­ing (in fact they are very heal­ing and calm­ing, unlike many essen­tial oils that are overused and can be sen­si­tiz­ing or irri­tat­ing to very sen­si­tive types). 

      And yep! They will be avail­able in my store for you. 🙂 The Vapour foun­da­tions are avail­able already, but I’ll be adding a few oth­ers lat­er (though they are not liq­uid foun­da­tions, they are in stick form): http://www.epicbeautybar.com/vapour-atmosphere-so

      ~Steph x

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      • Does it con­tain any spf and is the cov­er­age good? I am cur­rent­ly usinh the face sun­screen from Marie Veronique Organ­ics and i like that it has both sun pro­tec­tion and slight tint. How­ev­er, the cov­er­age is not quite good. Any rec­om­men­da­tions for pow­der type of foun­da­tion which provide good cov­er­age? Seri­ous­ly, I am soo look­ing for­ward to your store! 🙂 

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      • Tarte tint­ed bb cream it’s amaz­ing and doesn’t cause break­outs

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  3. AWESOME!!!

    This is great, love that its jam packed with impor­tant tips in one sim­ple chart…Steph your rock:) 

    Very true about green wash­ing I researched recent­ly a “nat­u­ral” com­pa­ny for vit­a­m­in e oil (top­i­cal appli­ca­tion) and they actu­al­ly use dl-apl­ha (syn­thet­ic) instead of d-alpha — I was so dis­gust­ed I mean what part of nat­u­ral is syn­thet­ic.

    Steph — what soft­ware did you use to cre­ate the info­graph­ic (I was recent­ly asked by a client for some­thing sim­i­lar in design — though not beau­ty relat­ed) are you using adobe illus­tra­tor?
    ~Chelsea

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    • Hey Chels! Let me guess — it was JASON? 😛 

      I use Pho­to­shop and Illus­tra­tor for my projects. For this par­tic­u­lar info­graph­ic, I used both. 

      ~Steph x

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      • Thanks sweet­ie, I need to cre­ate an “illustrative/pictorial” flow chart 

        Do you still rec­om­mend the Lily Organ­ics Kukui Sen­si­tive Facial Oil for face/undereyes?

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      • I had tried a small lit­tle brand from my local health food store (it wasn’t Jason) but the oil was mixed with anoth­er can’t remem­ber may­be it was olive oil — any­ways it burned my eyes. 

        So I switched to Jason’s because I was told it was noth­ing but pure vit­a­m­in e oil and was all nat­u­ral. It didn’t work on a scar on my leg or under eyes so I start­ed research­ing and found they use syn­thet­ic vit­a­m­in e . They should be ashamed to call them­selves nat­u­ral.

        ~Chelsea xo

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  4. Hi Steph :]
    I love me some good qual­i­ty oils. If I could bathe in them all day, I would. I have acne and very dry skin and am cur­rent­ly using RMS Beau­ty Oil and Kahi­na Giv­ing Beau­ty argan oil. They’ve helped with the dry skin tremen­dous­ly, but my acne is not going away and I know deep down in my heart that it’s diet relat­ed. BUT it’s so hard to give up sug­ar and all those grain-based break­fasts! I read that you don’t eat grains, do you fol­low a paleo or pri­mal diet? 

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    • Hi Julia,

      I too have extreme­ly dry skin (at least since mov­ing half-way across the coun­try from a hot humid cli­mate to a dry, cold­er one) our skin is great­ly affect­ed by our diet. 

      If you don’t have Steph’s book yet I high­ly rec­om­mend get­ting it, she gives not recipes but meal plans and exam­ples of what she con­sid­ers snacks/meals and foods to avoid. Also lists sup­ple­ments which help with acne. 

      If you find giv­ing up the­se unhealthy whole grains and sug­ar so dif­fi­cult try work­ing with some amaz­ing recipes. You don’t need to buy expen­sive cook­books there are plen­ty of websites/blogs with healthy recipes that you can print off (Many have lots of free recipes to browse through — try Mark’s Dai­ly Apple, Again­st All Grain, Pure­ly Twin’s recipes and The Detoxinista’s Paleo recipes.) 

      But here’s the key you should be eat­ing healthy whole foods and not feel deprived. I still eat dessert (no not every night and nev­er ones pre­pared from the bak­ery) but so does Steph. If you read her FB/instagram page she has shared sev­er­al pics of desserts she has made with links to them online. 

      You don’t have to cut out all sweets just the arti­fi­cial ones (ste­via, coconut nec­tar, grade b maple syrup and hon­ey should replace things like HFCS, sug­ar, splen­da, equal, etc. ) 

      For get­ting rid of acne try adding a high does of omega 3s to your diet (with doc’s okay) but Steph talks in an old­er arti­cle about load­ing up on omega3s before taper­ing off (6000–9000 mg dai­ly.) Per­son­al­ly speak­ing I always take a high­er does of omega3s because I don’t eat fish, I hat­ed it as a kid and still hate it at 24 its not going to change no mat­ter how its pre­pared.

      Steph refers to her diet as paleo/primal but its def­i­nite­ly more bal­anced than most strict­ly paleo blogs you’ll see. Steph shares top nutri­tion that will have you not only feel­ing great but look­ing great. 

      Steph allows for things like juic­ing, green smooth­ies (which some hard­core paleo enthu­si­asts don’t advo­cate but than again they also advo­cate the cave­man skin­care rou­tine, which isn’t prac­ti­cal nor the best treat­ment for your skin), healthy desserts and pro­tein pow­ders that meet the cri­te­ria of being gluten, grain, dairy, and soy free. 

      Steph’s diet in her book is the MOST flex­i­ble easy to adopt plan that I’ve come across — because its a lifestyle not a typ­i­cal fad diet. 

      For instance I han­dle organ­ic, raw goat’s cheese just fine and so I add some to my sal­ad. Being “paleo” means no dairy unless your fol­low Mark’s Dai­ly Apple which is Pri­mal. Most peo­ple on the inter­net use the words inter­change­ably but I don’t think it mat­ters what “label” you call your­self just that your eat­ing whole­some foods that adhere to the EBG pro­to­col.

      I hope this helps,
      ~Chelsea

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      • hey chelsea —

        amy again ; )

        i read the posts on EBG regard­ing diet and am con­fused about a cou­ple of things…
        i total­ly agree with eat­ing healthy, whole­some, unprocessed foods — it’s pret­ty much how our fam­i­ly eats, for the most part. of course, we also are flex­i­ble & enjoy going out to eat & social­iz­ing and that’s when we allow our­selves to eat less healthy. my cre­do has always been about mod­er­a­tion & luck­i­ly, i nat­u­ral­ly love healthy foods. 

        so i’m con­fused as to why we shouldn’t be eat­ing things that are known to have health ben­e­fits — specif­i­cal­ly — healthy whole grains (like rolled oats & quinoa) & nuts and seeds??
        it seems unnat­u­ral to me that super foods like chia seeds & quinoa should be avoided/limited. what about sprout­ed bread? i under­stand about processed, low qual­i­ty carbs, but is there some­thing i’m miss­ing?

        i’m okay with stream­lin­ing my diet a bit, but it’s pret­ty healthy already.
        i love fish — espe­cial­ly oily ones, like salmon, sar­di­nes, & mack­erel so no prob­lem get­ting my omega 3s. hard­ly eat dairy (lac­tose intol­er­ant). love sal­ads & greens. min­i­mal sug­ar intake, except for the nat­u­ral kinds. so how like­ly do you real­ly think that my diet is affect­ing my skin? 

        amy

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  5. Hi Steph!

    I have tried to put oil on my eye­lash­es at night to keep them moist — it worked well but I was won­der­ing which eye wipes/makeup removal wipes would you rec­om­mend to clean off the oil from my eye­lash­es at morn­ing? I can­not use a face cleanser for my eyes — Most cleansers I have tried e.g. Tril­o­gy Cream Cleanser, Tatcha Cleans­ing Oil, One Love Organ­ics Chia Whip Form Cleanser and Coconut oil, they either burned or blurred my eyes. I tried to close my eyes tight­ly while wash­ing off the oil from my eyes, but some­how they man­aged to get inside the eyes. 

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    • I have the same prob­lem!! I use RMS coconut oil to remove my make­up and it also blurs my vision and stings. The trick is to use very lit­tle. I like slather­ing coconut oil all over my face so that it’s very slip­pery, but this is no good on the eye­lids. When I’m wear­ing a lot of mas­cara or eye­lin­er and need that extra bit of coconut oil, I close my eyes, apply the oil, and then wipe my eyes with a cloth (I use one by One Love Organ­ics), and only then do I open my eyes. 

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  6. Hel­lo Stephanie,
    I have some ques­tions regard­ing green smoothies..I see that you are drink­ing it on a dai­ly basis and I do so too actu­al­ly, how­ev­er late­ly I heard that too much raw veg­eta­bles are bad for our diges­tion? Also, you men­tioned that tough veg­gies like kale shouldn’t be blend­ed into smoothies…Are tougher veg­gies more eas­i­ly digestible when cooked? If so, what type of cook­ing method? And, may I know what type of veg­gies do you usu­al­ly blend then and how much in quan­ti­ty? Should we rotate dif­fer­ent veg­gies every now and then? 

    Anoth­er thing is, which is more nutri­tious : veg­eta­bles or pas­tured-raised meat? I am on paleo diet for some time now and am fol­low­ing the plat­ing rule of major­i­ty veg­gies and side dish­es, then the rest meat.…Any advice? 

    Sor­ry for the ques­tions, hope you can help! =) 

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    • @Jen

      Yes, Steph does drink green smooth­ies — which is why I always rec­om­mend her blog and book because she is much more bal­anced about nutri­tion than lots of oth­er paleo web­sites (which blast green smooth­ies, juice cleans­es, etc.) 

      Steph usu­al­ly adds 1–2 large hand­fuls of spinach to her smooth­ie
      If your using a blender such as a Vitamix/Blendtec or any oth­er blender that is pul­ver­iz­ing your raw veg­gies than its very easy on your diges­tion.

      There is much debate in the nutri­tion world of raw or cooked veg­gies. If Steph is cook­ing a veg­gie like myself she rec­om­mends a light steam­ing.

      Tougher veg­gies you ref­er­ence in your post would be things like broc­coli and kale. Steam­ing them helps break down their cell walls and make your body digest them eas­ier.

      If you want to know more about green smooth­ies Steph rec­om­mends Greens for Life by Vick­to­ria Bouteneko . 

      Yes veg­gies should make up the major­i­ty of your plate (think 3/4 veg­gies & 1/4 meat) remem­ber por­tion sizes today are much larg­er than they were even 1–3 gen­er­a­tions ago. 

      Hope this helps
      ~Chelsea

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  7. Can you also rec­om­mend me a good, nat­u­ral body oil? What type of body oil is suit­able for body acne? 

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    • Depend­ing are your bud­get you can use coconut oil, or any body oil from Epic Beau­ty Bar or you can buy an organ­ic car­ri­er oil such as rose­hip or almond from Moun­tain Rose Herbs.
      ~Chelsea

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  8. Hi Steph,

    I have three quick ques­tions for you. Do you have a few dif­fer­ent oils and choose which one to use based on how your skin looks and feels? For exam­ple some­times my skin is bro­ken out so the Mun would be nice but then in the win­ter it is super dry so the Lina might work best. What do you do? Also what is your morn­ing skin care rou­tine? And final­ly will Epi­curen be on EBB? I love there cleansers and use the same lotion you do so it would be awe­some if I could get my oils and every­thing is one place. 

    Thanks for all your advice! You have tru­ly changed my skin! 

    Xoxo

    Heather

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    • Hey Heather!

      Yes, I have a few dif­fer­ent oils that I keep in my col­lec­tion. I find it essen­tial to change my skin care with the sea­sons. So yes, using MUN dur­ing break­outs and in the sum­mer is wise, and then Lina’s in win­ter or when skin is extra dry. I also love May Lindstrom’s The Youth Dew around my eyes or in the morn­ings, since it adds a sub­tle tint to the skin that lasts the whole day. My morn­ing skin care rou­tine will be up in a new post, since it’s been chang­ing and I like to do a post on that every few months. You can the most recent one by hit­ting “old­er posts” and going back a few pages. 🙂 Epi­curen won’t be on EBB because they do not real­ly sell online. They only sell to spas that have licensed aes­thet­cians so they can rec­om­mend the prop­er pro­duct in-per­son. It’s a bit restric­tive, so I can only rec­om­mend them and not car­ry them. Bum­mer! I wish I could car­ry them for you! 

      And I am so glad my advice helped you…I tru­ly appre­ci­ate you and thank you for your sup­port. xoxo 

      ~Steph

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  9. I’m in love with skin­care prod­ucts now. My break outs as good as stopped after the first apply … I’m just try­ing to light­en my acne scars left­over now from the break outs in addi­tion to cure my skin inside and out. 

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  10. Hi Steph,
    I love your info­graph­ic! One ques­tion, what of sun­flow­er seed oil?
    Thanks in advance. 

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  11. What about tea tree oil? Could that be used as a mois­tur­iz­er for the entire face, or only as a spot treat­ment?

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    • Hi Kara, tea tree oil is not mois­tur­iz­ing and can be quite irri­tat­ing if used for the entire face. It is best as a spot treat­ment, and for some sen­si­tive peo­ple it may need to be dilut­ed a bit with water or a car­ri­er oil. 

      ~Steph x

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      • What about sun­flow­er seed oil? What would you rec­om­mend it for? Thanks. 

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        • Sun­flow­er seed oil is pret­ty decent as an inex­pen­sive car­ri­er oil, but not one of my top choic­es. See how your skin likes it if you wish to use it. 🙂 It has quite a bit of vit­a­m­in E and can be very mois­tur­iz­ing, but everyone’s skin is dif­fer­ent and yours may or may not like it. 

          ~Steph x

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  12. Thanks a mil­lion for shar­ing the­se quick and awe­some tips on facial oils … this is a quite infor­ma­tive and help­ful post with­out any doubt, good job…!!! 

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  13. I was in bad­ly need of tips you have shared in this infor­ma­tive post on the top­ic Facial Oils! It helps me a lot in hav­ing a bal­anced skin so far. Thank you so much for this favor! 

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  14. Hey Steph! This arti­cle is so time­ly, and I have a ques­tion relat­ing to oils. I’ve been try­ing to research what has been caus­ing congestion/ break­outs all over my face as of recent­ly (black­heads that are *every­where*, white­heads that can be “scratched” off… love­ly, I know…). Any­way, one the­o­ry I’ve read states: 

    The seba­ceous glands nor­mal­ly pro­duce sebum with linole­ic acid, an essen­tial fat­ty acid. This type of sebum has a liq­uid vis­cos­i­ty. It is calm­ing to the skin and does not pro­mote fol­lic­u­lar irri­ta­tion that leads to plugs. When linole­ic acid is not avail­able, the seba­ceous glands pro­duce sebum with ole­ic acid. This ole­ic form of sebum is irri­tat­ing to the skin and pro­motes plugs. Ole­ic sebum is unable to flow as well as linole­ic sebum and there­fore is prone to pro­duc­ing hard come­dones rather than flow­ing out of the fol­li­cle. This caus­es black­heads and white­heads and both of the­se con­di­tions may lead to acne infec­tions.”

    My ques­tion is, is this cor­rect that you know of? Does linole­ic acid run out due to our diet, or due to our skin­care, and com­pro­mis­ing the acid mantle? What is the best course, in regards to skincare/oil usage, for skin com­plete­ly bumpy and clogged and angry? (Lit­er­al­ly, near­ly every pore of mine could be extract­ed if if want­ed to.) Also, I know diet is huge… are there cer­tain foods that wors­en black­heads, or cause more of them? I’m guess­ing grains and dairy, but wasn’t sure what else it could be. 

    Sor­ry for the length of this; I know you’re very busy. You’ve helped me in the past and I appre­ci­at­ed it so much and val­ue your input. Thank you so much! 

    Julie

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  15. Hey steph!

    What are your thoughts on oil cleans­ing with just a pure oil like jojoba. 

    Also, for acne prone skin, should i use argan oil day AND night? 

    Also, what is a good cleanser for win­ter?

    Thanks doll 🙂

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  16. Hey Steph I just want­ed to ask this ques­tion… ! : / do you think if i real­ly start tak­ing care of myself (diet, skin care, etcc.), ( I’m 15 now), do you think my skin would even have the chance of being as ‘nice’ or have the same com­plex­ion as it did 1 and a half years ago? Because I’ve made a lot of mis­takes, like eat­ing unhealthy or over eat­ing at wrong times, not drink­ing enough water, stress, sleep­ing very very late, not exer­cis­ing or going out­side often or tak­ing care of myself prop­er­ly, (I know i’ve made so much health mistakes:/ 🙁 but I’m real­ly deter­mined to make the right choic­es now! and I’m real­ly grate­ful to be able to check this web­site too :)! but I’ve start­ed to make dif­fer­ent choic­es (health­ier ones!:)) but I real­ly was just won­der­ing if I real­ly was ded­i­cat­ed and devot­ed to mak­ing very healthy and right choic­es in regards to my skin, that it would have a com­plex­ion like when i was 13–14? (15 now)) I’m not sure if my question’s annoy­ing you I was just real­ly won­der­ing !! 😕 :/ thank you !! 🙂 xo p.s i know you could­nt real­ly be def­i­nite of what the results might be because you’ve nev­er seen me, but to give a bet­ter visu­al aid- I had soft, clear, young look­ing skin, like it was plump and firm’ and i did­nt look tired or had wrin­kles! (well i was 13! haha 🙂 ), but now my com­plx­ions just dull, and i have like tired eyes and tiny wrin­kles, and some black­head and those things, and my face looks old­er, like matured look­ing, like it does­nt look as young or firm as before and i was won­der­ing if that firm­ness or plump­ness could ever come back? I’m so sor­ry this must have tak­en a long time to read!! but i real­ly val­ue your opin­ion so any answer would be real­ly fab­u­lous and great! haha thank you a mil­lion times 🙂 espe­cial­ly for this web­site its fab­u­lous!

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    • Yes you can def­i­nite­ly change your skin sit­u­a­tion around 🙂 

      First of all depend­ing on your bud­get — see­ing as our 15 the first thing to do is com­mit to a clean eat­ing reg­i­men (don’t cheat for the first 30 days) drink plen­ty of water (no soda, sports drinks or oth­er sug­ary bev­er­ages)

      Get to bed at a decent hour and wake up and drink a glass of warm water with the juice of 1/2 lemon. 

      Next make sure on the week­ends when your not in school to take a walk out­side if you don’t have a gym mem­ber­ship or work­out dvds. 

      Com­mit to always wash­ing off every trace of make­up before bed. 

      Now depend­ing on your bud­get you can pick what brands of skin­care to use. 

      Always apply an oil on your skin before bed — skin regen­er­ates at night and oil is eas­i­ly absorbed. 

      Start using an SPF when­ev­er you go out­side.

      Use an inex­pen­sive nat­u­ral eye cream or oil around your eyes before bed each night. 

      Eat plen­ty of omega 3 from either food or take a cod liv­er oil, fer­ment­ed cod liv­er oil or krill oil sup­ple­ment. (Carlson’s, Nordic Nat­u­rals or Green Pas­tures are rep­utable brands) 

      if you find your­self eat­ing things like cere­al for break­fast switch it for a green smooth­ie. Make lunch be a sal­ad or left­overs from din­ner instead of a sand­wich.

      Make sure your drink­ing plen­ty of water as you could be hav­ing dehy­dra­tion lines appear (the­se are the pre­cur­sors to fines lines, then wrin­kles)

      ~Chelsea

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  17. Hi! My skin is com­bi­na­tion, where my cheeks and my eye­brows and the sides of my mouth will be flaky, but my t zone gets (grad­u­al­ly thru out the day) oily. I have used mois­tur­iz­ers that feel greasy, and make my face even oilier. And I have recent­ly been using this Ponds hydran­te cream thing. It goes on light­weight and doesn’t get too oily, but it isn’t help­ing my fore­head mil­ia go away. 

    I have tried exfo­li­at­ing, and even using a man­u­al brush, and AHA peels, and a sil­i­cone scrub­bing pad that has lit­tle hub­bies to help mas­sage them out, but noth­ing works. I was just won­der­ing if Maracu­ja oil would help me mois­tur­ize and not aggra­vate my skin and spread mil­ia every­where. I just got rid of the ones under my eyes and it would be nice if I could smooth my fore­head out too. (I usu­al­ly use First Aid Beau­ty Skin Res­cue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay at night. Also I use only bare min­er­als for foun­da­tion. I tried the bare min­er­als prime time liq­uid face primer, AND MY FACE BROKE OUT IN TINY LITTLE BUMPS BOTH RED AND MILIA LOOKING THINGS. 🙁 so my skin doesn’t like dime­thicones very much.) 

    I just want to get rid of my mil­ia and mois­tur­ize so I don’t have fine wrin­kles on my fore­head. I don’t drink much water and I’m only 20 

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  18. Hey so my “grand­ma-in-law” is a Natur­o­pathic Doc­tor and informed me dur­ing the “coconut oil craze” that coconut oil is actu­al­ly come­do­genic. A.K.A. It will clog the hell out of your pores. It is not rec­om­mend for Oily/Acne-Prone Skin. But it’s great for dry skin! Also, olive oil is non-come­do­genic and would make a great sub­sti­tute for coco oil. Just so ya know! 

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  19. look for unre­fined, min­i­mal­ly processed oils from a com­pa­ny with a good back­ground and solid ethics”
    That’s a good chal­lenge, but could not agree more!
    Thanks for this detailed arti­cle Steph.
    Cere­lia

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