The Best Oils For Your Skin

The Best Oils For Your Skin

There once was a time where people assumed using oils on your skin was to be avoided at all costs, especially for those with oily or acneic skin. Adding oils, it was said, would only result in clogged pores, breakouts, and greasy skin.

As people have come to understand oils better, however, they’ve learned that not all of the slick stuff is bad. In fact, some of it can actually work wonders on your skin to help balance out your natural-oil levels.

Yes, you read that right: Some oils can actually help your skin be less oily. They can also add hydration, help control blemishes, reduce inflammation and so much more. So, what are these skin-compatible oils that can help your complexion? Keep reading for the best ones to incorporate into your routine.

Olive Oil

The olive fruit is rich in a lipid-derived oil called Squalane. One of our favorite ingredients here at Kiehl’s, Squalane mimics your body’s natural sebum, meaning it can work on replenishing your skin barrier and hydrating without causing your skin to get too oily. It absorbs easily and is well-tolerated by all skin types.

Find it in: Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer

Evening Primrose Oil

This oil comes from the seeds of the Evening Primrose flower and is rich in gamma-linolenic acid, an omega fatty acid that can help strengthen the skin barrier, reduce moisture loss, and help maintain skin hydration and elasticity for a firmer, more radiant appearance.

Find it in: Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil

Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil

Found in the hemp plant (a.k.a. Cannabis Sativa), this herbaceous oil can work wonders on problem skin. It’s known to have calming and soothing properties and is naturally non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t clog pores. It can also help strengthen your skin barrier and reduce the visible appearance of redness and irritation.

Find it in: Kiehl’s Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil Herbal Concentrate

Avocado Oil

As nutritious for your skin as it is for your body, Avocado Oil has a rich, emollient texture that makes it fantastic for dry skin. It contains a balance of lipids that includes omega fatty acids and provides rich moisturization, softening, and nourishment.

Find it in: Kiehl’s Avocado Nourishing Hydration Mask

Sunflower Oil

While not necessarily a common oil found in skincare, Sunflower Oil has tons of benefits for your complexion. It’s a proven skin-barrier strengthener that also helps smooth and soften your complexion without feeling heavy or slippery on skin.

Find it in: Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate

Lavender Essential Oil

This popular ingredient is extracted from the seeds of grapes and is known for both its antioxidant qualities and its luxurious, silky feel. It’s lightweight, but still nourishing; replenishing the skin to leave it feeling smooth and supple.

Find it in: Midnight Recovery Concentrate

Don’t be scared of oils — they might just be the secret to unlocking your best skin yet.