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Basic Facial Oil for Shiny or Oily Skin

“Wait…you want me to neutralize my oily skin with… more oil?”

Yes. Yes, we do.

It might sound counterintuitive, but oily skin is usually caused by over-drying the face with harsh products, too-warm water, or environmental factors. When your skin feels like it’s being sapped of moisture, it tries to counteract the dryness by producing, you guessed it, excess oil.

Actually, while we’re at it, let’s go ahead and clear up this misconception: the “oil” on your skin isn’t actually oil at all, it’s sebum. Sebum is actually a wax naturally produced by our skin to keep it moisturized and protected. But when we over-produce sebum, it can clog our pores and cause acne or other skin blemishes. Enter: facial oils!  

Topical facial oils are basically a helping hand that give your sebaceous glands a break from having to over-produce sebum. It naturally balances the moisture level of your face by penetrating the surface and allowing your internal oil-production to slow down. Hence: fighting oil with oil!

You may already know about some of the expensive natural facial oils on the market, but what you may not know is that it’s easy to recreate those expensive store-bought oils at home.

Everyone’s skin is different, so it may take a little time to find the perfect oil for you. If you tend to feel like your skin is acne-prone, or on the shiny and oily side, choose oils high in linoleic acid. You can read more about the benefits of linoleum acid for acne-prone skin HERE.

At a glance:

Type:
Facial Oil

Level:
Beginner

Skin feel:
Refreshed and rejuvenated

All natural?
Yes, absolutely 

Shelf life:
This product should be most effective for 6 months to a year

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Basic Facial Oil for Oily Skin

Topical facial oils are basically a helping hand that give your sebaceous glands a break from having to over-produce sebum. It naturally balances the moisture level of your face by penetrating the surface and allowing your internal oil-production to slow down. Hence: fighting oil with oil!

You may already know about some of the expensive natural facial oils on the market, but what you may not know is that it’s easy to recreate those expensive store-bought oils at home.

Everyone’s skin is different, so it may take a little time to find the perfect oil for you. If you tend to feel like your skin is acne-prone, or on the oily side, choose oils high in linoleic acid. You can read more about the benefits of linoleum acid for acne-prone skin here.

Amount 1

Ingredients

Base oil

  • 3 oz Jojoba oil (75%)

Luxury oil

  • 1 oz Evening primrose oil (25%)

Essential oil

  • 10 drops Rose geranium essential oil optional

Instructions

  1. Combine ingredients in a dark glass container.

  2. Use 3-5 drops of mixture on skin daily to achieve a gentle glow.

Recipe Notes

A note on substitutions:

If you don’t have Jojoba oil, you can substitute with:

  • Sunflower oil
  • Safflower oil

If you don't have Evening primrose oil, you can substitute with:

  • Argan oil
  • Rosehip Seed oil
  • Kukui Nut oil

Note: essential oils may be irritating to certain skin types. It’s best to start with a very small amount of essential oils. Some citrus oils are phototoxic (meaning they can cause sensitivity after sun exposure). For the most sensitive skin types, skip this step altogether.

If you don't have rose geranium oil, you can substitute with

  • Blue Tansy
  • Patchouli
  • Tea Tree
  • Roman Chamomile
LEVEL UP BOTANERI TIP:

Emollients are really useful to know when formulating your own skincare. Read about all the different types HERE to LEVEL UP your skincare game!

LEVEL UP BOTANERI TIP:

It’s best to use dropper bottles for facial oils. Not only do they help deliver a nice, even dose every time, they also help prevent contamination and keep your oils nice and germ-free.

About the author

I’m Drew, creator of Botaneri and an artisanal skincare formulator and certified aromatherapist who is here to help take the mystery out of DIY natural beauty. I started creating my own plant-based skin and body care products at home to deal with my own skin issues.

What I love most is helping people create luxurious and effective self-care products right in their own kitchens. It’s a lot easier than you think. Trust me, if I can do it, so can you.

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