We know that one huge benefit to creating your own skincare is the ability to create formulas that are uniquely suited to your skin type. The question is – where do you start?
There’s no better way to get to the bottom of a skincare question than talking to the pros, so to help answer, I chatted with the founders of some of my favorite natural skincare lines. They shared the top ingredients they include in facial oils for their own skin types – and showed why almost everyone includes jojoba oil as a must-have botanical for inflamed or acne-prone skin.
Audrey Carlson, Founder of Antoinette Grace
Top picks: Jojoba oil, Avocado oil, and Lavender and Tea Tree essential oils
Audrey talked to us about her unique skin’s issues, and how natural ingredients help correct them in a gentle way.
“My skin is oily and acne prone,” she said. “As if that wasn’t enough, I also have sporadic bouts of eczema to contend with – so if I were to make a facial or body oil using only three ingredients, I would select jojoba oil, avocado oil, and essential oils.”.
She cited jojoba’s lightweight absorption properties and similarities to skin’s natural oils as reasons for its prominence in her own facial oils. “Jojoba is an ingredient that helps your skin over time rather than forcing you to become dependent on it.” (Note – we’ve talked about jojoba for inflamed skin at Botaneri before – check out this post for more.)
Avocado oil is another favorite of skincare experts because of its high concentrations of omega 3 fatty acids and vitamins A, D, and E. “It’s naturally anti-inflammatory, making it great for sensitive or irritated skin and it adds that extra bit of moisture I need after cleansing or in the dryer winter months,” says Audrey.
When asked which essential oils she included in her oils, she cites lavender and tea tree oil. “Both work to soothe irritation caused by eczema or psoriasis and help to combat acne, making them the perfect additions for my frustrating but all too common skin concerns.”
Silke Bayer, Founder of Silba Body and Skincare
Top picks: sea buckthorn fruit, organic jojoba seed oil, and Avocado Oil
Silke talked to us about her favorite ingredients for her oily/combination skin, starting with sea buckthorn fruit. “The little orange berries are packed with antioxidants, Vitamin C and the rare omega essential fatty acid 7, which can help protect the skin, improve the skin’s appearance and smooth fine lines. I really like the Vitamin C and Essential Fatty Acid boost from this ingredient,” she says. “It’s pretty much a magical fruit!”
Not surprisingly, Silke also includes avocado oil and jojoba as main ingredients in her favorite combination skin oils. She advises that you use a first-press quality, organic jojoba seed oil for the best results, and to ensure you benefit from its long-lasting hydrating properties.
Though she typically uses this formulation for facial oils, the combination of these ingredients, along with a few drops of essential oils, can create a great body oil as well.
Anya Lawrence, Founder of No Ordinary Skin
Top picks: German Chamomile Essential Oil, Jojoba oil and sea buckthorn
Anya’s favorite powerhouse, go-to ingredient for her facial oils is German Chamomile, or as it’s sometimes referred to, “Blue.”
“Blue Chamomile essential oil is high in Chamazulene – a compound which is actually a by-product of the steam distillation process of dried flowers of Matricaria Chamomilla, giving the oil that fascinating deep blue color,” says Anya.
“Its list of benefits is extensive, but the most noteworthy property of Blue is that it helps to inhibit enzymes involved in the body’s inflammatory response, making it an irreplaceable ingredient in formulations for treating inflamed skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, acne and so many more. It’s a great antioxidant, so it will keep those free radicals at bay, slowing down the aging process.” She adds that Blue can also alleviate irritation, rashes, mild burns, and insect bites due to its natural antihistamine compound. “And let’s not forget its sweet earthy aroma, which relaxes the nervous system.”
Jojoba oil and sea buckthorn are also go-to ingredients for her facial oils – although she points out that although jojoba is typically called an oil, it’s actually a polyunsaturated liquid wax.
Besides all the other amazing properties, Anya notes that jojoba makes a perfect base for herbal infusions, and can be boosted with additional botanical properties. And not only can it look after your skin – it keeps your hair frizz free and healthy!
“I found that one of the most important factors when choosing the right oil for your skin is the ratio of linoleic acid to oleic acid in the chemical composition of each of the oils,” adds Anya. “When our skin is lacking linoleic acid, our sebum becomes thick and sticky, leading to clogged pores. Using oils high in linoleic acid provide the balance needed to maintain healthy skin.”
Janelle Kleiner, Founder of JanellesNaturals
Top picks: Tamanu oil
Last but not least, Janelle of JanellesNaturals loves to incorporate tamanu oil into her facial products for people with oily and acne-prone skin. “Tamanu oil is produced from the fruit kernel of the tamanu tree, found in Southeast Asia. It is anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, speeds up healing, and helps with aging,” says Janelle.
Tamanu oil is also a natural way to ward off bacteria, and can be beneficial for reducing scars and stretch marks – but she advises you to avoid this oil if you have a nut allergy.
Botaneri “Level-up” Tip
Technically, you only need one oil to make a facial oil. Get comfortable with facial oils by using one lightweight base oil like Jojoba, Sunflower, or Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides (also known as fractionated coconut oil which is less likely to clog pores) on your skin for a few weeks. Over time, add a few drops of some skin-safe essential oils like Patchouli or Rose Geranium to the base oil. Then you’ll be ready to move up and make one of my favorite, simple, yet effective Facial Oil for Oily/Shiny Skin.
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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.
I love 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.