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Demystifying Oils: What Are The Best Oils For Skin?

Demystifying Oils: What Are The Best Oils For Skin?

Natural oils have been used for centuries to help look after your skin and hair. The benefits of oils should not be overlooked, by nature they are nourishing, hydrating as well as having antibacterial and protective qualities.  Despite this, there are a lot of myths surrounding the use of oils for your skin like that it will cause outbreaks or leave your skin shiny and even more oily. However this is just not the case, oils have a number of benefits and can help to transform your skin when used properly. Discover the best oils for skin and debunk the myths you have heard about using oil based skincare products with our demystifying oils guide.  


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Is Oil Good For Your Skin?

In short, yes oils are good for your skin. Oils have been used as a skincare product for centuries, with archaeologists discovering that ancient Egyptians used plant-based oils on their skin. Contrary to popular belief, oils are not a new beauty phenomenon but have been coveted for generations by the ancient Romans and Greeks in addition to the ancient Egyptians.  Pliny the Elder, a Roman philosopher, attested to almond oil benefits for skin as an antidote to aging skin. The benefits of oils for your skin have been tested over thousands of years and oils continue to be viewed as an essential product for skin nourishment. 

Debunking Myths: The Truth About Oils 

Oils have a number of benefits for the skin when used properly. Incorporate different oils into your daily skincare routine and experience the benefits of hydrated, glowing skin. 


The benefits of body oil

Whilst there is a huge focus on the benefits of adding oils to your face skincare routine, the benefits of using oil on your whole body should not be underestimated. We all know that oil is deeply nourishing for the skin but it also has a number of other properties that help to keep your skin looking youthful and hydrated.  

  • The perfect accompaniment to a luxurious bath: Simply pour your oil under running water and enjoy an intensely moisturising soak.  
  • Firming: If you have stretch marks or any minor scarring, then applying a firming oil to your body can help to fade any marks or blemishes on your skin. Firming oil is also great for aging skin as it can help to stop skin from sagging.  
  • Time-saving: Adding oil to your bath is perfect for those who don’t always find the time to moisturise before bed.  

Myth: Oils clog your pores

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One of the most common misconceptions about facial oil is that it clogs your pores and aggravates your skin, triggering acne breakouts. However, your breakout is likely to be down to a number of factors, including your hormones and your diet. Before banishing oil from your routine, determine whether other things could be irritating your skin. 



Oil (or sebum) occurs naturally in your skin and your sebaceous glands are constantly working to pump it out. Acne is a result of hair follicles that become clogged with oil and dead skin cells. Using the right oil won’t make this process any worse, in fact oil can actually help with acne and breakouts by helping to balance the skin. For example, tea tree oil has antibacterial properties that can prevent breakouts and stop them from spreading.   


However, the wrong oil can cause your pores to become clogged so make sure to do your research before adding it to your routine.  


Jojoba oil is ideal for a variety of skin types, even for people who have more oily skin, as it signals to the body to stop overproducing sebum therefore controlling oil production and breakouts. Sanctuary Spa’s Rose Gold Radiance Precious Glow body oil is a luxurious oil that will not only nourish your skin, but leave you glowing and illuminated with a silky-smooth finish. 

Myth: Oils are a no-no if you have oily skin

Many with oily skin believe that adding oil to their skincare routine will cause the skin to become even more oily, opting instead to avoid the product altogether. 



In reality, using oil on oily skin can actually help the appearance of greasy skin because the fatty acids in plant oils can help to rebalance oily skin and stop it from overproducing sebum. The most common reaction to oily skin is to wash your face more thoroughly, and often people opt for harsher products to try to counteract this ‘greasy’ feeling. However, washing to combat oily skin without the correct products can actually have the adverse effect by stripping your skin and affecting your pores. 


The key to looking after oily skin is to strike a balance and find the right products for your skin type. The use of oil can result in a clearer and calmer complexion as the skin does not need to produce extra oil to moisturise itself. 

Facial Oil Myths

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Myth: If you use face oil you do not need to moisturise and vice versa

A common misunderstanding with skincare is that you don’t need both moisturiser and oil, however, the products have different properties to protect and nourish your skin. 



Moisturisers and face oils can be used daily and in conjunction. Oils penetrate the skin more easily and deeply, so they help to moisturise the skin more effectively than creams. Face oils are lipophilic which means that they pass through the lipid layer of our skin more quickly than moisturisers. Whilst moisturisers attract water into the skin, facial oils seal the moisture in. This is because face oils are made up of plant-derived fats that have enough lipid content  to build up a barrier and create a waterproof seal to prevent water from evaporating. 


Therapist’s Tip: Make sure to use your moisturiser first and then finish with the facial oil by gently patting the product into your skin. 


Our Overnight Replenishing Miracle Oil is perfect for hydrating your skin overnight. After four weeks, you will begin to notice a reduction in fine lines and have an overall more radiant complexion. 

Myth: you should not use oils daily

Many believe that oils are too rich to be used daily, however this is not necessarily the case.  



Good quality plant oils can be used daily and nightly on your skin. Lightweight oils are easily absorbed by the skin, making them perfect to use daily. 


Our 10-in-1 Super Secret facial oil product is the perfect facial oil to use daily. It is lightweight, non-greasy and skin renewing and helps provide a barrier against daily pollution whilst intensely nourishing the skin. 

Myth: oil causes makeup to slip off 

Many makeup lovers shy away from using oil before applying makeup, fearing that it will cause the makeup to ‘slide off’ and leave your complexion greasy.  



Before applying your makeup, apply a small amount of oil to your skin and gently massage the product into your face. To ensure that your makeup stays put, it is essential that you wait for a few minutes to let the oil fully sink into your skin before applying your makeup products. Using a face oil correctly will provide you with the perfect naturally glowy base for your makeup – ideal for summer beauty looks! 


Our Hyaluronic Wonder Oil Serum provides all the benefits of an oil but is as light and quick-absorbing as serum. This product protects the skin from pollution  whilst also encouraging the skin regenerate, resulting in the reduction of wrinkles and fine lines. Thanks to its super hydrating properties, this product will leave your skin looking plumper and completely rejuvenated. Despite being packed full of natural oils including moringa, jojoba and pomegranate oil, this wonder oil will absorb into your skin so that you look fresh and glowy with no sign of the dreaded greasy finish. 

What Oils Are Good For Skin?

The best oils for skin depends on what your specific skin type or skin issue is. Different oils have different purposes, so it is important to distinguish what your particular skin needs are to get the best results from your product. 


Almond oil benefits for skin

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Almond oil has lots of benefits, including helping to reduce puffiness and dark circles under the eyes, treating dry skin as well as improving your overall skin tone and complexion. Made from pressed raw almonds, almond oil is packed with health benefits such as Vitamin E, zinc, proteins and potassium. It has a lighter texture which makes it a good oil for your face as it does not overpower the skin. However, those with sensitive skin should be cautious when using products with almond oil in as it can trigger allergic reactions. 


Olive oil benefits for skin

Olive oil is enriched with vitamins A, D, E and K providing many benefits for skin, which makes it a great option for a moisturiser. It also doesn’t tend to trigger allergies and so is able to be more widely used. 


Our olive oil-infused products include ou2 Day Long Lasting Moisture Shower Oil, an intensely luxurious skin smoothing and perfecting oil-based product. Use it for a decadent and moisturising shower that will leave your skin feeling refreshed and looking its absolute best. 

Jojoba oil benefits for skin

There are many jojoba oil benefits for the skin, making it a great addition to your skincare routine. Jojoba oil is structurally and chemically the most similar to human sebum which means it closely mimics the structure of the skin. Therefore, it can help to balance sebum production and tackle acne flare ups.  Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, jojoba oil also works as an emollient to soothe irritated skin and lock in moisture, proving all-day skin hydration.  


A few drops of jojoba oil can be used for those with oily complexions in the morning or at night, to moisturise and help to balance out skin tone. 


Our famous Salt Scrub is infused with jojoba oil. A sumptuous body scrub that not only will exfoliate your skin but will  leave it feeling intensely nourished and moisturised thanks to the fabulous blend of oils in the exfoliating product. 


Lavender oil benefits for skin

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Lavender oil is known for aiding sleep and promoting relaxation, however it is also one of the best oils for skin that is more sensitive because it is so gentle. It is a multipurpose oil that can help balance out moisture levels in the skin, whilst its anti-inflammatory properties can reduce redness and act as a natural hydrator that can repair dry skin without making it greasy. 


CBD oil benefits for skin

CBD oil has become popular over recent years and its popularity doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. Not only is it great for relaxation, but CBD oil is also thought to help reduce signs of aging as it keeps the skin hydrated with its antioxidant properties. CBD oil’s anti-inflammatory qualities make it an antidote for angry and inflamed skin, with it being particularly helpful in dealing with acne triggers and flare-ups. 


Our Calming CBD Oil is a multi-tasking bath, shower and body oil  that helps to de-stress the body and mind.  The oil is infused with calming scents, including lavender and rosemary, that work together to help relax the body, promote a good night’s sleep but also hydrate the skin and address skin concerns such as eczema, dryness and inflammation. 

There are a lot of myths surrounding the use of oils on your skin, however the benefits of oils should not be underestimated. They have been a firm favourite for centuries for good reason and their popularity does not look set to waver any time soon. Establish your skin concern and discover the best oil for your skin type. Incorporate the right oil for your skin into your routine and enjoy the results of a more youthful, rejuvenated and radiant complexion, Trust us, your skin will thank you for it.  

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