5 Oils That Truly Benefit Your Skin

I’m a big believer in the power of oils.  Last week, I did a Facebook Live on the beauty of oil cleansing. This week, I focused on 5 other ways to integrate oils into your beauty regimen. If you haven’t watched this video, I know you’ll definitely take something useful away from it.

Oils are all the rage right now.  Some of us have already jumped on this bandwagon (me!) and some of us might still be skeptical.  I’m a true believer that finding the right oil can do wonders for your skin.  It would have taken way too long to talk about all the different kinds of oils in my video or even to write about them here, so I decided to pick my favourite 5 and give you information about them in the hopes that you’ll start using one of these in your daily beauty regimen.  Again, have a look at my video on the different ways to use them if you need inspiration and guidance.

There are some really lovely Canadian companies that use the power of oils in their products, but I wouldn’t encourage you to go and stock up on these if you haven’t used an oil before.  Start slow.  Choose an oil, then head to your local health food store and find it there; organic, cold-pressed and unrefined is the best way to go so the oil’s chemical compounds are not altered.  Once you’ve incorporated an oil into your beauty regimen and seen the benefits, I know you’ll be hooked.  At that point, you can treat yourself to a richer oil blend or a higher quality product that you’ll enjoy using daily.

The oils I’ve listed here can all be used as serums, moisturizers and cleansers.  All oils will remove dirt and makeup from your face like a dream.  They can all be used as serums and moisturizers, but each comes with its own list of benefits.  So, how do you choose?  Read on and I’m sure there will be a couple that appeal to you.

1. Castor (acne, pigmentation)

–    extracted by pressing the seed of the castor plant

–    its use dates back to ancient Egypt where it was used for a variety of ailments

–    prized for its skin-healing and anti-bacterial properties and it’s often used in Ayurvedic medicine

–    helps fight aging by penetrating deeply and stimulating collagen and elastin production

–    can reduce pigmentation because it’s full of omega-3 fatty acids that hydrate the skin and stimulate the growth of healthy skin tissue

–    its antibacterial properties (contains ricinoleic acid) make it perfect for those with      acne- prone skin; dab on affected area with cotton swab; to fight future break outs, massage on face after cleansing and let it sit overnight

Find it in: Heritage Store castor oil (take $10 off with code mariaoils if this is your first order over $40 at well.ca)


2. Argan (moisturizing, healing)

–    used for generations by the natives of the Argan Forest of Morocco

–    extracted by pressing the nut inside the Argan fruit

–    rich in Vitamin A and E give it its healing properties

–    tocopherol from the Vitamin E helps boost cell production while promoting healthy skin

–    Vitamins A and E also improve skin’s elasticity making it less likely that stretch marks  will form

–    rich in anti-oxidants such as Omega-6 fatty acids and linoleic acid which reduce            inflammation

–    contains linoleic acid which helps fight inflammation caused by acne

Find it in: Raluca Skincare Luxury SerumsHelena Lane’s Argan and Rosehip moisturizerHelana Lane’s Argan and Neroli moisturizer (take 10% off with code mariavelve at checkout); Graydon’s The Putty

Easy Argan oil toner recipe:

Boil a cup over water and pour over a green tea bag; let steep for 10 minutes. Remove tea bag and allow water to come to room temperature.  Add 3-4 drops of your favourite essential oil (tea tree works well of acne-prone skin) and 3-4 drops of argan oil.  Pour into a clean spray bottle and voila! Green tea helps reduce inflammation, increase elasticity and give you a youthful glow!

3. Rosehip (firming, brightening)

–    harvested from the seeds of rose bushes

–    full of vitamins, essential fatty acids and anti-oxidants

–    nourishing for the skin because of the essential fatty acids it contains

–    anti-inflammatory fatty acids, and vitamins A and C treat signs of aging (pigmentation, repair damaged skin

–    vitamins and fatty acids provide a strong anti-oxidant boost and help fade facial scars

–    it does not feel greasy like olive oil

–    astringent properties help tighten pores and brighten skin

–    massaging into skin every night can help firm skin

Find it in: Raluca’s Revitilizing Luxury Facial SerumHelena Lane’s Argan and Rosehip moisturizer (take 10% with code mariavelve at checkout); Wildcraft’s Face Serum (take 15% off with product link)


4. Jojoba (hydrating, anti-aging)

–    an odourless, clear-coloured wax produced from the seed of the jojoba plant (a shrub)

–    native to dry, arid regions of California, Arizona, southwest Mexico

–    penetrates the skin easily without leaving behind a greasy feeling

–    it’s long-lasting moisture has been documented to last up to 24 hours

–    contains nutrients like vitamin E and B, as well as minerals like chromium, copper, and zinc, which nourish and protect skin from environmental stressors

–    gentle in nature so perfect for sensitive skin

–    can help reduce he appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

Find it in these Canadian products: The Green CreamHelena Lane’s Jojoba and Calendula cleanser (unscented)(take 10% with code mariavelve at checkout)


5. Apricot kernel oil (nourishing, firming)

–    obtained from the seeds of the apricot fruit; nutty in flavor and similar to almond in its  properties

–    rich in fatty acids; oleic acid and linoleic acid strengthen skin’s barrier function; firming  and toning

–    vitamin E’s antioxidant power also improves elasticity

–    vitamin A in apricot kernel oil repairs UV-related skin damage and smooths skin to        reduce wrinkles, fine lines and rough skin

–    improves the delivery of essential oils and other herbal agents; for example, infusing      lavender or adding frankincense into it

–    rich in vitamin K makes it a great eye cream; helps reduce dark circles and puffiness

–    excellent as an all-over face moisturizer because it’s light and easily absorbed; helps      improve overall skin tone and slow the signs of aging

–    should be avoided by people who have acne-prone skin; it is midly comedogenic which means it can clog pores

Find it in: Graydon’s The Cleanser

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to drop me a line. I’d love to help you find an oil or a product that will work for you and that you’ll love.



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  1. Thank you for your inquiry, Becky! I have samples available for sale on my shop! You can find the link on the menu of my main page. Let me know if you have any further questions!

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