Do I need to use a FACIAL OIL?


Facial Oil MYTHS:

1. Facial oils aren't suitable for those with oily skin.
2. Facial oils should only be used in the winter months.
3. Facial oils will cause you to break out.

Applying oil onto my face? Yes, there are oils that are suitable for every skin types. Facial oils actually balance the skin (even oily skin), deliver nutrients to the skin, lock in moisture, heal and protect the skin throughout they year and they will not make you break out or look greasy.

I PROMISE that once you start using facial oils you will never, ever want to stop using them.


A facial oil is a plant-based oil that supports the natural functioning of the skin. It may be used alone or blended with other plant oils as well as essential oils. It can be used as a facial cleanser, a serum or a moisturizer.


Rich in antioxidants, facial oils nourish, repair, rebalance and regenerate all skin types. They also contain EFA (essential fatty acids) which are critical for the proper functioning of skin. Oils feed the skin flora which support the skin's barrier function.


All oils are not created equal so shop for certified organic, whole-plant, raw, cold pressed, and unrefined oils. Oil quality is key to their efficacy and when oils are chemically refined, their antioxidant content, efficacy, colour and smell are greatly reduced. Although all plant oils are beneficial to the skin, the ratio of linoleic acid to oleic acid in the oil will determine which is the best oil for your skin type.

Oleic acid is an omega-9 fatty acid. Oleic acid oils are richer oils that are ideal for dry skin types. They reduce inflammation, seal in moisture, plump and protect the skin. They include:

1. Almond
2. Avocado
3. Seabuckthorn
4. Olive

Linoleic acid is an omega-6 EFA. Linoleic-rich oils are lighter and ideal for acne-prone and sensitive skin. They heal and strengthen skin while reducing pores. They include:

1. Black Cumin
2. Calendula
3. Evening Primrose
4. Grapeseed
5. Red Raspberry Seed
6. Rosehip
7. Safflower
8. Pumpkin Seed

Oleic + linoleic balanced oils include:
1. Jojoba
2. Argan
3. Cranberry Seed
4. Pomegranate Seed

I am always asked about using coconut oil for skin care. Coconut oil can be highly comedogenic so I don't recommend it as a facial cleanser or moisturizer but do recommend it as a hair treatment, in oil pulling for dental care or cooking.

When using facial oil as a facial moisturizer, cleanse your skin, apply 4 sprays of toner/hydrosol and layer with 3-4 drops of facial oil directly onto the face or into your moisturizer. Combining your facial oil with toner/hydrosol will offer better absorption. Massage the two into the skin

Facial oil can also be used to cleanse the skin. Oil gently dissolves oil and dirt on the skin leaving it clear, healthy, balanced and properly hydrated. To cleanse with a facial oil, apply to dry skin, massage and remove with a warm facecloth.

At ORESTA, we LOVE facial oils and use them in all of our facial treatments. If you aren't a fan yet, come in and sample the spectacular selection of organic facial oils in our shop or better yet, book a facial treatment.

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