One thing I did learn at school in science is that “like dissolves like”, so if anything, the best thing to mop up excess oil is oil.
The problem is that there are now so many 'miracle oils' being marketed at us - it can be hard not to get confused, and to truly know what is best for your skin.
My current faves (pictured above) are CND Solar Oil for my hands and nails, Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse for my body, L'occitaine repairing hair oil on my dry ends, and Una Brennan Vitamin C+ Brighten skin Renew Cleansing Oil I use to double cleanse my face in the evening - if I've been wearing makeup.
As much as I love these pre-blended products, I also like the idea of mixing up my own blends too, but there are so many that sometimes it's easy to forget what each is specifically good for, and also to think beyond the obvious i.e coconut, argan, and tea tree.
Instead I'd like to try out some of the less commonly used like pumpkin seed, sesame, and Seabuckthorn - and maybe you would too?
So with that in mind here's a little bit of research I've done to try and help us all work more oils into our beauty routines.
Pumpkin Seed: Similar to coconut oil, pumpkin seed oil offers up a trifecta of benefits for your hair, skin, and diet. It's loaded with all the nutrients that your hair could ever want, like protein, omega-6 fatty acids, zinc, and iron. Plus the high amounts of zinc and vitamin E also improve skin tone, help wounds heal more rapidly, fight acne, and help with skin renewal
Seabuckthorn Berry Oil: This special super-critical extract balances and harmonizes the lipid layers of the skin. It is beneficial for all skin types. Sea buckthorn gets to the root cause of imbalances in the skin by going deep within the lipid layers and healing from the inside out.
Argan: Probably the most popular right now, this oil is packed with vitamin E and essential fatty acids, making it a great moisturizer for hair, skin, and nails. In its natural state, it has a warm, nutty scent that complements any DIY hair recipe.
Avocado: Rubbing down in avocado oil can give you the same omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants that you get when you eat the fruit.
Coconut: Coconuts are packed with protein, vitamin E, and fatty acids that can be absorbed into the skin easily. It also has antibacterial properties. The oil is solid at room temperature, making it easy for travel and a good base for your DIY lotion recipes.
Grape seed: For women with acne-prone skin, grape-seed oil is one of the best picks because of its astringent properties. It contains linoleic acid, which has healing and anti-inflammatory properties. It's quickly absorbed into the skin (and hair) and delivers antioxidants deep into the cell tissue.
Jojoba: Jojoba is naturally similar to human sebum. Therefore women with oily skin and scalp can benefit the most from a moisturizer with jojoba to help regulate the epidermis's natural production of oil.
Olive: Antioxidant-rich olive oil is the ideal DIY-recipe ingredient for women with dry skin and eczema. This heartier liquid is also a good choice for women with aging skin because it contains vitamins A and E.
Sesame: Bacteria don't stand a chance against sesame oil. For centuries, it has been used in Ayurvedic medicine to counteract high cholesterol and viruses. This should be your go-to base oil to remedy skin irritation like wind- and sunburn.
Sweet almond: Almond oil is a natural way to clear dead skin cells. You can apply the elixir to get a more even skin tone and remedy dark spots. However, take note that almond oil should not be used by those with nut allergies.
Carrot seed: The beta-carotene and vitamin A in carrot-seed oil help stimulate cell growth and detox the skin. You can also slather it on to protect your skin from environmental damage (UV rays, pollution) as well as to keep moisture in.
Castor: This oil has potent anti-inflammatory properties, but is also healing and cleansing. Castor Oil is the best oil for drawing, cleansing, and purging oil from your pores. It also great at helping to promote hair growth - the oil is very thick and can be used to seal in moisture for coarser hair types.
Evening primrose: Eczema sufferers have probably heard of the moisturizing effects of evening primrose. The fatty acids found naturally in this liquid are proven to help soothe itching and inflammation.
Rose hip: Expectant mothers, this one's for you! Rose-hip oil has vitamin C and lycopene to gently rejuvenate skin and help maintain elasticity, making it a great remedy for stretch marks.
Tea tree: In recent years, tea-tree oil has become popular for its infection-fighting power. Acne, nail fungus, dandruff, lice, and insect bites can all be alleviated by a tea-tree poultice because it naturally kills bacteria.
Calendula: Acne-prone skin can benefit from a mix made with calendula oil. It can reduce redness and swelling, in addition to being an anti-inflammatory and free-radical fighter. You can also use it to minimize undereye bags.
Chamomile: Azulene is the main component in chamomile that helps calm the skin. It's a key ingredient to soothe irritated areas like psoriasis, spider veins, acne scars, eczema, and sunburns.
Lavender: Is one of the most healing essential oils to use in skin care. It is therapeutic and restorative to the skin in many ways. Lavender is very effective in the treatment of burns. It is also a natural antibiotic and antiseptic. Lavender's anti-inflammatory actions promote healing and prevent scarring. It balances oil production, helps even skin tone, and is beneficial for all skin types.