A lot goes into creating great, smooth, glowing skin. Keeping the skin clean is not enough, and often it becomes necessary to use facial oils for that extra smooth skin texture.

Here’s what you need to keep in mind while choosing a facial oil:

1. Determine your skin type

Before deciding on a facial oil for your needs, first you have to find out exactly what kind of skin you possess. Ask yourself the following questions:

a. Is your skin oily or dry? For oily skin, the pores are large, and the skin surface has a shiny complexion. There are also likely to be a large number of visible blackheads and pimples. In dry skin, the pores will be small and the surface of the skin will often look reddened and rough.

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b. Is your skin perhaps a combination of dry and oily, so that your T-zone, forehead and chin are oily, while the under-eye and cheeks remain dry? Does your skin tone change regularly as the climate changes?

c. Does your skin develop rashes or is otherwise sensitive to foreign matter on its surface?

2. Take a look at the ingredients

Different facial oils make use of extracts from different sources in their composition, so read the label carefully and do research to ensure that the facial oil you buy carries the right ingredients like vitamins and antioxidants. Vitamins have great benefits and can do wonders for your skin.

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Avoid using oils which carry toxic chemicals like mineral oils and preservatives which can take the shape of alcohol, parabens and phenoxyethanol, all of which can end up causing harm to your skin and to your health.

There have also been facial oils which contain traces of GMOs and pesticides. Using oil which contains linoleic acid can help those who have acne-ridden skin, while oleic acid is very effective for dry skin.

Also, pay attention to the containers which carry the oils. Dark coloured glass helps filter out the ultraviolet rays coming from the sun and keeps the oil fresh and unspoiled, while plastic bottle packaging should be avoided.

3. Quality indication

Once you are able to determine your skin type, and the kind of facial oil you want to use, it is time to test the quality of different brands. In general, the best quality oils are believed to be those which are virgin or cold-pressed, which is a method of oil extraction in which no heat is used during the production process.

Having an intense colour or a strong smell does not mean that the oil is of a bad quality, but rather that the oil is still fresh and good to use. Try to find out as much as you can about the production process involved in creating the particular oil by visiting the company’s website, since a lot can be told about the quality of their products by the type of processes and machinery they use for their work.

4. Purity

The purest form of a facial oil that you can get is in its unrefined form, but even an unrefined oil does not guarantee that the product has not been processed in any way. There are many processes involving roasting the seeds and filtering which still allow companies to call their product unrefined. Nevertheless, making use of an oil in its unrefined state is the best way to keep all the natural properties of the oil intact and useful to your skin.

5. Skin problems to treat

There are different types of facial oil geared specifically towards treating skin problems that the user may be suffering from. For instance, oils that are rich in the omega-3 acids and antioxidants are very good for treating normal skin.

On the other hand, if your skin is more oily than normal, jojoba oil can provide the best treatment for it. If your skin happens to be extremely sensitive, tamanu oil or rosehip seed oil can be of great help in soothing the surface, while acne is more responsive to the application of grapeseed oil. Prickly pear oil is a popular remedy for dry skin.

Price range

Facial oils are available in a wide variety of bottles and after varying degrees of processing. Thus, you have a large price range to choose from. Remember that the process of extracting oil takes a lot of skilled labour, in addition to expensive machinery, so the price of most oils which boast of a good quality will also not be cheap.

There are some oils that are recommended by doctors which are quite affordable. Smaller facial oil bottles can be brought for low prices, and need not take too large a toll on your finances.