What are the best oils for my skin type?

Essential oils have risen to popularity in recent times (and for good reason), and with it, the concept of skin types. But how do you know what skin type you have, and which oils are best for it?

Skin types can be hard to figure out - is it dry? Oily? Normal? Combination? Who knows! But luckily, there are a couple of ways you can figure out which category your skin fits into, and therefore which oils will be best for it.


  • skin is unable to lock in moisture due to lack of sebum (natural oils)

  • loses moisture and appears hard or visibly cracked

  • feeling of tightness and possibly itchiness


Dry skin is dry because it can’t hold in moisture and is unable to produce an adequate amount of natural oils itself - so you need to find an oil that can do this for you! To do this, you want to look for oils that are high on oleic acids which include:

  • olive oil

  • macadamia nut oil

  • avocado oil

  • almond oil

  • argan oil


  • visible oily shine cause by an overproduction of sebum

  • enlarge and clearly visible pores

  • blood vessels may not be visible


When it comes to oily skin types, you should look for oils that are light and contain a high amount of linoleic acid as this will help to keep pores unclogged. Look for natural oils such as:

  • safflower oil

  • rosehip oil

  • tamanu oil

  • sunflower oil

  • grapeseed oil


  • most common result of combination is the visible ‘T-Zone’, with dry cheeks and neck area but very oily forehead (around the eyes), nose and chin

  • more enlarged pores in these oily areas

  • normal to dry cheeks


For combination skin where you may be dry in some areas but oily in others, you want to try and find oils that have a percent ratio closer to 50%. The main one being rosehip oil. This is because it can cater to both sides of the oily and dry spectrum to create a balanced skin, and will also adjust with the change of the seasons!


  • the goldilocks balance of being not too oily and not too dry - just right!

  • barely visible fine pores

  • good blood circulation and no blemishes or redness

  • silky smooth texture and not prone to sensitivity


For more normal skin types, it is best to look for skincare and oils that resemble the skin’s natural sebum, so you will just give the skin a little push into looking and feeling better without doing anything drastic to the skins natural oils.

The best oil to look for for this, is joboba oil - which we use in a number of our products. This oil contains fairly low amounts of both loleic and oleic acids, meaning it is one of the closest oils to natural skin, and it helps to reduce inflammation and unclog pores.


Skin types will be different for all different people and at different stages of ageing, but it’s essential to know what skin type you have in order to know the best skincare products to use to treat any dryness or oily-ness (or both!).

When it comes to essential oils, there are a number of benefits to adding them to your skincare routine, such as - using oils can trick the skin into thinking it doesn’t need to produce more natural oil, reduces clogged pores by dissolving unwanted visitors such as blackheads and whiteheads, no stripping of the skins natural oils, certified organic means all natural and no harsh chemicals that can damage the skin, AND helps to clear acne and other blemishes.

Just remember - an oil that is good for your skin shouldn’t be heavy and patchy on your face - it should feel light and absorb right into the skin. This is when you know it’s working its magic on you.


If you’ve still got any burning questions about which oils might be best for you and which products would be better suited to your skin type - feel free to get in touch with us at contact@ahriaorganics.com and we will do our best to assist you!

This content published by us, AHRIA Organics, here on our website is for educational and informational purposes only, and is not intended as medical advice.



Raelle Gann-Owens