20150930_085933It’s no secret that most skin types can benefit from the use of oil. Oils:

  • imitate the skin’s natural sebum
  • are emollient
  • create a protective barrier
  • offer healing properties, like enhancing skin repair

My wise mom draws a comparison between leather and our own skin saying that using oil keeps leather supple and looking new, preventing cracks and lines and shielding it from external conditions like heat or cold. How true for our skin too!

But how do you know which oils work best for your skin type? Some oils can actually exacerbate skin issues when they are the wrong ones. Leave it to Michelle Czolba of Wildly Natural Skin Care to simplify the matter. She narrows down the search to two questions that allow you to discover the right oils for you. She originally posted these questions here and gave me permission to use them. Thanks so much, Michelle!


1) In the middle of the day, how does your skin feel to the touch?

A—oily, I have to wash/dab my face off

B—dry, I usually need to apply moisture

C—it feels fine and I don’t do anything midday

D—parts of my face feel oily, while other parts are dry or normal

2) What is your usual body temperature?

A—I always run cold and need extra clothing, warm drinks and turn the heat up.

B—I am usually hotter than others around me and like to keep windows open.

C—It changes but I generally stay around normal temperature.


  1. A=oily; B=dry; C=balanced; D=combination
  2. A=cold; B=warm; C=normal

Now that you have your combination of oiliness and temperature, find which oils are best suited for your type below.

Discover the right oils to use for your skin based on Ayurvedic wisdom

Graphic credit: Joy Steinberg

*Dry and Cold skin—-the following oils are recommended-—apricot kernel, olive, pomegranate seed, sesame oils, and shea butter

*Dry and Hot skin—-the following oils are recommended—-almond, castor, and olive oils

*Dry and Normal—-almond, apricot, castor, olive, pomegranate, sesame oils, and shea butter

*Oily and Cold skin—-the following oils are recommended- coconut, plum, rosehip, and sesame oils

*Oily and Hot skin—-the following oils are recommended- grapeseed, jojoba, and rosehip seed oils

*Oily and Normal-—-rosehip seed, plum, coconut, jojoba oils

*Balanced and Cold—-sesame seed oil

*Balanced and Warm—-almond oil

*Combination and Cold—-experiment with the ‘Dry and Hot’ & ‘Oily and Hot’ oils

*Combination and Warm—-experiment with the ‘Dry and Cold’ & ‘Oily and Cold’ oils

*Combination and Normal—-experiment with the oily and dry oils from above.

*Balanced and Normal—-may not need anything on your skin! You can try any of the oils mentioned and see if they give you results, however, your skin is about optimal.

My Results

I found Michelle’s list to be extremely helpful in demystifying oil use. I couldn’t figure out why everyone else was raving about coconut oil for the face, yet I would break out whenever I used it on my face. That’s because I’d classify myself as ‘Combination & Cold,’ but you can explore coconut oil use further in this post here.

I hope you find the info here useful. See more at: Wildly Natural Skin Care.

Here are four recommendations for single ingredient cold-pressed organic oils:

Ko & Humble organic, cold-pressed Jojoba Oil, $18

Indie Lee Squalane Oil, $32.00

Eatseed Pumpkin Seed Oil, $12.99

Kahina Giving Beauty Argan Oil, 100 ml, $82/$36

Pai Skincare Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil, $40
Mountain Rose Herbs carries a wide selection of both certified organic and conventional carrier and essential oils. It’s a wonderful resource.

You can also find Michelle Czolba on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

What oils work best for your skin?

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