Which Oils Get Absorbed Fastest By The Skin?

     Oils that get absorbed quickly do so because they contain a lot of Polyunstaturated acids: Omega 3 (alpha linolenic acid) and Omega 6 fatty acids (linoleic acid and gamma-linoleic acid). 

    Oils that contain at least 50% of polyunsaturated acids get absorbed  very fast. They are good for oily skin, feel "light", are good as daytime moisturisers, and can even be worn under make-up. For example flaxseed oil, wild rose oil, wheat germ oil, borage oil, hemp oil, grape seed oil, walnut oil.
    Oils that have between 20% and 50% are called partially absorbing, and are good for normal and mixed skin. Examples are sunflower oil, soya oil, argan oil, sesame oil, plum seed oil.
    Oils that have less than 20% of polyunsaturated acids take a long time to get absorbed, and are recommended for dry and mature skin, that doesn't tend towards blocked pores. Of course, these oils could be great for drier parts of the body too! Examples of such oils include coconut oil, almond oil, avocado oil, rinzinus oil, macadamia oil, neem oil, olive oil, rice oil.

    I heard that hair with high porosity often prefers the kind of oils that absorb less. While I'm not sure if this is accurate, you might want to take the three groups of oils into account when testing out oils for the hair. For example -- if you find that several of the oils high in polyunsaturated acids aren't friends with your hair, try oils that are low on them.

   Do research the properties of the oils before you create your oil cleansing mix or buy a facial product with oils in it. To find out which oils are more likely to block your pores and which are less likely to do so, read this post.

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