Rich in antioxidants and essential fatty acids, plant-based oils have unique compositions loaded with skin nutrients that nourish and replenish the skin. These natural oils have the ability to protect against free radical damage, improve moisturise levels, control breakouts and much more.
Let’s explore our favourite five oils for glowing skin that deserve a place in your skincare routine.
1. Broccoli Seed Oil
We use broccoli seed oil in our popular Vitamin C + Broccoli Serum for its protective and regenerative effects. This is the perfect oil for you if you are beginning to see visible signs of aging because it's a rich source of vitamin A, which speeds up skin cell renewal. Studies show broccoli seed oil also contains a sulforaphane, a compound that produces antioxidant enzymes that protect cells from UV-related damage.
This oil also has a unique fatty acid profile that is super high in omega-9 which helps to maintain moisture levels and improve elasticity resulting in healthy, glowing skin.
2. Cucumber Seed Oil
Next on the five oils for glowing skin list, is cucumber seed oil. Extracted from the small seeds of cucumbers, this oil is a rich source of essential nutrients and bioactive compounds. Suitable for all skin types thanks to its light and silky texture, cucumber oil has hydrating, soothing, and protective benefits for the skin. Regular use of cucumber seed oil will help to strengthen the skin barrier, improve firmness and elasticity while nourishing and restoring your skin back to health.
Read more about the skin benefits of cucumber seed oil in The Knowledge Centre.
3. Melon Seed Oil
Melon seed oil is an incredibly lightweight and fast-absorbing oil with a “dry”, silky touch. It is high in linoleic acid which helps to regulate excess sebum, making it an ideal option for those with combination, oily and blemish-prone skin. It's naturally rich in antioxidants that help to combat fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of aging.
This study showed that the application of Kalahari melon seed oil resulted in reduced TEWL (trans epidermal water loss), increased moisture retention, and improved skin elasticity
4. Prickly Pear Seed Oil
Due to the meticulous extraction method, prickly pear seed oil is one of the most expensive and rarest skin oils on the planet. Approximately one million seeds and 36 hours of work are required for a single litre of this oil.
Bursting with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids, prickly pear seed oil is one of our favourite oils for glowing skin. It’s a fast-absorbing “dry” oil recommended for the maintenance of oily and blemish-prone skin. Rich in omega-6, an essential fatty acid that helps to regulate sebum production, maintain moisture, and promote cell renewal without clogging the pores.
Antiviral and antibacterial properties target acne-causing infections known to spread throughout the tissue. While the anti-inflammatory benefits of prickly pear seed oil calm and soothe irritation and redness.
Find out more about the power of prickly pear seed oil in The Knowledge Centre.
5. Grape Seed Oil
Grape seed oil is an indisputable beauty elixir for glowing skin. Rich in polyphenols, antioxidants and essential fatty acids, that help to shield against environmental aggressors and fortify the skin barrier. This oil has a super lightweight, non-comedogenic texture making it suitable for all skin types.
The unique benefit of grape seed oil is that it contains a polyphenol compound called resveratrol, which has been shown to stimulate collagen production, improve moisture content, smooth fine lines and minimise pigmentation marks and stubborn scars.
How to Add These Seed Oils to Your Routine
If you’re looking to add a facial oil to your skincare routine, you can find all five oils for glowing skin in one bottle. Our Replenish Super Seed Face Oil is a blend of these five nourishing and replenishing seed oils. Suitable for all skin types and the perfect addition to your evening skincare routine.
Gabrielle Richens is Krī's skincare consultant and content editor, a veteran model-turned-NVQ-qualified skin therapist, and an online skin coach.