Which fatty acids suit your skin type best and why

February 16, 2020

Which fatty acids suit your skin type best and why

Which Fatty Acids Suit Your Skin Type Best and Why

If you've ever tuned in any health related blog you've probably seen that fatty acids are brilliant for your health thanks to their anti-inflammatory properties, which help to keep your insides healthy and protected against disease.

But what about your skin?

Fatty acids provide just as excellent benefits when applied topically to the skin, but the type of fatty acid you use is going to make all the difference.

This article will show you exactly which type of fatty acid you need whether your skin is oily or dry.


What are fatty acids? Linoleic acid vs. oleic acid


Fatty acids are essential to healthy skin, since they are the building blocks of all oils, including your skin’s natural oil; sebum. 


The skin’s outermost layer, called the stratum corneum, is composed of lipids.  This is a protective barrier to prevent your body and skin from dehydrating.  This is why moisturizers contain oils to restore the healthy levels your skin needs to be and look its best and it is also the reason why face oils work so well when used properly.  This lipid layer consists of three different types of lipids: ceramides, cholesterols and essential fatty acids.  Essential fatty acids are not produced in the body and can only be replenished through foods or topical applications, which is why you will always see fatty acid references (Rich source of Omega-3, Omega-6, Omega-9!) in health magazines and blogs.

 Unsaturated essential fatty acids linoleic acid oleic acid


Linoleic acid and oleic acid are two important fatty acids naturally present in our skin, however the amount you have usually dictates your skin type. 


If you have dry skin then chances are you have higher levels of linoleic acid and less oleic acid and vice versa with oily skin. So what does this mean? Well, to help your skin out you need to topically apply more of the oil your skin naturally lacks. 


Linoleic acid is a lighter oil and better for congested, oilier skin types, whereas oleic acid is thicker, richer and more hydrating, ideal for dry or mature skin.


Jojoba oil

Before we dive in to showing you the different oils for your skin type, we wanted to give special mention to jojoba oil. 

 Jojoba oil

This is the only oil that most closely resembles human sebum and helps to soften and sink in to the skin without leaving a greasy feel. For this reason we have included jojoba oil as an excellent base in both of our facial oils, because everyone can truly benefit.


Dry Skin

Sea buckthorn and pumpkin seed oil are just two of our top oils high in oleic acid in our Solstice Facial Oil.

You probably have dry skin if you notice flakiness and if your skin feels very taught throughout the day.  Dryness means your skin produces less oil (not to be confused with dehydrated skin).   Those with dry skin also tend to run into the issue of having makeup not sit well, it may look cracked as the day wears on.  Replenishing dry skin with a heavier fatty acid could be a good measure to combat this.   

Oleic acid aids with moisturizing the skin and fighting itchiness and irritations, or just flakiness and cracking in the skin.  By replenishing this fatty acid, you will help your acid barrier return to a healthy state ultimately enhancing the texture of your skin and protecting you from dehydration. 



Solstice Face Oil is all about fighting aging free radicals and boosting cell regeneration for more supple skin. Vitamin A will keep the skin’s lipid barrier strong and prevent moisture loss through the pores, while Vitamins C and E will fight and neutralize free radicals. Fatty acids will keep your skin dewy, reduce inflammation and promote a gorgeous, luminous glow.


Oily Skin

Safflower and rosehip seed oil are just two of our favorite high linoleic oils used in our Equinox Facial Oil.

Studies show that linoleic acid has been found in low percentages in people who are prone to breakouts.  Oils that are richer in linoleic acid are much lighter oils than oleic acid.  They tend to be absorbed readily and quickly.  Linoleic acid oils have also shown to aid in hyperpigmentation, which is really fantastic news!  There’s nothing worse than your acne haunting you past its lifetime with the undesirable dark spots it leaves behind.  This is why rosehip is such a rockstar oil, it has one of the best linoleic acid to oleic acid ratios (also very important), which give a boost to achieve your skin goals. 


Equinox face oil for oily and acne prone skin


Equinox Face Oil has powerful anti inflammatory and antibacterial properties to soothe inflamed, painful and red skin and it will help to balance sebum levels for reduced breakouts. This oil is brimming in omega 3 and 6, flavonoids and our favorite antioxidant vitamins, Vitamin C and E.


Anyone can benefit from fatty acids as long as you do your research before and use the correct oils for your skin type.

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