Face oils are everywhere and they seem to be the latest trend in the beauty industry. Although our bodies produce oil naturally, production decreases significantly with age and the skin needs oil to maintain a healthy balance. Without adequate oils, facial skin dries out leading to breakouts, fine lines, and wrinkles. So using a facial oil is important in maintaining moisture in the skin while protecting it from the environmental damage
Hydration is key to a youthful complexion, and a good facial oil not only replenishes your skin’s moisture levels but help protect from moisture loss. The secret is in choosing the right oil to use and including it into your regime.
Not all oils are created equal. While the right oils can balance out oil production, nourish skin and transform blemish-prone complexions some may cause irritation.
Although it seems counter-intuitive especially if you have oily, combination or acne-prone skin this post will explain why a face oil is an essential part of your regimen.
Why face oils work
Face oils have a small molecular structure which allows it to penetrate the skin easily. Unlike most oils, facial oils penetrate the skin hydrating at a deeper level maintaining the health of your skin and sealing in moisture.
Benefits of face oils
1. Reduce your wrinkles and are antioxidant
Exposure to UV rays damages your skin leading to wrinkles and pigmentation because facial oils are packed with antioxidants, they help prevent additional ageing.
Face oils and are packed with essential nutrients, fatty acids, and antioxidants which soften and smoothen skin and. The antioxidants in the oils form a complex with free radicals preventing damage to the collagen and elastic tissues in your skin making your skin appear more youthful and radiant. Consistent use of anti-oxidant rich oils evens out skin tone, controls hormonal acne and reduce the appearance of fine lines,
2. Seal in moisture and provide extra nourishment
Facial oils are beneficial for all skin types but are especially nourishing to dry skin which helps seal in hydration. Skin produces less natural oils with age leading to dryness and dullness, no matter the cause of dryness facial oil can help restore moisture.
3. Protects your skin
Because oils are lipophilic (dissolve in fats) they penetrate deeply into the skin, keeping moisture in and keeping toxins out. Some oils are able to strengthen your skin’s natural skin barriers and facilitate your skins absorption of products.
For city dwellers in highly polluted environments when used as the last step of your skincare routine in the morning face oils act as a barrier on the outer layer of the skin.
4. Primer for makeup
For people with flaky or blemished skin use of facial oils facilitate a smooth application of makeup making it less likely to clump or streak. They do this by settling in areas where your skin needs hydration and produce a plumping effect making it a perfect canvas for your makeup.
5. Reduce inflammation
Many oils have anti-inflammatory properties which can control irritation after the use of popular antiaging treatments like retinol or AHAs. Oils like Argan and Tea tree oils actually treat acne because of their antibacterial properties which treat inflammatory acne. Using Jojoba oil which is almost identical to the sebum produced by the skin, reduces oil production and is a great addition to your regimen if you are using a topical acne treatment.
How to choose a facial oil
Choosing a facial oil should be based on two things, the molecular size and your skin type.
Molecular size because it allows it to penetrate more deeply through the top layer of skin and the best oils in these categories are argan, squalane and jojoba oils.
Skin type because some oils are more suited to different skin types based on their ability to hydrate and moisturize.
How to use Facial Oil?
Skincare products have different molecular sizes and the order of application should follow their thickness going from thinnest to thickest. This means that facial oils should be the last step of your skincare routine to seal in moisture and hydration.
Skin produces sebum at different rates during the day and it can affect the absorption of the facial oil used. This is especially true if you have oily or combination skin, which produces more sebum throughout the day, so facial oils should be used at night when they are more easily absorbed. Dry skin, on the other hand, does not make enough sebum, so your skin can benefit from a few drops of facial oil to your morning skincare routine.
You can use facial oils directly on your skin or mixed with your regular moisturizer. But for the best benefits, facial oils should be incorporated into your routine after you’ve cleansed.
Best oils for different skin types
Here is a guide to help you pick the best facial oil, according to your skin type:
For Normal Skin:
Products with lightweight oils like Squalane, jojoba and marula oils work best.
Protecting the skin’s barrier is extremely important since a healthy barrier minimizes irritation and inflammation. Oils with a moisturizing base like Shea or cocoa butter and high in essential fatty acids are nourishing & hydrating and will help seal in moisture.
Natural oils for dry skin:
Rosehip oil, Marula oil, Sweet Almond oil, Avocado oil, Neroli oil, Argan Oil, Flaxseed Oil.
This is prone to shine on the T-zone with dry patches usually around the cheeks and chin. This means that your skin needs to be well hydrated with balanced oil production. Combination skin does best with light oils with anti-bacterial properties that combat the oily T zone with minimal irritation to the skin.
Natural oils for combination skin:
Carrot seed oil, Olive oil, Grapeseed oil, Marula Oil, Jojoba oil, and Raspberry seed oil.
Although it seems intuitive oily skin sometimes lacks hydration, and facial oils are the most efficient way to provide moisture. Oils like Jojoba have properties which regulate oil production by tricking your oil glands into believing they have produced enough oil.
Oils rich in linoleic acid or low-comedogenic oils like Argan, Buckthorn, Kukui and rosehip are good options since they are quickly absorbed.
Natural oils for oily skin:
Geranium Essential oil (balancing and reducing excess oil), Rosehip Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Jojoba Oil, and Evening Primrose Oil.
For acne-prone skin, breakouts happen due to overactive oil glands, so adding healthy oils like squalane to your regimes helps reduce and control your skin’s oil production. Acne is a reflection of an imbalance of your skin’s oil to water ratio, this is then compounded by the use of acne treatments which dry out your skin even more. Consistent use of facial oils helps regulate this imbalance as well as regulate sebum production by targeting acne at its root.
Natural oils for acne-prone skin:
Rosehip Seed Oil, Tamanu oil, Jojoba oil, Maracuja oil, Grapeseed oil.
Ageing /Mature Skin
Mature skin needs oils rich in antioxidants which protect them from free radicals responsible for premature ageing. Face oils are especially useful when you are using anti-ageing ingredients like retinol, which are drying to the skin thus improving its hydration levels. In addition, they allow active ingredients like retinol to penetrate deeper into the skin dermis, so can be applied before your anti-ageing cream for the best results.
Natural oils for ageing/mature skin:
Camellia oil, Rosehip Seed oil, Argan oil, Apricot oil, Sea Buckthorn Berry oil.
Although facial oils are not the only solution for your skin conditions its inclusion to your skincare regime has additional benefits if you use a high-quality cold-pressed oil. What are your thoughts? yay or nay to including a facial oil as part of your regimen?
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