Face Oils And All You Should Know About Them

The thought of applying oil on your face may conjure up an image of a shiny and slippery face, but the addition of face oils into your beauty regime may be the missing element your skin has been craving. Despite these fears, as opposed to leaving your face oily and prone to breakouts, the ingredients found in face oils allows them to provide a number of skin benefits that include hydration and reduced inflammation.

Why oils?

Being smaller in molecular structure (termed as lipophilic), oils are able to penetrate deeper into the skin where they help it better retain hydration which is why most moisturizers list face oils as an ingredient. Moreover, oils can help to strengthen skin barriers thus protecting it against external factors such as pollution. They’re also rich in vitamins and fatty acids and they contain anti-inflammatory properties.

Face oils and skin type

Whether your skin is dry or oily or dehydrated, all forms of skin type can benefit from face oils. However, it’s not recommended that you slather on any oil within your reach as the wrong oils can cause irritation. That being said, read on for a quick guide to see which oils you need use in regards to your specific skin concern.

  • Dry skin

Dry skin, of course, needs thick oils that are not only hydrating but also rich in nutrients. Moreover, these oils need to be able to seal in moisture. Such oils include rosehip oil and avocado oil. These oils are rich in fatty acids thus they will have no problem helping to seal in moisture.

  • Combination skin

Combination refers to a skin type where you’re battling with both oily and dry skin at the same time. This means that you’ll require a face oil that’ll leave your skin hydrated whilst also balancing out your skin’s oil production. That being said, you’ll need a lighter oil which the skin will readily absorb such as rosehip oil and marula oil.

  • Acne-prone skin

Although acne can often occur as a result of too much oil on the skin, the application of face oils can actually help to stabilize oil production. Moreover, plant-derived oils such as jojoba oil and argan oil won’t block your pores. Jojoba oil, argan oil and grape seed oil are light, non-greasy and are pack with vitamin A and C which can help to reduce scarring and inflammation.

  • Oily skin

As bizarre as it may sound, feeding your oily skin with more oil can actually help it become less oily. In a desperate attempt to combat oily skin, individuals will go to extreme measures. In attempting to compensate for the excessive loss of oil, the skin will respond by producing even more oil which can lead to breakouts and acne.
The application of an oil on oily skin can help in stabilizing the production of oil and in the reduction of shine. As mentioned, dry oil like jojoba can help in regulating the production of oil as well as providing the skin with nutrients.

  • Ageing skin

As we age, our production of collagen and natural oils decreases and our moisture barriers slowly breaks down. Aside from the loss of moisture and natural oils, the effects of free radical damage can lead to the formation of wrinkles and sun spots. In choosing an oil for mature skin, it’s important that you select one that is rich in antioxidants. The presence of antioxidants can help protect the skin free radicals, potentially preventing further ageing. Also, the use of other anti-aging products like retinol can dry out the skin thus the application of a facial oil can help to provide moisture. Furthermore, applying the facial oils (be it argan oil, apricot oil or camellia oil) before the anti-aging cream can allow for the retinol to absorb deeper in the skin.

So whether you’re mixing it in with your moisturizer or applying it by itself (before you apply the moisturizer in order for the oil to better retain water in the skin), using facial oils can leave your skin shinning just a bit brighter (in a good way of course). According to Harvard Health, you can limit your skincare routine to three simple steps.  

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