For countless years, face oils have always received a bad reputation as they would make oily skin types greasier or cause breakouts. But in fact, facial oils are one of the best ways to minimize this excess oil, retain the skin’s moisture, and promote healthier skin. The excessive oil is mainly because oily skin types usually have a lower amount of linoleic omega-6 fatty acids, which prompts the skin to compensate by producing more oil. Thus, adding an extra layer of moisture with oil helps protect the skin barrier from losing hydration while reducing oil production.
Keep reading to find out the many benefits of introducing facial oils, what type of face oil is best suited for each skin type, and how to incorporate them into your skincare routine.
benefits of face oils
- Protects the skin by strengthening the skin barrier from pollutants, bacteria, toxins, etc.
- Contain a high concentration of nutrients such as vitamins, antioxidants, omegas, and fatty acids.
- Due to the jam-packed nutrients, facial oils leave your skin radiant, brighter and encourages cell turnover, which reduces the appearance of hyperpigmentation and smoothes texture.
- It acts as an occlusive, which locks in moisture and provides a protective seal over the skin.
- Excellent addition for lymphatic drainage massages, a process that helps remove toxins and depuffs the skin.
what type of face oil should I use for my skin type?
For oily or blemish-prone skin, choosing the right facial oil is crucial. Try looking for an anti-inflammatory and antibacterial oil that will soothe your inflamed skin and minimize the bacteria that causes breakouts. We suggest trying out our Argan + Tamanu Clarifying Face Oil. It’s specially formulated with non-comedogenic oils (doesn’t cause pore blockages and breakouts) such as argan, tamanu, and neem. More specifically, argan is rich in essential omega fatty acids and Vitamin E, which helps moisturize the skin while regulating oil production. Tamanu has anti-inflammatory properties that can help relieve acne, psoriasis, eczema, sunburn, and scarred skin. Thereby, it’s fast-absorbing while deeply moisturizing, so there’s no greasy residue.
For dry or dull skin, sometimes moisturizers and creams aren’t enough. Hence, adding facial oils helps prevent moisture and water from escaping. We recommend using our Rosehip + Sea Buckthorn Face Oil for drier skin. Key ingredients include rosehip, sea buckthorn, carrot seed, and pomegranate. These ingredients help protect against UV damage, brighten your skin’s complexion, and restores moisture. Since it’s packed with Vitamin C and Vitamin A, applying it before your sunscreen in the morning will provide a layer of antioxidant protection and combat exposure to free radicals.
Still unsure about which face oil to use? Check out our Face Oil Sample Pack, which includes mini sample sizes of both of our face oils.
when and how should I apply face oils?
Depending on your skin’s condition, you can use oils to spot treat dry, flaky areas or apply it all over your face. Facial oils can be applied both in the morning and night. If used in the morning, apply a light layer and press it into the skin to help with the absorption for five minutes before applying your sunscreen.
A golden rule with the order of your skincare routine is to apply the thinnest products first. Oils may appear to be lighter than creams. However, they are the thickest of all skincare products and lock in all the moisture from previous products. Hence, they should be the last step to your skincare routine.
As facial oils are packed with nutrients, a little goes a long way. All you need is 3 to 5 drops to cover your face and neck. When using it on top of your moisturizer, remember to gently dab or press it into your face instead of rubbing it, as that could potentially make the product ineffective.
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