If You’re Not Using Face Oils, Now Is A Good Time To Start
Yes, even if you have oily skin. If you're confused as to which face oil is best, we've rounded up all the ingredients you should be looking for based on your skin type.| November 24, 2017
At first glance, the idea of applying oil to your face doesn’t seem the most appealing of idea, especially if you’ve got a seat on the Slick Sisters Club. The skepticism is justified. I’ve already got enough oil on my face that I have to deal with every day, why do I need more? Countless skincare products out there also choose to label themselves as “oil-free”, further indicating that oil isn’t that great news.
If you’re not familiar with this concept of face oils that you should be incorporating into your skincare routine ASAP – this is beyond the pantry coconut oil and olive oil that au natural purists keep pushing – allow me to glide you onto the right path.
Hydration and nourishment are just one of the few benefits of face oils. The small molecules in oil help to penetrate the skin to repair and purify with things like fatty acids and antioxidants. Other pros include brightening and blemish control – who knew, right – as well as anti-aging properties and regulating the production of sebum. Again, who knew? Fighting fire with fire!
When it comes down to actually using it, less is really more. Do read the instructions that come with your oils, because the people who made it obviously know best. Using a patting motion seems to be the most effective for absorption, but we like to massage it in after. Or, you could do it the K-beauty way and massage your skin upwards at a 45-degree angle to lift your skin and improve blood circulation. It helps with cell regeneration.
Just like every other skincare product, oils should be used at night for undisturbed absorption while you’re fast asleep. It’s important to note that they should be used after your serums, but before your moisturisers that help to lock in all the moisture. But honestly – and this is from experience – it may be better to apply a lightweight moisturiser or none at all as you may end up with clogged pores, especially for oily skin types.
Here’s another surprise pro-tip: if you’re headed out, you may use face oils as you would a primer as the good ones absorb quickly into the skin and smoothens out fine lines for your foundation to go on smoother. Remember – less is more. So, face oils? Try them. Even if you have oily skin. But which ones? Below, we sort out the different types of face oils for different skin types.
#1: Sensitive/Irritated Skin
Rosemary, avocado, rose, lavender, hemp and licorice are oils that have anti-inflammatory properties that will soothe and calm the skin. Avocado or soy are also rich in fatty acids, and packed with antioxidant vitamins A and C. Try this Overnight Recovery Oil from Caudalie that’s got grape oil and from 100 percent plant-origin.
#2: Oily Skin
Jojoba, grapeseed, primrose and almond are oils that aren’t too heavy or pore-clogging. Avoid coconut oil at all costs and stick with the ever-so-popular jojoba oil. There’s a reason why it’s got a good rep as it’s very similar to the skin’s own sebum. This helps with regulation and balancing out the amount our own skin produces, all while moisturising the skin.
#3: Acne-Prone Skin
Argan, jojoba, tea tree, evening primrose, and almond oils are some of our favorite picks for skin that is prone to break outs. Pick lightweight oils, too, to avoid clogging the pores. Be careful with tea tree, as it can spark a reaction in some sensitive skin types. Always do a little test swatch on your neck first. This one from Sunday Riley’s got salicylic acid to combat blackheads as well.
#4: Dry Skin
Almond, apricot kernel oil are heavier oils for dehydrated skin. We recommend these for fall, too, as they help tackle the change in climate and make sure your skin doesn’t start cracking. This Rose Oil Blend from Pixi also has jojoba oil, but is not recommended for sensitive skin because it contains orange peel oil which might cause irritation.
#5: Ageing Skin
Argan, pomegranate seed, seabuckthorn and rosehip seed oil are good options for ageing skin. These are fast-absorbing oils that help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and are rich in antioxidants. They also neutralise free-radicals and help with inflammation. This diamond extreme oil from Natura Bissé is supposedly used by Queen Beyoncé. What more need we say?
#6: Combination Skin
A combination of all the oils is essential for combination skin. The usual skin-loving ingredients would include rose, argan and jojoba that’s packed with vitamins, fatty acids, moisturising properties, and antioxidants. This Noni glow face oil from Kora Organics is an all-rounder and works on all skin types.
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