FACIAL OILS 101:
Facial oils have seen a rise in popularity among skin care enthusiasts in recent years, and with good reason! Oils are virtually all-natural and beneficial to most skin types. Many facial oils are made from pure undiluted oils while others employ a blend of oils and other plant extracts.
Pure oils or oil blends can be used as part of your skin care to intensely hydrate the skin, soothe inflammation, balance out acne, improve aging skin and even ease symptoms of rosacea. Hydrating with a thin layer of oil can help makeup go on smoother and work more in tandem with the skin. It should be noted that using a facial oil is not a substitute for moisturizer. Your skin also needs the water component of a moisturizer to stay hydrated, but you can use an oil to take your skin care up a notch and bring additional nourishment to the epidermis. Facial oils are also wonderful for treating acneic skin, however counterintuitive it may sound. Since like attracts like, adding oil helps balance out your skin's natural production of oil and can help with the healing process to boot.
HOW TO USE FACIAL OILS:
With oil, a little usually goes a long way. Having too much oil on the skin can be unpleasant for the daytime, so less is more. When used in the appropriate quantity, facial oils can really help you achieve a perfect "dewy" glow.
We recommend using no more than a dime size bit of product. Maybe even less. A good trick is to apply a little oil into your palm and then dab it onto the forehead, cheeks and chin. Any excess can be applied to the neck, décolletage or the backs of your hands and gently spread the oil by patting it into the skin.
You will want to apply your oil before moisturizer and SPF but after any serums. (Remember our cheat rule for applying product: thinnest to thickest.)
WHAT TO LOOK FOR:
When shopping for a facial oil, you will see a wide range of pricepoints from the very inexpensive to the very luxurious. Neither end of the spectrum is necessarily better than the other. Yes, quality matters, but this can get confusing fast. Instead of paying attention to name brands, I recommend just shopping within your personal budget and paying more attention to the specific oil ingredients themselves. Here are my favorite oils for the skin and why I like them for specific skin concerns:
Jojoba Oil: Jojoba works well for any skin type as it is the most similar to your skin's natural sebum and is easily absorbed and utilized by the skin. It is particularly great for acne.
Rose Hip Seed Oil: Great for dry or aging skin. It helps calm inflammation, which is great for healing the skin or managing rosacea.
Marula Oil: A great oil for strengthening and bolstering the skin. I like marula for all skin types but especially for sensitive skin or skin that is healing from acne. It's also a great ingredient you want in your makeup.
Squalane Oil: Another light weight oil that is easily absorbed for the skin. Squalane is very hydrating and gentle as well as anti-inflammatory. Look for plant-derived versions, only.
Olive Oil: For brightening, balancing or evening out skin tone. Can also assist in healing dry skin.
TIPS & TRICKS:
Not all facial oils are created equal and different skin types will respond differently to different concoctions, but there's no reason you can't mix and match oils to create a perfect blend for your skin. You could experiment with different pure formulas on different days of the week to really experience the benefits of each. Or if that seems to complicated, you can simply opt for one serum blend that incorporates multiple oils at once.
The fun thing about facial oils is that you can really customize and get creative, once you know which ones your skin responds to and how.
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