If you think that using face oil as part of your skincare routine will clog your pores and make you break out, then think again. Face oils can be a great moisturizing addition to your routine and have the added benefit of being natural skin care ingredients that deliver vitamins, essential fatty acids and antioxidants to your skin. With everyone from estheticians to Korean skincare enthusiasts recommending face oils, maybe it’s time for you to check them out.
People with oily skin are most skeptical of the suggestion to put oil on your face. However, using face oils can have the unexpected effect of reducing your oil production. Jojoba oil is very good for oily skin because its structure is very similar to your own natural sebum. As a result, it does not clog pores, and reduces over-production of oil because your skin is already oil balanced with the jojoba oil.
There are lots of ways to add face oils to your skincare routine:
Double cleansing uses both oil and water to clean the skin. You first apply a generous amount of oil to your face and massage it in. This process removes heavy fat-soluble items, including makeup, pollutants and your own excess oil. You then follow this step with a mild skin cleanser to remove the excess oil and to remove water soluble dirt, for cleaner double cleansed skin. Double cleansing is great for getting your skin clean, without over-stripping, which helps keep it moisturized and maintains the protective natural layer of skin lipids called the acid mantle.
Moisturizers work to increase the water content of the skin, and oils are an excellent seal to help retain moisture. In the same way that oils are used to retain moisture in natural hair, oils can reduce water loss from the skin and are most effective when applied after washing. Using a moisturizer rich in hyaluronic acid to attract water to the skin, followed by a nice sealing oil is an excellent hydrating double whammy that your skin will love. Well hydrated skin is plump and dewy, and applying oils is an important step for getting that glow.
People with hyperpigmentation will find oils to be useful because they are natural skin care ingredients rich in vitamins, essential fatty acids and antioxidants and excellent for reducing dark marks. Rose hip seed oil has become very popular in the past few years and people with darker skin tones will find it is great for our skin. It is rich in essential fatty acids and antioxidant vitamins, which lead to anti-aging effects and promotion of even skin tone. However, there are several other oils, in addition to rose hip oil, that can help treat and calm the skin. Evening Primrose Oil is rich in fatty acids and used to reduce inflammation and sensitive skin. Coming to us from Africa, Marula oil is very rich in fatty acids and anti-oxidant vitamins, including vitamins E and C. Moringa Oil is native to Asia, but now grown in Africa, the Caribbean and other warm climates around the world. This plant is known as a super food, and the oil it produces is rich in antioxidants and can be used as a skincare staple.
At this point, you may be wondering why we have not mentioned the much beloved, and widely recommended staple: coconut oil. While we love this oil for many uses, the fact is it can clog pores and is comedogenic, so we would not recommend it for use as a face oil. There are loads of articles and blogs that sing the praises of coconut oil, but this oil will cause breakouts on your face and is better left to your hair, feet and elbows.
We have mentioned a few of our favorite oils, however this is not the complete list of effective oils for use on your skin. There are lots of options available, depending on whether your skin is oily, dry, hydrated, sensitive or has some other needs. When looking for face oils, find the ones that are dry oils that absorb quickly into your skin. Also, look for oils that do not clog your pores, and are rich in anti-inflammatory ingredients that help calm and treat your skin. You will find that adding oils to your skincare routine will give you options for cleansing, moisturizing and treatment – all of which are important steps to help you get your glow.