You may have heard so many myths that have made you turn your skin against face oils. How about I let you in on the benefits of using face oil that you’re probably missing out on?
Almost anyone would cringe at the thought of oil on their skin, especially those with oily or acne-prone skin. However, regardless of your skin type, you should include face oil in your daily skincare routine.
Face oils are plant-derived oils gotten from a blend of carrier and essential oils. They synergize with your natural oils to keep your skin constantly moisturized and hydrated. While doing all of these, they protect your skin from environmental aggressors.
Read on to see the amazing benefits of using face oil for your skin type and concerns.
1. Natural Skin Hydrators
Every skin type needs a degree of moisture to thrive and maintain a steady, natural glow. Face oils that contain jojoba, coconut, or avocado oils can penetrate the layers of your skin and trap moisture. Hence, keeping your skin hydrated with improved texture.
As the last thing on your skincare routine, face oils act as an occlusive seal over every other product. They boost the hydrating and moisturizing benefits of your serum and moisturizer by keeping the ingredients sealed in.
So, if you have naturally dry skin or it is a result of a temperature dip, allow your skin to relish in the benefits of using face oil as part of your beauty routine.
2. Good for Anti-aging Routine
Premature aging comes with the setting in of fine lines and wrinkles around your forehead, undereye, and dull skin due to the underproduction of natural oils.
Besides using face oil to seal in your anti-aging serum, it provides essential vitamins and lipids your skin can benefit from.
Vitamin E, a vitamin present in natural oils, is an antioxidant that fights off the effect of environmental pollutants that can cause skin wrinkles. It restores elasticity, plumpness, and moisture to already aging skin and reverses its symptoms.
In addition, a face oil that contains grapeseed, coconut, or carrot oil will make a good addition to your anti-aging routine.
3. Protects Your Skin
While face oils penetrate deep into your skin to retain moisture and prevent water loss, they act as special barriers. They hold off environmental toxins that can damage your skin and affect its look and feel.
Furthermore, the lipid content in these plant-based oils strengthens your skin’s natural lipid barrier. This serves as an obstacle that shields the outer layer of your skin from the elements, pollutants, and unforeseen wear and tear.
4. Aids Makeup Application
After face oil and sunscreen, makeup follows. What better primer can there be other than smooth, sleeky skin?
When you have skin blemishes, you’re forced to layer on a little more product to hide them. Consequently, your makeup looks cakey. The face oil plumps your skin and reduces the prominence of those skin cracks that cause foundation and concealer to form clumps.
You can add a few drops of your face oil to your foundation for a gorgeous, seamless finish and extra glow.
5. Free Radicals Neutralizer
Face oil contains antioxidants like vitamins A, C, and E. These vitamins help to neutralize the free radicals that form in your skin due to prolonged exposure to UV rays from the sun and tanning beds.
These free radicals, if left alone, cause oxidative stress that progresses into saggy skin, wrinkles, and fine lines. Additionally, in response to stress, your skin sometimes breaks out with dark spots and acne.
Layering on face oil that contains jojoba, rosehip, and grapeseed oils is the way to go with protecting your skin against these damages. A few drops of oil in your moisturizer will be just as effective as using it alone.
6. Provides Nourishment for Your Skin
Certain ingredients like vitamin E are found in high concentrations only in face oils. Also, these oils contain other vitamins like vitamin A derivatives and D which work together to fortify your skin against toxins.
Moreover, these oils naturally contain omega-6 fatty acids like linoleic acid which is essential to build your skin’s natural barrier and overall health. Unaided by any other skincare product, face oils by themselves nourish your skin.
The nutrients work together to improve the look and texture of your skin by reducing the risks of inflammation and premature aging. Examples of such oils include sunflower and hemp seed oil.
7. Gives a Natural Glow
Mature skin produces less oil and appears dull and saggy over time. Stress, accumulation of dead skin cells, and dehydration also make the skin appear dull.
Instead of a face beat, you can apply face oil over your face and benefit from the natural glow it effortlessly gives. Additionally, it restores moisture to your skin and creates a balance in the levels of your natural oils.
8. Manages and Treats Skin Breakouts
Cold-pressed oils like jojoba oil have a molecular structure that has great semblance with sebum. Natural oil mimicry helps your skin to regulate oil production. As a result, skin breakouts like acne are kept at bay.
Jojoba, squalene, and tea tree oil are lightweight oils that dissolve the oil, dead skin cells, and fat that clog your pores. They inherently shrink enlarged pores and minimize their appearance.
Moisturized skin with reduced pores is the anchor of every acne treatment. Use face oils to give your skin a break from the mechanical and chemical stresses your skin would go through during acne treatment.
9. Soothes Sensitive Skin
Sensitive skin is easily aggravated by what would not hurt any other skin type. Sometimes, it can be excessive dryness or too much oil production. Using face oil can boost skin hydration and calm the response to the irritation from dryness.
On the other hand, you can soothe a reaction to excess sebum production with a face oil that contains cold-pressed argan oil. This oil doubles to hydrate your skin and balance sebum levels by regulating oil production.
Furthermore, organic, unrefined face oils retain their anti-inflammatory properties. This makes them a very good option to calm your sensitive skin which is prone to rashes.
Where Does Face Oil Go In Skincare Routine?
Oils are the heaviest and dense skin solutions in your routine. Face oil can penetrate other skincare products, but it can be quite tricky for other products to go through the oil. So, they should come after serums and creams but before sunscreen and makeup.
However, face oil may interfere with SPF. Therefore, you need to wait for up to five minutes before applying your sunscreen to get the best of both products.
Furthermore, you can mix a few drops of face oil with your moisturizer to boost its hydration qualities. And you can use face oil in your morning and evening skincare routine.
How to Use Face Oil
1. Face oil massage
For a face oil massage, you’ll need a non-comedogenic carrier oil like jojoba oil, and essential oils like tea tree oil, lavender oil, and geranium oil. A face massage helps to relax your muscles and stimulate blood circulation and collagen production.
Follow these steps to do a facial oil massage at home:
How to mix the oils:
- Mix the oils in a 2-2.5% dilution. That is, 12-15 drops of essential oils to one teaspoon of carrier oil
- If you are using more than one essential oil, which is advisable; ration the number of drops among the oils
- Afterward, mix the oils in a dark glass bottle and shake it with the cap on
- Lay it aside
Directions for face oil massage:
- Wash your hands and facial rollers (optional) before you begin
- Proceed to clean your face with a mild cleanser or face soap
- Then, pat dry your face gently with a clean towel
- Apply drops of face oil all over your face. Gently tap the oil all over your face
- In gentle circular motions, massage outward. Start from your forehead, temples, and cheeks
- Be firm with your hands yet use mild pressure as you go
- Afterward, move on to your undereye up to your eyebrows
- Go down to your chin and up your cheekbones
- While you massage, locate your acupressure points (under your earlobes, undereye area, between your forehead, in between your nose and upper lip) and tap those areas gently
- You can go over the massage 3-5 times
- When you want to rinse, use only lukewarm water. This will retain some of the oil and allow it to continue its work on your face
- Resist the urge to use a face wipe or cleanser. The chemicals in these products can interfere with the oils and render your efforts ineffective
2. Oil cleansing
Oil cleansing follows the oil dissolve oil principle. It cleanses your face of excess oil, dirt, grime, and makeup. Furthermore, it fortifies your skin against environmental toxins.
Materials: A carrier oil that is ideal for your skin type (jojoba oil for oily or acne-prone skin, kernel oil for normal skin, or olive oil for dry skin), and castor oil
- Mix the two oils in your palm and apply them to your face
- Afterward, massage the oil into your face in circular motions for up to two minutes
- Dampen a clean washcloth with warm water and use it to wipe away the oil
- Pat dry with a clean towel
- Restore moisture to your face with a moisturizer
3. Face oil scrub
Materials: A carrier oil like virgin coconut oil, olive oil, or sweet almond oil; one cup of sugar, lemon juice, and a tablespoon of honey
- Mix the oil with all other ingredients in a clean bowl and stir well
- Apply the paste to your face and use your fingertips to scrub gently
- Scrub for a few minutes before you rinse it off with cold water
Note: You should not do this every day, otherwise, it will be counterproductive. Once a week is just fine
Can you use face oil every day?
Yes, you can. Skin experts advise that you use face oil twice a day, in your morning and evening skincare routine to enjoy maximum benefits.
In your morning routine, use face oils after creams and before sunscreen and makeup. In your evening routine, face oils should come last on the order.
Should you replace face oil with moisturizer?
No, you should not. Face oil is not a moisturizer and the other way around. Although they function alike, each is in its class of skincare solutions.
While you may use one without the other, they are not the same. They rather complement each other.
Can you use face oil on oily skin?
Yes, you can. Face oils help to balance oily skin and prevent it from producing more oil than is necessary. Also, they provide optimum skin cleansing by dissolving excess sebum, dead skin cells, and dirt.
This may sound counterintuitive, but it is the remedy for clogged pores and frequent skin breakouts.
Face serums and moisturizers are very important in any skincare routine and so is face oil. However, sometimes, it seems like the benefits of using face oil are not always mentioned. Moreover, oil on the skin sometimes sounds like hello breakouts, hello grease.
This is not always the case, and it depends on your choice of oil. Choose oils that are unrefined and perfect for your skin type. Having a lot of oil on your face may not be the best thing but when it’s the ideal oil for you, you’ll be looking at better skin days.
Additionally, stay off oils that are gotten from nuts if you are allergic to nuts.
Thanks for reading.
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