A complete guide to facial oils that answers all the important questions: the what, the why and the how.
A nightmare in four words: Breakouts. Blemishes. Spots. Scabs. We’ve all heard it, we’ve all most probably experienced it before as well. Bad skin, in simple words, is absolutely undesirable. For most of us, clean, clear and healthy skin is something we always want, no matter what. And facial oils are the way to go.
Facial oils are exactly what they say they are; fragrant and non fragrant plant oils for people to use on their face, although technically facial oils can be used all over the body on the skin, not just on the face. Face oils tend to get absorbed into the skin at a less deep level than normal creams and moisturizers which keep the skin superficially hydrated allowing other layers added on top of them to work more effectively.
If you’re one of many millions that suffers from acne, then you’re probably confused as to why you would add more oil to your already greasy skin; you’re right but only if you add too much and if the oil is not suitable for your type of skin. Other than that, facial oils do not particularly have disadvantages as such. In fact, oils like argan oil or jojoba oil have many benefits for all skin types, including acne-prone skin. Since oils are a natural product, they contain vitamins and antioxidants that can make your face look brighter, younger and fresher.
Traditionally, facial oils can be applied to the skin through a simple face massage after cleansing or washing your face with only a few drops of any sort of face oil- remember too much oil can clog your pores, especially coconut oil. But of course, skin type and sensitivity should be considered before choosing a specific oil. For example, argan oil is best for oily, acne-prone skin as it decreases inflammation while marula oil contains potent antioxidants that are ideal for combination skin types. For people who want a dewy finish to their makeup, applying a few drops before you apply your sunscreen and foundation is a good way to make your skin look glowy and gorgeous. Perhaps you’re wondering what to do when you barely have enough time to wash your face and line your eyes in the morning; don’t worry because adding a few drops of facial oils to your moisturizer or foundation can do just the trick. With that being said, this can go wrong if you mix it with a moisturizer containing SPF, so make sure to apply the oil over the moisturizer in this case. However, if you’re hesitant to use it during the daytime, applying it after your moisturizer or night serum before you sleep is another way to make the best of these facial oils. And for those worrying about their aging skin, smoothing a few drops of argan or yangu oil over your daily anti-aging treatment cream help keep the skin young, calm and healthy.