Facial oils. You may have noticed these little bottles of concentrated goodness popping up more and more regularly on the shelves at your local drugstore or department store. You also may have wondered to yourself why on earth anyone would put OIL on their face? Isn’t oil the very thing we try to avoid adding to our complexion? Yes and no. The wrong kind of oil (i.e. the one that our skin naturally produces) is one we want to keep under control. The right kind of oil however can make sad skin happy and good skin glorious. Read on to find out how you can use facial oils and which ones to try.
Before we start, let’s get one thing straight. The oil on our face and the oil we might find in a bottle are very different substances. Our skin naturally produces ‘sebum’ to help keep our complexion lubricated. Without sebum, we’d start drying out very quickly. The problem arises when our skin begins to overproduce that same sebum. Hello, oil slick!
When we talk about facial oils, we are talking about preparations that use a combination of skin-loving ingredients. Rosehip, Avocado, and Jojoba are all common oils that we may see on the label of a facial oil bottle. These oils, like any kind of concentrated skin treatment product, are designed to treat a whole range of skin ailments in a gentle, natural way. So how do you choose the right one for you?
1. Think about your skin type
When choosing a facial oil, it’s important to consider your skin type. Are you oily or do you tend to err on the dry skin side of things? Is your skin generally pretty happy or does it break out or become itchy/irritated frequently? By working out your skin’s personality, you can work out what is going to suit it best.
2. Choose your oil wisely
There are a plethora of different skincare oils available today. Just like you wouldn’t choose the first face wash that you caught sight of, choosing the first facial oil that catches your eye isn’t always a wise decision. Pick one that suits what you want to treat. If you have dry, sensitive skin, rosehip oil is a great option. Oily or acne-prone types should look for preparations that feature grapeseed, while all skin types can benefit from jojoba and avocado oils.
3. Apply in the right way
You wouldn’t apply a rich serum to skin already covered in products and facial oil is no different. Oils work best when applied to clean. product free skin. Just after cleansing is ideal. They also respond well to warmth. Squeezing a few drops into your (clean) palms and rubbing your hands together will help warm and disperse the product, making it easy to apply to the skin. You also want to really focus on massaging your chosen product into your face, neck, and decolletage. Use your warm fingertips to really work the product in. The glow you get will make it worth your while.
4. Partner with the right products
While some people may find that facial oil is enough nourishment/treatment for their skin, others may still need or want to apply other favorite preparations. The best way to do this is by layering your skincare. Apply your oil to clean skin using warm fingers and allow it to sink into the skin before applying your chosen moisturizer or lotion. It’s also important to make sure the ingredients you are using don’t react together. Most facial oils use all-natural compounds but a moisturizer with a lot of active ingredients that may cause sensitivity. Try a patch test of the two products on your hand or arm before applying to your face.