Years ago, the thought of putting oil onto one's face sounded ludicrous. But in today's skincare world, it's one of the most effective practices in achieving a beautiful, more radiant complexion and well-hydrated skin.
I've been using face oils the past few years and have truly loved the benefits, but was rather intimidated when I first began incorporating them into my routine. If your curious, but not sure how to use them, check out this simple breakdown:
OIL BENEFITS: So, what makes face oils so fabulous? For starters, they hydrate like none other, absorbing quickly into skin, preventing water loss and delivering a type of moisture that most face creams simply cannot achieve. When layered under moisturizers, retinol and other anti-aging products, they also increase their absorption rate, allowing the effective ingredients to penetrate through and get right to work.
KEEP IT CLEAN: Opt for oils that have all-natural ingredients and nothing synthetic in them. When combined with artificial ingredients, the oil tends to loose it's potency, leaving you prone to sensitivity and possible breakouts.
WHAT TO CHOOSE: Keep this rule in mind: Not all oils are created equal, and like all skincare, what works for some may not work for others. Luckily, there's plenty of formula's to choose from, so you're likely to find something that suites your skin-type best. I've listed 4 of my favorite oils above (along with other recommendations below) which address many different types of skin issues.
WHAT IF YOU'RE OILY?: Placing oil onto an already-oily skin type seems counter-intuitive, I know, but here's the thing, it actually tricks your skin into believing you're producing enough sebum. Oily-types also tend to strip their skin of natural oils (by using oil-free cleansers, etc), so replenishing the skin's barrier actually balances the skin and controls oil production. If you're still freaking out over the concept, take my advice — start small and introduce the oil gradually. Just a few drops into your daily moisturizer and then build from there.