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Why and How You Should use Face Oils

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A face oil can be a great way to supplement your moisturizer or serum if you find you need a little extra moisture or have stubborn dry, flaky patches your moisturizer isn’t quite improving— just don’t rely on any face oil to solve more significant concerns like wrinkles, rosacea or acne—and think twice about using one if you have oily skin, as adding more oil isn’t likely to make your skin happy.

How face oils work

Oil products contain essential fatty acids your skin needs to stay properly hydrated, but your body can’t produce them on its own. Oils also act as the skin’s lipid barrier, protecting against extreme temperatures, dry climates, and over-cleansing.

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Switch from a cream to an oil

Cream moisturizers are usually water based, or a mix of oil and water. They’re great for keeping problem-free skin balanced and moisturized. Face oils, however, contain a more powerful, purer, and often more expensive form of nutrients that are the perfect solution for skin in distress. And that lipid barrier we mentioned helps skin heal and repair itself much more quickly. They also lock in hydration better than water-based creams. So when the air gets cold and dry, making the switch to a heavy-hitting face oil can save your skin from irritation, redness, dryness, and breakouts.

Fight oil with oil

The oil your skin produces is much different than the pure plant oils in a facial product. Your skin starts pumping out sebum (the stuff that clogs pores and causes breakouts) when its oil content isn’t balanced. So if you strip your skin’s natural oils by over-cleansing, your body will actually produce more oil to compensate. But a quality face oil will replenish your skin with the essential fatty acids and moisture it needs. When balance is restored those overactive sebaceous glands take a breather, leaving skin healthier and clearer.

Why quality oils are worth the price tag

When buying a face oil, you really get what you pay for. Cheaper oil products often contain less refined, more processed ingredients with fillers and additives, whereas more expensive oils tend to be purer and more effective. Look for pure organic oils of rosehip, argan, jojoba, apricot kernel, avocado, macadamia nut, and calendula to get the most benefits. And remember, although a good face oil may seem pricey, it’s highly concentrated, so a few drops go a long way.

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How to use Face oils:

For Oily/Combination & Blemish-Prone Skin

Follow the skin-care routine suggested for dry and normal skin types, and then massage just 1-3 drops of oil directly onto the skin. Oily skin already has its own oil built in, and the skin mainly requires water to keep it healthy and hydrated, so you don’t want to use too much oil.

Generally, when you use a moisturizer for oily skin, it’s lightweight and oil-free. You want your moisturizer’s ingredients to absorb into the skin first to avoid any potential blocking or clogging of the pores. After you’ve moisturized as you normally would, you can add a protective layer of oil (sparingly) over your moisturizer to prevent water loss.

For Dry Skin

Apply the oil in the evening after cleansing, toning with an alcohol-free toner (left damp on the skin for extra hydration), and applying a serum. Mix 4-6 drops of the oil directly in with your nighttime moisturizer and apply to both the face and neck. You can also use 4-5 drops applied over your moisturizer, which will provide a protective barrier to prevent dry air from pulling moisture out from the skin.

For Normal Skin

Right: Follow the same steps above for dry skin, but mix in 2-3 drops of treatment oil, as normal skin obviously needs a little less oil.

Oils to avoid

If you’re considering adding a plant oil to your routine, avoid essential/fragrant oils (like lavender, eucalyptus, or any type of citrus).  These fragrant oils do not have the same benefits as the non-fragrant variety, and they contain compounds that have significant potential to irritate skin.A surprising number of face oils contain non-fragrant and fragrant oils, so choose carefully and opt for fragrance-free.

If you’re not sure which oils to avoid due to their potential to irritate skin, check the Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary on PaulasChoice.com for help.

Read my article on the Best Natural Oils for a Glowing Skin here

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Teni Beauty

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Teniolami is an accomplished makeup artist and beauty therapist with almost 10years experience in the beauty industry. She is a full-time Beauty Business Coach, Brand & Product Developer, Educator and a soon to-be published Beauty Author

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