All You Need to Know About Facial Oils

July 06, 2020

All You Need to Know About Facial Oils

Part 1: How to Choose the Right Facial Oils for Your Skin Type?

Using face oils may sound intimidating, especially for those with oil/combination skin. A question we get most of the time is: “My skin is already so oily, why should I apply more face oils?!”. Truth of the matter is those with oil skin then to overly strip their skin (either by washing too frequently or applying too much acne-drying products) in an attempt to get rid of oily shine. This actually causes your skin to produce more oil to compensate, creating a vicious cycle. A skin that is too dehydrated may also develop increased skin sensitivity.
"Certain oils can actually help balance your skin’s oil production, get rid of excess oil on your face and minimize the appearance of pores."
But the key to using face oils for any skin type (oily/combination skin included) and actually getting benefits from them is choosing the right oils (or blend of oils) for you. Here are some of the best oils for different skin types:

Oily/Acne-prone Skin

It sounds super counterintuitive, but using the right face oil can actually act as an astringent to rid your face off excess grease and help to stabilise your skin’s sebum production to make you less oily overall. What you can do if you do not want to lather your face with oils at the start is to mix 2 – 4 drops with your moisturiser as a last step. And once you’re more confident with using facial oils, then use it as a last step after you’ve applied your moisturiser to seal all that moisturising goodness in.
In choosing facial oils for this skin type, you should choose oils that are high in linoleic acids and lower in oleic acids and low in comedogenic ratings (We’ve covered this topic in a separate blogpost: These oils are generally lighter weight and will be absorbed easily by your skin without creating a thick oily lather.
Recommended Facial Oils for Oily/Acne-prone Skin:
  • Jojoba Oil
    Jojoba oil tricks the skin into thinking it has enough sebum and hence stops producing more oil. Jojoba oil can also heal acne and slowly clears blemishes on skin and provides all the hydration the skin needs. Be mindful to only choose jojoba oil which are organic and cold-pressed jojoba oil as lower grade jojoba oils may not be as effective. Use jojoba oil continuously for weeks and you’ll see a difference. Perseverance is the game with oils!
    • Grapeseed Oil
    When used as a topical treatment, grapeseed oil can help promote healthy skin on a cellular level. That’s because grapeseed oil contains vitamin E, beta-carotene, and high in linoleic acid. These nutrients give the oil antioxidant and antiproliferative properties, helping healthy cells to regenerate and replace aging or damaged cells.

    Dry Skin

    Not all face oils are the best match for aging and dull skin. You’d think that any face oil would automatically be a great match for dry skin, but, like all things in beauty, it’s not that simple. Some oils are naturally more ‘drying’ and lightweight than others (like jojoba oil, grapeseed oil, and pomegranate oil) which may not be sufficient for dryer skin types.
    In choosing oils, drier skin types should use a rich oil that’s high in oleic acid—a fatty acid that helps condition skin, lock in moisture, and reduce irritation from dryness. For dehydrated skin, you may want to use a hydrating serum first, followed by a moisturizing oil to lock in all of the benefits of the serum.
    Recommended Oils for Dry Skin:
    • Almond Oil
    It’s intensely hydrating and simple and gentle enough for anyone with eczema, dermatitis, or just really, really dry skin. It’s also incredibly high in vitamin A (i.e. the stuff retinol comes from), giving it some line-smoothing and zit-fighting power when used topically over time.
    • Argan Oil
    Rich in antioxidants (vitamin E), essential fatty acids, and triterpenoids, argan oil helps to keep the skin moisturized and soft, battles signs of aging and loss of elasticity, reduces inflammation, and helps to heal skin and fade scars. Argan oil will absorb easily into the skin without leaving an oily residue. You may want to avoid this oil if you have acne-prone skin given its high oleic acid levels (may cause acne).

    Dull & Aging Skin

    As you age, it’s easier for your skin to become dehydrated and dry, leading to a dull skin. Dull skin is exactly what it sounds like: skin that has lost some of its glow and brightness.  If that isn’t bad enough, collagen production also slows down as you age, so it’s easier for wrinkles like crow’s feet and smile lines to form. Face oils for dull and aging skin should include ingredients that specifically targets dullness and wrinkles.
    Recommended Oils for Dull and Aging Skin:
    • Neroli Oil

    Neroli oil brightens skin while suppressing the synthesis of melanin and alleviating pigmentation together with plant brightening ingredient Alpha-bisabolol. It’s usually blended with other carrier oils such as jojoba oil.

        • Rosehip Seed Oil

    Rosehip seed oil has a high concentration of vitamin A, B1, B2, B3 and K. It is known to increase collagen production and show improvement in crow’s feet wrinkles. Rosehip oil being rich in vitamin C also helps brighten the skin and decrease the appearance of hyperpigmentation.

    Part 2: How to Apply Facial Oils?

    1. Combine Facial Oils with Serums or Moisturizers

    Facial oils do not have to be used on its own. For those who are new to facial oils, you may combine 2-3 drops of your facial oil with other products to get enhanced effects. The best combinations for facial oils are with serums (to treat) or moisturizers (to lock in hydration).
    1. Apply Based on Your Skin’s Needs

    Beauty blogger Renee (Gothamista) advises to use facial oils after applying your face serum(s) and, if necessary, use oils to spot-treat dry areas—rather than applying all over the face. For example, if you have acne-spots, instead of applying all over your face, dab a few drops on the targeted areas.
    1. Use at the Right Time

    Depending on your skin type, you may only want to use oils before bed so that your skin can soak them up overnight and provide protection throughout the day. This is especially true for oils that can increase your skin’s sensitivity to light or thicker oils that might give your complexion a little too much shine for a daytime look. If you have dull skin, you may use your face oil as a primer before applying makeup. Allow the oil to fully absorb before applying your makeup for a natural, hydrated glow.
    1. Dab or Pat Oils In To Your Skin

    You shouldn’t be rubbing the oils into your skin like you would a moisturizer. Instead, dab or pat the oils, pushing them into your pores, rather than just sliding them around on the skin’s surface. This will help your skin absorb the oil and make use of its benefits much quicker.
    1. Less is More

    Because face oils contain such concentrated amounts of nutrients, a little bit goes a long way. One to three drops of your choice of oil is enough to cover your whole face and deliver the benefits your skin needs. Remember, less is more!

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