Why Facial Oils Should Be Part of Your Daily Skincare Routine Essentials
If you suffer from oily and blemish-prone skin, and are afraid of using facial oil for your face, then you are missing out on some of the benefits that it can do for you. Yes, the idea of adding oil to your face when it is already oily enough sounds counter-intuitive, but read on to find out how helpful facial oils can be for greasy and blemish-ridden faces.
Why does the skin produce oil in the first place? Our skin produces natural oils to maintain a healthy balance of moisture. When we wash our faces frequently, the essential moisture on the face gets stripped away. If our skin gets too dry, breakouts, fine lines, and wrinkles can appear.
If your face is over-producing oil, it’s likely because the skin is compensating. After washing the face, the moisture on the skin is reduced, the skin receives the message that it is lacking moisture, and thus goes into over-production mode to re-moisturise the face. Now the skin is producing excess oils, causing shiny T-zones and blemishes!
When you apply face oils, they form a barrier on the skin to lock moisture in. Now that the skin is hydrated, the skin knows that it doesn’t need to produce excess oil. As a result, a nice balance of moisture is maintained on the face.
That’s why face oils are effective for controlling oil. While controlling excess oil production, they still nourish the skin with plenty of hydration by preventing moisture from escaping, especially when applied right after a layer of moisturiser.
According to this Bustle article, individuals with oily skin should use face oils that are made of “lightweight, quick-dry, non-greasy formulas that feature ingredients that closely mimic naturally-produced sebum, [...] like jojoba oil, rosehip oil, or tea tree oil.” These oils are lighter - which means that they have a smaller molecular size - allowing them to penetrate through the top layer of the skin. You want to pick lighter oils because they will sink into your skin quickly without clogging your pores.
Now you understand why face oils should be a crucial part of your skincare regimen!
Extra tips! Things to look out for when picking out face oils:
- The oils should be packaged inside dark glasses. Exposure to light and heat will damage the oil.
- Make sure that the face oil’s main ingredient is the fruit or seed, and not an additive/ filler or even water. Product ingredients are listed in descending order, starting with the largest amount of ingredient in the product. If you look carefully, you’ll notice that most creams or lotions have aqua (water) listed as the first ingredient, so water is the largest amount of ingredient found in the product!
- Getting closest to the main ingredient’s natural state is best, so that most of its beneficial properties can be retained. Look out for extraction methods like cold-pressing.
- Look for organic and natural sources, so our skin doesn’t need to absorb any harmful chemicals, including pesticides.
Ready to give facial oils a try? A good introductory oil for all skin types is jojoba oil. Because jojoba oil mimics the natural sebum produced by our skin, it rarely causes breakouts compared to other oils.
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