Skincare should be your number one priority every single day. Having a good skincare routine makes us feel good and builds confidence as well. It’s a fact that we feel confident when we think that we look good, and appropriate skincare plays a big role in this. It’s much more than water and soap, and everyone’s unique needs require different products. Having a good morning and night routine can help us deal with wrinkles, acne, pigmentation, and other skin conditions.
We need to make sure that we use the right products to put our best face forward. We should pick ingredients that’ll only benefit us and won’t damage our skin. This depends on our skin type but it doesn’t mean that if something’s recommended for a specific type, it’ll work 100%. There are many other factors and each person can react differently to a product. For this reason, you need to experiment and see what works for you and what doesn’t.
In recent years, oils are the products that have risen in popularity. It became a necessary step in many people’s skincare routine and they wouldn’t change it for anything in the world.
What Are Skincare Oils?
Oils aren’t really the first thing that we’d consider for our skincare routine, especially not for our face. But everyone needs a moisturiser and this is where face oils come in handy. There are so many choices and brands that you’ll be able to find skin care oils for every skin type.
Since our skin naturally produces oil or sebum, depending on how much oil it produces, we can have oily (too much sebum) or dry skin (too little sebum). The use of oils can help our skin by working with the oils that are already produced and supplement the ones that aren’t produced.
They can be synthetic or natural but as we know, natural should always be preferred. They’re mostly plant-based and serve to protect the skin. Different oils can have different benefits for the skin, depending on their properties.
Facial oils are different from essential oils. Essential oils are highly potent extracts from plants and they shouldn’t be used undiluted on the skin. Their primary use is in aromatherapy, which means that they benefit our health through their specific aroma. They don’t even have the texture of oils and aren’t meant to be nourishing. On the other hand, skin oils are made for our skin. They don’t have such a strong smell and are safe to be used directly on the skin.
What Are the Benefits from Using Facial Oils?
Implementing skin care oils in your routine can have various benefits:
Prevent Wrinkles – Certain properties, like vitamin E and antioxidants that can be found in some types of facial oils can help prevent wrinkles;
Protect the Skin – They lock in moisture and may help strengthen the skin barrier;
Help Dry Skin – They replenish the oils that the skin is missing and make it look healthy and radiant;
Create the Perfect Base for Makeup – They make your skin smooth so the foundation can be applied more easily and look nice;
Help Irritated and Acne-Prone Skin – The right skin oil can aid irritation and acne, especially those that contain anti-inflammatory properties;
Make Pores Smaller – Quality oils can make the pores invisible but be careful because the wrong ingredients can have the opposite effect and actually enlarge them. Consult with a dermatologist so you know what the best option for you is.
How to Use Facial Oils and When to Apply Them?
Facial oils can be applied in various ways. You can combine them with your moisturiser or serum to boost the product’s effect or you can directly dab them onto the skin. You shouldn’t use too much because just several drops are enough to give you the desired result.
The products with the lightest consistency should be applied first and then build your way up towards the more heavy ones. For this reason, facial oils are applied last, before your sunscreen. They help seal in all the ingredients that you applied before and even penetrate your skin. If you put the oil first, the other products won’t be able to penetrate the oil and won’t be effective for your skin at all. Sunscreens are there to protect the skin from the UV rays and they don’t penetrate the inside layers which is why they need to go last.
Which Facial Oil to Use for Your Skin Type and Condition?
Natural skincare is the best thing you can do for your face but, as we mentioned, the effect of the oil depends on its properties. Every skin type or even every person has distinct needs and the products should be chosen based on this. Keep the following things in mind next time you browse a beauty products shop to find the oil that will work best for your skin type.
People with oily skin tend to think that they don’t need to moisturise but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Avoiding moisturising can make the skin even oiler and that’s not what you want for sure. Using facial oil can help control sebum production, which means that the skin will be less oily. Some skin oils that you can try are grape seed, jojoba, and rosehip oil.
Oils are probably the most effective for dry skin. You can have dry skin from over-exfoliating, using harsh products, or the skin naturally doesn’t produce the necessary oils. For this skin type, you need almond skincare oil which is very hydrating, and other oils are marula, avocado, and argan oil.
People with sensitive skin may have a stronger reaction to certain products, so it’s best to do a patch test first. You can go for squalene oil, moringa, or aloe vera that have antioxidants and will protect your skin.
There are certain oils that can help reduce acne. In order to be sure that it won’t make the condition worse, you can apply several drops on a small area and wait a week or more to see whether you’re going to break out more. Some options may be tea tree oil, pomegranate, and rosehip oil.
This skin type is the trickiest and often you don’t know which products you need. You may need to use two oils to treat the different areas of your skin. You can try jojoba, marula, flaxseed, and tamanu oil.