Centuries ago, the ancient Egyptians reaped the natural benefits of moringa, castor, and sesame oils to retain their youthful appearance. Face oils have been harbingers of beauty, agelessness, and super-moist skin from time-immemorial.
Fast forward to the 21st Century: people are divided over the use of face oil. The most popular remarks are: “It’ll break me out!”
“They’ll be sticky on my face!”
However, despite the myths, face oils may be making a comeback in beauty routines globally.
Including face oils (of course, the right) in your skincare routine can give your skin a luminous complexion, seal in moisture, among a plethora of other benefits.
This article discusses the various types of facial oils that can be used for healthy and even skin, depending on your skin type.
Why Should You Be Using Face Oils?
The fundamental benefit of face oil is its ability to build an occlusive barrier over the skin, allowing active compounds to permeate through the epidermis while lowering transepidermal water loss (TEWL), an L.A-based dermatologist tells Vogue.
But that is not all. Below, we list out some other benefits of using face oils:
Seals in moisture and adds extra nourishment
While facial oils can benefit anyone–even those with oily skin–they significantly benefit dry skin. So whether you have dry skin due to the weather or chronically so, facial oil can help boost the hydrating efforts of your moisturizer.
When you apply fat-rich oils such as coconut, jojoba, and rosehip to your face after using a moisturizer, it seals in all of the hydrating ingredients, allowing your skin to retain the moisture better. The best face oils can provide nourishment on their own, in addition to helping to seal in hydration.
Pro tip: If you have dry skin, apply a few drops of facial oil after your moisturizer in the morning and night. If you have oily skin, limit your application to the evening.
Promotes healthy-looking glow
As you age, your skin may appear dull and dry. This is because your skin produces fewer natural oils. Also, if your body is dehydrated, you haven't gotten enough sleep, or you don't exfoliate enough, your skin may appear dull.
Using oils rich in anti-oxidants and vitamin C on your face can help restore moisture and encourage glowing skin, no matter the cause of your dull skin. You can also use face oil to achieve an instant glow.
Pro tip: For a makeup-free, natural-looking highlight, apply face oil to the high points of your face.
Keeps damaging free radicals at bay
Your face oil such as tea tree oil may contain antioxidant properties beneficial to the skin, depending on the formula you choose. However, you might wonder what one of the main advantages is? It protects skin from free radicals.
Yes, the right face oil can help prevent some of the harmful effects of free radicals on the skin, such as elasticity loss and photoaging.
Facial Oils that Deliver the Perfect Glow
Face oils are used for different purposes: moisturizing, pre-shaving, and as an anti-aging agent, which is the most popular use. However, despite oil being the common compound, they vastly differ in their functions. For example, some oils can be soothing, while others are irritant—so choosing is key.
At Life&Pursuits, we highly recommend consulting with your dermatologist to help you choose the right face oil per your skin type. Also, don’t forget a patch test.
Here are some face elixirs that you can use to get the glowing skin you so desire:
1. Saffron Face Oil with Turmeric and Vitamin C
Saffron oil has a light consistency and texture that quickly absorbs skin and works from within. Because the oil spreads easily on the skin and absorbs better, the natural ingredients extracted straight from nature's lap work wonders on your face.
For instance, saffron face oil with turmeric and vitamin C—two of the most potent ingredients you can find in this face oil—can actively work wonders.
Vitamin C is known to brighten skin, improve texture and reduce the appearance of dark spots, while turmeric, Ayurveda’s celebrated ingredient heals skin with its anti-inflamatory properties and gives luster and shine.
With no mineral oil or silicones to dilute its potency, Life & Pursuit’s Saffron Face Oil with Turmeric and Vitamin C provides all the nourishment and love your skin requires, plus more.
- Minimizes dark spots
- Soothes the skin
- Helps in reversing aging
- Reduces hyperpigmentation and inflammation
- Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
How to use:
Step 1: Apply a few drops of the face oil to cleanse the skin and massage it in.
Step 2: For better absorption, use a Gua sha or Jade roller stone.
Step 3: Add a few drops of face oil to your daily moisturizer to lock in the moisture.
2. Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is an essential oil (a natural oil typically obtained by distillation and having the characteristic odor of the plant or other source from which it is extracted) with antibacterial and antiseptic properties that effectively fight infections.
As a result, it's one of the best face oils for fighting bacteria that cause breakouts and acne. It is also traditionally used in aromatherapy.
For instance, tea tree oil gels and face washes were found to reduce facial acne by 50% in one study - which is by a large margin. Tea tree oil can also treat eczema, psoriasis, and dry skin by soothing the irritated areas and reducing itching and inflammation. This oil will help you with your skin problems.
- Boost wound healing
- Antiseptic for minor cuts
- Fights acne
- Soothes the skin
How to use:
Step 1: Mix 1-2 drops of tea tree oil with 12 drops of any carrier oil. However, be cautious using any additional oils on your face.
Step 2: Do a small patch test on the inside of your elbow before applying diluted tea tree oil to your face. Itching, redness, swelling, and burning are all symptoms of skin sensitivity or an allergic reaction.
Step 3: Wash your face with a gentle cleanser and pat it dry before applying the oil.
Step 4: Apply diluted tea tree oil to your blemishes with a cotton round or pad, gently dabbing it on.
Step 5: Allow time for drying. After that, apply your regular moisturizer.
Step 6: For better results, apply morning and night.
3. Jojoba face oil
Jojoba oil is a multi-purpose face oil derived from the jojoba shrub and is suitable for all skin types. Because it's lightweight, non-comedogenic (it won't clog pores), and balances oil production, it's also ideal for oily skin. Yes, there are face oils for oily skin, and they don’t break out your skin.
It's a good option for providing natural-feeling hydration because it's very similar to the skin's natural oil (called sebum). With the ability to repair the skin's top layer, it's also safe for acne-prone skin.
- Controls sebum production
- Promotes collagen synthesis
- Helps soothes eczema and other dry skin problems
- Soothes sunburns
- Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
How to Use:
Step 1: Cleanse your skin with a natural face wash
Step 2: Use any toner
Step 3: Put a few drops of Jojoba oil on your fingertip and apply to your face and neck
Step 4: Apply sunscreen during daytime
4. Coconut oil
One of the best facial oils for dry skin is this one. Coconut oil, a long-time beauty favorite, is an excellent thirst quencher for the skin. In addition, coconut oil's richness is excellent for adding an intense shot of hydration back into your skin to relieve flakiness if you have dry skin.
According to a study, virgin coconut oil is more effective than other oils in treating dermatitis because of its porous nature. It's also an excellent oil for reducing the redness and itching of eczema.
So if you're looking for a natural anti-inflammatory treatment, this might be worth a shot. However, if you're prone to breakouts, stay away from this highly comedogenic (pore-clogging) oil; it's acne-prone skin's worst nightmare.
- Reduces inflammation
- Reduces dark patches
- Stops damage caused by free radicals
- Increases collagen production
- Increases hydration
How to Use:
Step 1: Liquefy 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, gently rubbing it between your hands. The texture of the liquefied oil will be silky and light.
Step 2: Apply to the face and neck. Coconut oil can also be used on your chest and other dry areas of your body.
Step 3: Using soft tissue, gently wipe away any thick residue. Cotton balls will stick to the oil on your face, so don't use them.
Step 4: Overnight, apply a thin layer of coconut oil to your skin.
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