Five Reasons to Love Facial Oils & Five Ways to Use Them
Hello! I hope this post finds you well and enjoying the last days of September. While I'm excited to dive into today's blog topic, I'm almost a little embarrassed by how late I am to come around to this skin care trend! So embarrassed that I almost considered not posting about it at all. But the fact is, the information is too good not to share.
What am I even talking about? I'm talking about facial oils. Why I'm a recent convert and why you should be too. Now, before you go hitting the back button because you're thinking you don't need a facial oil in your life, let me assure you that you probably do. Facial oils are beneficial for all skin types for numerous reasons. Let's discuss. Shall we?
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5 Reasons to Love Facial Oils:
They help balance the skin's natural oil production
Before I address anything else about facial oils, I want to start by clearing up the nasty rumor that people with oily or breakout prone skin, should not use facial oils. To the contrary, the skin often overproduces oil, as a result of lacking moisture. Therefore, when you feed your skin the oil it was craving in the first place, it can begin to balance out your natural oil production. Many of my clients have had success combatting and healing their acne, by using a facial oil that is similar to the skin's naturally occurring sebum. My two favorites for this are squalane oil and jojoba oil.
They help heal and protect skin
The moment I became a facial oil convert was when I discovered the healing powers of good facial oil myself. I was recently trying to get my skin in its best shape to prepare for having professional photos taken. As if on cue, a large breakout decided to crop up on my chin, about a week prior. Determined not to pick and to preserve my skin's glow (more on that in a minute!) I did something completely out of the norm for my skin routine: I did nothing to treat it and continued slathering on my facial oils despite the breakout. Shockingly, my breakout cleared up way faster than usual AND left behind no red marks or discoloration. It was a post-photo shoot miracle. Since then, my face oil has become my current obsession and most beloved step in my routine.
Additionally, oils are wonderful for bolstering the skin and protecting it against the elements. Some, like tea tree oil are anti-bacterial. Many others are anti-inflammatory and help heal the skin's natural barrier, which can become damaged easily in a harsh climate or from using too many aggressive products. Marula, sweet almond, squalane and crambe seed oils are some of my favorites for skin healing and repair.
They're deeply nourishing for your skin
These days, we hear all about healthy fat for our diets in the form of oils. Coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil and many others have been proven to have tons of nutritional benefits when consumed in our food. Similarly, facial oils provide nutrition directly to the skin when applied topically. While oils are often an ingredient in your moisturizer or other products, most of us can benefit from adding an oil, in pure form, to help hydrate the skin. Just as you wouldn't starve your body of healthy fats. Please don't starve your face of them either!
Serious Wrinkle Prevention
If you are starting to notice more wrinkles and fine lines, you may have also noticed that they appear more severe when the skin is dry or dehydrated. Oils are a wonderful way to prevent this. For centuries women around the world have used different oils to protect their skin against the aging process. Some oils I recommend for smoothing and softening the skin are: sunflower, evening primrose, grapeseed, and Vitamin E.
Of course, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the fact that facial oils help up your skin's glow factor. Oils like rosehip seed and carrot oil infuse the skin with antioxidants and vitamins like Vitamin C.This combination of nutrition and hydration provided by a facial oil, can really take your skin to the next level, giving it the healthy glow that so many of us strive to achieve. I love layering on my facial oil before I got to bed at night and waking up looking just the right amount of dewy.
So now that you might be feeling a little more warmed up to the idea of facial oils, you might be wondering where to start and how to use them. Here are a few ideas for you:
Five Ways to Use Facial Oils:
Mix it in
If you're new to the world of face oils, a great way to dip your toes in, is to literally blend an oil in with your existing routine. A facial oil should never replace your water-based moisturizer as you need BOTH the oil and water component to properly balance your skin. Instead you can start to add a little extra oil to the moisturizer you already use. I like to mix moisturizer together with a couple of drops of oil in the palm of my hand and then pat this cocktail of product into the skin. Start with just a couple of drops and then as you start to adjust and see results (positive or negative) you can add or subtract from your moisturizer/oil formula as needed.
Cleanse with it
Cleansing with an oil-based cleanser or pure oil is another skin care trend that has been winning over many as a gentle alternative to gel cleansers, which can strip the skin of oil and imbalance pH levels. Surprisingly, acne sufferers and those struggling with excess oil production can actually benefit from this method most. When it comes to oil, like attracts like, so cleansing with oil can once again help in the process to balance out the skin's natural oil production.
As someone with drier skin, I perform a modified version of oil cleansing by applying my oil first thing upon waking and allowing the oil to absorb first. My skin takes in all the moisture it needs while I do other morning tasks. I then rinse off any excess with an oil-based cleanser about an hour or two later, before completing the rest of my skin care routine. My skin loves it.
If you've been using facial oil for awhile or are simply unafraid to experiment, I recommend going ahead and trying a light layer of oil at the end of your skin care
routine. We always want to apply products thinnest to thickest with water-based products coming first and oil-heavy products going on last.
With this rule in mind, a layer of oil should be the finishing touch on your routine, after your moisturizer. If you are applying during the day, go ahead and apply SPF on top of oil but be sure to let the oil absorb first if you want to avoid product pilling up on the skin. I personally prefer to really layer on the oil at night, when I'm not worried about looking too shiny. This also allows the oil to really absorb and do its thing while you sleep.
Massage with it
Facial massage isn't just for during a facial. You should never be afraid to massage your own face at home, as it has many beauty benefits. Whether you're using your hands or a jade roller tool, it's a great idea to use a little product to go with. The bonus of this is that when we massage with product, the product is then infused deeper into the skin. Facial oils are perfect for creating a little slip and enhancing the results of the facial massage.
Explore different blends
Not all facial oils are created equal and different skin types will respond differently to different concoctions, but there's no reason you can't mix and match oils to create a perfect blend for your skin. You could experiment with different pure formulas on different days of the week to really experience the benefits of each. Or if that seems to complicated, you can simply opt for one serum blend that incorporates multiple oils at once.The fun thing about facial oils is that you can really customize and get creative, once you know which ones your skin responds to and how.
Whether you're starting with one oil or already have a collection of facial oils you love, I hope this blog have you a few new ideas or inspirations for your daily care. As we head into the colder drier months, I encourage you to try this trend and experience the benefits for yourself. Here are a few oil-based products I'm loving lately:
Still have questions about facial oil? Send an email to jenny @ iheartskindenver.com
Until next time!