The ultimate secret for soft, glowing skin may lie in a product used since ancient times –face oil! With a spate of new face oils gaining prominence on beauty shelves, the question arises – are face oils really good for skin?
Dermatologists have weighed in and the consensus is that this age-old beauty secret may actually be the ‘one missing piece in your skin-care routine. The primary benefit of face oil is moisturizing – putting oil on your face will help supplement the skin’s own natural oils and help repair the barrier that holds in the moisture. In addition to moisturizing, a face oil may alleviate other skin concerns depending on the type of oil chosen as several oils are known to be anti-inflammatory and antioxidant and can help with specific skin conditions.
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As with most products in your skin-care routine, choosing the perfect face oil depends on your skin type.
Dry skin can reap the most benefits from the use of face oil. Use your hydrating serum or moisturizer and follow it up with a few drops of oil. The face oil will act as an emollient and seal and prevent any water loss, resulting in moist plump skin.
Best face oils for dry skin: Argan, Olive, Sunflower, Jojoba, Maracujs, Coconut
Those with combination skin can use face oil as a primer prior to putting on makeup. For those with combination skin, it is important to select a non-comedogenic face oil that won’t cause clogged pores. Oils with a lighter texture work best on combination skin.
Best face oils for combination skin: Marula, Jojoba, Grapeseed, Carrot seed
Ok, so it helps with moisture retention, but does face oil brighten skin? Certain oils, rich in vitamins and antioxidants, have been known to help lighten pigmentation on the skin, reducing dark spots and marks, resulting in skin that will appear bright and glowing.
Best face oils for hyperpigmentation include: Argan, Lemon, Tea Tree, Evening primrose, Rosehip
Choosing the perfect face oil for your skin type may involve some trial and error. But, whether you are looking to choose the best face oil for dry skin or trying to find a face oil that will prevent pore-clogging buildup, here are three tips to keep in mind as you incorporate face oil into your daily skincare routine:
Face oils can nourish your skin and repair its protective barrier but they cannot by themselves moisturize because they contain no water and cannot easily penetrate the skin. So, it is best to use face oil in addition to your moisturizer.
Use a dabbing or patting action to spread the face oil. Rubbing, as you would with a moisturizer, will merely cause the face oil to slide on the skin surface and lead to more acne.
Yes, face oils will do a lot for your skin, but they do not offer UV protection. be sure not to skip the sunscreen! Apply the sunscreen after you have dabbed the face oil into the skin.
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