Do you ever feel that taking care of your skin is a full time job? If so, you are not alone. We all feel that way especially as we get older. As we age, our skin loses moisture and elasticity, and that causes wrinkles, fine lines and dryness. To fight wrinkles we use serums, creams, moisturizers, anti-wrinkle treatments, sunscreen, eye cream…what not!?
One thing is certain – when it comes to wrinkle treatments, the options are endless. There are many products available to reduce wrinkles and fine lines but if you want to add just one extra thing to your skincare routine, make it a quality oil.
Not so long ago “oil” was a dirty and forbidden word in skincare. Everything was “oil free”. Remember? Oil was considered the main culprit when it comes to skin problems, clogged pores, pimples and acne. Well, not anymore. Oils are our skin friends.
Oils can penetrate deep into the skin, trapping water and moisture in, but keeping toxins out. Oils can still clog your pores but not all oils. Mineral oils are dangerous for sensitive and acne prone skin, and olive and coconut oil can easily clog pores.
Unfortunately, trial and error is your safest bet at determining what oils will work for you. There are oils that are less likely to iritate like marula and argan but your skin type and genetic makeup will determine what will work for you.
Maybe you are afraid of oils on your skin. Maybe you have oily skin and the idea of putting more oil on your face seems insane. Maybe you have super sensitive skin and think you can’t use an oil. Or maybe you just don’t like oils in general and don’t trust them.
Whatever the reason, you should know one thing – face oil is great product that can actually treat your skin problems, issues and give you bright, glowy, clear and healthy skin. Every skin type can use face oil, you just have to find right one for yourself and your skin type.
Let’s find you your perfect oil.
When your skin is dry you might think that any kind of face oil will work for you. Because why not, right? Skin is dry anyway and will drink anything you put on it. But, it’s not that simple. Some oils are naturally more lightweight (jojoba, pomegranate and grape seed) so if you are dryer type you want to use richer oil that is high in oleic acid – a fatty acid that lock in moisture, helps condition skin, and reduce irritation from dryness.
What oils to use?
Almond oil is gentle, incredibly hydrating, and simple enough with everyone with dry skin, dermatitis or eczema. It’s very high in vitamin A so it’s great for line smoothing and zit-fighting when used over time.
Marula oil manages to absorb into skin within a few minutes, but it’s still rich enough to calm and moisturize your skin during the day or night.
You can put those oils directly on your face or mix 3-5 drops with your moisturizer, and apply to your face and neck. You can also apply oil over your moisturizer to provide a protective barrier to prevent dry air from pulling moisture out of your skin.
Oily skin and oils..you’d think that is impossible combination but it’s not actually. There is a common misconception that oily skin and face oil shouldn’t mix. But the truth is, if you produce excess amounts of oil, it’s actually your skin’s way of letting you know that you need it.
If your body senses a lack of oil, it will produce more to compensate. By adding it yourself, you’ll be slowing down the body’s natural oil production, and balancing out your skin.
What oils to use?
Jojoba oil is incredibly lighweight and breathable oil so it’s great for any skin type, especially for oily skin. Jojoba oil breaks down and dissolves sebum, so it help control your shine.
Grape Seed Oil
Grape seed oil is a bit more drying than jojoba oil. It is also natural astringent, so it will help mattify your skin. If your skin is so oily that you never felt a dry patch on your skin, opt for grape seed oil.
If you have sensitive skin you have to find a formula with zero mineral oils (like rose, lavander and peppermint) because mineral oils tend to irritate sensitive skin.
What you need is calming, gentle, soothing, and nourishing oil. Just make sure to patch test it first (apply it below your ear near jaw) and wait for 24 hours for a reaction. If your skin seems okay and normal, you can use oil in the morning, at night, as the last step of your skincare routine.
What oils to use?
Aloe Vera Oil
Aloe vera oil is filled with anti-inflammatories and antioxidants, but it’s also naturally antibacterial and astringent, so it’s great for sensitive skin that’s also oily and/or acne prone.
This oil is packed with antioxidants (protecting your skin from free radicals), fatty acids (repairing skin barrier), and anti-inflammatories (calming irritated skin). Moringa oil is very lightweight, moisturizing, and you can even layer it under makeup.
Most acne treatments are filled with ingredients that strip your skin of natural oils. When your skin is dry, it produces extra sebum, leading to blackheads and pimples. Acne safe face oils work to protect and nourish your skin, and your body can heal acne (or zits) without causing you more.
Before you use any oil on acne-prone skin, try patch-testing one on the most acne-prone area of your face because it will be the most reactive and most accurate spot. Try it for a week and if nothing bad happens, add oil as a last step of your skincare routine.
What oils to use?
Rosehip oil is amazing oil that deeply hydrates skin but without clogging your pores. It is also full of fatty acids that fade acne scars and reduce redness.
Pomegranate oil is naturally anti-inflammatory and antibacterial, but it’s also lightweight. It will help fight bacteria in your pores, calm the rest of your (inflamed) skin but won’t feel like a greasy and heavy mask on your face.
I don’t like the word “normal” but if you don’t break out, if you are not sensitive, dry or oily then you have perfectly normal skin and you should be thankful for that. That also means you can use basic face oil without having to worry about irritation or clogged pores.
Because normal skin is less dry, you don’t have to apply oils directly on your skin. Try mixing 2-3 drops of oil into your nighttime moisturizer.
What oils to use?
Argan oil is soothing and rich. It sinks in quickly and it’s high in vitamin E – an antioxidant that helps prevent skin damage, fine lines and dark spots. You can massage it on in the morning or night (or both) as the final step of your skincare routine.
Squalane oil is like a drink of water for your skin. It is super hydrating and is full of anti-aging benefits. Squalane oil is a great moisturizer, it’s easily absorbed and prevents water loss from skin. It helps to repair the barrier of your skin. Squalane can also increase the luminosity of skin, lessen the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, and help reduce redness.
Never mix face oils with a sunscreen. If you alter its original formula by mixing in an oil, you probably won’t be getting real sun protection or benefit to prevent wrinkles and brown spots.