Face Oils Explained

Face oils are another trend in skincare I’m sure you’ve noticed by now. I’ve heard from many women questioning if they are really beneficial for their skin, or if they may just lead to break outs. Well the answer is, both are true. Skin oils can be very nourishing and hydrating to achieve softer, smoother skin, but if not used correctly face oils can clog pores and lead to breakouts.

Face oils, unlike creams and moisturizers, are not deeply absorbed and remain on the surface of the skin. By staying on the surface of the skin, oils seal in moisture. Because of this they are best used in combination with moisturizers and serums. You can mix the face oil in with these other products or use it after your serum and before your moisturizer. You only need a couple of drops for the oil to be effective, and if you’re using the oil on its own the best method of application is to pat the oil into the face. The face oil can be applied all over or just on the drier sections of the face.

If you decide to try a face oil, the key to preventing clogged pores and breakouts is knowing what type of oil works with your skin type. Below I outline some of the most beneficial face oils for different skin types.

Dry/Dehydrated Skin

Oils: maracuja, argan, olive, sunflower, jojoba and coconut

Oily/Acne-Prone Skin

Oils: macadamia, jojoba, tea tree and camellia flower

Sensitive Skin

Oils: primrose, argan and yangu

Aging Skin

Oils: argan and rosehip seed

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