Face oils have been around for some time but I’m afraid are a little misunderstood, particularly by those with combination/ oily skin. Well, the thing is, they are actually great for anyone and everyone if you pick well. Here are some tips to sort out your hydration concerns with face oils.
- Great for oily skin – it sounds counter intuitive but face oils can help normalise your skin. Sebaceous glands can be hyperactive when your skin is actually dehydrated from within, so applying oil can tame things down. There are also face oils dedicated to oily skin types – I use Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil. Look for what suits you best.
- Purity check – to get the most benefit from using face oils, avoid any that have added fragrances and any silicones (look out for ‘cones’ in the ingredient list). Ideally, you want 100% oil whether this is argan, rosehip, hazelnut, etc or a blend of floral oils. This is why most hair oils should not be applied to the face as they contain unnecessary ingredients.
- Apply nightly – I get it, for some people, face oil is a great primer to foundation, but I think oil is a pretty heavy duty worker so I like to leave it to work it’s magic without interference by makeup. I put mine on just before bed and wake up with baby soft, radiant skin.
- Toner first – this is probably the best tip you’ll get on using face oils, especially if you have combination/oily skin. Dab your clean face with a cotton ball dampened with toner then apply the oil while the skin is still moist. Your skin will soak it up like a sponge instead of the oil sitting on your face in a slick.
- Use sparingly – a few drops are enough for your whole face. Resist the temptation to apply more because it really isn’t any more effective and might even break you out.
- Work it – don’t just pat on the oil, massage it into your skin using upward circular motions. A couple of minutes of gentle massage will help your skin absorb the oil better.
- Give it time – face oils can do wonders for your skin. But if you’re expecting them to clear you acne, blemishes and scars after one use, you’re not being realistic. Keep at it and your skin will respond.Of course, if your skin is showing signs of irritation, redness, breakouts or inflammation, the face oil you’re using might not be appropriate. Exercise common sense and discontinue use.
Have you tried using face oils yet? Do you love them or hate them?