Face oils are often a missed step in every skincare routine. Aren’t you doing the same? Well, the thought of applying oil on the face makes people think that it will welcome oily skin and bad breakouts and that’s why most of us don’t even want to look at oils. Be that as it may, the use of face oil to moisturize the face is increasing day by day. If you too want to give it a shot but are confused about which one to choose, then you are at the right place. We’ll reveal the perfect facial oils for all skin types.
To help you out, Health Shots consulted top dermatologist Dr Rinky Kapoor, who’s also a Cosmetic Dermatologist & Dermato-Surgeon, at The Esthetic Clinics.
Is it good to use face oils?
If you have not yet included face oils in your daily skincare routine, you must do so now. We know that the word oil brings to mind that oils will bring more oil to the face, making the skin greasy but face oils are the opposite to that. They are good for all skin types, even the ones that are prone to breakouts and are sensitive.
In fact, according to Dr Kapoor, “Face oils strengthen the skin barrier and make the skin pliable and glowing. They have high antioxidant content and therefore they can be beneficial for your skin in many ways.”
Here’s what face oils can do for your skin:
* Neutralizing free radicals
* Protecting against UV rays and pollutants
* Improving its strength and firmness
* Evening out the complexion
* Regulating sebum production
* Cleaning and skin
* Improving skin elasticity
* Reduce the appearance of enlarged pores
Apart from these benefits, face oils provide protection from the sunlight and reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and sunspots. In fact, if your skin type is dry and sensitive, face oils are packed with antioxidants and can help your skin keep moisturized, preventing dryness. Moreover, face oils are generally power packed with several skin-benefiting nutrients such as flavonoids, polyphenols, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamins A, C, D, and E, which all can contribute to good skin health.
Dr Kapoor suggests the right oils for all skin types:
1. If you have normal skin, go for face oils like jojoba, marula, squalene, and coconut which are not heavy on the skin.
2. For dry skin oils like argan, grapeseed, marula, squalene, apricot kernel, extra virgin, almond, and rosehip oils work best.
3. People with oily skin should opt for light oils such as tea tree, jojoba, argan, and grapeseed that also work as astringents.
4. Combination skin will benefit from marula, jojoba, and flaxseed oils. Grapeseed and tea tree oils are good too.
5. For sensitive skin moringa oil and aloe vera work the best.
6. For acne prone skin tea tree, pomegranate, evening primrose, and rosehip oils will work the best.
Here’s how to apply the face oils to your skin
When you use face oil on the skin it forms a protective barrier that locks the moisture in giving the skin an instant radiance. “The right way to apply the face oil is after you have used a hydrating serum. Just about 2-3 drops are more than enough. Massage the face gently and once it is absorbed fully use your regular moisturizer,” says Dr Kapoor. Face oils are made of natural ingredients and therefore they do not cause any damage to the skin. All you have to do is to select the right oil for your skin type.
Is there more ways to use face oils?
Face oils can also be used as a make up remover and lip hydrator. Face oils also help in reducing acne scars (turmeric oil), fading skin discoloration (grapeseed oil), and reduce eczema and chapped skin (hemp seed oil). They also act as an anti-ageing treatment on the skin. However, do perform a patch test before you start using the oil.
So give them a try ladies!