The Best Facial Oils: How to Choose and Use Them Correctly
Facial oils are a universal skincare must-have! If you don’t own any yet, you should definitely get your hands on one. There’s no need to worry even if you have oily or sensitive skin. What are their benefits and how can you choose the right one?
What Are the Benefits of Facial Oils?
Oils are rich in vitamins, minerals and other active ingredients, so you’ll easily fall in love with them. When you find one that is perfect for your skin type, you’ll never want to give it up. Here are the main reasons why oils definitely do belong on your face:
- remove makeup perfectly;
- keep skin moisturised;
- provide natural nutrients;
- support skin regeneration;
- slow down skin ageing.
How to Choose the Right Facial Oil
In order to get maximum benefits from your facial oil, you have to know what results you expect and what skin type you have. Oils are ranked from zero to five according to how comedogenic they are. The higher the number, the higher the risk of pore-clogging and acne. If you are dealing with problematic skin, you should look for an oil that doesn’t clog pores. Non-comedogenic oils include, for example, argan, hemp seed or jojoba oil – these are suitable for all skin types. On the other hand, linseed and coconut oil are high on the comedogenic scale.
Choose the Best Natural Oil on the Basis of Your Skin Type:
- Oily Skin: grapeseed, jojoba, rosehip, hemp…
- Dry Skin: apricot, argan, rose, castor…
- Sensitive Skin: lavender, argan, rose…
- Combination Skin: grapeseed, jojoba, evening primrose…
- Problematic Skin: lavender, castor, argan…
However, you don’t have to stick to pure natural oils. In cosmetics, oils are often mixed to boost their effects and enriched with other nourishing ingredients.
How Should You Apply Facial Oils?
Don’t mistake a facial oil for a cream. Keep in mind that facial oils don’t have the same function as creams or serums. They cannot hydrate the skin on their own, as they do not contain water. Therefore, be sure to apply oils to damp skin or combine them with other hydrating treatments. Oils do not add moisture, but can help maintain it in the skin.
Just a few drops of an oil are enough. Apply it evenly to your forehead, cheeks and chin and start working it into your skin from the centre of your face outwards. You can also use gentle tapping motions, giving your complexion a light massage.
TIP: If you choose to apply oil onto your face in the morning, wait at least ten minutes before applying make-up. An oily base may cause make-up to adhere to the face poorly and cause unsightly streaks, so always give the oil time to become absorbed. If you use oil at night, take your skincare routine to the next level and try gua sha facial massage!
Oil for Problematic Skin
Does your skin misbehave sometimes? Then you should try using a non-comedogenic oil. The Renovality Original Series argan oil is also ideal for dry skin! If your skin is more oily than dry, opt for jojoba or hemp facial oil.
We definitely don't want to neglect anything when it comes to fighting wrinkles. Regular use of facial oils helps reduce fine lines, but first and foremost helps prevent them. The Lancôme Absolue Precious Oil will help keep your skin looking youthful for as long as possible. It also contains rose essential oil, which is an absolute lifesaver for dry skin!
The Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Oil is another powerful weapon against wrinkles thanks to its seaweed extracts, which hydrate the skin and keep moisture in for hours on end. On the other hand, it has a tendency to clog pores so it’s not a suitable oil for acne-prone skin.
If wrinkles aren’t yet a problem, but you’re already looking for ways to delay their onset, try the Biotherm Skin Best Liquid Glow dry facial oil. For a more intense effect, use it occasionally as a mask. Just apply a thicker layer of oil and simply wipe it off after ten minutes.
Oil for Hyperpigmentation
Are you ready for some real beauty sleep? Use the Emma Hardie Brilliance night oil before going to bed and it will take care of dark spots while you recharge for the day to come. It is formulated with lavender essential oil, which is used to help treat acne and also has beneficial effects on the quality of sleep.
Firming Facial Oil
The name of the Weleda Pomegranate oil speaks for itself. Extracts from pomegranate seed oil help regenerate the skin, but the product also contains avocado, argan and apricot facial oils. It is this combination that keeps the skin nice and firm!
THE LAST TIP: Are you looking for a universal travelling companion? Then the Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse dry oil for the face, hair and body is the clear-cut winner. All you need is hidden in a single (divine-smelling) bottle.
Have you decided which facial oil you’ll try first?