7 Reasons You Should Really Start Using Face Oils December 20, 2016 11:44

7 Reasons You Should Really Start Using Face Oils

No, they won't break you out. Seriously!

If the thought of putting oils on your face slightly scares you, think again.

Native Americans of the Sonoran Desert kept their skin vibrant and flawless with Jojoba Oil.

And this (very) old-school beauty secret is making a pretty big comeback right now. In fact, according to top dermatologists, facial oils may be that missing step in your beauty routine.

The right blend of oils will provide a variety of anti-aging, calming and restorative properties but their main benefit is moisturising...lets have a closer look.

1. They can reduce your wrinkles.

Too much unprotected ultraviolet light is a set-up for free radical damage — and that means wrinkles and sunspots galore. Some facial oils are packed with antioxidants, which prevent further aging, so if you're affected by sun damage and dryness, look for products containing primrose or those with a vitamin E base, such as argan.

2. They're good for dry skin.

Oils are the ideal antidote to dry, flaky skin and rough, rosy cheeks — and they can be much more effective at moisturising than your standard over-the-counter lotions and creams. For softer skin and hair, apply a a few drops of almond oil, packed with hydrating omega-3 fatty acids it is a great choice for sensitive skin.

3. They really protect your skin.

Because oils are lipophilic, they can penetrate deep into the skin, trapping water and other moisturising goodness in, while keeping toxins and other bad stuff out. Some oils also help to fortify and strengthen our own natural skin barrier. This is especially important for big city dwellers who need extra protection against pollutants and smog, a known source of unwanted wrinkles. Using a product with rosehip oil, which is highly concentrated with antioxidant ingredients, would be a definite win-win.

4. They're the perfect primer for makeup.

Oils like sweet almond and hemp seed zip through the top of skin at lightening quick speed, quickly settling comfortably into the areas that need hydrating the most. This gives an immediate plumping effect and creates the perfect canvas for your makeup — and the smoother your skin, the better your whole face will look.

5. They can shrink enlarged pores.

Higher-end oils such as jojoba, and camellia actually pull out grime and fats from pores, making them appear smaller and less noticeable.

6. They can calm down rashes.

Many oils have anti-inflammatory properties as well, helping to quell irritated skin. Argan and arnica oils are ideal for irritations that follow use of popular anti-aging products such as retinol or alpha hydroxy acids. Geranium oil is also fabulous at reducing redness from rosacea, as well.

7. They're great for banishing zits.

Using jojoba oil in moderation can actually reduce oil production, making a great addition to your topical acne regimens, which can be drying. Facial oils are now made in very cosmetically elegant, light formulations that are excellent for layering and everyday use. Just keep in mind that a small amount of the right product goes a long way. Too much of anything is never a good idea.

How To Use Oils In Your Skin-Care Routine

One of today's most lauded skin-care items, they are also one that many people are confused about how to use properly. Although treatment oils can be incredibly effective for most skin types, the way they are used also plays a role when it comes to results. It's important to ensure the blend of pure plant oils are high quality organic and contain no synthetic ingredients

For the most part, I recommend clients use oils in the evening, as this is when the skin is at rest (and the air is usually driest at night) so the oil can work to repair and protect skin during sleep. Read on for the right and wrong ways to use a treatment oil to achieve maximum results for your type of skin.

When applied correctly, facial treatment oils penetrate quickly and deeply, leaving a velvety-smooth (decidedly ungreasy!) finish. More often than not you’ll see immediate results from the first application.

First begin with thoroughly cleansed, damp skin. Always apply oils after the skin has been freshly washed and/or spritzed with a moisture mist. Oil will hold that extra water on the skin and help the skin to rebalance itself faster.

Dispense 3 drops of facial oil (or a very small pump) onto your four fingertips (exclude the thumb), rub fingertips lightly together and gently press oil onto your cheeks, forehead and then chin.

This pattern allows distribution of oil to the largest surface areas of the face, in order. Follow with gentle, upward strokes to evenly distribute the oil onto the skin.

Lastly, include your lips. If your skin needs more moisture, repeat.

If you like to add other skin care ingredients into your regimen then this is the order I would recommend

1. Start light. Serums—the thinnest products—go first, because a) that just makes sense and b) "they deliver active ingredients into the skin most efficiently,

2. Add an oil. In small doses, oils make skin radiant. Put them on dry areas after creams—as a rule, oils can penetrate moisturisers, but not vice versa.

3. Don't forget protection. Sunscreen is your last step in the morning, it sits on top of your skin, so if it goes on first, it prevents other ingredients from penetrating."