If you’re a bit wary about using oil as part of your skin care routine, we totally get you. After all, we’ve been conditioned to think that facial oil equals grease, and that applying more oil on the skin will only make us look extra greasy or worse, trigger breakouts—especially for those with naturally oily or combination skin.
But to set the record straight, oil is not bad for the skin per se, nor is it only suitable for dry skin. Beauty oils can actually do wonders for your complexion, and can combat a bevy of skin concerns including excess oil and acne, helping you achieve clearer and healthier skin. It all boils down to finding the right kind of oil for your skin’s needs.
To help you out, here’s a rundown of the many wonders a good facial oil can do to your skin and the best types for your specific needs.
1. It can boost skin’s hydration.
Contrary to what you might believe, facial oils don’t exactly moisturize skin, unlike your lotions and creams. Instead, they function as an emollient, which softens the skin, and as an occlusive, a.k.a. a gatekeeper that seals in moisture and all the other good stuff you’ve applied beforehand. (Think of it as a top coat for your skin!) This is the exact reason oils serve as the final step in your skin care routine. So load up on your moisturizers and serums first and save the best—a.ka. your facial oil—for last!
Best oils for dehydrated skin: Argan, Jojoba, Macaruja, Sunflower
2. It’s packed with good-for-your-skin ingredients.
Ever wonder why facial oils come in teeny, tiny bottles? That’s because they contain concentrated amount of essential nutrients, such as fatty acids and vitamins, so a few drops are all you’ll need to get maximum benefits. We recommend pure oils, such as the Revox Argan Oil 100% Natural, P229, if you’re looking for an all-natural product to help you get that lit-from-within glow. You can use this on your hair and body, too!
3. It can help control oil production and treat acne.
An oil for oily skin? Yes! It might seem counterintuitive, but facial oils actually help the skin rebalance itself and regulate sebum production by replenishing its oil content—especially after cleansing. Many oils have anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties too, which can help target acne and reduce scarring.
Best oils for oily/acne-prone skin: Argan, Grapeseed, Rosehip, Tea Tree
4. It’s a great wrinkle-fighter.
As you age, your skin produces less oil, so it only makes sense to add facial oil to your skin care routine to keep it plump and wrinkle-free. Naturally filled with antioxidants, facial oils improve the skin’s elasticity by promoting cell renewal and boosting collagen production. If you specifically want to smoothen fine lines and soften skin, you may opt for those with high concentrations of vitamins A and E respectively, and say hello to younger-looking skin!
Best oils for anti-aging: Argan, Jojoba, Rosehip, Marula
5. It can protect and repair the skin.
Is your skin sensitive? Lucky for you, facial oils are generally non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic, and fragrance-free. Most of them also contain free radical-fighting ingredients that can intercept future blows like sun damage. Some have healing properties that can soothe irritated skin and calm rashes as well. To be on the safe side, look for organic or all-natural formulas as they’re much gentler on delicate skin.
Best oils for sensitive/damaged skin: Aloe Vera, Argan, Camellia, Moringa, Squalane
6. It can be used in a multitude of ways!
Here’s another reason why we love beauty oils: They’re amazing multitaskers! Use them as a makeup primer, a makeup remover, a hair treatment, a cuticle conditioner, or an underarm smoothener—the list goes on! Just make sure you’re applying the right oils based on your needs and remember that not all facial oils are the same.
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