Facial oils have been popping up on our Instagram feed for quite some time now. We have witnessed beauty influencers with already beautiful skin dripping fancy oils on their faces, but the real question is: Is it worth the hype or just aesthetically pleasing to watch?
Celebrity facialist and founder of Ling Skin Care, Ling Chan, says, “Our body produces oil naturally, but as we age, that production decreases significantly. The skin needs oil to maintain a healthy balance; otherwise, it gets too dry, causing breakouts, fine lines, and wrinkles. Using facial oil helps keep moisture in the skin while protecting it from the environmental damage”.
We see everyone on social media raving about facial oils, from celebrities to actors and models; everyone has been incorporating this extra step into their daily beauty regimen.
We understand that everyone’s skin is different. Just how we tend to play with beauty products, facial oils are no exception. While you can pick and choose which facial oil worked best for your skin issues, at the end of the day, it comes down to what works for you, your skin type, your skin issues, etc. There are so many factors that affect what will work best for you.
Here are a few facial oils that you might as well prefer:
1 – Marula Oil:
Marula oil can be used for combination skin types and, in some cases, oily skin too. Many renowned brands offer oil in the market. It goes well with a lightweight moisturizer. “It has antibacterial properties and quickly penetrates the skin,” says Dr Jaliman.
2 – Apricot Oil
Apricot oil is excellent for dry skin types. It is known for nourishing damaged, rough and chapped skin. Other than that, it can be used as a moisturizer. It has a high concentration of antioxidants and is beneficial for mature skin as it helps with anti-ageing. It has a very softening effect on the skin and rejuvenates dry, mature skin. The Hunza valley in Pakistan is famous for producing apricot kernel oil that is pure and has many beneficial healing properties.
3 – Squalane
Ling Chan recommends Squalene for all skin types except for acne-prone skin, which tends to dry it out. She says, “Squalane is derived from olives, and because its molecules are tiny, it can be easily absorbed and has amazing benefits for all skin types.”
4 – Tea Tree Oil
Dermatologists recommend using tea tree oil for oily skin as it has a light texture and doesn’t look greasy. Other oils that can be used for oily skin types are Jojoba, Squalane, Marula, Argan, Buckthorn, Kukui, and Rosehip are also safe options.
5 – Jojoba Oil
Jojoba oil is a great facial oil that has many healing properties. This kind of oil is for acne-prone skin. Other than that, it can be used for eczema and psoriasis.
6 – Almond Oil
Almond is widely used to treat skin issues. It comprises Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Omega-3 Fatty Acids, and Zinc. It can be used to treat dry skin in winter, improve acne, improve complexion and skin tone overall, reduce puffiness to some extent under the eye circle, help reverse sun damage. In some cases, it may also assist the appearance of stretch marks.
7 – Rose Oil
Rose oil has become recently popular and made it to many people’s skin regimes. This is due to their many benefits, such as helping skin heal from scars, moisturizing skin, fighting inflammation, promoting circulation and relieving stress.
Here is how you can incorporate the oils mentioned above in your beauty regimen:
1 – Firstly, you must wash your face
2 – Exfoliate gently with whatever product you prefer
3 – Pat dry your face
4 – Choose your choice of oil. Pat tiny 2-3 drops of oil on your face directly or mix it with a moisturizer
5 – Massage the oil in an upwards motion to lift your skin.
You can use facial oils under your sunscreen too! If you plan to wear a foundation, mix 2-3 drops in the amount you are about to apply, and you are good to go!
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