If you are in pursuit of perfect skin, my advice would be to stop immediately.
Perfect skin is a myth – not only is it hard to attain, it’s simply impossible to maintain. Breakouts, wrinkles, unwanted hair, hyperpigmentation, and sagging are all part and parcel of having skin, it happens to us all. The best we can do is to protect our skin as much as we can and to keep it as healthy as possible whilst going about our lives. We all know that products like SPF do a grand job of protecting our skin from damage, but the lesser-known benefits of facial oil should not be overlooked – especially when it comes to sealing in moisture and creating a protective barrier.
Whether you use oil for cleansing or as a moisturizer, pure oils can be a game changer for those who find chemically heavy or perfumed products irritating to their skin.
If you are wondering when the right age to use facial oil is, just like SPF, ‘the younger the better’ is great advice when it comes to protecting the epidermis. Similarly, knowing when to apply face oil can make a big difference to how effective it is. The best time to apply oil is at night, if applied during the day it can dilute your sunscreen and lessen your protection from the sun. Oil can also be too heavy when used as a moisturiser under make-up, causing slippage – especially on those hot summer days!
But it is not all good news when it comes to oils, as not all of them are appropriate for the skin. It’s best to stay away from fragranced and synthetic oils where possible. The best oils are actually non-fragranced plant oils. In fact, skin care oil and oil based moisturizer which contains fragrance or is synthetic can sometimes cause irritation and can end up doing more harm than good. Never fear, as there are so many oils to choose from, all offering varying benefits depending on what your skin might need. For a quick checklist, here a few you may want to try:
- Argan oil – A great antioxidant
- Evening primrose oil – A good emollient
- Almond oil – Good for hydration
- Jojoba oil – Good for plumping and keeping skin young
- Grape seed oil – A good antioxidant and easily absorbed
- Squalane oil – Extremely hydrating
Also, all of the following are good for retaining moisture and creating a barrier for the skin:
- Borage seed oil
- Apricot kernel oil
- Hydrogenated olive oil
- Carrot oil
- Hemp seed oil
- Lupine oil
- Macadamia nut oil
- Peanut oil
- Palm oil
- Prunus seed oil
How to Use Facial Oil
Of course, we can’t talk about the wonders of oil without telling you how to use face oil in your skincare routine. Here’s a guide on what to do.
Using Oil as a Cleanser
Oils are great at removing even the heaviest make-up, they’re also good at clearing out clogged pores and lifting sebum. In our opinion, the best oil to use on your face for cleansing is either olive oil or castor oil. That said, you can choose whatever oil you like and even mix oils together depending on what your skin might need.
Wash your hands thoroughly, then pour a small amount of oil into the palm of your hand. Using your fingertips, massage the oil onto your skin, paying particular attention to those areas with heavy make-up or excessive dryness. Take your time to rub the oil in circular motions and let the oil penetrate any product build up or dirt on your skin.
Now take a washcloth and run it under warm water. Wring out the water and use the
cloth to gently wipe away the oil from your face. Don’t be too rough as you don’t want to cause damage or irritation. If you find that a flannel is too coarse, you can simply use water to wash away the oil. Gently dry your face with a clean towel. Your skin should feel soft, supple and moisturized.
Using Oil as a Moisturizer
Oil is great for sealing in moisture and creating a barrier for your skin. We suggest that when using oil to moisturize, you should include this step right at the end of your routine – after applying your eye cream and moisturizer. As mentioned previously, we would recommend only using oil at night.
Go through your night time routine as usual – we recommend cleansing, toning and then using a cream moisturizer. Take a small amount of oil and use your fingertips to gently dab it onto your face, pay particular attention to the areas where you have the most dryness. Use your fingers to gently spread the oil to the rest of your face and neck. Massage gently until you feel the oil has penetrated the skin.
Take a few minutes to wait for the oil to sink in. If you find you have applied too much oil, you can use a dry towel to lightly dab away any excess.
Like everything to do with the face, keeping your skincare products and tools clean will help you to avoid blemishes and breakouts. There are lots of options to DIY your own oil cleanser or moisturizer by purchasing bottles online. Try doing a Google search to find out what might be available for your oil recipes, how you can apply products safely and even how to apply oil or how to apply serum with dropper.
So, there you have it. If you have never used oil in your skincare routine before, this may be the time that to start. Not only are oils easy to DIY, they can also be a cost effective way of getting the best out of your skin.