Natural oils seem to be the latest skincare fad, but can putting oil on your face really help? Some experts claim that face oil is the key to solving many skin problems. Even—believe it or not—oiliness!
What’s In It?
Different face oils contain different ingredients but generally have a natural oil component, like calendula flower oil, avocado oil or argan oil. The oily properties of these natural ingredients mixed with other synthetics provide long-lasting and deep moisture. Some oils are specially formulated to target redness or protect your skin from the sun. Blends of oils are as common as pure oils in the skincare world, and some people go as far as using olive oil directly on their faces!
Moisturizer vs. Face Oil
For oily-skinned people, face oil may seem like a counterintuitive solution. However, applying oil to oily skin will actually shut down sebum production—the process that causes skin to shine—unlike any lotion-based acne solution. Conversely, dry skin takes the oil, or oil-synthetic combination, and creates a moisture barrier. This means the oil is most effective after a shower, when skin is already moist. For the eco-conscious consumer, pure oils are a smart choice. The ingredients are both renewable and biodegradable, unlike the synthetic components in drug store face creams and lotions.
Some popular face oils include:
- Tea tree oil
- Grapeseed oil
- Chamomile oil
- Rose hip seed oil
- Argan oil and many others
Many consumers swear by face oil and claim it as the secret to diminished acne, dryness, rosacea, eczema and other skin problems. Ultimately, the first course of action is to consult your physician or dermatologist about skin concerns, but consider reevaluating your skin regime. Taking a skin assessment, online or at a doctor’s office, is another good place to start when determining what kind of face product is right for you. Face oil could be your next beauty breakthrough!