Face or facial oils are made from a rich blend of botanical oils which are packed with natural vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, omega oils and fatty acids which are essential to keep the skin hydrated and nourished.
Here is a guide facial oils and how they work
How do oils work?
Face oils contain essential fatty acids to hydrate and nourish the skin. Since the body can’t make these itself, we need to give it a helping hand by applying a face oil with these vital ingredients. This helps to protect the skin by building a barrier against outside influences such as harsh weather and extreme temperatures. Oils are also able to penetrate the skin deeper into the lower levels of the epidermis, therefore they are an excellent way of getting antioxidants and vitamins into the skin. This helps speed up the skins own healing process and can soften the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
When should I apply face oils?
Face oils can be used underneath regular skincare and beauty products or on their own.
Apply to skin after you have cleansed with water or splashed the face with water. The oil will hold the extra water and help the skin to re balance itself faster.
You don’t need much face oil to be effective as the oils are more concentrated than regular moisturisers, 2-3 drops in the morning and 4-5 at night should give your skin the moisture that it needs.
Why use oil rather than moisturiser?
Most moisturisers are emulsions which means that they are a combination of water and oil. Water needs a preservative to prevent it from breaking down and growing bacteria. Many preservatives can do more harm than good. Moisturisers don’t make the skin moist or hydrate it, instead they provide a barrier on the skin unlike face oils which penetrate the skins layers and work faster to protect, rejuvenate and nourish the skin. Oil based products also go a lot further than water based ones therefore you only need to use a small amount for the product to be effective. Overall, face oils offer a more powerful and intense solution winter skin problems.
Can I use face oils on oily skin?
It might sound wrong to apply oil to oily skin however face oils can actually work wonders on all skin types. When skin is stripped of oil or is not properly replenished with natural oils and essential fatty acids, it continues to produce sebum to compensate for the lack of oil. However when you apply face oil then the skin’s sebaceous glands can slow down the natural oil production because the skin is replenished with the natural oil it needs to stay hydrated, nourished and clear. Seed and nut oils such as apricot, macadamia and jojoba penetrate quickly and deeply into the skin and will not leave a greasy, shiny finish after application, instead they give skin a gorgeously plump, radiant and healthy glow.
Aside from the nourishing and hydrating beauty benefits, many facial oils also contain essential oils which have further skin saving properties due to their aromatic ingredients.