The Benefits of Face Oils

There’s been a buzz around face oils for the past few years as the new secret weapon in skincare. It will not make your face break out, instead your skin will look better. Applying oil to oily or acne skin helps to break up the oil by reducing the skin’s own production of oil thus reducing blemishes. So the right oil can help balance out oily skin If your skin is oily because of overproduction of oil, then adding oil topically to your skin mimics natural occurring oil so your skin will stop producing as much.

Oils are good for anti-aging as well because your skin naturally decreases its production of oil as you age, using a face oil helps to keep the skin hydrated preventing wrinkles from dehydration. Oils also help to smooth wrinkles, reduce redness and help minimize scars.

Facial Oils are packed with essential nutrients, fatty acids, and antioxidants. They repair and protect the skin barrier, which helps skin absorb other skincare products. They are a barrier to keep moisture from evaporating out of your skin, so not technically a moisturizer and should be used before your moisturizer. If you use a retinol, oil helps prevent your skin from drying out. A little oil can also help your make set better on your skin and look glowy. But you can use oils at night if you’re worried about your skin being too shiny.

There’s different kinds of oils, some are heavier like castor oil and some are very light and won’t clog your pores. You should change your oils seasonally as your skin has different needs in the summer and winter. I’ve got a little collection of face oils because I like to try them all.  I encourage you to give them a try to get that dreamy skin you want! I'll link to many affordable products.

Rosehip oil
It's made from the seeds of rose hips helps to lessen the appearance of fine lines, scars, and hyper pigmentation. It’s fast absorbing and hydrates your skin. It has a vitamin A which is an antioxidant which helps brighten and  essential fatty acids which helps produce new skin. The Ordinary

Marula oil
Is made from the fruit of the Marula tree in Africa. It’s moisturizing, rich in essential fatty acids and the antioxidants vitamin C &E. It’s absorbed  quickly into your skin so it doesn’t make your skin feel greasy. Drunk Elephant sells a 1 oz bottle for $72. I think it was this brand that made this oil so popular when it came on the market a couple years ago. But I bought Acure oil for $20 for 1oz, but The Ordinary sells one too.

Squalane Oil
You’ll find this ingredient in a lot of popular products, just check the ingredient list of what you have at home. It can come from plants usually olive or sugarcane. And it's an oil found naturally in your skin. It’s light weight and fast absorbing. It’s odorless and good for sensitive skin. Purchase: The Ordinary or Peter Thomas Roth. I really love
Biossance's moisturizer that is made with squalane.

Argan Oil
It’s not just for your hair ie Moroccan Oil. It’s a medium weight oil with omega fatty acids, vitamin E and linoleic acids which all moisturize your skin and reduce acne by balancing your skin’s oil levels. I bought mine at Trader Joe's, or you can find it at The Ordinary or by the popular brand Josie Maran.

Kora Noni Glow Face Oil
Kora is an organic beauty line founded by Miranda Kerr 9 years ago in Australia and only just became available in America last year at Sephora. The oil is a mix of rosehip oil, noni fruit, pomegranate oil, jojoba oil and seed buckthorn oil. $68 for 1 oz There's a video here of Miranda talking about it. I'm using this twice a day now.

Camellia Oil
It has been used by Japanese and Korean women for centuries.  You can use it in your hair and on your skin. It’s rich in oleic acid, vitamins A,B,D, & E, omegas and antioxidants. This product has it as the first ingredient while this product  costs more and has several ingredients before the camellia. This product as well has much cheaper ingredients before the Camellia.

Blue Tansy
It's made from a flower from Morocco and becomes blue when they steam the flower. It has antioxidants,anti-inflammatory properties and smells amazing. One product with it is Sunday Riley - Luna Sleeping Night Oil which also has a little retinol in it, and the mix of essential oils and retinol make it a gentler product vs a straight retinol. I went through a bottle of it and you just need a little bit or else your whole face is blue. I also tried HERBIVORE Blue Tansy AHA + BHA Resurfacing Clarity Mask but ultimately I wanted to try something cheaper. So I ended up with the Pacifica Super Flower Rapid Response Face Oil for a fraction of the price. Another option is the Acure Seriously Soothing Blue Tansy Night Oil.

I have normal skin and this is what works for me. But if you have dry or sensitive skin I know lots of people have had success with hemp oil.  If you have acne prone skin you should try an oil high in linoleic acid. Oils will only hydrate your skin if you have good water content beneath it so you have to moisturize your skin if its dry.

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