WE wouldn’t fault you if you immediately balk at the idea of face oil. For the longest time, we’ve been miseducated that oil on face can only mean one thing…ew.
But as the Instagram feeds of your favourite beauty brands and celebrities have shown lately, facial oil is worth the hype and more. And to the question on whether or not face oil is good for you, the simple answer is “YES!”.
Facial oils have been known to treat a multitude of skin issues. The trick is to find the right kind of facial oil to suit your respective skin type and needs. Here’s the lowdown on this buzzworthy product.
It’s a match made in heaven, really. Facial oil and those with dry skin are meant for each other. But it’s worth noting that not all are immediately compatible for drier texture. Instead, look out for rich oil with a high content of oleic acid, a fatty acid known to lock in moisture and minimise irritation. Almond oil is potent while gentle enough for those with eczema or really dry skin. Marula oil is good too as it’s also intensely hydrating and can reduce redness.
Try: Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil
Blessed with normal skin? Congratulations, but you still need facial oil in your life. The tip is to keep those with heavier texture at bay, though. Your skin’s less dry condition means that you can do without extreme hydrating properties. Argan oil is high in Vitamin E to prevent skin damage. Marula, jojoba and squalene are worthy additions too.
Try: Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil
Oily/ Combination skin
The idea of facial oil on oily and combination skin might seem preposterous, but hear us out. A suitable facial oil will not only regulate natural sebum production, it will also help to rid your skin of that greasy sensation. It will even hydrate those dry patches. Use it as the last step of your skincare at night. The lightweight jojoba can control shine while grape seed oil gives that matte effect.
Try: Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil
Similar to oily skin, the reservations one might have here would be the thought of slathering oil to that angry red bump on your zit. But the secret to calming down that pimple is actually hydrated skin. To do that, you need some nourishing oil. Pomegranate and rosehip oils are known to have kind-to-zit properties. The latter is also proven to reduce acne marks and redness.
Try: Herbivore Botanicals Lapis – Oil Balancing Azulene Infused Facial Oil
With sensitive skin, you will need a face oil that would soothe and nourish your skin. It’s also very important that you read the ingredients carefully and avoid essential oils — rose, lavender, peppermint and the like — at all cost. This is because essential oils tend to irritate the skin. Instead, check out moringa and aloe vera oils.
Try: Weleda Sensitive Skin Facial Oil