How Facial Oils Help Skin
It probably wont come as a surprise to most of you, but we’re big fans of oils here at Orenda Skin Care. While face oils have become increasingly popular over the years, there are still many questions we get asked about using oils, especially for acne and oily prone skin.
I turned to face oils when my skin was at its worst. At the time my skin was going through a very reactive and sensitive phase and despite prescriptions from my dermatologist and very expensive face creams, it just wasn't getting any better. I happened across a small bottle of rose hip seed oil and decided to give it a go.
Ok, I say that as if I had no anxiety what so ever about putting an oil on my face. Truth be told, I was nervous. Would it break me out? Would it clog my pores? I had many of the same questions we get asked today. Guess what? My skin loved it! It not only soothed the irritation but even more importantly for me, it did not break me out. This was 15 years ago and I haven't looked back.
Oils Aren't the Cure-All But...
Listen, I will not tell you that using oils on your face is the ultimate cure all, but I will tell you there is a no more natural, effective and simple moisturizer available.
Long before lotions and creams, oils and butters were used to soothe, moisturize and protect the skin. Plant oils are naturally compatable with our skin. They are full of naturally occurring antioxidants, vitamins and essential fatty acids that our skin needs to function at its best and most healthy state.
Using the correct oil for your skin type can help to balance your skin which is the key to a healthy and radiant complexion.
Are Face Oils Good for Everyone?
Yes. All skin types can benefit from oils. The key is finding the most suitable oils for your skin type.
So what should you look for in a face oil?
For starters, I recommend organic, wild crafted, cold pressed and unrefined oils. Think about how you shop for your produce. I use the same thought process while sourcing our oils. Fresh, organic and as close to it’s natural state as possible.
If you're new to using face oils, try starting with a single oil or a simple blend. This is a great way to see which oils work with your skin. Sunflower seed and jojoba are generally good for all skin types.
We receive so many questions from people with oily and acne-prone skin. Will our oil-based products cause their skin to become oilier or cause breakouts, they ask?
It's a common misconception that applying oil to the skin will make oily skin oilier and cause breakouts. The truth is, the correct oil can help to balance the skin and reduce the skin's oil production. Most oils are naturally anti inflammatory and many have anti bacterial properties.
The Best Face Oils for Problematic Skin
For oily prone skin, look for oils that have a higher linoelic acid content. These oils have been proven to help manage acne while supporting the skins natural barrier function. A few to keep an eye out for are:
- Grape seed
- Evening primrose
- Black cumin seed
- Prickly pear
If you're using the correct oil for your skin type AND the correct amount, you should never feel greasy. Oils are by nature very concentrated and only a few drops are needed. There is a definite difference between dewy and greasy. If you find your face oil is making you feel or look greasy, try using a little less and consider trying a lighter, quicker absorbing oil such as the ones listed above.
The Best Face Oils for Dry Skin
Drier skin types benefit from oils with a higher oleic acid content. Oils higher in oleic acid tend to be very moisturizing. They also provide excellent skin softening and anti inflammatory benefits. Here are a few to consider:
- Camellia seed oil
- Avocado oil
- Sweet almond
- Olive oil
Face Oils vs. Creams and Lotions
Face oils and creams are very different. While both offer moisture, an oil does so simply and without any additional ingredients such as water, emulsifiers and preservatives to name a few.
If you're wanting a truly “clean”, simple and natural moisturizer, oils are the way to go.Face oils can be used the same way you would use any traditional moisturizer. Apply a few drops morning and evening, after cleansing. I find it best to apply to slightly damp skin.
One of the things I love most about oils is that they can be used in conjunction with any other treatment or product you may be using. They are particularly wonderful after a resurfacing treatment such as laser or chemical peel where your skin's natural barrier function may have been compromised.
If your skin is in need of extra moisture, add a couple drops of face oil to your moisturizer for an added boost of nutrients and moisture. This is particularly good if you have a favorite lightweight moisturizer left over from the warmer months and want to transition your skin care routine into the cooler temperatures.
We've listed answers here to questions about our best-seller, The Illuminating Face Serum.
Let us know if you have any questions, we love hearing from all of you!