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You might think it’s weird to moisturize with oil and that it will totally clog your pores. I did too. In the past, I always searched for a nice creamy moisturizer that was thick enough to combat my dry skin but also thin enough to feel light and not clog my acne-prone skin. One day, I had run out of moisturizer and I had some Sweet Almond Oil in my cupboard. Having heard that people use cocconut oil and other oils to moisturize, I thought I would at least try it. From that day on, I started experimenting with face oils over creams.
In the last year or so, I’ve noticed face oil becoming a big trend in beauty, these days it seems to be all the rage. So I thought I would tackle the topic today… Is oil better then lotion? What’s the difference? What are the benefits of oils? What oils should you use?
Benefits of Face Oil:
- Locks in moisture.
- Protects skin against environmental conditions.
- Some oils such as mandarin and pumpkin seed oil are great make-up primers.
- Higher-end oils can shrink pores (macadamia, jojoba oils. Make sure they are high-quality though).
- Can calm down redness and rashes on skin.
- Great for reducing pimples on acne-prone skin (Tea tree oil especially).
- Can stop the overproduction of oil, minimizing shiny t-zones.
- Tend to be all-natural with no preservatives and toxins. Aka – better for the environment and for you.
- Contain nutrients for your skin to soak up.
- Most oils have healing powers and are great for repairing skin.
What’s the Deal with Lotions Vs. Oils?
I’m not about to go on the record saying I don’t use lotions or creams and that they are evil! I use lotions/creams all the time. The bottom line is not all lotions are harmful or bad. In fact, lotions have many of their own benefits that oils don’t have. However, the reason why lotions are beginning to get a slightly bad rep, is because some manufacturers have to add fillers and emulsifiers to create that creamy consistency. Face oils are usually plant-based and don’t have any added ingredients or chemicals.
Oils are easily absorbed (meaning they DON’T clog pores) and they basically lock in the moisture in your skin. They do this by protecting the skin’s lipid barrier, and keeping moisture from evaporating.
Lotions, though, are designed to penetrate the skin, and leave it feeling softer and hydrated. Many ingredients are usually added into lotions that benefit the skin. Ingredients such as aloe vera, vitamin E, shea butter, and vitamin D are added and each work to solve different problems in the skin.
Oils are the more natural way to go, and are usually better for the environment, and better for our health.
Tips For Choosing Face Oils
- Look for oils that are cold-pressed: This is the best way to go to avoid oils that have been extracted using harmful chemical solvents. CO2-extracted oil is also OK, though cold-pressed extraction is ideal.
- Avoid synthetic fragrances: These show up in ingredients lists as “pafum” or “fragrance”.
- Avoid mineral oil. Um… did you know that mineral oil is a processed petroleum product? Ew.
My Recommended Face Oils
Tea Tree Oil
- Great for acne (and other skin infections). Applying a 5% tea tree oil has been shown to be as effective as applying a 5% benzoyl peroxide for treating acne!
- How to Use: Pour a few drops of the oil to a cotton pad and apply to clean, dry skin.
Rose Hip Seed Oil:
- High in Vitamins A and E
- Has essential fatty acids which assists elastin and collagen production
- Known to treat scars, stretch marks, brighten skin & reduce wrinkles
- How to Use: You can either use this on its own, by dropping a few drops onto a cotton pad and rubbing over your face. For added moisturizing, add a few drops to a carrier oil such as jojoba oil and moisturize your face with it.
- Rich in vitamin E, zinc, potassium and other minerals and vitamins.
- Mild and hypoallergenic
- Can protect skin from UV damage
- How to Use: It can be used for many things such as cleansing the face, moisturizing the face and skin, etc. Just put some oil on a cotton pad and rub over the skin. You could also combine almond oil with a few drops of rose hip oil and apply to skin. Another suggestion is to make a face scrub with almond oil and fine sugar.
- Full of essential fatty acids and antioxidants
- Restores appearance of dull skin
- Good for sensitive skin
- How to Use: like the oils above, argan oil also has so many uses. I like to use it as a moisturizer. After cleaning your face, use a few drops on a cotton pad and apply to skin, it should absorb quickly.
Do you use face oil? Which ones? How do you use it? Share your stories with me!