Happy Friday beauties. As you can tell by the title of this blog post, today we’re discussing facial oils. For those of you who don’t know, I have oily to combination skin. I previously stayed clear from oils as I was of the opinion that they’d just clog my pores. Oils are, however, not all the same, some are more oily than others etc.
What are facial oils?
These are a single or combination of extracts derived from fruits, flowers or plants. Oils generally soften the top layer of the skin and aren’t as moisturising as thicker moisturisers. They contain fatty acids known as linoleic acid which has a thin consistency (for oily skin types) and oleic acid which is thicker and has a more rich consistency (for dry skin types).
Did you know that those of you who have acne-prone skin actually have low levels of linoleic acid in your sebum? This is why it’s important to restore it so it’s balanced. If it isn’t balanced, your skin will produce more oils causing you to break out even more. Linoleic acid can be found in oils such as rosehip oil, hemp seed oil, evening primrose, grapeseed and jojoba. Popular oleic acid includes olive oil, marula, avocado, macadamia and almond.
When to use oils?
Sebum production peaks during the day and at its highest around midday. This is usually when we oily ladies have our oils seeping through and when we have to blot and touch up our makeup. The sebum secretion decreased thereafter and is at its lowest in the evening. So those with oily skin would need to use oils in the evenings after moisturising. Dry skin types can use it at night and during the day for more hydration.
Which oil is best suited for your skin?
The general rule is that you should go with the purest and most natural form of a specific oil. Too many additives take away from the real benefits the oils should provide. Make sure the first ingredients is actually a fruit, seed or plant oil. A few oils have other added ingredients which are great but the first one should always be an actual extract of the above mentioned.
Sensitive skin – look for oils that absorb really quickly such a marula or argan oil as these are great for all skin types.
Oily skin – go for light consistency oils such as jojoba and rosehip. Rosehip actually mimics your sebum products, how amazing?
Dry skin – thicker oils is the way to go as these are more hydrating and will keep the moisture locked in for longer.
Some oils are actually treatments oils with added ingredients that help with congested skin, fine lines and wrinkles or other skin concerns. I gravitate towards natural oils and have been using rosehip oil for years.
One thing to note is that oils can’t be used as a moisturiser. You can, however, mix it with your moisturiser for more hydration.
Lastly, when purchasing oils, look for dark bottles or containers as this helps retain the longevity and “life” of the oil. Some ingredients are sensitive to sunlight so make sure its stores in a cool dark place.
Let me know which has been your holy grail oil?