I am sure that multiple questions and doubts arise when we imagine applying oil to the skin. Concerns such as acne, oily skin, skin congestion, growing sebaceous filaments and a lot many more evils come to our mind as soon as we think of facial oils. The list is vicious and endless but what if I told you that you were wrong? Sounds absurd ? Give it a benefit of doubt and find out how it could change your thinking towards facial oils.
How Exactly Is Acne Caused?
I am sure you have read multiple things online coming from every single blogger or even experts at times but I am putting it in simple terms. Basically, our skin is defensive in nature. So when we drink less water or provide less hydration to our body the skin produces more oil to cover up that loss of moisture. The skin wants to provide hydration to itself and when we fail to do so it produces more oil to balance that loss of moisture that we’ve been failing to provide ourselves by not drinking enough water or providing apt hydration to the body. Well, this is one common cause in layman’s terms.
Facial Oils To The Rescue
When you provide hydration from the outside your skin gets tricked and doesn’t produce more oil from within which in turn leads to fewer skin issues such as acne, skin congestion or abnormal growth of sebaceous filaments but never forget the significance of balancing. Hydration from inside is as important as hydration from the outside.
When I speak of hydration I don’t mean just hydrating your skin with any random thing. Choosing the right product for your individual skin is as hard as finding a right soulmate, It takes a lot of knowledge, research and awareness about your own skin type.
Oils do not necessarily have to be thick and cloggy in consistency. There are several types of oils and each one for unique purpose with its own certain specialty. Choose facial oils as per your skin type and make sure that you opt for better alternatives in the market rather than some mediocre drugstore oils . Give your skin that luxury it deserves!
Tea Tree Oil: It’s great for breakouts but you must never apply it directly to the affected areas. Always dilute or you’ll get burnt.
Evening Primrose Oil: Amazing antioxidant booster and it’s great for inflammation.
Sea Buckthorn Oil: It has a rich thick consistency and is great for dry patchy skin. This amazing oil is rich in antioxidants and soothes irritated/inflamed skin.
Chia Seed Oil: It has approximately 7 times more Vitamin C content than an orange so be a little careful with the quantity and avoid application before any exposure to the sun. However, it’s been proven to be good for sensitive skin that’s particularly itchy or inflamed.
Tsubaki Oil: Also known as Camellia oil this has been a secret Asian beauty secret for generations. It’s used by geishas to remove their makeup and nourish the skin. It’s high in oleic acid and thus its perfect for dry skin as more oleic acid means more moisture retention in the skin.
ACNE PRONE SKIN :
Hemp Seed Oil: I swear by this oil and it acts as an amazing spot treatment. It dries out a pimple without leaving any blemish unless it’s caused by something else.
Grapeseed Oil: This is another holy-grail for skin that is prone to breakouts. Grapeseed oil can be drying and is packed with anti-oxidants.
How To Apply Facial Oils?
Always apply the facial oil after toning and before moisturization so that your face moisturizer can seal in the oil and this way the oil’s going to work better. Some people even skip skin moisturization after application of facial oil so as to avoid too many products.
Things To Remember :
- Research Is the key! Before choosing any oil carefully read if its comedogenic ( causes acne – coconut oil; olive oil )in nature and if it’s high in linoleic acid( good for oily skin)/oleic acid ( good for dry skin ). Also, make sure to choose plant-based oils instead of essential oils. Essential oils are highly concentrated and irritate your skin. However, plant-based facial oils are specially formulated to work better on the skin.
- Read reviews before buying any branded facial oils.
- Always apply little quantity. Pour a drop or two on your palms, spread it and then gently tap the palm on the face as such that the oil is pushed into your skin.