We’ve all heard the sayings about oil making your skin break out and about how we should avoid oil on our faces like the plague. Well actually, this is not true at all. We shouldn’t avoid oils, we should avoid the WRONG oils.
“The misconception that oils make you breakout comes from the fact that not all oils are created equal,” according to Victoria Tsai, founder of Tatcha Skin Care.
Inexpensive mineral oils and lanolin are comedogenic, but high-quality oils like camellia, macadamia, jojoba, and squalene are non-comedogenic and can help draw excess sebum from pores. Sebums are the oily secretions of the sebaceous glands that act as a lubricant for the hair and skin and provides some protection against bacteria. These high quality oils are also great emollients and can repair skin barrier function.
Here are some of the multiple uses and the benefits of facial oils- To Glow For!
Wear as Primer- according to Hollywood makeup artist, Lina Hanson, botanical facial oils penetrate into the skin faster than a cream. The anti-inflammatory properties in camellia, mandarin and pumpkin seed soothe the skin and very high vitamins and antioxidants help prevent the formation of lines and wrinkles.
Reverse Sun Damage- Mediterranean beauties have used vitamin E and other antioxidants and olive oil as a moisturizer and wrinkle-smoother for centuries. In addition to neutralizing some of the free radicals created from UV rays when you rub them on your face you smell the natural scent of the earth and it’s very comforting.
Combat Redness- Help with healing acne and reducing redness can benefit every skin type, arnica and evening primrose is meant for everyone. It penetrates deep into the skin and doesn’t leave any greasy residue.
Cleanse Thoroughly- Face oil cleansers, such as camellia and rice bran oils contain emulsifiers that make oil bond to water and wash away.They are the best cleansers for melting away impurities and excess sebum without stripping the skin of moisture. They’re also the most effective way to remove makeup and sunscreen because the synthetic oils and silicone dissolve readily in oil but not water.The main difference with treatment oils and cleansing oils is their relationship with water, says Tsai.
OPT FOR HYBRID OILS- Argon and Marula oils are especially great for dry or mature skin. In addition to using anti-aging retinol and essential amino acids, opt for hybrid oils to get the best of both worlds when science and nature meet.