What are facial oils?
Facial oil and skincare are inseparable because they are always incorporated into our skincare products. They are usually beneficial in creams, serums and so on. However, in recent years they have become recognised as the real MVPs. They are now in use as standalone products because they offer a concentrated dosage of skin benefits.
Coconut oil, Olive Oil are comedogenic (clogs pores and cause problems) do not run to your kitchen or even your beauty cabinet and start using any oil you find. Facial oils are made with cosmetically refined oils so that your skin can absorb the benefit and absorb the beneficial components. Like any other thing in nature, natural oils contain a myriad of ingredients. Having an oil that is refined in the most beneficial format is important. That is why cosmetically formulated facial oils work very well.
For people with dry skin or even dehydrated skin due to weather or climate-related dryness, you can benefit from hydrating oils (they increase water retention). Rather than continually looking for new moisturisers simply add an oil to your routine. Find an effective oil that is moisturising and offers other added benefits such as brightening and anti-ageing effects like Luxe Care Artemis Elixir.
Your skin will look youthful, smoother and softer. Not to mention having a natural glowy looking skin.
For oily acne prone skin, you can benefit from an oil that is high in Linoleic acid – which is great at unclogging pores. Why add oil to oily skin? Because having a well-moisturised skin makes your skin produce less of its own natural oils. Store bought moisturisers are filled with water and other ingredients which don’t always mix well with oil. Thus your skin is more likely to recognise an effective facial oil as a good source of moisture and be less inclined to produce excess oils.
An effective oil that is high in Linoleic acid and easily absorbed into the skin without any greasy feeling is the Luxe Care Clio Elixir.
In short facial oils are as beneficial to oily skin as they are to dry skin. They are also very effective at treating signs of ageing and other skin irritations. People have reported reversing oily skin by using facial oils continuously. The claim is that your skin gets used to having sufficient oil on the surface and stops producing excess oil. And the fabulous result is you end up with normal skin.
What to avoid?
Essential oils are not facial oils. Pure Essential oils are highly irritating to sensitive skin and increase Sun sensitivity (phototoxicity). Avoid using any essential oil directly on your skin and do not mix it in high amount with any carrier oil either as that can still be damaging to your skin.
Don’t forget your sunscreen. In fact, if you are using any facial oil containing essential oil use it at night because the sun destabilises the oils and cause photosensitivity. Thus only use the oil at night and add sunscreen on top of your normal moisturiser during the day.