It’s natural for you to be hesitant about facial oils. You know ‘oil’ from the skin’s sebaceous glands to be the culprit for unsightly spots, so why would you, technically, add more oil to your skin, right?
There are two points worth pondering over though:
- You tend to be over-diligent about keeping the skin oil-free, but you may strip the skin of necessary natural oil concentrations in the process. This only causes the sebaceous glands of the skin to shift into over-drive, producing more oil to compensate.
- Taking refuge in AC-cooled spaces seems like the natural thing to do in weather that calls for it. For many, so does resorting to enticing, ‘relaxing’ alcoholic drinks! The rate at which such lifestyle habits suck moisture out of the skin, can influence the intensity and duration of dryness, flaking/peeling, and redness/flushing.
As a cleanser, oil works on the logic that like cancels like – if your skin’s bogged down by oil and sweaty grime and dirt clinging to it, the best thing to eliminate such ‘oil’ is another oil itself!
Oil cleansing basics.
- The best way to go about it would be to wipe your face clean with a warm, damp cloth. The definition of warm here, depends on your skin’s resilience, but don’t push the boundaries to uncomfortable levels.
- You can also leave this cloth on your face for 10 minutes or so, and create a mini facial spa/sauna experience! The heat/steam opens up pores, making it easier to clean the face.
- Remember to keep your skin just a little damp though, before applying the oil. It helps the oil to spread.
- Less is more with facial oils, unless you have rapidly maturing, or already rather mature skin. Even so, slathering your face with the oil wouldn’t accelerate the remedial/healing process. In fact, the ‘heatiness’ of the oil might just aggravate your skin into reacting harshly.
Handy facial oils for the busy #GlowGetter!
If you’re always pressed for time, you can choose from a variety of facial oils available, in travel friendly bottles. Dab some onto your face and do a swift massage, just as you’re stepping out of your house for the day, or even whilst on the go.
From personal experience, I would recommend using a serum in the day, and an oil at night.
What’s the difference?
- Serums are lighter in consistency, some runny, some gel-like.
- Like oils, serums provide moisturisation at deeper skin cell levels, but the absorption rate is faster with them.
- Oils are usually botanical or seed extracts, mixed with essential oils; and are best applied at night, so they can work through and heal your skin as you sleep. Serums are typically biochemically balanced blends of vitamins and anti-oxidants.
- My personal favourite is a Vitamin C and E blend, with glycerine and aloe vera for added moisture. Little else beats the glow, and clarity it lends to the skin, not to mention the satiny smooth glow of plumped up, hydrated skin!
Different oils, for different skins, and times of day.
- For oily, acne-prone, and acne-scarred skin types, hemp-seed, lavender, jojoba, geranium, sandalwood, and neem oil work wonders. Neem oil has quite a strong smell, so you may not enjoy having it on your face, unless you’re willing to bear it just on the spots.
- Dry skins benefit from hydrating oils like olive, almond, coconut, castor, apricot kernel, and avocado.
- Combination skin types would love rose/rosehip, argan, bergamot, and sea buckthorn oils. Sometimes people experience combination-skin symptoms, only during seasonal transitions. The fluctuations can be inconvenient and stressful, which can reflect on the skin as hypersensitivity and aggravation. In such cases, you can opt for the soothing, therapeutic effects of jasmine, ylang-ylang, or neroli.
- If you’re likely to be outdoors a lot, try adopting a facial oil with innate, natural SPF, like coconut, olive, shea butter, macadamia nut, wheat germ oil; and if you can procure it, avocado and raspberry oil. What’s not available online nowadays anyway, as long as you can trust the purity of the source!
- When using a nighttime oil, remember to apply it some 10-15 minutes before you hit the sack, otherwise you’ll find the oil seeping more into your pillow than into your skin. More persistent and challenging skin issues, like acne scarring or pigmentation, benefit from oils working on them, slowly, through every night, as you sleep. Liquorice, lemon, and frankincense will work well for skin lightening, while sandalwood, and lavender will help lighten scars. Again, from personal experience, I find that a saffron-rose oil combination works on both issues simultaneously.
Give facial oils a shot. Once you begin reaping the benefits, you’ll realise your hesitation about them was a mental block. In fact, you might find yourself becoming quite obsessed with them!