If you’ve ever considered using a face oil but feel a little hesitant, here are 5 good reasons to you'll want to add one into the mix.
1. Helps keep skin balanced–even our oily friends.
For many people, the words "oil" and "skin" in the same sentence scream a recipe for disaster. We get it. It seems kind of counterintuitive to put oil on your face—especially if you already happen to have oily or acne-prone skin. However, introducing face oils into your daily routine can help balance your skin's sebum production and get rid of excess oil on your face. The key is using the right ones—and using them properly (so leave that jar of coconut oil in the kitchen for now).
2. Seals in moisture and adds extra nourishment.
Whether your dryness is due to the cold winter months or it’s just your skin type, a good facial oil can help boost your moisturizer’s hydrating efforts. Facial oils can stave off transepidermal water loss by creating an occlusive barrier over your skin. Huh?! In other words–they help protect and seal your skin, preventing all that lovely water from being lost, which is extra-important for keeping skin nourished throughout the day.
3. Promotes a healthy glow, especially for mature or dull skin.
As the years roll on, our skin produces fewer natural oils and may exaggerate the look of fine lines. Facial oils can help keep skin smooth and plump due to their high levels of antioxidants. Antioxidants also boost collagen production and strengthen skin elasticity – another skin-firming perk! Your skin may also look dull if your body is dehydrated or if you haven’t had enough sleep. No matter what the cause of dull skin is, facial oils can help restore moisture and promote glowing skin.
4. They can help reduce breakouts.
Probably the number one myth about facial oils is that they cause breakouts. This isn’t true. If you use facial oils correctly, it's unlikely you'll get more pimples. It's often harsh, drying products that strip the skin of its natural oils can generate even more sebum to compensate for the loss. This allows the skin to become more vulnerable to irritation and bacteria. Not only do oils have the ability to moisturize the skin and keep it hydrated, but they also contain amazing antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties (think grape seed oil), which are particularly good for skin prone to breakouts.
5. The right facial oils can do wonders for your skin.
Whether it's daunting or exciting for you to think about adding another step to your skincare routine, facial oils should not get overlooked! They're one of the most important aspects of taking care of your skin. Not only do they protect your skin from pollutants and irritants, but they encourage your skin to age slower and glow brighter. Their powerful antioxidants and antibacterials can help fight acne, balance oiliness, reduce scars and even out your skin tone. Not bad for a little pot of oil.