Well, we're here to tell you: oils are not only better for your skin, but they also have the power to transform your skin from dull to radiant in an instant! Let's talk about why oils make such a huge difference for your face.
1. Face creams
Our skin is composed of three layers:
- the epidermis (the outermost layer)
- the dermis (the layer below that)
- followed by the hypodermis (which is below the dermis)
Here's the thing: most creams can't penetrate beyond the epidermis, which is, simply speaking, made up of dead cells, lipids, and water. In other words, when you apply cream with collagen or any other fancy ingredient, it does very little good (if anything at all) to the skin cells that are about to be shed off. Not to mention that most creams are made with up to 80% water (free and available from the tap), bulking agents and preservatives that play a very minor role in how your skin looks or feels.
So why do people tend to use creams over oils?
As with any cosmetics product, we (consumers) evaluate them not only by their performance but also by how they feel on our skin. Creams tend to absorb a little faster and leave a silky feel on the skin, but for real benefits look no further than facial oils or oil-based serums.
2. Face oils
The first step is understanding what makes an oil different from a cream. Simply put, oils penetrate deeper into skin tissue than creams do, giving you a more intense moisturising effect. When oil is absorbed by skin tissue, it fills in spaces between epidermal cells leaving it looking visibly smoother and giving you an instant rejuvenating effect.
But here is what most people don’t know: face oils are a powerhouse ingredient rich in vitamins and minerals. It's like a superfood that should be added to your 'skin diet' gradually: not too little, not too much. Plus, it should be the right oils for your skin type (more on that below).
3. How to start using face oil
3.1. Don't purchase your oil from conventional brands
There are basically two kinds of face oils: natural and synthetic. Natural oils come from plants, like coconut or olive oil. Synthetic ones are made by mixing together different chemicals to make something that resembles natural oils. Conventional brands often substitute natural oils with so-called mineral (synthetic) oils or use cheap natural oils that might not have the desired benefits.
3.2. Choose lower oleic acid value oil to avoid breakouts
If your skin is oily or acne-prone, you need to be careful with the face oil (oil blend) you pick. Rich in mono-unsaturated Omega-9 (aka oleic acid) oils, such as olive or coconut oil, could be more pore-clogging. If this is your concern then choose oils with higher linoleic acid content such as hemp oil or grapeseed oil.
3.3. Introduce oils gradually
Ideally, begin using oils gradually. Start by using 1-2 drops of oils before bed time. You can either add it to your night cream (you may also reduce the amount of cream you use as well) or rub the oil in your hands and then apply it to slightly damp, cleansed skin. Check how your skin is doing after and decrease or increase the number of drops depending on your skin’s needs.
3.4. List of various oils to consider
- Jojoba oil. It's easily absorbed by the skin and has a structure similar to the skin's sebum. Ideal for all skin types and also a great product for skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.
- Almond oil. Ideal for sensitive, irritated and dry skin. It prevents moisture loss and relieves inflammation.
- Rosehip oil. Contains vitamin A, C, and K, bioflavonoids and carotenoids. Great for inflammatory skin conditions such as acne and rosacea.
- Grapeseed oil. Rich in omega-6 and helps tighten, tone and condition the skin. A good substitute for nut oil if you are allergic to nuts. It's perfect for acne-prone and oily skin types because of its astringent properties.
- Argan oil. Packed with fatty acids, sterols, and antioxidants. Great for scars, stretch marks, and sun-damaged skin. Ideal nourishing oil for damaged hair too.
The benefits of oils for skin are plentiful and can be applied to dry, oily, ageing and even acne prone skin. So which should you buy? That's a personal choice but if you need more help simply send us a message via firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll help you pick the right facial oil.