Many believe that adding oils to your skin will lead to irritation, breakouts and/or an overall oilier complexion.
This belief is false. Facial oils can be quite beneficial and nourishing to the skin. The key is to recognize which oils work best and to remember that not all oils are suitable to be used on the skin.
Facial oil benefits //
1/ They can reduce wrinkles and fine lines. Some oils are filled with antioxidants which help prevent further signs of aging, such as: fine lines, wrinkles, age spots.
Recommendations: primrose oil, argan oil, jojoba oil and grape seed oil (best for oilier skin).
2/ They can help add moisture to the skin. Our skin is oil-based, which means that most facial oils will absorb much more effectively into the skin, than creams.
Recommendations: coconut oil (not suitable for oily skin), almond oil and rose oil.
3/ They can calm down irritation and redness. Many oils have anti-inflammatory properties that help soothe the skin.
Recommendations: chamomile oil and geranium oil (excellent for reducing redness from rosacea).
4/ They can help balance the skin. You read that right: facial oils can help balance the skin’s natural pH and oil levels, while keeping it hydrated.
Recommendations: jojoba oil and almond oil.
5/ They can help heal and prevent breakouts. Certain facial oils have antibacterial properties that are perfect for irritated and acneic skin, by assisting in wound healing and by calming the skin.
Recommendations: geranium oil and tea tree oil (apply a dab directly to breakout or pimple).
Tip: Not all facial oils are created equally. Always choose your oils carefully.
Aveda Tulasara™ Radiant Oleation Oil (blend of oils: apricot, sunflower seed, jojoba, rose, sweet almond, sesame seed, geranium, jasmine, rosemary…)
Apply a small amount and massage into skin. Leave-on for 4 minutes, then cleanse as usual.
Note: Always remember that a small amount of oil goes a long way; too much of anything is never a good idea.
Certified Esthetician and Skincare Specialist
Intuitive Touch Therapies