A Beginners Guide to Face Oil

A Beginners Guide to Face Oil

Face oils are already the hype when in the skincare world but, it’s always the best to know the basics before adding this trend to your routine. When we say basic, this means that you must know what are the components of face oils, what kind will suit your skin type and how should you apply it. 

Face oil's main goal is to keep your face moisturized by locking in the moisture and water to your face from your moisturizer and hydrator. This is commonly made with a variety of plant oils that essentially becomes useful to soften, nourish, and balance your skin giving it a healthy-looking glow.

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What you need to know 

Our skin already has natural oils. The most common one is sebum, which is released by the skin's sweat glands and adds to the oiliness of our face. Otherwise, other fats and oils are produced by cells in the protective outer layer of our skin (stratum corneum) which serves as us primary protection against water loss. By keeping this intact, the oils produced by your skin keeps the layers supple, locks in hydration, and guards against allergens and infections. 

“If my skin already produces natural oils, why do I still need to put one?” this is one of the most frequently asked question by everyone and here’s the answer. Using face oil enhances the natural oils your skin produces, adds moisture, and restores the barrier that keeps that hydration in.  Oils such as jojoba, maracuja, coconut, and argan, can help act as antioxidants but its most beneficial function is moisturizing your skin.  

Most oils applied to the skin build a protective layer on the surface rather than entering it. So, while oils act as moisturizers and promotes hydration, it can't be considered to be hydrating to the skin. The size of fatty acid molecules in the oil is the important factor that determines how it benefits our skin.  If they're small enough to enter, they can penetrate deeper levels and strengthen the skin barrier. Otherwise, if they’re too big, they will just stay on the top layer of the skin.  

It’s very important to note that using face oils will not be enough to keep your skin hydrated. You must separately use a hydrator first before applying the face oil.  

Here’s a typical routine you can follow: 

  • Cleanse your face and exfoliate 
  • Apply toner and moisturizer 
  • Don’t forget to put hydrator first to completely hydrate your skin. And then. 
  • Put enough face oil on your face to lock in the moisture and water. 

What is the best oil for my skin type? 

Face oils are often recommended for dry skin types because it helps in moisturizing but, there are products that can also help reduce oiliness such as jojoba oil and grapeseed oil that works in dissolving sebum. For dry skin problems, almond oil is the best kind to use. It additionally helps with eczema and psoriasis that is known as a common dry skin type problem. If you have acne-prone skin, you can use rosehip oil that functions to reduce redness and skin irritation while also helping your skin in rejuvenation. 

Can I Skip Face Oil? 

Basically, yes, but what you can alternately do is to frequently apply moisturizer and hydrator to your face since the purpose of face oil is to lock in moisture and water. Skipping this part may result with you losing more water and moisture in your face. 

What Happens If I Use It Every day? 

There haven’t been any problems that occurred relating with frequent face oil use but, one thing you must consider is your skin type. The amount of all products you apply to your skin should vary on your skin type. What’s best is to book an appointment and consult with your dermatologist. 

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