Face it, we all need an oil in our beauty routine
Written by Bea Taylor
If you’ve got oily-prone skin, don’t stick your head in the sand. Face oils are a must for every skin type.
Let’s be honest, the word ‘oil’ is a bit of a turn-off when it comes to skincare. We get it. You want to try and avoid the overly shiny, pore-clogging effects of oily skin, right? Right. That’s why you need a face oil in your life. Confused yet?
Face oils are the little bottles of concentrated goodness that will actually treat your skin issues, while also delivering the bright, glowy, clear face of your dreams. Oils are lipidic, which means they can penetrate deep into the skin, trapping water and other moisturising goodness in, while keeping toxins, and other bad stuff, out. They will also help to fortify and strengthen your skin’s natural barrier and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Some high-end oils such as macadamia, jojoba and camellia can also help to pull out grime and fat from pores, making them appear smaller and less noticeable.
Have we got your attention? Now, if you think your oily-prone skin will simply get even more oily if you use face oil, let me tell you — it won’t. It sounds counter-intuitive but the right oil can not only act as an astringent to rid your face of excess grease, but will also help to regulate your skin’s sebum production (natural skin oil). Look for face oils with jojoba or grapeseed oil in them — these are light, breathable and help to break down and dissolve sebum, so will control your shine.
Confusingly, not all face oils are a cupid-level match for those with dry skin. Oils that are astringent and lightweight — jojoba, grapeseed and pomegranate oils, for example — should be avoided. Instead, look for almond oil and marula oil. These are intensely hydrating and will deliver the glowy, bright, youthful look your dry skin is craving.
If you have acne-prone skin — again, like those with oily skin — don’t stick your head in the sand. The right face oil will work to nourish your skin, so your body can heal breakouts without causing more. Most acne treatments are filled with irritants that strip your skin of all its natural oils. When your skin is dry and inflamed, it overproduces sebum, which can lead to pimples. Look for products with pomegranate oil (naturally antibacterial and anti-inflammatory) or rosehip oil (deeply hydrating and a great agent for fading scars or reducing redness).
If you have normal/combination skin (ie. supple skin, medium pores and smooth texture) firstly, you lucky thing and, secondly, your face oil needs are fairly easy to satisfy, so you’ve got the whole candy shop to choose from.
Now, while we’re on the topic of oils… if you haven’t introduced an oiler cleanser to your beauty regime, it might be the time to do so. Your average makeup cleanser or makeup wipes are really only doing half the job. It takes a bit more to get through the primer/foundation/sunscreen layers and, as it turns out, makeup wipes can be a bit of a breeding ground for pimples. Although that quick-wipe cleanse can be a lifesaver when you’re in a rush (or just can’t be bothered), they can also rub bacteria, irritants and residue all over your face. A cleansing oil takes everything away so there’s no risk of build-up. It’s basically a face wash but, instead, uses water-soluble oils to dissolve makeup and wash it away, creating a nice, clean canvas for your other skincare products to do their job.
Once again, oily-prone skin types: do not stick your head in the sand. Oil has a great habit of drawing out excess oil and impurities in the skin, without stripping it of the good stuff. Cleansing oils use ‘good oils’ to remove ‘bad oils’. When you smooth it over the skin, these good oils and bad oils cling to each other and, once water is added, they emulsify and everything washes away easily. Basically, they remove the things that make oily and acne-prone skin worse.