Not any oil can be a face oil. You can’t just take your average cooking oil and slap it on your face. Face oils are oils made to be put on the face for skin care benefits. It was first seen in ancient Egypt for it’s protection against the sun and heat and has recently resurfaced for those same benefits as well as it’s skin nourishing properties. This is the basic 101 on face oils, including their benefits, myths, and more.
Oils plays an important role in your skin’s tolerance levels. Oils improve the lipid barrier function of your skin that retains moisture and repel assaults from sun and wind, acting like a sealant on your skin by coating the top layer. Not only does this function protect your skin from these elements but it also protects your skin from free radicals and pollution. Through sun exposure, aging, and dryness oils naturally replete with vitamins that repair and protect the skin.
One myth about face oils is that face oils on not good for those with oily skin. Yes, oils will clog your pores but not all oils. This depends on the thickness and ingredients of the oil as well as your oil tolerance. Trial and error is your best bet at determining which oil is right for you.
The benefits of using face oils are great but can be misunderstood. Face oils are sometimes advertised as a great way to remoisturize your skin. In reality, oils function as a prevention/retardation for water loss and have the quality of softening or soothing the skin. But they do not replenish moisture back into your skin. This makes the main benefit of face oils more long term: restrengthening your skin to stand further damage from sun, wind, aging, and more.
That is just one of the benefits of face oils. Facial Oils reduce wrinkles and maintain healthy skin tone, moisture. They do this by replenishing elasticity of the skin, bringing back the protective properties of the skin that were lost through aging and sun/weather exposure. These same properties of face oils also calms down skin irritations. Face oils also help prep your skin for makeup application since its more difficult to put makeup on dry skin.
Oil gets a bad wrap in skin care and is often misunderstood. When it comes to skin care, it’s all about balancing all the factors that make up your skin, oil levels being one of them. Face oils are beneficial for it’s long term benefits, making them a great new addition to your skin care routine.