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Posted April 17, 2013 by The.Happy.Skin.Diary in KNOWLEDGE
 
 

How to Choose and Use Facial Oils

Using facial oils is definitely among the top beauty trends for 2013 and not without a reason. Everybody is hyped about it and it seems to work for so many, but where to begin? How to start getting the most from these miraculous beauty elixirs? Here’s a couple of tips to help you.

Tip #1: How to use facial oils

Use facial oils only on clean, damp skin (unless you are performing the Oil Cleansing). Pour a couple of drops of the oil on your fingers and massage them well to your skin. Wait until it is fully absorbed before applying make-up.

Tip #2: How to choose facial oils

Choose the right oil for your skin. This is incredibly important for good results and yet there is actually quite little reliable information online on how to choose the best despite the fact that oils are so different. After quite some scientific reading and experimenting with it, we have developed a few rules that seem to work.

Oils that should be included in the facial skin care routine for all skin types (unless you have a very particular skin condition):

Oils rich in Omega 3 and Omega 6: Chia seed oil, Kiwi seed oil, Camelina oil, Rosehip seed oil, Red raspberry oil, Hemp see oil or Evening Primrose. Chia and Kiwi seed oils are particularly high in Omega-3, while Evening primrose, Hemp seed, Grape seed and Thistle oils are richest in Omega-6.

All of them are considered dry and get absorbed quite quickly without leaving a greasy residue.

Oils high in Omega-3 and Omega-6 provide the skin with nutrients required to heal and maintain healthy appearance as well as functioning. They help to restore and maintain the skin’s lipids, water barrier, and cell membranes and, Omega-3s in particular, have strong anti-inflammatory properties. For dry skin they help to restore moisture, for mature skin they work to prevent the signs of aging and for oily skin they help to balance oil production. In addition, these oils are thin and, by mixing with our natural skin’s oils, they thin them out and unclog pores. In the long run this results in smaller pores and less blackheads or acne. Finally, anti-inflammatory properties of these oils reduce facial redness and result in smoother skin tone.

In addition to these oils, it is advisable to add one or two other oils for extra benefits.

  • Dry Skin: Oils rich in Omega 3s and 6s will feel quite dry on the skin and will not provide the immediate humectant effects despite healing the condition over time. Try to add some thicker consistency oils, such as Avocado oil, which is also very rich in vitamins or Apricot kernel oil that is great for suppleness.
  • Oily Skin: In most cases a good mixture of oils rich in omega 3 and 6 will already provide enough moisture for oily skin. For an extra benefit, consider adding Jojoba oil as it is known for balancing oil production or Argan oil.
  • Mature Skin: Argan, Avocado and Macadamia oils are among the classics for mature skin due to their high vitamin content and moisturizing properties.
  • Sensitive Skin: Apricot kernel and Peach kernel are the classics for dry sensitive skin and Rose hip oil is recommended for oily sensitive skin. In addition, consider oils infused with Chamomile, Comfrey, or Marshmallow root for their calming and anti-redness properties.

Tip #3: How to mix facial oils

Mixing is a great way to benefit more at once and take care of your skin in a very well rounded way. Also, in some cases, it is simply a must. For example, if you have dry skin, you would like to include some oils rich in Omega 3 and 6 for their long-term healing effects. However, they are so dry, that they will not offer enough dry skin relief for the moment. Therefore, you simply have to mix in that case.

Mixing oils is pretty easy, just try to keep it to 3-6 oils and, ideally, add a couple of drops of anti-oxidant, such as Vitamine E oil or Rosemary CO2 extract.

Tip #4: How to buy facial oils

Buy from reliable sources, keep the date of expiry in mind and store in the fridge or at least away from the sun. There are unbelievably huge differences in the quality, smell as well as the composition of oils depending on where and how they have been produced. Therefore, it is usually wise to google the exact producer and read up on the quality of their products before buying.

Also, always choose virgin, unrefined and organic or natural oils if you can. And make sure no chemicals are added to the oils!

 

This article only covers the use of Carrier Oils and not the Essential Oils that should be used in a very different way.

Let us know what you think and what your favorite facial oils are – we are very curious to hear!