Face oils are the latest in a continuous series of beauty trends, however they have been around for centuries, hiding in Ayurvedic shops and general stores. As oils became trendy and beauty companies learnt how to make money off them, they stole prime space in beauty and health stores. So what are they and are they any good?
Oils are the fastest and most effective way to hydrate and rejuvenate our skin, which is why they are perfect for people with dry or sensitive skin. On the other hand, using oils allows our natural sebum (oil produced by body) to reduce, which makes oil perfect to reduce acne and oiliness of oily skin types. Here are the five most effective face oils (from experience) and there benefits.
Olive Oil: This is a very thick oil and perfect for people with exceptionally dry skin. My skin is normal so it was a little too oily for me and caused a couple of break outs. Along with its moisturising qualities, olive oil is high in antioxidants which fight ageing. When buying olive oil for your face, make sure it says ‘first cold press’ on the bottle as these varieties are higher in antioxidants and more appropriate for skin use. I think I’ll stick to its internal health benefits though.
Tea Tree Oil: Unlike olive oil, tea tree oil is quite drying which makes it perfect as a spot acne treatment. I’ve been using tea tree oil from The Body Shop for years for my acne as I’ve always been skeptical about putting harsh chemicals on my skin. I would also suggest tea tree oil for people with extremely oily skin as it helps regulate oil production.
Argan Oil: You may have seen this oil in everything from shampoos to face washes and appropriately so as its antioxidant properties are nothing short of miraculous. It has high concentrates of Vitamin E and fatty acids which make it perfect for people with no skin ailments and just looking for superficial properties such as glowing skin and wrinkle reduction.
Coconut Oil: This one has been all over media making waves for the last few years. Another very ‘oily’ oil (apologies) which I would recommend again for people with exceptionally dry skin. I use this oil religiously for one purpose: make up removal. After battling with my waterproof mascara and stubborn liner for years, I found that they just glide off with coconut oil. I am sure to wash the oil off completely after the make up is removed as it makes me break out.
Rosehip Oil: My latest find and obsession, this oil is great for all skin types. It’s high vitamin C and A content increase cell production which results in a more even skin tone, faded scars and a reduction in fine lines. I was never blessed with flawless skin and always have a few bumps and scars. With rosehip oil, I saw a reduction in blemishes in the first two days of usage. I use a few drops first thing after cleansing my face in the morning and night.
Other oils such as bio oil may be effective but are filled with other impure chemicals. It is best to stick with simple 100% pure oils so you know exactly what you’re putting on your skin. Companies usually add elements to their oils to make them more marketable but as savvy consumers we should always check the ingredients label for 100% oil components.
Thank you for reading!