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Are Facial Oils for Me?

Written by KD Gates

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Are Facial Oils For Me?

You’d be surprised how many women run out to purchase facial oils simply because the media or a beauty blogger said they should. Only later to be disappointed by lackluster results or worse, breakouts and irritation.

So, are facial oils right for you? Yes, if any of the following apply:

  • My skin is dry or very dry
  • My moisturizer is not providing enough hydration for my skin
  • I suffer from occasional flakiness during the winter and with climate change

How do they Work?

Plant oils work to boost hydration, smooth skin, and impart a more youthful appearance on the skin's outer surface. Think of them as an extra boost of hydration working together with your daily moisturizer to give you softer, more hydrated skin.

What Facial Oils are Best?

The most beneficial facial oils are a combination of non-fragrant plant oils rich in polyphenols, omega fatty acids, and antioxidants. Think olive, safflower, or grapeseed oils, all natural plant oils designed to enhance your current moisturizer. And because all fragrant-free plant oils contain antioxidants and are capable of hydrating the skin, they work equally as good.  You'll love this one.

What About Marula and Argan Oils? Aren't They Better?

Nope! Due to the hype surrounding the two oils, the industry would have you believe that both marula and argan oils are better for the skin. However, this couldn't be further from the truth. Both of the oils are low in fatty acids and impart the same benefits as olive and coconut oil. The key to understanding plant oils is to realize that one oil alone isn't a miracle worker. And, like multi-vitamins, it takes a cocktail of oils to provide benefits to your skin.

Light-weight or Heavy?

Some plant oils are lighter in weight and may be a better choice for those dealing with minimal dryness. Oils such as grapeseed and safflower are lower in saturated fat, so they absorb quickly, making them prime candidates. For those dealing with excessive dehydration, oils higher in saturated fat such as coconut oil or jojoba is excellent at alleviating dryness and flaking.

How to Use?

For optimal hydration, in the morning, mix a few drops of oil into your sunscreen and apply to skin. At night, blend into your moisturizer or serum and apply to your skin. Don't forget to use around your eyes.

What Should I Remember?

  • Use facial oils together with your moisturizer, not as a replacement
  • One oil alone is not a miracle worker. It takes a cocktail of plant oils to provide visible benefits
  • Use ONLY non-fragrant oils and avoid all essential oils, as they serve no benefit to the skin and can cause sensitivity and irritation

Cheers to healthy skin!

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