“Wait, isn’t oil what clogs the pores and causes pimples in the first place?”
I have thought this for years. But recently, I started putting oil on my face and my skin has never been clearer or suppler.
True, pimples come from inflamed pores, which are often clogged with oils. But there is so much more to the puzzle of clear skin than this!
First of all, putting oil on the skin is not new. Ancient Egyptians used oils as a means of self-preservation and the wealthiest of pharaohs put oil on their face as part of their skincare regime. Oils not only preserve the skin, giving a more youthful appearance, but they moisturize without drying out! Many cream moisturizers use fatty alcohols to bulk up their texture. While I don’t follow everything Patrick Bateman of ‘American Psycho’ says – I do believe we should never put alcohol on the face. Why? Because it dries out the skin, and increases the skin’s natural oil production. That’s the exact opposite of what we want to do by moisturizing it in the first place!
Still, old habits die hard, and you could still be hesitant to put oil on your face. I get it! However, knowledge is power! And the rest of this article will tell you why you SHOULD be putting oil on your face.
The five outermost layers of skin are made up of the stratum corneum, or dead skin cells held together by lipids/fats. This barrier protects your skin against the elements and from becoming dehydrated. However, as we age, spend more time in the sun, don’t drink enough water, bear children, work stressful jobs, etc , causing the lipid barrier to deplete.
Oils nourish the skin and seal in existing moisture, while providing an extra layer to our skin barrier. A layer of oil on top of the skin can actually prevent against breakouts because it makes you less vulnerable to bacteria infections. Oils contain essential fatty acids. Just like eating “good fats” helps you glow from the inside out, applying them topically has the same effect.
Do you have oily skin to begin with? While this may seem oxymoronic, applying oils can actually help reduce the skins natural oil production. When you use many different types of soaps, toners, etc, you strip the skin of its natural oils, putting the sebum-producing glands into overdrive. When you feed your skin the right oils, your skin responds by decreasing oil production, because it is happy with the existing level of skin moisture!
Face oil can be most useful in the winter months, when simply going outside to grab the mail can be harsh on your face. Oils seal in the moisture you have and protect your skin against harsh winds and the dryness, redness and irritation that can come with it. Many lotions and creams are packed with questionable ingredients, some of which contain alcohol, or other skin irritants. When you choose oil by itself, or a high quality oil blended product, you know exactly what you are getting. In addition, essential oils are more potent and not packed with fillers or water, so a little goes a long way.
You just have to figure out which oil is right for you. Sometimes this may take a little trial and error, but its worth it for a lifetime of soft, clear skin, right?! The key is to recognize that not all facial oils are the same, says Dr. Rebecca Tung, chair of the Division of Dermatology at Loyola University of Chicago. She adds, "Some can nourish the skin, while others can be potential irritants — so choose wisely." And before you start a regimen, you should always check with your dermatologist. Keep reading to see why oils should be the next page in your beauty playbook — and which ones could work best for you.
Some benefits of switching to face oil:
1. Wrinkle & sunspot reduction/retardation.
2. They condition dry skin with lasting moisture.
3. They create a protective barrier for your precious face.
4. They make a perfect makeup primer.
5. They can make pores appear smaller and less noticeable.
6. Many oils have anti-inflammatory properties that can calm down rashes or irritated skin.
7. Certain oils are great for banishing zits. (Echem, Tea Tree Oil)
OILS FOR YOUR SKIN TYPE:
Sensitive skin: Sweet Almond, Chia
Redness: Avocado, Hazelnut, Chamomile, Evening Primrose
Oily or breakout-prone: Jojoba, Grapeseed, Neem. Tea Tree for spot treating.
Dry: Olive, CoconutMature or sun-damaged/dark spots: Argan, Rosehip, Pomegranate
Combination: Maracuja, Marula
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Here are some links to articles I found interesting in putting together this post: https://www.sakara.com/blogs/mag/115693125-why-you-should-be-putting-oil-on-your-face-and-how-to-choose-one http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/beauty/anti-aging/a36318/face-oils-benefits/ https://eatmovemake.com/rosehip-grapeseed-oil-as-moisturizer/