Did your grandmother swear that the same olive oil she used to cook with was her secret for eternal youth? She might not have been too far off the (skin) mark. For a long time, women have been using various types of natural oils as moisturising treatments.
Apothecary-style oils have long been present in quality moisturising creams, but they’re every bit as effective when used on their own or as a component in home beauty treatments. They’re ideal for dry skin, and can even be layered over your regular moisturising treatment for the best possible nourishment and protection.
How do facial oils benefit my skin?
The advantage to facial oils is that they have a molecular structure that is very small, so they are very easily absorbed, as opposed to other types of treatments that might just sit on the surface of the skin. They contain omega acids that strengthen the skin. Even if your skin is naturally oily, you can use facial oils without having to worry about breaking out, because they won’t clog your pores. In fact, they work to stabilize the natural oil balance of the skin.
Can I use facial oils on sensitive skin?
If your skin is sensitive, you may actually find that facial oils are far less irritating than typical creams that can contain chemicals, perfumes and preservatives. Pure oils contain nothing synthetic. Be careful, some oils are more likely to increase sensitivity reactions or should never be used directly on the skin for example lavender, cinnamon, lemon, lime and nutmeg.
How and when do I apply facial oils?
Natural facial oils are best applied right after you cleanse. In this way, they lock in the moisture that is present on your skin following cleansing. After you’ve applied the oil, you can also use a facial mist. In fact, a facial mist applied every so often throughout the day will keep your skin soft and supple all day long.
You can also use a simple acupressure technique when applying the oil. Stroke it on with your fingers, using downward, light, sweeping movements. Then bring your fingers back up to the top of your face, and begin pressing and releasing.
Do this all the way down your face. When you’re finished, use your fingertips to lightly pat your face all over. This encourages absorption of the oil and move lymph fluid away from under your skin.
Where can I buy facial oils
The sources for quality facial oils are virtually limitless. Two popular facial oil products are Sukin’s Rosehip Oil and Dermalogica’s Overnight Repair Serum. These products are great multitaskers: use them on wrinkles, dry skin, cuticles, age spots and dry lips! Rosehip oil is a great alternative for those who are budget conscious. Dermalogica’s serum is known as a powerful revitalizing treatment.
If you have questions about facial oils or other skin care products contact your local doctor, who will arrange for you to see a dermatologist.