Face oils have gained a lot of popularity in recent years, with various products and different types of oils on the market. It can be very confusing to know which facial oil you should use and when because, for many years, oil-free skincare was said to be the holy grail, best for your skin. Now that this myth is no longer a thing, it’s hard to know which step of your skincare routine a face oil should be used and which type is best.
What Are Facial Oils?
As the name implies, facial oils are skincare products designed to provide skin with moisture and lock in hydration. Facial oils are typically made from a mixture of plant oils; facial oils offer your skin various benefits ranging from locking in moisture to softening and balancing skin. The facial oil blend of ingredients can also provide anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant benefits.
More than one type of oil
It’s essential to determine which type of oil should be used and when. Some people use facial oil during the cleansing step of their routine as part of a double cleanse, better known as an oil cleanse. Cleansing face oils can be a great first step when removing makeup without stripping moisture away from your skin.
Using a small amount of facial oil, a little warm water, and a damp cloth, you can gently wash away the day’s impurities from your face as the first part of your cleansing. Followed with a gentle foaming cleanser that’s not too abrasive, your skin will have smaller, cleaner pores after the double cleanse begins working to remove dead skin, makeup, and other impurities.
The best for last
Facial oils can also be used as the last step in your skincare routine. Once you’ve correctly cleansed your face and exfoliated away dead skin, you can apply a face oil to strengthen the moisture barrier. Face oil should be the thickest product in your skincare routine, which is why it should be applied last. Using it before any of your water-based products, like a serum, means that the facial oil barrier will stop the serum from working its hydrating magic! Make sure you allow all of your other skincare products enough time to dry completely before applying face oil.
Tip: a facial oil can be applied morning and night, depending on your skincare needs.
A one, two punch
Use facial oils to preserve the moisture in your skin in two ways – by smoothing and softening the outer layer of the skin and serving as a protective barrier to the surface of the skin – you’ll see nothing but amazing benefits for your skin once you are using a facial oil in your daily routine on a consistent basis. Regardless of whether your skin is dry, prone to eczema or acne, or just in need of a pick-me-up, including a lightweight facial oil into your daily skincare routine will get you clear, glowing skin fast!
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