The Ultimate Guide to Using Oil as Your Moisturizer
Imagine the idea of replacing your daily night cream with oils. Since childhood its hard to believe that we hated oils on our hair and our skin, but it’s true! Our skin loves oil and craves it. Dry, normal or sensitive, oils maintain that moisture barrier on our skin, which is a key to maintain a healthy glow on our face.
You may ask, what about an oily skin? The idea of using oils is ‘oil cancels oil’. Oily skin is dehydrated skin, meaning to compensate, the skin produces more oil than required to maintain the balance. However, adding oils, especially lightweight oils regularly controls the sebum production, which means less oil production.
We all believe in the oil-free tag because we believe oil is bad for the skin. Instead of this tag, we should focus on purchasing natural products that are non-comedogenic. Non-comedogenic products won’t clog your pores, the real cause of acne, whereas oil-free can hurt your skin by denying it oil.
There is a key to using oils to get that dewy glow on your skin. Applying oil to your face should be a pleasurable experience, so read on to find out how to use oils.
- Start with a clean face. A mild face wash that doesn’t strip off your natural skin oils, such as our Active Botanical Face Wash will prepare the skin to absorb all the oil on your face.
- Directly after using a face wash, use a face oil. Our Rejuvenating Serum is all natural and lightweight serum that is oil based, designed to provide your skin with nourishing ingredients, such as rose, marigold and seabuckthorn, along with natural sun protectors such as carrot seed oil.
However, do note that not all oils are suitable for all types of skin. There are certain oils that are more beneficial to a certain skin type. Of course, there are super nourishing non-comedogenic oils such as rice bran, grapeseed, jojoba and avocado oils which suit every skin type. If you read our label, we specifically chose plant oils from this variety - so that the powerful potion of medicinal herbs infused into these oils can be used by every skin type, including the oily acne prone skin.
Here’s a top line on oils that suit specific skin types which might help you choose skin care products in the future.
- Dry Skin: Dry skin does not produce enough oil on their faces. For dry skin, jojoba, almond, avocado, grapeseed and rosehip oils are great.
- Oily Skin: This type produces more oil than required. The best oils are Grapeseed, Sunflower seed and Tamanu.
- Sensitive Skin: The skin barrier is already weak in this skin type, therefore the suitable oils are Calendula, Marigold, Hemp, Borage and Grapeseed oils.
- Normal Skin: Normal skin is balanced skin, so for that added glow, olive oil, sunflower oil, rice bran oil and grapeseed oil are wonderful.
How to apply oils?
- Take two to three drops of oil.
- Warm it up in between your fingers.
- Dot your key facial features with the oil: forehead, cheeks, the tip of the nose, chin, neck and collarbone.
- Massage gently using light hands and upward strokes. Do not tug at your skin, and do not rub for more than 30 seconds to avoid broken capillaries.
Oils can be beneficial. They contain fatty acids as well as anti-fungal, anti-bacterial properties, besides being deeply moisturizing. Why spend on synthetic moisturizers loaded with toxins and preservatives when you can use natural plant oils to nourish your skin?