face oils & why they shouldn't frighten you
If you are the kind of person who needs to blot by 10am- THIS POST IS FOR YOU
If you are the kind of person who struggles to keep their skin looking plump- THIS POST IS FOR YOU
If you are the kind of person who is just totally unsure wtf she is doing- THIS POST IS FOR YOU
Do you catch my drift?
Facial oils are one of the most incredible, yet overlooked steps in a skincare regime. Particularly in climates like New Zealand, where humidity isn’t all too frequent (sorry, AKL, you have been excluded), face oils are a saviour for a lot of different skin types.
Yet- we are ALL scared of them it seems?!
Granted, I was too. Then the dewy-visible-from-the-moon train showed up and I hopped on board, now I just swear by them.
Facial oils tend to scare people because a) there’s so many of them and b) they work so differently on each skin type. Try these tips for your skin..
If you’re dry: try mixing 3-4 drops of oil in WITH your moisturiser in the evening. This step is vital because if we apply oil first, the moisturiser is unable to penetrate, depriving the skin of water hydration. You also get the lucky advantage of being able to use oils in the morning to lock in hydration before applying makeup. For this process, cleanse, tone, treat and hydrate as normal, then prime using an oil- I would recommend 1-2 drops. Any more and you’ll shine in the wrong places. Top with SPF (VITAL) and your foundation and you’re away glowing.
If you’re combination/normal: you may not need to apply oils as frequently, so get to know your skin. If you’re feeling particularly dry or a little ‘meh’, follow the same process as above a few nights a week. It can also be helpful to treat oil as a spot-treatment, applying only to dry areas of the face before makeup.
If you’re oily: believe it or not, you also need oil. If your skin is deprived of oil hydration, it will produce extra oil to compensate- which, you guessed it, makes you oilier. A few times a week, massage 1-2 drops over top of your moisturiser (which is your water hydration) and really work it into the skin before you hit the pillow. Be sure to cleanse gently in the morning before following your usual routine.
A few things to note:
Try and apply your evening oils as early as possible. The longer you wait, the less will end up on your pillow.
Oils are rich- so less really is more. I feel the reason some people are scared of them is because once upon a time, they applied too much. If your skin feels greasy- you overdid it.
PAT, don’t rub. Take some time here and really press the product into the skin, rather than the whishy-washy of a usual moisturiser application. If you want to be a little luxe, try using a facial roller (bliss).
Take note of what oil you’re actually using- Marula, Jojoba, Rosehip and Squalane tend to be the lightest and less likely to clog pores. Look for ones with a watery-texture, especially if you’re going to be using it in the AM.
Oils best friend is Hyaluronic Acid. I talk a lot about how skin needs WATER hydration and OIL hydration. Our skin naturally produces sebum (oil) throughout the day, so aiding with the hydration in a water form is vital. Make sure you don’t forget to do both!
I’ve popped a few of my current favourite recommendation’s above. The links are clickable so you can shop online and get them direct to you- and as per, I’d love to hear some of your favs!