If you want to take the natural route for skincare, then oils are the best way to go about it. But, face oils are something that makes many people nervous.
When they hear about using oils on their face, they instantly think about greasy T-zones, clogged pores, and breakouts. But, before modern creams and serums were introduced, oils were widely used to get flawless skin. Initially using oils may seem a bit strange but, they are loaded with properties that keep your skin healthy and hydrated.
1. Find your skin type
The foremost step is to find out your skin type. This not only applies while choosing oils but also when you’re buying other skin care products. Here are some pointers that will help you to find out which category you fall in.
Before you choose a routine for taking care of your skin, you could take a look at this infographic 14 Potent Vitamins for Younger and Healthier Skin. It has different tips on what vitamins can give you better skin health.
• Few imperfections
• Less sensitivity
• Minimum visible pores
• Large pores
• Shiny complexion
• Visible blackheads and pimples
• Pores are mostly unseen
• Visible lines
• Rough complexion
• Forehead, T-zones, and chin are oily
• Cheeks and under-eye skin are dry
• Skin tone changes according to the climate
2. Look for the right ingredients
Most of the time people do not pay much attention to labels, but it is extremely important to go through the ingredients.
Avoid oils that have toxic chemicals like mineral oils, preservatives like phenoxyethanol, parabens, alcohol, colors and fragrances. Such ingredients will make your skin dull and clog pores. Some oils may even contain residual pesticides and GMO’s. If your skin is acne-prone find oils that have Linoleic acid and for dry skin Oleic acid. Choose oils that are packaged in dark colored glass, since this filters out the sun’s ultraviolet rays and stay away from plastic bottles.
3. Choose the right Oil
Just like creams, facial oils are designed to suit different skin types. Look for oils that are rich in fatty acids like Omega-3 and antioxidants. Jojoba oil is suitable for oily skin, Rosehip seed oil and Tamanu oil for sensitive skin, grapeseed oil for acne prone skin, and prickly pear oil is suitable for dry skin.
4. Pay attention to Quality Indicators
Bottles that have “Virgin” and “cold pressed” are considered to be the best quality oils. Cold pressed means that no external heat has been applied during the extraction process. Don’t immediately reject the oil if it has an intense color or a pungent scent. These are indicators that the quality and the authenticity of the oil are good. Also, be aware that extraction of oil requires skilled labor, so good quality facial oils won’t be cheap. Buy smaller bottles at lower prices, and use fresh ones each month.
Unrefined means that the oil is actually at it’s purest. But, they may not be as pure as you think. The seeds may be roasted, and the oil may not be filtered after extraction. The oil may also be treated with hot water and external heat. It just means that it hasn’t been freshened.
6. Food grade oils
Sometimes the quality or ingredients of cosmetic oils may not be mentioned clearly. Also, some oils may be blended with other cheap oils, but this won’t be mentioned on the labels. Instead, use edible oils like coconut oil because they are required to clear all the legal regulations of the FDA. Plus if you buy the cosmetic grade oil, you can only use it on your skin but, food grade oil can be consumed. Check your local stores for cold pressed food grade oils. Also, choose 100% pure oils that do not have added fragrances.
A face oil is an excellent replacement for your moisturizer or serum. But, don’t rely it on it entirely to resolve major skin problems like wrinkles or acne. Also, choose the right kind of facial oil depending on your skin type to avoid any damage to your skin.
Have you tried oil cleansing? Did it work for you? Do leave a comment!