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Everything You Need to Know about Facial Oils

The skincare sector is filled with mixed messages. For each skin specialist willing to hype an ingredient, there’s another armed with studies that disprove their theory. One day we are told hyaluronic acid is the Holy Grail for skin hydration however the next, someone’s pulled some bizarre stuff from a very niche vegetable and all of a sudden there’s a fresh skin hero in town. Tropika Club attempts to clear up this confusion with this specific article on facial oils.

1. Your skin already makes its own oil

Touch your forehead. That oily substance that you feel? That is sebum, one of the oils the skin makes obviously. It also contains lipids, which are fats and oils which comprise the epidermis. ‘Normal’ skin features a balanced generation of oils, whereas dry skin is lacking in petroleum. Oily skin, on the other hand, creates more oil than your skin actually needs.

So what exactly does one face oil do? Quite simply, the function of a facial oil would be to include oil to skin which otherwise lacks it, which explains why they’re best for people with dry skin. More on this later. However, many oils, from essential oils to seed oils, are purported to have added benefits, from the anti-inflammatory into the anti-bacterial.

2. Face oils are not as intensely hydrating as you might hope

Facial oils may plump your outer stratum corneum but remember, this layer is composed of dead cells. They cannot, however, penetrate deeply to add hydration. The molecular weight of oils is too big. They are best in combination with additional moisturising goods, for instance, use a hyaluronic acid ointment, or light moisturiser and then finish with an oil. They help seal in moisture, as they are occlusives. So while the oil might not deeply hydrate, they can ensure hydrating ingredients stay put for long enough to their occupation.

What’s the Correct Order of Skincare?

3. Face oils should be applied last

It is reasonable then that oils are best applied as the last step on your night-time skincare routine. Water-based skincare products such as serums, should always be applied first, after cleansing. This is because oils help to bind water into the surface of the skin, locking in any moisture offered by water-based products.

4. Face oils may mess with your SPF

Are you thinking about using an oil on your morning routine? It’s hard to employ SPF on an oily surface, so it is recommended to use them at night or wait at least 5-10 minutes before covering skin with sunblock. And don’t forget, SPF is always non-negotiable. For skin that’s dry, rough, and dull-looking, you are best using a blend of oils that do not just include fatty acids but are rich in antioxidants, vitamin E, and other vitamins, including Vitamin B3 (niacin).

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