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What You Should Know About Facial Oils

Facial oils infused with plant and farm-fresh extracts have exploded into the mainstream market lately, with promises to give you pristine skin with natural ingredients. But, not all facial oils are created equal. Tropika Club goes on a deep dive into facial oils, as well as essential oils, to see what they do for your skin.

How Do Facial Oils Work?

Facial oils supplement the natural oils that your skin produces. The biggest benefit of facial oils is that it adds moisture to your skin and repairs the skin barrier that retains the moisture. Some oils also have bonus benefits with their antioxidant and anti-inflammation properties. But, not all facial oils are created equal.

Different Oils for Different Skin

As with any skincare product, you have to consider your specific skin concerns when choosing a face oil.

If you have sensitive skin, look for oils or essential oils rich in fatty acids, antioxidants, and inflammatory ingredients. The fatty acids reinforce the skin barrier while the antioxidants combat future damage on your skin. Meanwhile, the anti-inflammatory ingredient soothes your skin – so you won’t be getting any phantom itches. Not sure where that leaves you? Think avocado oil, Marula oil, chia seed oil and sunflower oil, just to name a few.

For dry skin, coconut oil will help a lot, as does Marula oil. They are full of antioxidants and vitamins that will thoroughly nourish and hydrate your skin.

If your skin is on the oilier side, opt for lighter oils like argan and jojoba. These oils won’t feel heavy or greasy on your skin, all the while curbing your skin’s excess oil production.

Should You Apply Facial Oil Before or After Moisturiser?

This debate has roiled beauty influencers everywhere. But we’re gonna go with after you put on facial oils after you applied your moisturisers. Before you send us hate DMs on Instagram, hear us out.

If you put on facial oils first, the moisturiser you apply afterwards won’t be able to pass through by the facial oils. Plus, your moisturiser won’t evaporate as quickly since the facial oils help trap it on your skin.

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How to apply facial oils

There are many ways to apply serums and facial oils. One way is to use a jade roller or Gua Sha tool to massage the products into the skin. 

The most common is to add a few drops of the serum or essential oil to your hand and rub your hands together to activate it. Then, gently press the serum or oil into the skin and massage around your face. Afterwards, just take it easy and brew a cup of tea; allow the product to fully absorb before layering on other skincare products.

By the end of it all, your skin should feel supple, as if it’s totally free of makeup and other products after your oil cleanse. Depending on your skin type, you may not need to moisturise afterwards. 

But, you need to look out for an increase in breakouts, especially after you’ve been oil cleansing for a couple of weeks. If that does happen, you may need to use a gentle face wash after you use facial oils, change the oils you use, or even stop oil cleansing altogether.  

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Types of Facial Oils

Seed Oil

If your skin is incredibly oily as in, you’ve never once felt a dry patch on your face opt for grape seed oil, you should definitely try Seed Oil. It’s a natural astringent (and a bit more drying than jojoba oil), so it’ll help mattify your skin.

A cult hit is the rosehip seed essential oil. It’s a pretty spectacular skincare ingredient, thanks to the high levels of vitamin A for plenty of youth-boosting effects. With its high omega fatty acids, The Ordinary’s 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil is so wildly popular, ruling Reddit threads and best-seller lists. Plus, the rosehip in the formula helps reduce the appearance of acne scars. Oh, and did we mention it costs about the same as a Hainanese chicken rice lunch?

Argan Oil

Argan oil is packed with vitamin E, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids. It’s light enough to use as an every-day, non-greasy moisturiser. But it can also be used to treat more severe skin conditions, such as eczema or rosacea. Thanks to its superb antioxidising properties, argan oil works wonders in improving skin’s elasticity by fending off free radical damage, leaving skin radiant.

Coconut Oil

Chock-full of vitamin E, coconut oil can be used as a traditional moisturiser. Because it is full of fatty acids, coconut oil acts as a barrier on the skin that locks in the moisture inside your skin. It’s naturally antibacterial and antifungal too. So it can help you protect your skin from the elements.

Natural Oils

Yes, even oily and acne-prone skin can benefit from natural facial oils or organic serums, contrary to popular belief. Natural oils can help to balance your skin’s natural sebum production, fight acne-causing bacteria, and even reduce the frequency of blackheads by keeping pores clear. The best oils for oily prone skin are castor oil, sunflower, grapeseed, jojoba, and olive oil. For natural oils and extracts that are great for treating acne, you can look to rosemary, pomegranate, coconut, neem, burdock, and tea tree oil.

Japanese beauty brand DHC’s Deep Cleansing Oil features olive oil as a hero ingredient. The oleic acid from olive oil clings onto and removes makeup, pore-clogging oil, and even dead skin cells, while also conditioning your skin.

Looking for a more potent experience? DHC even has an Olive Concentrated Cleansing Oil. Let this beloved classic work on your dry skin and then watch it emulsify beautifully with water.

Other Essential Oils

For nourishing dry skin, we recommend looking for denser essential oils, like avocado oil, while the calming and soothing oils like rosemary, evening primrose, and camellia are best for sensitive skin.

And when you find the right combinations, it’ll work like magic – like how lavender essential oil and evening primrose oil teams up in Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate Squalane. The lavender essential oil restores moisture and soothes redness and irritation. Meanwhile, the evening primrose oil repairs the skin barrier. This is night-time oil only needs two or three drops for the whole face to last your sleep.

At The End of The Day

While facial oils can be easily incorporated into your skincare routine, proper skincare can help prevent the most common skin-related conditions. Whether you’re dealing with pesky pimples or looking for wrinkle relief, everyone has their own skincare routine that works.

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