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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.



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