For centuries plant oils have been the beauty secret behind smooth and radiant complexion, it is no surprise that face oils nowadays have made a significant breakthrough becoming a must in skin care.
You may have noticed that the beauty market has seen a huge growth in that segment and a lot of brands have launched their own range of products containing plant oils as star ingredients. The truth behind this cosmetic wave is that natural oils are a real Godsend for everyone.
Think of face oils not just as a pretty addition to your beauty cabinet, but as luxurious liquid gold that holds countless benefits for the skin: on your hands, you have a makeup cleanser, a potent anti-ageing treatment, a moisturiser and an ointment for healing problematic skin. To take advantage of all the benefits of plant oils there’s no need to turn into expensive and complicated formulas: the best (and cheaper) oils come directly from your kitchen drawer (Extra Virgin Olive, Coconut, Sesame, Hemp oil) or, if you want to indulge in a luxurious product, be sure to opt in for cold pressed, unrefined, organic and 100% natural oils.
When it comes to introducing plant oils in your skincare regime, the main stereotype that is important to break is that oils are not suited for certain skin types. On the contrary, even the more sensitive complexions may find great solace in regular oil applications: dermatitis or eczema prone skin, for example, may find relief from itchiness and dryness and, in case of oily-acne prone complexion, face oils can be a great help in sebum regulation by keeping excessive oil/sebum production at bay.
The key to choosing the right oil is to follow your skin’s need. If you have oily or acne prone skin, opt for a light, non-comedogenic oil such as Jojoba (Simmondsia Chinensis), Grape seed (Vitis Vinifera), Black seed (Nigella Sativa) or Safflower (Carthamus). For dry and mature skin be sure to select nourishing and protecting oils with high levels of antioxidants like Sea Buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnosides), Rose Hip (Rosa Canina), Argan (Argania Spinosa) or Avocado.
4 ways to introduce plant oil in your skin care
Oils may be the right boost to your winter skin care to ensure healthy skin and prevent ageing. Here are four simple hacks to introduce plant oils into your regular skin care regime.
1 – Oil cleansing
The most amazing revolution in skin care is using vegetable oils as (first step) cleansers. They are a real bomb in breaking down the stiffest water proof makeup and, along with the residues of your makeup, oils take away the gunk from your pores. If you’re wondering why oils can get rid of all the grime on your face, it’s because of a basic chemical principle: “oil dissolves oil” and, needless to say, both sebum and makeup are made of oily components. That’s why oily complexions may find vegetable oils (rather than common detergents) a good solution to deeply cleanse the skin. To proceed with this technique just apply a tablespoon of your oil of choice directly onto the skin with a gentle massage. Rinse off with a damp flannel. A second cleanse with some mild soap may be necessary to get rid of all the greasy residues. For oil cleansing purposes there’s no need to use expensive oils, Olive, Coconut or Sunflower can easily get the job done without breaking the bank.
2 – Add the oil-serum step into your skincare routine
After toning and before moisturising, a couple of drops of oil applied to the skin can ensure a fresh, plump and hydrated complexion. Packed with vitamins and antioxidants, oils are a non-negligible option to deeply nourish the skin with a potent cocktail of anti-ageing actives. To increase the absorption and avoid greasy shiny residues, remember to use your oil on wet skin.
3 – Add some drops of oil to your regular moisturiser
This is a hack that may come handy in winter, to potentiate the benefits of your regular moisturiser or when your skin needs a special boost of hydration. Customising your regular cream or lotion with a few drops of your oil of choice may be a great option if layering pure oil on naked skin looks scary to you.
4 – Add 1 or 2 drops of oil to your foundation
If you need an extra protective layer of hydration against harsh weather or you are just a glowy skin lover, mix a few drops of oil to your regular foundation. This will also improve the spreadability of the product, making makeup application so much easier.