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The Inside Scoop on Skin Oils
If you keep up on the latest in skincare, you know how popular skin oils have become. I am constantly receiving an influx of people asking me, "Really? Skin oils?". Yes, really, many of these products are amazing for your skin. After all, it wouldn't be such a hit if it wasn't. The most common worry, of course, is that using oil on your skill will cause unpleasant oiliness, clogged pores, and irritation. But alas, skin oils can actually help to control your natural oil production, while eliminating breakouts. Are you ready to get the inside scoop on skin oils?
Oils For Beautiful Skin
First, it is important to understand that many of the popular face oils are packed with essential fatty acids and vitamins. I actually like to think of them as a vitamin treatment for your skin. Nearly everyone I know how has tried one, has loved it. But I will say, it is important to know when and how to apply the skin oils of your preference.
Counteract Oily Skin - seriously, adding oil to your skincare regimen can combat oily skin. How, you ask? Well first it is important to understand what causes oily skin in the first place? Much like with oily hair, it occurs when your skin is stripped of it's oils. Your skin then overcompensates by producing excess oil; the kind you don't like. By nourishing your skin with an oil, you nip the issue in the butt. For oily skin, I definitely recommend looking into argan oils, as these are best known for being light, matte, and friendly to oily skin types. I love Dermaquest's Hera Argan Oil for Hair & Skin.
More Moisture than Most Moisturizers - an oil is just that, an oil. Meaning it moisturizers and locks in moisture. I recommend putting your oil on just after washing your face, while your skin is still somewhat damp. If you struggle with dry skin, try using coconut oil, as this is one of the most hydrating, skin-friendly oils available. Coconut oils are amongst the easiest to find, as you can buy them at your local grocery store. I recommend using organic, non-refined coconut oil. The less processed, the better!
Fight Free Radicals - many oils are known to help protect your skin from free radical damage, which is why I recommend using it both AM and PM. If you find that this is too "heavy", try adding a couple drops to your SPF or moisturizer to dilute the oil while still providing protection. I am a huge fan of Trilogy's Rosehip Oil Antioxidant+ for fighting free radical damage.
Plump Your Skin - Going back to its moisturizing properties, oils tend to deliver skin plumping results much faster than traditional moisturizers. This is because oils lock in moisture better
Double The Power - if you apply your moisturizer before your oil, the oil will lock in the moisturizer! Meaning better, faster results.
* TIP * Do Your Research - I cannot stress how important it is to research out products before buying them. As I mentioned before, certain oils work better for certain skin types. And also, you typically get what you paid for. Now, I say typically because there are some gems out there that aren't too pricey, but generally the more expensive, the less processed