I am just sooo SICK and tired of all the grease down faces on Instagram with a pile of makeup on top! How many times do I have to explain to women I meet at my job that this is not the way it should be done?! How many times must I get 'fight down'?!
It is crazy to me that most of you cant see that these oil dripping antics are most likely part of the allure to keep you watching the videos. In reality, you dont need even half of all that oil applied to the skin and they cost US$54.00 for 30ml. Do you know if the oils used in these forumulations are right for your skin type?
Facial oils are fantastic for using as treatments in your everyday skin routine. Your skin produces oils naturally but as we get older, the production slows down. They help add good fatty acids to the skin which helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Who should use face oil and why?
You just have to know which one is good for your skin.
If you have very oil skin, oils like rosehip, hemp and squalene oil are perfect because they contain Linolenic Acid . Linolenic acids are "naturally occurring, colorless polyunsaturated fatty acid liquid that functions as a skin-conditioning agent and skin-restorative ingredient." Paula's Choice In my mind, it seems to work hand in hand with your natural sebum to help seal moisture into the skin as you age.
The best part is that these oils are not greasy and are easily absorbed into the skin. They dont just sit there creating a disco ball.
Dry Skin? No problem!
However the oils will be different. You may want to use are oils that contain a higher amount of Oleic Acid. Oleic acid is a natural, monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acid that is found in many plants, including grape seed and olives. It is used as a cleansing agent and texture enhancer for the skin. Dry skin tends to develop fine lines and wrinkes a bit quicker and oily skin. These oils should give the boost you need.
When should face oils be applied?
In my opinion, the best time to use skin/facial oils are before bed time. During sleep, the skin repairs itself and once the oils are there, time will allow for treating.
Apply water based treatments to the skin first and then use the oil.
If using before makeup application, again, use water based products first then apply your primers and foundation. All you need is about three small drops to massage into the skin.
However, not all oils are stable under foundation. What tends to happen is that if the oil is comedogenic, it is more likely to mess with the formulation of the foundation, break down and/or clog your pores. Oils like squalene oil, will give a radiant finish to the skin without the greasy appearance.
Is it absolutely necessary?
In my opinion it isnt, but if you have issues you want to treat, choosing the right oil will certainly help. Personally when using the borage oil, I noticed it would reduce any pimples that came up on my skin. I would apply at night before bed, and the next day, it would be vastly smaller.
Here are some helpful articles for your reading pleasure:
Understanding the comedogenic scale for oils and butters
In all your shopping around for facial oils, make sure to do your research and get the good stuff. We dont want no snake oil lol!
To healthy skin!