We’re experiencing the last leg of winters right now (breaks my heart to say that), but what if I told you to start using face oils, and continue to do so through spring and summer too? Face oils are all the rage in the beauty circuit right now. We bring to you all the deets you need to know, along with some recommendations!
What are face oils?
While oils are not a new thing in the beauty regimens, if you look around closely, you’ll notice that more and more beauty/ skincare brands are launching specialised oils for the facial skin. These are concentrated concoctions made of essential oils, generally targeted towards a specific facial concern, like acne, pigmentation, skin ageing, etc., and promise to deliver better results than any other item in your skincare regime, being more potent in nature than other products wherein the oils may be in a diluted form.
Why use a face oil?
Basically, a face oil is used to lock and seal in moisture into the skin, and help attain a more glowing, youthful complexion. Additionally, face oils may offer anti ageing/ anti- acne, or similar benefits, depending on the ingredients.
Which skin type can use a face oil?
All skin types can use a facial oil, but you’ll need to pick the right oil and adapt the face oil technique to suit your skin type. Keep reading for all the details.
Which face oils are best?
While there are many face oils out there, there is honestly no such thing as the ‘best’ one. You’ll have to pick one for yourself depending on your requirements, and of course, budget. For best benefits, pick non-fragrant plant/ natural oils, like below:
- Plant oils like argan/ grapeseed/ rosehip/ almond oils provide moisture to the skin, along with anti-oxidant effects
- Grapeseed oil: Helps regulate oil secretion (good for oily skin)
- Argan oil: Anti-ageing potion
- Black currant oil: Has reparative properties, good for those with skin damaged from sun exposure, excessive chemical treatments, etc.
- Chamomile oil: Best for sensitive skin, since it has a very calming fragrance too
- Rosehip seed oil: For dull skin. It has a light consistency, so works for oily skin too
- Olive oil: for dry skin (extra virgin, first coldpress oil is the best in this case)
- Marula oil: For skin which has been damaged from sun or pollutant exposure
- Kumkumadi oil: A more indigenous product, this is a combination of various ingredients, saffron being the main one. Best used for dull, blemished skin.
Which face oils to avoid?
Try and avoid pure fragrant plant oils like lavender oil, eaucalyptus oil, tea-tree oil, etc. for application on the whole face. These oils need to be mixed with a carrier agent, and must be used for spot treatment or aromatherapy. Some of these might also irritate your skin.
How to use face oils?
From personal experience, I’d recommend the following methods:
- Dry skin:
- Mix in a few drops of face oil with your regular moisturiser (without SPF) and apply to your skin, or
- Once you have applied your moisturiser, take a few drops of face oil onto your palm, warm it between your palms and gently press your palms all over the face to apply the oil.
- Oily skin: The best way to incorporate face oil into your regime if you have very oily skin is to use a natural oil (like almond/ coconut oil) before you wash your face. Once you have applied the oil, leave it on the skin for about 5 minutes. Then proceed with your CTM routine like you normally would. This way, you’d get the benefits of the oil without leaving a greasy layer on your skin for the rest of the day/ night.
- Combination skin: For combination skin, I’d suggest applying a few drops of oil after the moisturiser. This will allow you to focus on the dry patches more than the normal/ oily ones.
The best time to use a facial oil is at night, since that is when your skin is undergoing the repair and regeneration.
Now after all that information, I’m sure you must be feeling intrigued about my personal recommendations. Well, I’ve been using two products for my oily (turned combination skin this winter): the Kama Ayurveda Kumkumadi oil and an old favorite Hamdard Roghan Badam Shirin.
- Hamdard Roghan Badam Shirin: This is the most readily available pure almond oil you get out there, and has been around since eternity now. You can even mix this one in a glass of milk and consume it, so that vouches for it’s purity. (Always check product labels before you buy- most other cheaper almond oils out there have mineral oil+ almond fragrance 😛 ). I use this before facial cleansing, and sometimes also a tiny bit after moisturiser, mostly during the day. Price: Rs. 350 for 100mL. Buy here.
- Kama Ayurveda Kumkumadi miraculous beauty night serum: I’ve been a big fan of this product since a long time (read full review), and have been using it whenever my skin starts feeling dull, or during winters when the skin needs some extra nourishment. This one has a typical ayurvedic fragrance, so this goes well with the night-time skincare regime. You just apply 1-2 drops all over the face, and sleep over it, to wake up with beautiful, glowing skin the next morning. Price: Rs. 1890 for 12mL. Buy online.
Both the above products can be used by all skin types too, and I’ve totally been enjoying using them.
If you have any further questions about facial oils, do share in the comments below.
Also, I’d love to know your favorite facial oils too 🙂