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by on Nov 18, 2013

The Many Benefits Of Face Oils

Do you use oil on your face? If the idea seems a little off-putting, you’re not alone. There are countless beauty products that boast about being oil-free. So many, in fact, that most of us have come to believe that using oil on our face will cause horrific breakouts and bad skin. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Face oils are incredibly effective at treating a variety of issues, from dry skin to acne to hyper pigmentation. It may seem hard to believe, but oil could be exactly what your skin care routine has been missing.

 

Why your skin will love it

Oils are usually more effective at hydrating than cream moisturizers. Despite their slick texture, face oils absorb quickly. They also nourish the skin, adding powerful vitamins and antioxidants while protecting from the sun and free radicals. Oils even have antiseptic and firming qualities, which is especially important for dry or aging skin.

 

Benefits

Free radical protection – Many oils are packed with potent antioxidants that fight against free radicals and premature aging.)

Improved skin tolerance – Products that contain retinoids and other anti-aging ingredients sometimes cause irritation to skin. Using a face oil that calms inflammation, like Argan oil, will help your skin look and feel better.

Plumping skin РWhen the natural oils in your skin decrease, the moisture barrier breaks down and skin dries out. This causes fine lines and wrinkles to deepen. Although creams help, oils can work wonders. Since oils are lipophilic, (or fat loving) they pass though the lipid layer of the skin faster, preventing water loss and plumping skin with moisture more effectively. Olive oil and coconut oil are excellent facial moisturizers.

Better Absorption – Applying an oil before using your anti-aging cream will trick your skin into letting active ingredients, like glycol acid and vitamin C, penetrate deeper into skin without irritating the surface.

 

Where to start

Many beauty brands sell face oil in addition to cream moisturizers. If you’re up for a splurge, try a face oil from a trusted brand like Bobbi Brown or Josie Maran. However, name brands don’t matter. Using your favorite pure, all-natural oil will still yield great results. Try Argan oil, olive oil or coconut oil. These oils are great for your face, affordable and easy to find.

 

Source: Allure, Birchbox 

 

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