I have always been drawn to a wholistic lifestyle, choosing to become vegetarian for years in my twenties then later settling into a plant-heavy diet that I’ve maintained into my thirties. That’s why I love the shift from just what we put INTO our bodies toward the quality of what we put ONTO our bodies- AKA our faces- as a part of our beauty routines. And yes, oils play a major role in that.
Because I like to leave it the experts, I’ll link you up to some great resources on how and why oils work so well in rejuvenating your skin cells, while focusing on my own experience from being an avid “creams only” babe into a die hard oils advocate.
Let go of the fear that oil will create more oil.
So first off I have very, very oily skin. It’s not even combination, but rather oily and then more oily in certain places, ha! I’ve struggled with finding makeup that doesn’t clog my pores since everything mixes with the oils on my face and cause secondary issues to just looking shiny all the time. And like so many others with oily or combination skin, I feared the effects of glopping more oil on top of my over-productive glands!
The Quality and Formula of your oil makes all the difference.
It wasn’t until last year that I finally tried a product that didn’t break me out. The trick is to find an oil in the very purist form that has been formulated properly. A lot of lower shelf oils are going to be too clunky on your skin and irritate it or clog your pores, so definitely try out any new oil on a small portion of your face for a few nights before moving on to your entire face.
Play with routine until you find what’s right for you.
What I’ve found works best is to use 2-3 drops of high quality oils mixed in with my night cream. I don’t like to wear it during the day, because I feel like my mattifying products don’t last as long. This isn’t the case for everyone. I know some babes who actually wear the oil in place of night cream and even wear it as a moisturizer beneath their makeup all day. I recommend trying it mixed in with what you use at night, because the risk of irritating your skin and then bacteria entering via make up brushes, etc is lower.
You will see almost immediate results when you add oils into your routine.
Oils work in a way to bind your cells together and give the appearance of plumper, brighter skin. As we age we lose certain oil production and by applying it directly to the skin, you are restoring and refreshing your face.
Here are some of my favorites as seen up above in order of preference:
This is by far the lightest and easiest to wear and mix in with other products. If you’re trying oil in your skin routine for the first time I strongly recommend this one.
This is almost tied with the Glo Skin Beauty oil for me, because it’s equally as light. I feel like this one is good to wear beneath makeup too because it’s so light.
A pure face oil that will not irritate your skin. Formulated to be the most pure and non-toxic.
A good one for daytime beneath makeup if that’s what you’re looking for.
These drops are very rich and I feel like I can mix literally ONE drop in with my creams and get the same effect as 2-3 from my others.
So this one I recommend to use more as a mask because of it’s rich potency. It’s not going to irritate your skin as a mask and you can benefit from restorative Omega’s for a pick me up spa night.