First we had the toner, then came along the essence. Now, facial oils are emerging as the after-moisturizer oil – something like an emollient for superficial hydration and protection. So how exactly do we make include the facial oil in our skincare regime? Is it worth adding it in (and the money)? And which skin types are suitable for facial oils?
Sensitive and Dehydrated Skin
Facial oils provide an additional barrier for skin prone to irritation and inflammation. While moisturizers deliver moisturizing ingredients such as hyaluronic deeper into the skin, adding a facial oil to one’s sensitive and dry skincare regime will give skin a moisture sealant, making your moisturizers much more effective. So if you are not quite there with the dewy complexion with your moisturizers, then maybe adding a facial oil will make that happen.
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If you have oily skin, “oil-free” skincare is probably what you want because the last thing you probably want is oil on your face. Oil-free products used to be the standard prescription for oily skin but today’s facial oils have exceeded our expectations in range and formulation. So have our understanding of oily complexions. For example, oily complexion may only feel greasy on the surface, but they can actually be crying out for a hydration boost. Applying some anti-acne creams such as Differin can dry out the skin, so the right facial oil will actually remedy the skin condition!
“Most people who break out from using facial oils are either using the wrong product, or are not using it correctly. The ingredients are either too rich, or they are applying too much or too often. The key about using facial oils for oily skin is to use an oil with a light texture which will absorb into the skin rapidly” says Dr Low Chai Ling, founder of the SW1 Clinic.