For the majority of us, using face oils has become a common step in our skin care ritual and a pretty straightforward one at that: apply after moisturizing with a cream in the morning or at night or both as needed. There is so much information out there about face oils and a lot of it is contradictory. Face oils – they hydrate, they don’t hydrate, they make oily skin less oily, they make it more oily and so on. Confused? Well we are here to help!
What They Are: Oils are emollients, which means that unlike creams, which penetrate deep into skin layers providing long-lasting hydration, oils tend to stay near the skin surface. But while you don’t get quite as much moisture from them as you would a cream, they play in essential role in keeping the deeper layer’s moisture from leaving the skin. “Oils do add barrier protection, silkiness, and superficial hydration,” says cosmetic dermatologist Paul Jarrod Frank, M.D. Oils sink into skin just enough to provide nourishment to the top layers which is why it’s recommended to apply them after a nourishing cream in order to seal the moisture.
According to Glamour magazine “A good moisturizer has to deliver both water and oil,” says aesthetician Ling Chan. “Your cells drink the water while oils stay on the outside of the cell for protection and lubrication.” Oil is therefore is an integral part of a skin care routine. Without high quality face oil, the moisture can easily escape the deeper layers.
Are they worth it: Face oils give skin an instant glow and smoothness that feels good to the touch. They are also often packed with essential nutrients, fatty acids, and antioxidants. A great example of face oil is the amazing Prickly Pear Seed oil and the famous Argan oil. They are considered the golden standard of beauty oils and are used in many serums and creams as well as face oils. If you are not seeing the great results you were expecting from creams alone, try adding a face oil or an oil based serum to your skin care routine.
How You Should Use Them: You can always mix oils in with your favorite moisturizer, but if you’re going to truly reap all the benefits of adding a face oil then use them after moisturizing at night or as needed. Now, for some bad news: Certain types of oils can clog your pores if you’re prone to breakouts. Avoid using Coconut oil if you are prone to breakouts and acne, as it is a heavy oil. Instead opt for a low weight oil like Prickly Pear seed oil, argan oil, almond oil and jojoba oil. These oils sink quicker to the skin, and with their high Linoleic Acid content they are comedogenic (will not clog pores). “When oils are too heavy, they don’t allow skin to breathe. Your best bets are oils with a smaller molecular size, like argan oil, prickly pear oil, and jojoba oil. They sink into skin quicker and never get the chance to clog pores” says Chan. Our favorite: Try the Repere Care Night Repair Moisturizer, which is formulated with a combination of these oils.