Debunking the myths behind it
Facial oils and oil-based skincare products often get a bad rap as people tend to associate them with acne, clogged pores and oily skin. But these are all just myths and could not be further from the truth!
In reality, facial oils can be the next best thing for your face! Let’s find out why.
Myth: Using facial oils and oil-based products will make my skin oilier and cause my skin to become clogged, leading to acne.
Fact: Acne is an inflammatory result of hair follicles or pores that become clogged with oil, dirt, bacteria and dead skin cells.
Oil (or sebum) is naturally occurring in our skin and it prevents our skin from turning sensitive, ageing prematurely and falling prone to infection. Facial oils will not cause our skin to become oilier, or bring about acne. On the other hand, a well-selected face oil can improve oily and acne-prone skin conditions, and for normal skin types, provide added hydration and act as a skin barrier.
For oily and acne-prone skin types:
A good choice of facial oil to include in your skincare routine would be tea tree leaf oil. It is a volatile essential oil that helps to prevent excessive production of sebum and restore the natural balance of your skin. It is also a very good anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory ingredient in anti-acne products.
Other facial oils to incorporate into your skincare routine include non-comedogenic oils such as grapeseed oil and safflower oil that moisturise and nourish skin without clogging pores. You can also opt for rosehip oil that’s quickly absorbed into the skin with excellent antioxidant and antimicrobial properties which are great for acne-prone skin.
For normal and dry skin types:
For normal and dry skin types, facial oils can help your skin retain water and keep it hydrated. The oil also acts as a barrier to prevent water loss from your skin’s surface. A good choice of face oil would be linoleic acid which is thinner and lighter in texture, and also beneficial to those who suffer from occasional breakouts.
Shea butter is high in linoleic acid and is found in ést.lab’s newly reformulated ActivCalm Anti-Stress Hydra Cream and VitaLift A+ OPC Antioxidant Cream. These two moisturisers are lightweight and great for use in the day time to keep your skin well hydrated and protected against external stressors such as urban pollution.
For some anti-ageing goodness, almond oil is perfect as it is chock-full of vitamin A which reduces the appearance of fine lines over time. If you’ve dry, sensitive skin, this new trending ingredient might just work for you – moringa oil. This miracle oil fights off skin fatigue, has anti-wrinkle, antioxidant, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory benefits. Sounds like a do-it-all we all need in our skincare vanity right away!
The key to choosing facial oils is to select them purposefully based on your skin type. Give it a shot and you might just be pleasantly surprised!
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